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Just because the 2021 NFL Draft first-rounders are hogging all the attention, doesn’t mean you should sleep on the idea of picking up an Elijah Moore rookie card. Moore clearly made a name for himself as a standout wide receiver for Ole Miss due to his versatility. And guess what? That same versatility is helping Elijah Moore create quite the buzz at Jets training camp. As you can see, now that he is in the NFL, Moore is trying to carve a similar path to former Ole Miss wide receiver AJ Brown. A dynamic receiver who followed up an outstanding college tenure by making the Pro Bowl in 2020 and putting up 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. All tall order, but it’d be a mistake to assume Elijah Moore won’t do the same. Just take a look at some of these college highlights to understand what this kid is fully capable of!
Question of the day: Will Elijah Moore have a better rookie season than Javonte Williams?
Elijah Moore Big Games at Ole Miss
Elijah Moore burst onto the scene in a 2019 matchup with Arkansas. In that game, the breakout sophomore would end up catching 7 passes for 130 yards as Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 31-17. Two of those catches went for 6 points, by the way. While Moore would finish the year with 6 touchdowns and over 800 yards, it wasn’t until 2020 where his NFL Draft stock would REALLY begin to rise.
In his junior season of 2020, Elijah Moore had 6 different games in which he had at least 10 receptions and over 100 yards receiving. The last three of which were incredible! A late-season game against Vanderbilt saw Elijah Moore produce 14 receptions to go with 238 yards and 3 touchdowns as Ole Miss rolled to a 54-21 victory. Moore would follow that up with a 13 reception, 225-yard performance as he helped power Ole Miss to a 59-42 win against South Carolina. Finally, he’d add the cherry on top by playing a major role in a 31-24 win in the “Egg Bowl” game against Mississippi State with a 12 reception, 139-yard performance.
It’s performances like these that make you see why Elijah Moore was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Now let’s take a look at what Elijah Moore rookie cards are out there so far!
Elijah Moore Rookie Card Hot List
2021 Panini Prizm (Check eBay Listings)
One of our favorite Panini Prizms featuring Elijah Moore is the Green Pulsar shown above. The card is defined by a futuristic green pattern and an image of Elijah Moore about to make a cut after securing one of his many catches at Ole Miss. In addition to the Green Pulsar, there are plenty of other great Prizm choices depending on your price range.
2021 Panini Contenders (Check eBay Listings)
While there are a few different image variations in this collection, the one we like best is shown in the Blue Shimmer above. You’ll notice a red outline that covers the top and comes down below most of the sides of the card to harness in the shimmering blue center. The middle itself shows Elijah Moore pointing his finger at the sky after coming down with yet another catch. Something we’re hoping to see a lot of in 2021. Regardless of the image variation, seek out one that is autographed and numbered if you’re looking for higher values. Alternatively, grab a base card or a non-autographed Prizm if you’re looking for a smaller investment.
2021 Donruss Elite (Check eBay Listings)
One hard-to-miss card found in the Donruss Elite collection is the “Turn of the Century” insert. The Gold parallel prominently displayed above has a print run of just 25 which gives it automatic value. Additionally, the bottom of a card contains an autograph by Elijah Moore along with a photo of the receiver in his road uniform. Right now you should be able to pick it up for less than $100 if you’re lucky enough to find one. If not, there’s always the “Pen Pals” insert or the dual autographed card featuring new teammate Zach Wilson. Hard to go wrong here.
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Elijah Moore Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
With a rookie QB transition taking place in New York in 2021, a 1-year strategy may not be the best approach. Sure, Moore could overperform DESPITE the shaky QB situation but you’d be asking a lot. The good thing is, his cards as so cheap compared to other big-name rookies that you can afford to wait it out! 5/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
We prefer this mindset. With a talent like Wilson, it’s only a matter of time before the Jet’s offense gets rolling. And once they do, Moore should play a big role in that. If so, expect a massive increase in your Elijah Moore rookie cards. 8/10
Long (3 years plus)