Now that Mac Jones has been named the Week 1 starter, it’s easy to see why there is plenty of interest pouring into the Mac Jones rookie card market. Combine the starting gig with his big win on the national stage over fellow first-rounder Justin Fields in 2020, and it comes as ZERO surprise that Jones has already captured the attention of many fans from around the league.
On a lighter note, the Patriot’s rookie QB has also grabbed plenty of attention for his unique walk-up when being drafted as many fans liken it to the walk of his new head coach Bill Belichick’s walk. While we’re sure Jones would have rather had his mind for football compared to Belichick’s, any comparison to one of the G.O.A.T.S of coaching has to be a good thing. Right??
At any rate, Mac Jones has a great arm and tremendous pocket presence, so hopefully one day he’ll be compared to former New England Patriots legend, Tom Brady. A comparison both Mac Jones and Mac Jones rookie card owners would certainly love. Speaking of those, here are the best options that have been released so far!
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Mac Jones Rookie Card New Releases (New England Patriots)
2021 Panini Certified (Check Price)
Panini Certified is one of the first collections to feature Mac in his new Patriots jersey. Something fans have been patiently waiting for. And now that Mac is starting from Week 1, that Patriots jersey makes the card seem even better. There is plenty to like in this set. If you’re looking for something flashy check out the 2021 insert shown here. Meanwhile, if elegant is what you’re after the Freshman Fabric line should deliver.
2021 Panini Gold Standard (Check Price)
Gold Standard has set the bar high when it comes to QUALITY Mac Jones rookie cards. There is so much to work with in this set. The Dual Patch /75 autographed card above is one of our favorites if you’re looking for a higher-end investment. Meanwhile, seek out the higher numbered non-autos if you’re wanting something a little more casual. Either way, if Macj Jones delivers you’ll own a card that many collectors are going to covet.
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Latest Release: 2021 Panini Black (Check Price)
So far some of the great collegiate sets from Panini and Leaf are already on the shelves and feature some great Mac Jones prospect cards. However, now that collections like Certified and Gold Standard have arrived, and Panini Black we no longer have to settle for just cards featuring Mac Jones in his college days. Some of the biggest sets of the year will be arriving later in 2021 and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.
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2021 Panini Legacy (Check Price)
Panini Legacy offers some great options if you like your cards with a little bling. For instance, that Under the Lights insert almost makes you think you’re staring at an expensive engagement ring rather than a football card. Anyways, some of the autographed cards like the one above and the “Rookies” hold some good value. Meanwhile, non-autographed cards are the way to go if you’re looking for a casual investment.
2021 Panini Contenders (Check Price)
We’re loving the Campus ID insert shown above and we’re not the only ones. These have been selling regularly on eBay since their arrival and they hold quite a bit of value if you’re looking to drop a few hundred bucks on your Mac Jones rookie cards. Other great high-end options include any of the College Ticket autographed cards and the Mac Jones/Jaylen Waddle Collegiate Connections insert.
2021 Panini Prizm Draft (Check Price)
The much anticipated Prizm Draft collection has finally arrived and boy does it include some amazing Mac Jones rookie card options. For instance, take a look at that Orange Pulsar Prizm above. It’s got a print run of just 49, comes autographed, and features Jones doing what he does best: slingin’ the football. With features like that, it’s no wonder the Orange Pulsar is one of the more valuable Mac Jones cards in the set. However, there are some more valuable if you’re looking to go even bigger and PLENTY of more casual investment options.
2021 Panini Chronicles (Check Price)
It’s hard to beat an early look at the Select collection as an insert of the 2021 Panini Chronicles Drat set. The Mac Jones card above shows the young QB on the run and looking to make a big play happen. Hence the “In Flight” tag to the insert. There are few different versions of the card, but some can easily exceed $400 in value. On top of the Select insert, there are plenty of options to choose from in the standard Chronicles Draft collection.
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2021 Pro Set (Check Price)
Donning the Pro Set’s new outline, Mac Jones is pictured here making a quick throw judging by the arm angle. By the way, we love how Jones is actively throwing the ball instead of just standing in the pocket analyzing the field like so many other QB cards. In addition to the cool photo, they were also one of the first rookie cards produced for Jones so it’s easy to imagine why these are a hot commodity. As far as value goes, some of the rarest from the collection that also has autographs are going for over $1,000. However, there are plenty of options available for less than $50 if you’re looking to take a casual approach.
2021 Score (Check Price)
Compared to the Pro Set Mac Jones rookie card we just looked at, Score offers more affordable prices. For instance, some of the ultra-rare parallels with an autograph can still be scooped up for less than $500. And if you can forgo the signature, you can even get something like the /100 showcase card featured above for less than $50. If you’re not looking to spend the big bucks consider this one.
2017 Upper Deck (Check Price)
These cards are pretty hard to find as they are back from when Jones was on the USA football team. So as you may have guessed, these are the first Mac Jones cards ever. At the time, it was considered a future star watch card when he played in the under nineteen All-American game. And boy did that prediction come true! Well, as you can imagine this card has only skyrocketed in popularity since then. And in value! Just like the Pro-Set collection, some of the cards are approaching $1,000 while others are still available for less than $100. As far as style goes, the red, white, and blue make this card the most attractive of all Mac Jones rookie cards we’ve seen thus far. Definitely rare, but if you find one it’s well worth investing in.
2020 Leaf Draft (Check Price)
Whether you opt to go for the regular ole’ Leaf Draft or its fancy brother Leaf Metal, there’s a lot to like here. As the name suggests, the collections focus on some of the most elite talent coming out of the most recent NFL draft. Safe to say Mac Jones fits that description. Metal is far more expensive in general but both collections have some great autographed cards that can’t command considerable value.
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Mac Jones Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
We’ve all seen what this guy is capable of with a legendary coach at his side so you can imagine the tremendous upside here. And now that Cam Newton has been vanquished, a short-term investment has just become a whole lot more volatile. With a team like New England, the playoffs are on the horizon if Mac delivers. However, if he flops, there will be plenty of folks who are oh so quick to jump off the bandwagon. A true high risk/high reward play but if all goes well, this 15th overall pick could have more valuable rookie cards than the number 1 overall pick sooner than you’d think. 8/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
Follow the first year closely and if you like what you see don’t hesitate to hold out for even bigger gains. Sure an untimely injury or down second year could burn you, but guess what? There’s plenty of time to get it back. As long as Belichick is coaching, we like Jones’s chances of success. 8/10
Long (3 years plus)
While we’re certainly bullish, we’re not ready to consider something like this. Take your profits in the short or mid-term as the opportunity arises and if he’s still looking good after a few years consider buying back in with longer intentions.