Now that another year is setting in, it’s time we begin to focus on what football cards are worth buying going forward. That’s where our Hottest Football Rookie Cards 2022 list comes into play! While some of the first year players have been a disappointment, there has certainly been some bright spots. And a few pleasant surprises. With the future being wide open for some of the following young players, optimism abounds. Not only for their potential on the football field, but for the potential for their rookie cards to skyrocket. Anyways, let’s not waste anymore time. Time to break out the list!
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Hottest Football Rookies Cards 2022: Quarterbacks
Mac Jones (Check Price)
As soon as Mac Jones was named the starter over veteran Cam Newton, there were plenty of folks thinking the young QB had Rookie of the Year written all over him. While he hasn’t put up numbers similar to his final season at Bama, Mac has the Patriots on the right side of the win column and seems to be getting better each week. Once things REALLY start clicking, watch out. We could see another price boom like we did last season with the Justin Herbert rookie card market. A no brainer to start the Hottest Football Rookie Cards 2022 list.
Trevor Lawrence (Check Price)
Going from the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year to a mere afterthought is never a good feeling. However, Lawrence has shown flashes that justify the pre-season hype. Regardless of how he finishes 2021, Trevor will certainly be viewed as a buy low breakout candidate in 2022. And if he can get some help on the offensive side of the football (and perhaps a new coach), we wouldn’t be surprised if Lawrence takes a MASSIVE step forward in 2022. Stay patient and embrace the buying opportunity!
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Hottest Football Rookies Cards 2022: Receivers
Ja’Marr Chase (Check Price)
The only real competition Jones has in his quest for ROY is Ja’Marr Chase. Frankly, he’s done everything the Bengals could have hoped for in his first season. At time, Chase has looked like not only the best rookie receiver in the league, but the best receiver PERIOD. If Burrow and Chase can keep that connection alive going forward expect very big things from this duo. They did it in college and could certainly return to glory once they both get settled into the NFL. Perhaps sooner than later. Whether you’re looking to go short term or hold on for a few years, we love what a Ja’Marr chase rookie card has to offer.
Devonta Smith (Check Price)
While, the Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t been out of this world, Smith has proven he’s more than capable. Just look at those two games where he went for more than 100 yards receiving. If Devonta can become a more consistent target (and perhaps get a little more consistent play out of his QB), the sky’s the limit. Smith has flown a bit under the radar as far as rookies go, but still finds himself in the top five when it comes to odds to win NFL ROY. Something that bodes well for what he can accomplish in year two.
Hottest Football Rookies Cards 2022: RB & TE
Najee Harris (Check Price)
Regardless of whether Harris knew a pro football game could end in a tie, he’s put together a decent rookie season. We’d sure like to see the YPC increase but he’s getting a real opportunity with plenty of games with more than 20 rushes. In addition to the runs, Najee has also been a threat out of the back field catching passes. As long as the Steelers don’t lose faith, expect Harris to shine in 2022. Some bigger holes from the offensive line would also help!
Kyle Pitts (Check Price)
Finally, our Hottest Football Rookie Cards 2022 list end with a freakishly athletic tight end. There was plenty of hype surrounding Kyle Pitts going into the 2021 season and while his performance has been inconsistent at best, Pitts has shown flashes that make him look like the best pass catching tight end in the league. In back to back weeks Pitts hauled in close to 300 combined receiving yards and has had some decent games before and after. However, despite showing he’s capable of moving the chains, Pitts has had a problem finding pay dirt. It’ll be interesting to see if he can reach his full potential in the following years, but if he does he’ll be THE tight end when it comes to offensive production.
Hottest Football Rookie Cards 2022: Best Collections
2020 Panini Select XRC (Check Price)
The XRC edition of the 2020 Select collection are beginning to arrive and there are some incredibly valuable rookie cards. For instance, the Mac Jones card shown sold for more than $4,000 in recent months. The cards you find here feature the biggest rookies from the 2021 and were originally purchased as a “prize redemption” card. So if you’re looking for the some most pricey cards of the new crop of rookies look no further. In addition to Mac Jones you’ll find other hard hitter suck as Ja’Marr Chase, Trevor Lawrence, and defensive BEAST Micah Parsons. Hard to go wrong if you have the cash!
2021 Mosaic (Check Price)
Speaking of Micah Parsons. The card above is a Red Prizm of the league’s dominant rookie defender and is available for less than $50. If it’s raw that is. Additionally, Mosaic offers some of the best parrels and inserts of both rookies and NFL vets so there’s is now shortage of options here. Into high quality? Just take one feel of a Mosaic card in your hand and you’ll instantly think Prizm, Select, or Optics. They’re that good.
Hottest Football Rookie Cards 2022: Coming Soon
2021 Panini Prizm (Check Price)
After SEVERAL delays, it appears the top dog of all Panini brands is finally within arms reach. As long as there’s not yet another delay! Either way, we and just about every other football card collector has been foaming at the mouth in anticipation waiting for the unmistakably crisp, smooth, and firm feel of this years Panini Prizm Football collection. As always, the set will be absolutely LOADED with all of the top rookies. So whether it’s an autograph, insert, or rookie exclusive you’ll find it all here. Pricewise, Prizm doesn’t come cheap. However, you may find shelling out the green way easier than it was to wait for the collection to arrive.
2021 Panini Select (Check Price)
It’s hard to mention Panini Prizm without bringing up Panini Select in the next sentence. If Prizm is the number 1 Panini collection, think of Select as the 1A. Select is slightly more limited than Prizm and a little pricier on the price you’ll pay per card when buying a fresh hobby box. Like Prizm, Select is the definition of a high quality sports card and will offer stunning looks at all of the best rookies from the 2021 class.