Now that we’re more than a quarter of the way through his rookie campaign, we figured it would be a good time to check back in on the Joe Burrow rookie card market. We for one are surprised by the way Joe’s performed so far. Pleasantly so. Sure he’s had a couple of tough games. But remember, those came against some tough aven and Charger defenses. In the other 3 games, Joe has averaged more than 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not bad for a rookie on a rebuilding franchise.
So what’s next for Joe and the Bengals? The team’s schedule doesn’t seem to get significantly easier so a lot will depend on how Burrow performs. But if he can learn from some rookie mistakes that he’s made so far (like not getting the ball out fast enough) some of those losses are going to flip to wins. Which bodes well for those who have held onto a Joe Burrow rookie card.
But before we get into those, let’s get a healthy reminder of what got Joe to where he’s at now!
Random thought of the day: Did anyone think Justin Hebert would be making this big of an impact this early??
The Season That Made a Joe Burrow Rookie Card Possible
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 Card Options from Panini (Find Bargain on eBay)
If you’re looking to go big, Panini is the brand you want. So far the most valuable seems to be the rare parallels of the Panini Select set but the 2 Panini Prizms shown above are nothing to laugh at either. 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.
Other cards from Panini include their “Contender” and “Legacy” sets. Both have many different parallels and can bring in some serious cheddar. For instance, some of the rarest from the Contender set are selling for around $5,000.
Joe Burrow Rookie Card Options 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. Autograph or not, you’re gonna be spending FAR less than you would when buying a Joe Burrow rookie card made by Panini. If you have a limited budget Leaf is the way to go.
Joe Burrow Rookie Card Options 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. Like the Leaf set, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank with this set.
Joe Burrow Rookie Card Options from Mosaic
A relatively new set that snuck in late but is making some big-time WAVES is Mosaic. For example, some of the rare parallels from this set have brought in well over $3,000. Talk about making an instant impact. Value aside, the cards are a treat to look at. Shiny and spectacular are two adjectives that come to mind.
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Joe Burrow Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (Less than 1 year)
Now that we have more than just Joe’s jaw-dropping 2019 performance to go on, we can see that the college star has had his way with several NFL defenses. And if it’s any indication for the rest of the season, WATCH OUT. The selling price of those cards we just went over should be substantially higher by year’s end. 8/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
This is actually our favorite of the 3 strategies. Many may be liking the short play and hoping Joe goes on to turn some heads the rest of the way. Which we like. BUT, holding out for some REAL success seems far more lucrative. Let’s face it, the most Joe could possibly do this year is Rookie of the Year honors. Compare that to these possibilities over the next 5 seasons: MVP, playoffs, Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP. All of those are possible for a guy with Burrow’s talent. 9/10
Long (5 years plus)
If you’re going long, you’re hoping he reaches Montana, Brady, or Manning (Peyton, of course) status. Which is possible, but an incredibly tall order nonetheless. Additionally, there should be plenty of great selling opportunities along the way that you won’t want to pass up on. Much too early to be thinking long! 4/10