It is one thing to own a rookie card of a recent draft pick that seems capable of a decent NFL career. It is another thing to own a rookie card of a Heisman Trophy Winner who appears primed to give opposing NFL cornerbacks a hard time. That’s why there are sure to be plenty of collectors looking to make a Devonta Smith rookie card investment going into the 2021 season.
Devonta burst into the national spotlight in his junior year at Alabama with 69 receptions for 1,256 yards. However, it wasn’t until the 2020-2021 season where the star wide receiver REALLY made his impression felt with a season to remember where he racked up 117 receptions for 1,856 yards. In the season that propelled him to his lofty first-round draft pick status, Devonta Smith got to work early with a 13 reception, 164-yard performance against Ole Miss in Week 2. And after an 11 reception, 167-yard performance against the 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Week 3, the tone was set for what was to become a spectacular season. A season in which Devonta Smith would end his college career with a masterpiece by torching the Ohio State Buckeye secondary for 12 receptions and 215 yards in the national championship game.
And now that Smith has officially embarked on his NFL career, it appears incredibly likely that he’ll be a big factor in the Eagle’s offense from day one. Thus, there is no time like the present to pick up a Devonta Smith rookie card or two. Here are early 3 early releases that’ll be drawing some attention as we head towards the start of the 2021 season.
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Devonta Smith Rookie Card Gold Standard
2021 Panini Gold Standard (Check Price)
Panini Gold Standard is now on the shelves. And it’s about time! We now get to see Devonta in his striking green Eagles jersey running wild on the front of a gold-laden card. Doesn’t get much better than that. There are plenty of great Devonta Smith rookie card options in this high-end collection. Just take a look at Dual Auto Patch above. At only $200 it sure seems like a bargain to us. Especially when you consider it has a print run of just 49!
2021 Panini Certified (Check Price)
Almost just as anticipated as the Gold Standard collection is Panini Certified. The base set offers a wide array of different rare parallels to target. On top of that, you have sweet inserts like the Rookie Roll Call shown here that come with Smith’s autograph. And don’t forget the always sought-after Fresh Fabric material line. No matter which way you turn it’s hard to go wrong with this set.
Devonta Smith Rookie Card Collegiate Collections
2021 Devonta Smith Pro Set (Check Price)
While there have been many that have made light of the fact that Devonta Smith is headed to the NFL weighing just 175 pounds, we’d say the action shot from this beauty makes Devonta look as imposing as any receiver in the league. As far as value goes, some of the rarest autographed cards are approaching $500 while some of the more common non-auto cards can be picked up for as little as $20.
2021 Panini Prizm Draft (Check Price)
Prizm Draft has finally arrived and we certainly can’t say we’re disappointed by the Devonta Smith rookie card options in this set. For example, the Cracked Ice Prizm above has a print run of just 99, comes with an autograph, and can still be purchased for under $200. Music to our ears. Feel like a change of pace? Look for the Crusade insert. A great-looking card that’s not going to take up as much of your bankroll.
2021 Panini Contenders (Check Price)
It’s neck and neck when it comes to Prizm Draft and Contenders Draft but let’s just put it this way: you’re not hurting if you own a sought-after card from either set. As far as Devonta Smith goes, we love the Campus ID insert shown above simply because it reminds us of those easy days of college life. Additionally, there are plenty of great “College Ticket” options throughout the $50 to $300 price range.
2017 Leaf Army (Check Price)
This card has an outstanding vintage look that really makes it stand out. One might even say it has the look of a classic album cover that should only be discovered in a time capsule. As far as the photo goes, the card shows Devonta Smith in the U.S Army All-American Bowl basically mean-mugging the camera. Let’s just say the card has a tremendous aura. On top of that, the bottom of the card proudly displays Devonta’s commitment to the one and only Alabama Crimson Tide. What’s not to like here? Prices vary depending on which card you decide to go with so find one that fits your budget and UNLOAD.
Devonta Smith Rookie Card Honorable Mention
2021 Wild Card Matte (Check Price)
Finally, we have a card that doesn’t quite make our cream of the crop options but should be mentioned nonetheless. The 2021 Wild Card Matte features Devonta Smith in top form as he’s catching a deep pass over the shoulder in front of a black background that allows him to stand out even more. And while the catch is a sight to behold, it isn’t even the coolest aspect of this card. Nope, that would be the flame design that seems to serve as a warning shot to opposing defenses on how Smith is planning to burn them all season long. There are a few different image variations in this set and plenty of Devonta Smith rookie cards available in the moderate $50-$200 price range.
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Devonta Smith Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
As it goes with any receiver, a lot of Smith’s success will depend on the play of his quarterback. That said, you’ve gotta be happy to see all of the “breakout candidate” tags being thrown onto the talented Jalen Hurts. If Hurts delivers you can be sure Devonta Smith will be a huge part of his breakout season. However, with Smith being a rookie and Hurts having only started 4 games in his career there’s a fair share of risk if you’re looking to make a short-term play. 7/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
If Smith lives up to his Rookie of the Year contender status you’ll have plenty of reasons to hold onto your card and wait for even better things to come. However, if things Hurt doesn’t break out we’re not sure we like Smith’s chances of thriving under a Joe Flacco-led offense. If the QB situation doesn’t look good at the end of the 2021 season you may be better off cutting your losses. 6/10
Long (3 years plus)