Trying to find an answer on whether or not now is a good time to invest in a Lamar Jackson rookie card? Well let’s put it this way: in 2019 Lamar Jackson had ALL the answers. However, that didn’t get him what he, and his rookie card investors for that matter, wanted most: a Super Bowl Ring. Such a feat would no doubt send your investment SOARING. So the question is, does he have what it takes to make it happen?
Even in the game that saw the Raven’s juggernaut of an offense booted from the playoffs, Jackson put up 379 yards through the air and another 143 on the ground. Sure he had 2 picks, but those 522 yards of total offense should have added up to more than a measly 12 points. Needless to say, the season ended in disappointment. So, what do true phenoms do when they’re abruptly robbed of their first taste of a Championship? Just ask Patrick Mahomes. So again, does Lamar have what it takes to vanquish the memories of a year that slipped through the cracks and bring a Super Bowl Championship home to Baltimore?
2020 Mixed Bag
So far this season, we’ve certainly seen Lamar’s 2019 video game numbers throttled back a bit. As NFL defenses have begun loading the box, Jackson has run far less. On top of that, his throwing hasn’t been at the same level either. But guess what? He’s winning. And not by a small margin. As things stand right now, the Ravens have won their games by an average of 3 touchdowns. So if Lamar’s numbers haven’t looked the same, maybe that’s because they haven’t had to. At this point, the only thing standing between Lamar and a Super Bowl appears to be the guy we mentioned earlier. Patrick Mahomes. We’ll get into whether or not Jackson and the Ravens can regroup and avenge their loss to KC. But before we do, let’s jump into the reason you’re here in the first place. The cards!
Question of the day: What’s the better play right now, a Lamar Jackson or a Kyler Murray rookie card investment?
Lamar Jackson Rookie Card Low Hanging Fruit
2018 Panini Donruss “Rated Rookie” (Buy it on eBay)
Ahhh, who can resist the famous “Rated Rookie” label in the top left corner? While the card is certainly hard to resist, it’s NOT hard to afford. Not to be confused with the more expensive “Optic” version, this one features a helmetless Lamar and can be scooped up for less than $100. Even a gem mint perfect 10 will set you back less than 2 bills.
2018 Panini Classics (Buy this Lamar Jackson rookie card on eBay)
Whether you go with the straight-up Panini Classic (shows Lamar showing off the legs) or the Panini Honors Classic (showing off the arm), you’ll only be spending tens or hundreds (not thousands) of dollars. As always, prices vary based on the variation, grade, and whether or not it includes an autograph.
The Middle-Tier Lamar Jackson Rookie Card Options
2018 Panini Contenders Optic Rookie Ticket (Buy on eBay)
Now we enter into the price range where the cards start to become a serious investment. If you have some cash you’d like to put to work for you, consider a 2018 Panini Contenders Optic Lamar Jackson. They come in a variety of colors and include a “rookie ticket” on the card. The more common of the bunch fit perfectly in this middle tier investment category. However, a perfect “10” of one of the less common parallels is going to set you back thousands, but it could be worth it.
2018 Panini Flawless (Find Bargain on eBay)
These are some SICK Lamar Jackson rookie cards. They include “patches” of the uniform and some even feature Lamar in his old Louisville days. Now you may be looking at the prices while scratching your head and thinking “middle tier”?? The incredibly rare parallels definitely DO NOT fit in this mid-range category. However, the more common are abundant and are all over that $500 to $1,000 price point.
2018 Donruss Optic “Downtown” (Buy on eBay)
Some of you surely know by now that we LOVE the Donruss Optic “Downtown” cards. And the 2018 Lamar Jackson is truly one of the greatest. Where else are you gonna find a card with One of the most exciting players of the modern era of football mixed with the gothic styles of Edgar Allan Poe? The answer is NOWHERE. Plenty of these available in the $750 to $1,500 range.
High-End Lamar Jackson Rookie Card Options
2018 Panini Prism Stained Glass Gold Mojo (Find Bargain on eBay)
Finally, we enter the “pick your jaw up off the floor when you hear the prices of these cards” territory. The super-rare 2018 Panini Prizm Stained Glass Gold Mojo Lamar Jackson rookie card can be looked at as a true diversification play to the stock market. There’s only 10 made and the value is sitting somewhere around the $9,000 to $10,000 mark for a perfect 10. As with any investment, you’ll want to do plenty of due diligence before taking the plunge on one of these. But just think of the returns if Lamar caps off a 2020/2021 Super Bowl run? Safe to say they’ll far exceed that of many blue-chip stocks.
2018 Panini Select Gold Prizm (Buy on eBay)
Just like the card above, there’s only 10 of this beautifully made. And guess what? The value is incredibly similar. So if you have $10,000 to invest there are FAR worse options than this highly coveted card from Panini Select.
2018 National Treasures (Buy on eBay)
Now we’re getting to the point where prices starting becoming truly bizarre. Want a new Ford Bronco or a Lamar Jackson rookie card? That’s the kind of comparison we’re talking about here. Prices for some of the scarcer cards from this set are touching $30,000. Although we love the new Bronco, we’d rather have something that can double in money in less than a year over something that’ll depreciate a couple thousand the minute it’s driven off the lot.
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Lamar Jackson Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (Less than 1 year)
Here you’re hoping for a deep playoff run and a Super Bowl appearance. Anything less and your profits in the short term will likely be minimal at best. So it goes with investing in a guy with such high expectations. BUT, if Lamar can deliver on those lofty expectations, you’re going to be reaping the benefits. In a BIG way. At the end of the day, we think he’ll overcome the naysayers and delivery the goods with a Super Bowl WIN. Then again, we’ve been wrong before. 9/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
We like this investment strategy the best. Sure there’s a chance Lamar Jackson and the Ravens fall short once again. Especially with that Mahomes character standing in the way. But, when you start thinking a little longer term, a Super Bowl ring seems inevitable. Especially if Lamar remains in good health. Too much talent and too good of a team. At some point in this 1 to 5-year range you should have a golden opportunity to cash in BIG on your Lamar Jackson rookie card investment. 10/10
Long (5 years plus)
We hesitate to think long term with Lamar only because of the way he plays the game. His natural talent is a double-edged sword. On one side, that electrifying talent could lead to multiple Super Bowls, MVPs, and a First Ballot Hall of Fame career. On the other side, it could cause an injury that brings the whole machine to a grinding halt. We’re optimists and believe the former is more likely. However, the latter would be truly devastating. 7.5/10