For many collectors, the question isn’t if, but WHEN they’ll be picking up a Joe Burrow rookie card. And that decision isn’t always easy. Do you strike as soon as possible in hopes to get in before the pump (if that’s even possible). Or do you bide your time and see how he looks in his first couple of games? What if he doesn’t start right out of the gate? What if he has a bad camp? The point is, there are LOTS of questions and considerations that arise. That’s why we’ve decided to weigh in. But first, let’s get to know Joe!
The Rise of Joe Burrow
Look, the guy was never a scrub. But, not too long ago, he was a MUCH different Joe Burrow. Although talented enough to get recruited by Ohio State, Burrow became weary of riding the pine and decided to split after failing to come away with the starter’s gig (much to the dismay to all those rabid OSU fans aka “bucknuts”). And his destination, as we all know by now, the BIG BAYOU.
In his Junior year, Burrow started to resemble the player that was taken number 1 overall in the 2020 NFL draft. In his first season under center at LSU, Burrow began turning heads with 16 touchdowns through the air and another 7 on the ground. He also put up 2,894 passing yards with a 133.2 passer rating. Numbers good enough to lead the Tigers to a 10-3 record and a Fiesta Bowl Victory over UCF. A good season indeed, but it wasn’t until the following year that he became THE Joe Burrow.
In 2019, Burrow started slingin’ touchdowns right off the bat with 5 against Georgia Southern. And he wouldn’t stop. Over the course of the next 14 games, Joe went on to throw 55 more touchdown passes on his way to an undefeated season. A season that ended with a spectacular 6 touchdown (1 on the ground) performance vs. Clemson and a hoisted Nation Championship Trophy. Oh, and he then went ahead and won the Heisman for good measure.
So it goes without saying, there’s going to be a built-in rookie card market for anyone capable of bursting onto the scene in this fashion. Here are some for your consideration!
Joe Burrow Rookie Card: Brand Review
Joe Burrow Rookie Cards from Panini (Find Bargain on eBay)
If you’re looking to go big, Panini is the brand you want. The top 2 cards are Panini Prizms. One shows Joe rolling out of the pocket (is that Justin Jefferson he’s looking for), while the other features a Burrow who appears ready for a big hit. Either one can command well over $1,000 depending on the condition, design, and autograph situation.
Honorable mentions from Panini include their “Contender” and “Legacy” cards. Each fine cards in their own right, but neither will command as much attention (or money) as the two above.
Joe Burrow Rookie Cards from Leaf (Find Bargain on eBay)
When it comes to Leaf, the best Joe Burrow cards come from the Metal Draft and Ultimate Draft boxes. There’s a variety of different options here so it may be a good idea to keep it simple and just look for one in good condition with an autograph. If Burrow goes on to have a good rookie season, the rest will take care of itself.
Joe Burrow Rookie Cards from Score (Find Bargain on eBay)
The ones we like here come from the Score “Red Zone” box. If you’re an LSU fan, go for the card featuring Joe dropping back in that familiar Tigers uniform. However, if you’re a wily ole’ bucknut, grab the one that shows Joe from his old OSU days (and just dream of what could have been while you’re at it!). Regardless of the uniform, both cards are great options.
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Overall Bargain Rating: Do those 60 TD passes look scared??
Right now all we have to go on is Joe’s jaw-dropping 2019 performance. And if it’s any indication of future results, WATCH OUT. The selling price of those cards we just went over will look like chump change compared to what they’ll become.
If you’re in it for a short term play, hope he’s named the starter and goes on to have a head-turning rookie season, then flip it. Meanwhile, if you’re going long, hope he reaches Montana, Brady, or Manning (Peyton, of course) status. One thing all investors can agree on: let’s hope he’s not the second coming of Ryan Leaf.