With him running away with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, a Micah Parsons rookie card certainly seems like worthwhile investment. So far in his rookie season the Cowboys star rookie linebacker has been absolutely crushing it. How so? To start with, he’s among the lead leaders in both sacks and tackles for a loss. On top of that, Parsons has done a great job and stuffing gaps and making impact tackles all season long. so as you can see, the hype is real. But it was long before his NFL rookie season that Parsons started to turn some heads.
Micah Parsons College Highlights
Parsons, a linebacker out of Penn State, was one of the first defensive players off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft and the 12th player overall. This is no surprise as Parsons certainly made his presence felt during his time in college. In 2018, he had 82 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles to start his NCAA career. Then in 2019, the hard-hitting linebacker broke out in a big way with 109 total tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. Parsons also ranked 10th in the Big Ten with 14 tackles for loss.
But the numbers alone don’t get you drafted 12th overall. Micah Parsons had some MONSTER games in which he showed the world that he had “Future NFL Star” written all over him. In a game against Michigan on October 19th, 2019, Parsons had a whopping 14 tackles to help Penn State subdue Michigan in a 28-21 victory. One week later, Parsons would have a game-high 12 tackles and lead the Nittany Lions to a 28-7 win against Michigan State. And while these performances turned some heads, his best statistical game may have been the last one he ever played in college. In the 2019 Cotton Bowl against Memphis, Parsons had 14 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles to help Penn St. seal a 53-39 victory. Talk about an exit strategy!
Now that he has become acclimated to life in the NFL, many collectors are picking up a Micah Parsons rookie card in hopes he delivers the same impact for the Dallas Cowboys. While there aren’t many options out there yet, here are a few that should do quite well as long as Parsons does!
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Panini Contenders Draft (Check Price)
The base card has the logo “DRAFT CLASS” which stands out quite prominently on the far right of the card at a vertical angle. Additionally, Micah Parsons is portrayed looking as if he is in the midst of making a lateral move for another one of his many tackles that we talked about earlier. One of our favorite parallels is the Red Cracked Ice version that sells for less than $50. Meanwhile, our favorite Micah Parsons rookie card insert from this collection is the Campus ID card shown above.
Panini Legacy (Check Price)
The Amethyst Mini variation shown here screams prominence as soon as you look at it. Gold glitter can be seen all over this card, especially around the jazzy little “Rookie” logo at the bottom. Micah Parsons is shown standing in his natural position in the defensive backfield waiting for an offensive play to start. $50 should get the job done if you’re hoping to pick one up.
Leaf Metal Draft (Check Price)
This card stands out as soon as you look at it. The card has a silver background and includes the bold “Tenacious D” statement across the bottom portion. Even better than that is Parsons’ autograph just below. Meanwhile, Parsons is shown in what appears to be a moment where he’s using his top-notch football instincts to decipher how the play is going to develop. Leaf Metal Draft is known for offering great value on autographed rookie cards and this set is no different.
National Treasures Collegiate (Check Price)
If you’re looking to spend the big bucks one of your first stops should be National Treasures. While the main set is still yet to be releases, the Collegiate versions is now on the shelves and is generating some very valuable Micah Parsons rookie cards. For instance, the card above recently sold for nearly $600. Sound like a lot? Take into consideration that the card comes with Parson’s autograph and has a print run of just 5. Suddenly, $600 for a rare autographed rookie card of a guy who could very well become a defensive stalwart over the next decade seems very reasonable.
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