While not as popular as some of the first-round picks we’ve discussed over the previous months, 2nd round pick Javonte Williams’s rookie card market is sure to receive its fair share of attention. Williams had himself a stellar collegiate career as a running back for the North Carolina Tar Heels. So much so that he was drafted early in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. A team that is surely hoping Williams will follow in the footsteps of other UNC alums such as Robert Quinn and Eric Ebron and go on to have a solid career in the NFL. And anyone who picks up one of his rookie cards along the way will certainly be hoping for the same. We’re about to highlight three of those cards but first, let’s take a brief look at what Williams was able to accomplish at UNC.
Javonte Williams College Highlights
Javonte Williams’s college career really got going during his sophomore and junior years. For instance, he had 166 carries for 933 yards and 6 touchdowns after he began receiving consistent touches in 2019. After that in his junior year, Williams had 157 carries for 1140 yards and a whopping 19 rushing touchdowns.
When it comes to highlights, one of his first standout performances came in a sophomore season game against Georgia Tech where Javonte Williams had 20 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown. Another sophomore season highlight was a rivalry football game against Duke where the young running back had 22 carries for 111 yards and paced the Tar Heels to a 20-17 victory over the Blue Devils.
Not surprisingly, Javonte Williams would have even more highlights in his junior year. In an in-state rivalry game against North Carolina State, Williams had 19 carries for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns to help North Carolina roll to a 48-21 victory. Two weeks later against Duke, Williams would have 12 carries for 151 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns along with 4 receptions for 24 yards as North Carolina toppled Duke 56-24. As you can see Williams has star potential. Therefore, it may be a good idea to consider one of the following Javonte Williams rookie card options.
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2021 Panini Chronicles (Check Price)
One great Panini Chronicles card is the “Rookies & Stars” insert. This card has a multi-colored layout that circles the picture showing Williams appearing in a confident pose. Likely after scoring one of his many rushing touchdowns at North Carolina.
A Javonte Williams rookie card we like even more than the Rookies & Stars insert from the 2021 Chronicles collection is the auto-patch shown above. It has a print run of just 99 and shows Javonte Williams as he appears to be angling his body towards a hole opened up by his offensive line. Even with the material and signature, this card is still available for less than $100.
2021 Panini Prizm (Check Price)
The “Purple Ice” parallel shown here has a color scheme that blends perfectly with Williams’s Tar Heels uniform. An autograph of Javonte Williams can be seen on the lower half of the card while the top half features a photo of Williams as he appears to be headed towards the end zone. The card has a print run of just 99 and makes for a great casual investment for somewhere in the $50 to $100 range.
Another great option is the spectacular ultra-rare Gold Prizm version. While the bottom of this card has blue teal, gold can be seen on the top and along the sides and really gives the card a great deal of prominence. It has a print run of just 10 and is one of the most valuable Janvonte Williams rookie cards you’ll find at the moment.
2021 Leaf Metal (Check Price)
The Purple Wave shown above features a lower half that has a nice sophisticated design with the Leaf Metal Draft logo shown prominently above Williams’s signature. Meanwhile, the picture shows Javonte appearing to prepare for a sick juke while tearing up the turf in his Tar Heels road jersey. This collection is by far the most affordable that we’ve featured on our list as even cards as the /15 featured above sell for less than $50.
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Javonte Williams Rookie Card Investment Rating
Short (less than 1 year)
It’s hard to recommend a short-term play here as Williams’ will be playing second fiddle to Melvin Gordon his rookie season. While he’ll see his fair share of snaps, a backup role likely won’t drive card values too much in 2021. However, an injury to Gordon or some huge games that lead to a takeover of the featured back position could change things in a heartbeat. 5/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
We love this approach as this is where the potential for a breakout lies. At some point, Williams should get his shot to be the future of the Bronco’s backfield. If he succeeds we should see plenty of interest pour into the Javonete Williams rookie card market. Something that would be a beautiful sight if you happen to be holding onto a few of the cards featured above. 7/10
Long (3 years plus)