Ja Morant Rookie Card Cameo Drives Market Value Sky High

Posted on May 13, 2022

The Memphis Grizzlies are making their way through Conference Semifinals, with Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors going down tonight. As players like Ja Morant continue shining in the spotlight, the value of their player memorabilia naturally rises.

There’s one particular Morant trading card, however, that’s garnering particular attention.

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2020-21 Ja Morant Panini rookie card features Young Dolph

Of all the Morant memorabilia and swag out there, a trading card rises above all the rest when it comes to recent changes in market value. The Ja Morant 2019-20 Panini Chronicles #116.

This once $6 rookie card is now selling for upwards of $150.

Moreover, graded PSA 10 versions of the card are going for a whopping $800.

And it isn’t because of Morant, per se, that the price of this card has risen so substantially. It’s because of who’s in the background. The audience behind Morant features none other than Memphis rappers Young Dolph and Key Glock.

Ja Morant Young Dolph Rookie Card

For Memphis natives, this carries special importance. Young Dolph was shot and killed at the end of last year. And since then, prodigy Key Glock has remained almost entirely absent from the public eye.

Thus, this photo featuring all three Memphis stars has become quite the commodity.

Prices for the card originally rose following Dolph’s death in Nov. 2021. Now, they’re on the rise again as the Grizzlies continue their quest for NBA dominion.

The card has seen a consistent increase in popularity — due in large part to a handful of social media influencers. Countless fans of the young rapper have now found their way into the trading card world and into the ensuing Morant fandom.

Morant pivotal in Semifinals against Warriors

As the king of Memphis basketball, Morant has played an important role in guiding the Grizzlies through the 2022 NBA playoffs thus far. In the Conference Quarterfinals, he averaged 21.5 points per game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Grizzlies are now fighting their way through Conference Semifinals, trailing 3-2 in their series against the Warriors. In the three games Morant has played in this series, he’s already posted a substantial 38.3 PPG.

Unfortunately, the star’s contributions were thwarted at the end of Game 3 when he injured his knee. An MRI later revealed that Morant had suffered a bone bruise, requiring him to sit out Games 4 and 5.

NBA Finals betting odds situate the Grizzlies with a chance of winning the NBA title.

Odds of them winning the West currently sit at .

 

Grizzlies vs Warriors Game 6 odds

Going into tonight’s Game 6 against the Warriors, sportsbooks have Memphis trailing with a -point spread.

The Grizzlies have odds of winning the matchup.

The over/under sits at a reasonable points, given the 224.4-point average of the series’ last five games.

 

Tip-off for tonight’s game is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET. Get your locks situated before the game, then head over to any Tennessee sports betting app for some in-game betting action.

Photo by AP/Eric Gay
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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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