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Wiggins' rare rookie card sells for surprising price

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Warriors' Andrew Wiggins

It has been over five years since Andrew Wiggins was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 2015, but the nostalgia behind the accolade is far from fading -- at least to one card collector.

Wiggins' one-of-a-kind rookie year trading card recently sold for $4,250 on eBay.

This isn't the first time this season where a current Warriors player's card sold for some major cash. A rare rookie card of Steph Curry sold for a whopping $616,230 in December.

Wiggins' card is a 2014-15 Panini Eminence that also features a patch of his jersey in the upper left corner. It is the only version of the card that exists. 

The former Kansas product took home honors after the 2014-15 season thanks to his remarkable rookie campaign with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Although the Timberwolves owned the NBA's worst record at 16-66, the future looked bright with Wiggins at the helm. Just 19 years old at the time, Wiggins posted a 16.9 points-per-game average, along with 4.6 rebounds a game, while locking up 110 out of 130 first-place votes.

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However, Minnesota faltered, advancing to the playoffs just once during Wiggins' five-year tenure. 

Wiggins was traded from Minnesota to Golden State midway through the 2019-'20 season for D'Angelo Russell. The Warriors also nabbed the Timberwolves' protected 2021 first-round pick and an additional second-round pick. 

He played in 12 games for the Warriors last season, averaging 19.4 points-per-game. In nine games this season, Wiggins isn't far off that mark, averaging 17.6 points this season and becoming a staple in the Warriors' offense. 

 

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