Kyler Murray Rookie Card Primer: Panini vs. Donruss

Kyler Murray Rookie Card


So you’re ready to ride the Kyler Murray rookie card wave, huh?  After seeing what the young QB was able to do in his first season, that seems like a swell idea.  However, it’s always a good idea to get a grasp on what’s out there before the wallet comes out.  But, before we get into some of Kyler’s top rookie cards, let’s take a look at what he’s accomplished so far in his young career.  As they say, past performance doesn’t guarantee future results.  But many times, it can pretty solid indicator!


Kyler Murray:  The Story So Far


Simply put, the guy is a born athlete.  In fact, he was drafted by the A’s at number 9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.   Perhaps the .296/.398/.556 triple-slash line and 10 home runs in just 189 at-bats as a left fielder for the Sooners had something to do with that.  But as impressive as his 2018 college baseball season was, his 2018 college football season was even more impressive.

After spending 2015 and 2017 in relative obscurity (he sat out 2016 due to transfer rules), Kyler unleashed fury upon the Big 12 in 2018.  And that’s putting it lightly.  Over the course of the season, Murray gouged defenses for 4,361 yards through the air and another 1,001 on the ground.  Gulp.  Oh, and that manic display also resulted in a combined 54 touchdowns (42 passing) and a passer rating of 199.2.  While this performance wasn’t enough to propel the Sooners to a national championship, it did earn Murray the Heisman Trophy.  And perhaps more importantly, it earned him the number 1 spot in the 2019 NFL draft.

Once taken first off the board in the draft, Kyler Murray wasted no time getting his NFL career started and secured the starting gig for the Arizona Cardinals in his rookie season.  And for the first season as an NFL starting quarterback, it was solid.  The rookie wasn’t able to mimic his gaudy college numbers, but he did display that impressive arm/leg skill set that got him drafted #1 overall.  And he stayed on the field!  After starting all 16 games, Kyler Murray ended up with a respectable 3,722 yards through the air and another 544 on the ground with 24 combined TDs.  Not too shabby!

That brings us to the topic of Kyler Murray rookie cards.  If Kyler can continue this trajectory, chances are you’ll be glad you bought a couple.  So without further ado, let’s see what’s available!


Time to Ride the Kyler Murray Rookie Card Wave!



Kyler Murray Rookie Cards from Panini (Find Bargain on eBay)


Panini National Treasures (Find Bargain on eBay)

Kyler Murray Rookie Card National Treasures

These are the epitome of Kyler Murray rookie cards.  The most valuable of the lot are incredibly rare, and quite frankly, incredibly beautiful.  So much so in fact, they seem to have no trouble bringing in well over $5,000 at the auction house!


Panini Flawless

Kyl Murray Panini Flawless

Nobody does the card/memorabilia combo like Panini.  This card is one of Kyler’s most valuable rookie cards and includes a piece of his in-game gloves.  On top of that, Murray’s signature can be found at the bottom of the card.  All of which makes for one expensive, and potentially lucrative trading card.



Panini Contenders (Find Bargain on eBay)

Kyler Murray Panini Contenders

Just like the Tua Tagovailoa rookie card from Panini Contenders, these feature a “rookie ticket” and can be very expensive.  In addition to the ticket, the card shows the QB’s height, weight, and year of birth.  Did you know that at 5 foot 10 inches, Murray is the shortest QB to be drafted in the first round of the common draft era?  At least that’s what the card says!  We assume they got their facts straight.


Panini Prizm

Kyler Murray Rookie Card Prizm

While it doesn’t seem to be as valuable as the Flawless, the Panini Prizm is no laughing matter.  The card features Murray standing tall in the pocket, perhaps about to make a decision on whether to let the ball fly or take off for an easy first down on the ground.  Either way, it’s a nice looking card that has had no problems catching the attention of collectors.


Panini Absolute Football


There are many different options but the KABOOM designs are the most valuable.  Not to mention the coolest.  The cards feature an in-your-face action shot of Murray in front of an explosive backdrop.  Oh, and they’re quite rare.  Which makes for one valuable collector’s item.


Kyler Murray Rookie Cards from Donruss (Find Bargain on eBay)


Donruss Optic (Find Bargain on eBay)

Kyler Murray Rookie Card Downtown

If you don’t feel like spending thousands of dollars on a Kyler Murray rookie card from Panini, look to Donruss.  Even the top tier “Optic” cards can be bought for under 4 digits (for now).  And when it comes to the optics does it get any better than the “Downtown” edition?  We think not.


Donruss Elite

Donruss Elite

An affordable hobby box that can produce some pretty sweet one Kyler Murray rookie card.  Even buying the Murray cards outright is an affordable endeavor as they can be had for just a couple of hundred.  Not bad when compared to what we’ve seen thus far!


Donruss “The Rookies”

Donruss "The Rookies"

This card features a hologram of Kyler Murray and is most valuable when it includes an autograph.  A perfect “10” rating by PSA or Beckett doesn’t hurt either!




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Overall Bargain Rating:  Sky’s the limit!


With a full year of NFL experience under his belt, Kyler Murray seems poised to take flight.  It’d be one thing if he fell flat in his first taste of professional gridiron action.  But as we showed earlier, he certainly did not.  What Kyler did instead was set the stage for even better numbers in his second season.  And more importantly, even more W’s.  And when the numbers become Pro Bowl worthy and the win totals become playoff-worthy, you’ll be glad you invested.