Are all those cases of Minshew MANIA cured after that dreadful 2020 season? If you’re like us, you’ve recovered quite nicely from the briefly lived hysteria. However, it doesn’t mean we didn’t completely eat it on our pre-season Gardner Minshew rookie card investments. OUCH. However, is there any hope left to recover that investment? Or do we cut our losses?
And what about those of you who didn’t fall victim to the mania? Is there any way this can be a buy low-opportunity? We’ll try to provide some answers to these deep thoughts. But first, let’s see what Minshew’s top rookie cards are
WARNING: If you still have Minshew Mania, these cards are NOT the cure. In fact, they’ll probably only exacerbate your symptoms.
Random thought of the day: Minshew’s parents sure must love the hobby of growing their own fruit and vegetables.
The Maniacal Gardner Minshew Rookie Card Primo Pack
2019 Panini Select (Buy this Gardner Minshew rookie card on eBay)
Disclosure alert: we still own several of these and have lost a few bucks what has been quite the bumpy ride.
Select is a great all-around set that’s become popular in recent years. The cards aren’t too shabby when it comes to looks and they’re incredibly affordable. Especially after last season. Even most of the rarer parallels are affordable for casual investors at this point.
2019 National Treasures (Buy it on eBay)
Hard to make a modern-day football rookie card list without mentioning this behemoth of a set. Back before the 2020 season some of the Gardner Minshew rookie cards from this set were selling for over $2k on eBay.Now? A fraction of that price.
2019 Panini Prizm (Find it on eBay!)
If you’re thinking a comeback may be in Minshew’s future this may be the set to go with. For instance, the Gold Vinyl Prizm is valued at under $700. Compare that to its price before the 2020 season and you’ll see quite the difference.
2019 Donruss Optic (Buy this card on eBay)
A card that features Minshew’s ability to make a cross-body throw on the run (not an easy feat!). Actually, it’s the same photo from the Panini Prizm card we just talked about! C’mon guys, don’t be lazy.
At any rate, there are numerous options to choose from so it really just depends on how much you want to spend. Looking to max out value? Search for an autograph from one of the less common colors. Looking to play it safe? Grab a couple of the base cards on the cheap.
2019 Panini Flawless (Buy on eBay)
Wrapping it up with another great set from Panini. Just like the Donruss Optic, there’s a crazy amount of Garnder Minshew rookie card options in this set. Regardless of which one you choose, the value with be there if Minshew ever lives up to the mania.
Another player who saw his 2020 season cut short by an injury…
Check out our Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card Hotlist!
Review of Gardner Minshew Rookie Card Investment Strategies
At the start of the 2020 season, we LOVED Minshew as a short-term play. In fact, here’s what we said:
“We LOVE Minshew as a short-term play. He’s come out the gate hot and there’s plenty to be excited about. He already knocked off an up-and-coming Colts team (and made their defense look silly in the process) and almost mounted a massive 4th quarter comeback against the Titans. He’s got some MUCH easier games approaching and should be able to rack up some wins and TD passes. Both of which should help out the value of your Gardner Minshew rookie card in the near term.”
Clearly, we were wrong. Too bad we didn’t own a fancy enough crystal ball that could have told us about the upcoming injury! Either way, the story has changed and a short-term play doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as lucrative as it was months ago. You’re relying on a trade that puts Minshew’s career as a starting QB pack in the cards as the future in Jacksonville almost certainly belongs to Trevor Lawrence. Or will he become a trustworthy backup? Too risky. Even at these prices. 2/10
What we said at the beginning of the season:
“While short is our preferred play here, there’s nothing wrong with thinking a year or two down the road with this guy. From his college dominance to his early NFL success, Minshew has proven he was what it takes to handle anything that’s been thrown at him. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a deep playoff run within the next few years. Which, of course, should do wonders for your investment.”
Now our preferred play is a medium-term investment. If we were forced to choose that is. We’re cautiously optimistic that eventually, Minshew will once again find himself starting under center (and hopefully for a better team this time around). Why? Because he’s been too productive to be a backup. If Minshew lands with another team and has some success you’re gonna see a bounceback in prices. And if you buy at these prices a little bounce back can go a LONG way to making you some money. 6/10.
What we said then:
“This is by far our least favorite option as we typically only think long on guys like Drew Brees who are sure-fire Hall of Famers. And of course, we won’t shy away from going long on a Ken Griffey Jr. and Kobe Bryant rookie card as they’re already in the Hall. Just way too early to even think about holding long term.”
Actually, this has changed. Short term is our least favorite option because you’re counting on a trade. If you go long at least you can always hope the mania will someday retake the country by storm. And if not? At least you have some cool look cards for your collection case. Sometimes it’s good to have a reminder of your failed investments! 3/10
Looking for a QB with staying power?
Safe to say Justin Herbert rookie cards EXPLODED after the way he took the NFL by storm.