Trying to find an answer on whether or not you should invest in a Lamar Jackson rookie card? Well let’s put it this way: in 2019/2020 Lamar Jackson had ALL the answers. 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. The point is, the kid is REALLY good at playing football, which means you should REALLY consider a Lamar Jackson rookie card.
So, what do young phenoms do when they’re abruptly robbed of their first taste of a championship? Just ask Patrick Mahomes. And if Lamar follows in Mahomes’ footsteps by bringing home a ring next year, one thing is for certain: you’ll see an EXPLOSION in the price of Lamar’s rookie cards.
That’s why we’re offering an easy (but far from comprehensive) pricing guide for those who want to load up on a few cards in anticipation of a championship run. We’ll start with some affordable investments and work our way to some cards that are for serious players only. Let’s get started!
Lamar Jackson Rookie Card Low Hanging Fruit (less than $1,000)
2018 Panini Donruss Optic “Rated Rookie”
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. In fact, most can be had for less than a few hundred. Even if you get crazy and go with a hologram or autograph, you’ll be far from breaking the bank.
2018 Panini Classics
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.
Middle-Tier Lamar Jackson Rookie Cards (over $1,000)
2018 Panini Contenders Optic Rookie Ticket
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. A perfect “10” is going to set you back, but it could be worth it.
2018 Panini Flawless
These are some SICK Lamar Jackson rookie cards. They include “patches” of the uniform and some even feature Lamar in his old Louisville days. Prices vary but if you want an autographed mint gem, you’ll have to come up with quite a bit of cash.
High-End Lamar Jackson Rookie Cards (approaching $10,000)
2018 Panini Prism Stained Glass
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 Prism Stained Glass Lamar Jackson rookie cards can be looked at as a true diversification play to the stock market. 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 Optic Downtown Superfractor
There’s a lot going with this card. One might even say it resembles a piece of fine art more than a football card. Either way, there’s plenty of so-called “fine art” out there that’s nowhere near as valuable as this not-so-humble gem. Be prepared to spend in the mid-4 digits for a mint and even higher for a perfect 10.
Speaking of explosive young talent…..check out these Wander Franco rookie cards!
Overall Bargain Rating: Cautious Optimism
Lamar Jackon’s talent creates a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, the dude’s ability to run is what makes him one of the most explosive (if not THE most) players we’ve ever seen on the gridiron. On the other, that same ability could be what lands him on the dreaded IR and puts a Superbowl run in jeopardy.
So at the end of the day, this is a true high risk-high reward investment. BUT, if the man stays healthy, a Superbowl ring seems inevitable. And once that happens, the prices these cards are selling at now will look like quite the bargain.