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John Wall vs. Evan Turner: NBA rookies square off by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The top two draft picks from this year’s NBA Draft faced off last night. Washington’s John Wall against Philadelphia’s Evan Turner.

While the score was close, 116-115 in favor of Washington, so far Wall is winning the battle of the rookies on the court and on cardboard.

Wall had 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals, and played almost the entire game. Turner had nine points and six rebounds in almost 26 minutes off the bench.

While Wall is off to a quicker start than his rookies counterparts, Panini signed both players to an exclusive this summer because of a talent that is likely to sustain on the court. Plus, their draw on basketball cards doesn’t hurt.

“Wall is a once-every-decade talent and arguably the best prospect to enter the NBA since LeBron James,” said Tracy Hackler, a spokesperson for Panini America. “Turner absolutely is the real deal who possesses electrifying ability in his own right. Obviously, we felt strongly enough about them to sign them to exclusive agreements, and their presence in our products — whether it be autographs, memorabilia or even base cards — will provide two more huge reasons to collect basketball cards this season”

Turner currently has 52 trading cards, which includes 10 autographs and three Rookie Cards. Wall has 48 cards, but the same number of autos and RCs as Turner.

When you compare recent eBay sales, Wall wins there too. A Wall 2010 Prestige Rookie Draft auto /10 sold for $550. The Turner 2010 Prestige Draft /10 rookie sold for $235.

Wall’s 2010-11 Prestige base card books for $12, while Turner’s books for $10.

Right now, Wall is winning the battle on both ends and leads a very strong rookie class.

“Wall and Turner, in addition to fellow Panini family members Wesley Johnson and Blake Griffin, will likely have the most to say about the Rookie of the Year Award at season’s end,” Hackler said.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

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