To say the Zach Wilson rookie card market is in its infancy may be an understatement. However, now that he’s officially an NFL player, there is already plenty of attention turnings towards the few cards that are out there so far. So now seems the perfect time to figure out exactly what those cards are, and what cards are coming soon. While the following certainly aren’t the greatest options compared to what’s on the way, they’re available RIGHT NOW. And if you’re looking to make a play coming off the buzz created by the draft as we head towards training camp, these are perfect. In other words, if you have an insatiable thirst for a Zach Wilson rookie card that needs to be quenched ASAP, don’t hesitate to grab one of these “first to market” options!
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First Zach Wilson Rookie Cards on the Market
2021 Panini Contenders Draft Picks (Check Price)
Along with Panini Prizm Draft, we’re expected the most from this one out of all the early Zach Wilson rookie card options. And it has certainly delivered. There are all kinds of amazing “College Ticket” parallels and plenty of autos to choose from. Don’t forget about the “Under the Lights” insert either! Whether you looking to spend a few grand or just a few hundred, this and Prizm Draft are the first places to look.
2021 Panini Prizm Draft (Check Price)
There is nothing quite like the feeling of holding a shiny new Panini Prizm card in your hand. And when it comes to the Zach Wilson rookie card market, nothing is newer than the amazing Prizm “Draft Picks” collection. This is truly one of the polished collections we’ve seen so far in 2021 and the values of the cards reflect that.
2021 Panini Chronicles Draft (Check Price)
It’s hard to beat a collection like Panini Chronicles because it pretty much has it all. Panini Spectra? Check. Panini One? Check. Panini Orginins? Select. Either way you turn there is something worth collecting. And don’t forget about those amazing inserts! We personally favor the In-Flight insert for Panini Select but it’s a tough call with so many to choose from.
The card shown above is a Panini One edition with a print run of just 99. It features a photo of Wilson rolling out of the pocketing scanning downfield for that open receiver. In addition to the photo, you’ll notice the in-game material located throughout the top right-hand portion of the card. And don’t forget about that lovely autograph down at the bottom! A real winner in every sense of the word.
2021 Leaf Draft (Check Price)
Quite similar to another more affordable card appearing later in the list, Leaf Draft and the shiny Leaf Metal Draft collections are two of the more “high-end” options offered by Leaf. There are plenty of different options valued at over $300, most of them with fresh ink. As we said the regular Draft version is more affordable so if you like its style but are looking for something with a little more oomph, Metal Draft is your answer.
2021 Pro Set (Check Price)
In addition to the two we just spoke of, Leaf is rebooting the ole’ Pro Set brand that was popular with NFL and Hockey card collectors back in the 90s. This is the first card we’ve seen that included Wilson’s autograph so it comes as no surprise this one of the most valuable of the early releases. The /99 autograph above has been spotted on eBay going for more than $800.
2021 Onyx (Check Price)
Lookswise, this is EASILY our favorite on the list. So far, that is. Who can resist the vintage background with a focused Wilson in the forefront looking for an open receiver. And don’t forget about that autograph that shows some love to his college team, the BYU Cougars. At any rate, the autograph version is the best choice if you want some real skin in the game as many of them are going for at least a few hundred bucks.
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2021 Leaf iCard (Check Price)
Leave it to Leaf to get the jump on the NFL rookie card market. This card features Wilson in his BYU uniform getting ready to rifle the ball downfield. Down at the bottom, we see a “Declares For the 2021 NFL Draft” line directly beneath Wilson’s name. Meanwhile, the back of the card offers a great recap of Zach’s jaw-dropping Junior year where he threw for 33 TDs against 3 INTs, posted a 196.4 rating, and passed for over 3,600 yards.
As far as pricing goes, these certainly won’t do any damage to your bankroll – $10-$20 extra bucks should get it done.
2021 Score (Check Price)
Finally, we come across a collection that isn’t associated with Leaf. Score has been around for decades but has lost some of its clout over the years. Hopefully, it makes a comeback but until then it’s a perfect opportunity to pick up a Zach Wilson Score rookie card or two on the cheap! For instance, the /20 card shown above is selling for under $100 at the moment. Not bad for such a rare card of one of the hottest rookie QBS entering the NFL in 2021.
2021 Peak Performance (Check Price)
Now here’s a set you don’t see every day. And that’s a shame because Peak Performance makes a swell-looking card. But what can you do? At any rate, this is easily one of the best early Zach Wilson rookie cards on the market so far. You’ll get Wilson’s autograph and a stylish layout. Shoot for the /25 or /10 parallels if you can find one as they’re both available for less than $500. Hard to beat that for such a rarity with an autograph!
Zach Wilson Rookie Card Options Coming Soon
2021 National Treasures
There is no word on when this set will arrive but it has been a mainstay of the pre-NFL prospect cards so we’d expect for Panini to keep the tradition rolling. The collection usually focuses on rare and valuable cards that include both autographs and memorabilia. So if you’re hoping to make a sizable investment you’d do well to wait and see what National Treasures Collegiate is offering.
2021 Panini Prizm
No offense to Leaf, but this is when the market will really start to take off. These will feature Wilson in his Patriots uniform and will be the first “true” Zach Wilson rookie cards. As far as prices go, you’ll see some huge tags come from this collection (as always). However, there are sure to be plenty of options that the more casual investors will be interested in.
Release Date: As of right now Panini Prizm Football is pending a release date.
2021 Panini Select
This is certainly way off towards the end of 2021 but once it arrives it’ll rival Prizm as the GO TO for a first-year Wilson card. We certainly can’t wait!
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Zach Wilson Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
He was the 2nd pick in the draft and has the talent to be a week 1 starter. And in the Big Apple to boot! Either way, there will be plenty of hype surrounding this guy leading up to the start of the 2021 season. Hard to go wrong if you plan on flipping before opening week kickoff. 8/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
We know he’s got plenty of talent but that’s not all that matters for rookie QBs in the NFL. Coaches, teams, health, and about a billion other factors make predicting how one will fair a difficult task. That said if he comes out and looks like Justin Herbert from last year you’ll be glad you didn’t sell your Zach Wilson rookie card before the season began. Risky, but a big reward could await if you have the stomach to hold. 7/10
Long (3 years plus)
We’ll wait to see how his first season goes before even considering something this far ahead.
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