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 has been receiving 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 so far in 2021, we can’t help but like the direction things are going. If things continue to progress (it’s only a matter of time before he takes over as THE featured back in Denver) you’ll be glad you picked up a Javonte Williams rookie card or two. We’re about to highlight a few 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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Javonte Williams Rookie Card: Best of the Best
2021 Panini Certified (Check Price)
When it comes to early NFL releases, nobody does it better than Panini Certified. Sure, there may be some limited collections with a higher dollar per card value, but none of the early sets can offer the variety that Certified does. Whether you’re on the hunt for a small-time base card for a few bucks or a thousand-dollar signed autograph with some game-worn material, look no further. The card we’ve spotlighted above is a simple and crisp autographed Freshmen Fabric. It’s got a print run of only 299 and is still available for less than $100. A great casual to moderate pick-up depending on where your bankroll is at.
2021 Panini Black (Check Price)
Certainly one of the best collections so far if you’re looking to score a Javonte Williams rookie card. Especially a valuable one. The set features a variety of rare parallels and includes cards with both autographs and fabric. The card above includes both and has a print run of just 15 making it one of the more valuable Javonte Williams cards in the set. If you’re looking for something cheaper hone in on a card without an autograph or a higher print run as you shouldn’t have a problem finding one for well under $50. If Javonte keeps the momentum up from his 117 yard game against Dallas these prices may not be available for long!
Javonte Williams Rookie Card Collegiate Options
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)
A short-term play is questionable as Williams’ has been sharing time with Melvin Gordon so far in his rookie season. While he’s seeing his fair share of snaps, card values won’t be driven to higher places until he separates himself as the king of the ground in Denver. However, an injury to Gordon or some huge games that lead to a full takeover of the featured back position could change things in a heartbeat. 6/10
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)