Kyler Murray Rookie Card Primer: Panini vs. Donruss

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Now that we’re a more than a quarter of the way through the season, nows as good of a time as any to check in on the Kyler Murray rookie card market.  And while the interceptions are a bit troublesome, you can’t help but be pleased with what Kyler’s done so far. Despite the INTs, Murray has been able to average over 250 yards through the air and has connected on 8 TD passes. And let’s not forget the running.  So far Murray has found the endzone on his feet 5 times, which eclipses his season total of 4 last season.  Add that to an average of nearly 60 rushing yards a game and you’re starting to see a real ground force develop.

So after seeing what the young QB has done so far this season on top of what he was able to do his first year in the league, an investment in a Kyler Murray rookie card 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 refresher course on the road that got him where he stands today.  As they say, past performance doesn’t guarantee future results.  But many times, it can pretty solid indicator!


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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.

College Stardom

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.

NFL Resume

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!  And when it comes to this year, we already mentioned how Murray is picking up right where he left off.  And then some.

That brings us to the topic of a Kyler Murray rookie card investment.  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!


Kyler Murray Rookie Card Comparison


Kyler Murray Rookie Cards from Panini (Buy on eBay)


Panini National Treasures (Buy this card 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!  To put it frankly, if you’re looking to get buy on the cheap, this is NOT the set for you.


Panini Flawless

Kyl Murray Panini Flawless

Nobody does the card/memorabilia combo like Panini.  These are some of Kyler’s most valuable rookie cards and many include some sort of his in-game material.  On top of that, some of the cards have Murray’s signature, which can drive the value up even higher.  While the one shown directly above is a dazzling card, the one at the VERY top of this page is second to none, looks-wise.


Panini Contenders (Buy it 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 National Treasures box, the Panini Prizm is more popular for Kyler Murray rookie card collectors.  And the right ones are incredibly valuable, with many touching the $5,000 threshold.  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 (Buy on eBay)


Besides some National Treasures options, Panini 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 (Buy on eBay)


Donruss Optic (Buy this card on eBay)

Kyler Murray Rookie Card Downtown

The Donruss Downtown is the answer to the Panini KABOOM.  Just as cool but it won’t cost you nearly as much.  So if you don’t feel like spending your entire bankroll on a Kyler Murray rookie card from Panini, look to Donruss.  For instance, many of the top tier “Optic” cards can still be bought for under 4 digits (for now).  And when it comes to optics does it get any better than the “Downtown” edition?  We think not.


Donruss Elite

Donruss Elite

An affordable hobby box that can produce one sweet 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” (Buy on eBay)

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!


Donruss Marvels Insert

Marvels insert

Not quite in the same league of coolness as the KABOOM or Downtown, but a force of nature nevertheless. The insert is as rare as it is cool, so there’s actually some decent value in it if you find the right buyer.





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Kyler Murray Rookie Card Investment Strategy


Short Term (Less than 1 year)

We said this about Murray before the season started:  “with a full year of NFL experience under his belt, Kyler Murray seems poised to take flight”.  And take flight he has.  Especially with that new and improved ground attack (make room Lamar Jackson).  As things continue to trend in the right direction for Murray, that means one thing.  Your short term play on a Murray rookie card is doing the same. 9/10

Medium Term (1 to 5 years)

Another reminder of what we said before the season:  “Kyler 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”.  Well, those numbers are starting to become a Pro Bowl worthy and by no means are the Cardinals out of the early playoff conversation.  While neither may happen this year (although they easily could), both a Pro Bowl and playoff birth seem inevitable in the medium term. 10/10

Long Term (5 years plus)

Sure, Murray is absolutely oozing with potential.  But ask yourself this:  what are his major accomplishments in the NFL?  We don’t know about you, but from where we sit, the sound of crickets chirping is deafening.  Now that’s not to say the accomplishments and accolades aren’t coming, but let’s wait until some arrive before we start thinking long.  Just too many juicy short to medium term profit-taking opportunities along the way. 4/10