The Joe Burrow rookie card market needs to be revisited now that he’s done for the rest of the season. While this may come as a big disappointment for some, we can’t help but feel optimistic. For starters, Joe Burrow answered any and all questions about whether or not his college success would translate to the gridiron of the NFL. In just over half a season of play, Burrow threw for nearly 2,700 yards and 13 TDs against only 5 interceptions. Additionally, he was able to post a solid rating of 89.8, a completion percentage of 65.3, and an average yards per game of nearly 270. And even though all of that amounted only to a 2-7-1 record, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone putting the Bengals season on Burrow.
Secondly, the injury may be a great buying opportunity. There are sure to be plenty of holders who are looking to sell due to the knee injury. So pay attention closely because there’s a good chance buyers won’t be willing to pay the same amount for a Joe Burrow rookie card. If so, prices will come down and you’ll be in a great spot to either add to your position or enter the market for the first time.
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.
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.
Options from Mosaic (Buy on eBay)
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.
Our Favorite Joe Burrow Rookie Card (Buy on eBay)
Without a doubt, the Donruss Optics Downtown insert is by far our favorite option. On top of the great looks, these carry incredible value. And with how popular they’ve become among collectors we wouldn’t be surprised to see that value continue to rise. You know how the song goes: “Things will be great when we’re DOWNTOWN!”
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Joe Burrow Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (Less than 1 year)
Clearly, this could hurt those of you who were planning to sell at some point this season. If this is the case, take a look at the second investment strategy posted directly below. Meanwhile, those considering buying now may want to think about holding for more than a year. Nobody’s sure when Joe will be ready in 2021 and it could taker some time to regain his rookie year form once he does play again. 6/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
This remains our favorite of the 3 strategies. As we said even before the injury, holding out for some REAL success seems far more lucrative than selling after a good rookie season. Let’s face it, Joe’s possible shot and the Rookie of the Year is off the table. And that’s ok because ALL of these possibilities are on the table if you have a medium-term investment approach: MVP, playoffs, Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP. For someone with Burrow’s talent, those achievements aren’t just wishful thinking. 9/10
Long (5 years plus)
If you’re going long, you’re hoping he bounces back from the injury (and whatever injuries he may sustain down the road for that matter) and reaches Montana, Brady, or Manning (Peyton, of course) status. Sure this may be possible, but an incredibly tall order nonetheless. Additionally, there should be plenty of great selling opportunities over the upcoming years that you won’t want to pass up. 5/10
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