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Karl-Anthony Towns Has Collectors’ Attention

The players from the 2015 NBA Draft are surprising fans and card collectors as not only are there more with superstar potential than expected but they are producing at a high level already.  Kristaps Porzingis, Devin Booker and Myles Turner are just some of the rookies who  but Karl-Anthony Towns rookie cards may wind up as the best of this year’s class. While D’Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay and Porzingis received a lot of attention early on, Towns became a consistent force in the middle for the the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Like Tim Duncan, Towns is a center with all the fundamental skills.  At the All-Star break of his first season, he led all rookies in rebounding– the only first-year player with at least 10 per game. 

 

Karl Anthony Towns Rookie Card Review

Towns’ first NBA cards were in the 2015-16 Hoops issue. His first autograph was in the Hot Signatures insert (#HS-KAT).  Towns also appears in the Kobe’s All-Rookie Team insert set.

While very early into his career, when the big card releases have yet to appear like Flawless and National Treasures, several Towns cards have sold for over $1,000.  As of this writing, Towns’ top sellers have been a Totally Certified Holo Blue 1/1 Jumbo Patch that sold for $1299, a Totally Certified Rookie Auto Gold that also soared well past $1,000 and a couple of Prizm Gold (non-auto) which sold pushed into the $1,000 area.  Panini Contenders autos showing him in his college uniform are among the other early higher end cards on the market.

Other sets with lower-priced Towns rookies include Complete, Prestige and Prizm.  The 2015-16 Prizm release has an extensive parallel card set to collect, and if someone was able to find the 1 of 1 Black card they could assemble fifteen versions of the same Towns card  Totally Certified is also filled with Towns parallels to collect.  2015-16 Panini Court Kings features Towns cards with artistic designs.

Fear the Towns?

A player that collectors can use as a guide to possible prices for Towns cards is Anthony Davis, another Kentucky center who went at the top of a draft.  Towns is statistically having a much better rookie season than The Brow did for New Orleans a few years back.  Many Davis rookie year cards go for over $2,000 so Towns cards in premium products, as well as other low-numbered cards, will likely reach lofty figures.  The card that many will consider to be the must-have Towns rookie card is the National Treasures RPA, Rookie Patch Autographs.  The numbered base cards and parallels in NT will be ones to watch.

You can check out his current ‘most watched’ cards via the live list below.  

Minnesota has been a magnet for young stars, going back to Kevin Garnett, who has come full circle with the Timberwolves.  Playing alongside last year’s top pick, Andrew Wiggins along with slam dunk champ Zach LaVine will keep the national spotlight on the small market T-Wolves.

He entered the NBA, after only one year of college, with all the skills and also a mindset to put in maximum effort.

For the next decade—or maybe two—it’s a good bet we’re going to hear a lot more about Karl-Anthony Towns rookie cards, especially if the T-Wolves can build a perennial contender.  Based on the growing interest, it appears KAT is definitely out of the bag.

2017-18 Panini Select Black Prizm Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves 1/1
18 bids - Price: $108.50 - Watchers: 47
Item #382485546495
2015-16 Immaculate Sneak Peek Sneaker RPA Rookie RC Auto Karl-Anthony Towns 2/5
26 bids - Price: $157.50 - Watchers: 38
Item #372332636038
Karl-Anthony Towns 2015-16 Panini Revolution Rookie RC Galactic SSP BGS 9.5
15 bids - Price: $122.50 - Watchers: 35
Item #292601963421
2015 Panini Flawless Karl-Anthony Towns ROOKIE AUTO PATCH /25 BGS 9.5 GEM (PWCC)
9 bids - Price: $232.50 - Watchers: 33
Item #352377058840
2015-16 Gold Standard Karl-Anthony Towns RPA RC Patch AUTO 25/25
23 bids - Price: $127.51 - Watchers: 30
Item #382488127581
KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS 2016-17 PANINI STUDIO FROM DOWNTOWN CASE HIT Black BGS 10 1/1
10 bids - Price: $62.00 - Watchers: 30
Item #292604323598
2015-16 Flawless Super Signatures Sapphire Karl-Anthony Towns RC AUTO /10 BGS 9
4 bids - Price: $45.00 - Watchers: 22
Item #362350404227
2015-16 Gold Standard Strike Karl-Anthony Towns RPA RC Patch AUTO /25
12 bids - Price: $107.50 - Watchers: 19
Item #372332248091
Karl-Anthony Towns 2015-16 Panini Excalibur RC Rampage Jersey Auto BGS 9 W/10 Au
5 bids - Price: $22.75 - Watchers: 17
Item #263758223867
BGS 9.5 GEM 2015-16 SELECT KARL ANTHONY TOWNS /25 PRIZMS TIE DYE RC TIMBERWOLVES
9 bids - Price: $86.00 - Watchers: 17
Item #332685659201
2016-17 Immaculate Celebration Signatures Karl-Anthony Towns AUTO 23/40
7 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 16
Item #362350589647
BGS 9.5 GEM 2015-16 SELECT PRIZMS TIE DYE /25 KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS RC TIMBERWOLVES
11 bids - Price: $47.00 - Watchers: 16
Item #332685657230
2017-18 Flawless KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS #14/15 Auto Patch - Kentucky - Timberwolves
6 bids - Price: $38.00 - Watchers: 16
Item #123189309747
Karl-Anthony Towns 2015-16 Panini Prizm Rookie Prizms RC Red/White/Blue BGS 9.5
9 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 15
Item #292600686849
2015-16 Gold Standard Karl-Anthony Towns RC Jersey AUTO /199 BGS 9
5 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 15
Item #372332257081
Lot of (10) 2015-16 Panini Prizm #328 Karl-Anthony Towns RC Rookie BGS 9.5
6 bids - Price: $117.50 - Watchers: 15
Item #382489140304
2016-17 Panini Revolution Galactic #89 Karl-Anthony Towns SSP Case Hit RARE
7 bids - Price: $26.00 - Watchers: 14
Item #173364212026
2015-16 Panini Noir Acetate Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves RC AUTO /25
7 bids - Price: $34.33 - Watchers: 14
Item #382488115767
KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS 2015/16 PANINI PRIZM RC AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO BGS 9.5 GEM MINT 10
10 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 14
Item #292604345174
2015 IMMACULATE KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS RC AUTO/LOGO-PATCH RELIC #8/10 SSP!!!
5 bids - Price: $16.50 - Watchers: 14
Item #382493496803
2015-16 Limited Karl-Anthony Towns RC Jersey /99 BGS 9 w/ 10 AUTO
8 bids - Price: $24.50 - Watchers: 13
Item #372332251270
BGS 9.5 GEM 2015-16 SELECT KARL ANTHONY TOWNS /199 AUTOGRAPHS 10 AUTO RC TWOLVES
7 bids - Price: $40.00 - Watchers: 13
Item #332685656364
2017-18 Panini Essentials Karl Anthony-Towns Claim to Fame AUTO #73/99 (KD)
16 bids - Price: $13.50 - Watchers: 12
Item #362352665856
BGS 9.5 GEM 2015-16 PRIZMS ORANGE /65 KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS AUTOGRAPHS RC 10 AUTO
12 bids - Price: $154.50 - Watchers: 12
Item #332685660521
KARL ANTHONY TOWNS 2017-18 PANINI REVOLUTION AUTO
4 bids - Price: $7.00 - Watchers: 12
Item #113051939652
KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS 2015-16 Panini Court Kings ROOKIE ON CARD AUTO
5 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 12
Item #323303386265
2015 Panini Contenders Draft Karl-Anthony Towns ROOKIE RC AUTO #124 PSA 9 (PWCC)
6 bids - Price: $11.61 - Watchers: 12
Item #401550333917
2015-16 Spectra Karl-Anthony Towns RC Jersey BGS 9.5 w/ 9 AUTO
7 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 11
Item #362350398408
2015-16 Select Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves RC AUTO /199 BGS 9.5
27 bids - Price: $102.50 - Watchers: 11
Item #362350403517
BGS 9.5 GEM 2015-16 SELECT KARL ANTHONY TOWNS /199 AUTOGRAPHS 10 AUTO RC TWOLVES
9 bids - Price: $86.00 - Watchers: 11
Item #332685658486
2015 Immaculate Combos Tags Karl-Anthony Towns Cauley-Steins RC PATCH 1/1 (PWCC)
23 bids - Price: $166.18 - Watchers: 11
Item #142828822920
2016-17 Panini Flawless Ruby Karl-Anthony Towns Signed AUTO 6/15 Timberwolves
3 bids - Price: $4.01 - Watchers: 11
Item #372335891890
Karl-Anthony Towns 2015-16 Panini Prizm Rookie Flash Prizms RC BGS 8.5
4 bids - Price: $8.40 - Watchers: 9
Item #123185100683
2017-18 ESSENTIALS ROCK THE RIM ANDREW WIGGINS & KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS DIE CUT LOT!
1 bids - Price: $10.99 - Watchers: 9
Item #273276327809
2015 Select Tri-Color Prizm Karl-Anthony Towns ROOKIE RC #16 PSA 10 GEM (PWCC)
3 bids - Price: $10.12 - Watchers: 9
Item #142828822458
KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS 2015-16 Panini Court Kings Fresh Paint RC Auto #FP-KA RARE SP
3 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 9
Item #263758159083
2015-16 Immaculate Collection Karl Anthony Towns/ D' Russell Auto. Card 38/49
3 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 8
Item #283004565278
2015 Hoops Hot Signatures Karl-Anthony Towns ROOKIE RC AUTO PSA 10 GEM MT (PWCC)
3 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 8
Item #352377058721
2017 Panini Contenders Ticket Cracked Ice Karl-Anthony Towns AUTO /23 (PWCC)
12 bids - Price: $31.24 - Watchers: 8
Item #401550336172
2016 Panini Studio From Downtown Karl-Anthony Towns #3 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (PWCC)
6 bids - Price: $43.50 - Watchers: 7
Item #401550335384
2016-17 Noir Spotlight Signatures #5 KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS ON CARD AUTO /125
2 bids - Price: $9.16 - Watchers: 7
Item #202343831153
2017-18 Donruss Optic Karl-Anthony Towns CHECKERBOARD HOLO PRIZM REFRACTOR #89
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 6
Item #142832515820
2015-16 Panini Replay #26 Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves RC Rookie 10/25
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 5
Item #372332501075
2015-16 Panini Noir Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves AUTO 35/60
11 bids - Price: $34.33 - Watchers: 5
Item #382488012171
2017 Panini National Treasures International Karl-Anthony Towns Bronze Auto 1/25
7 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 5
Item #263753937991
KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS 2016/17 NATIONAL TREASURES AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO #10/25 $150
4 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 5
Item #292605561986
2015-16 Panini Luxe Framed Autographs Ruby Karl-Anthony Towns AUTO RC 11/49 SSP
3 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 5
Item #163102739642