Carson Wentz Rookie Cards Ranked

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2016 Panini Spectra Carson Wentz RC 172

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, it was a toss up as to whether Carson Wentz or Jared Goff would go first overall. The Rams ended up going for Goff. But that appears to have worked out nicely for the Philadelphia Eagles who ended up with the North Dakota State alum. And while there was little doubt whether Carson Wentz rookie cards would be hot heading into the season, a tremendous start has made him the front runner over Goff in the hobby.

And while the season ahead is long and there are plenty more Carson Wentz rookie cards to come, his portfolio is already large. The mix covers both basic cards and premium autographs, plentiful print runs and the extremely scarce.

Want to know which are the best? We’ve ranked the most valuable Carson Wentz rookie cards so you can find the one that’s right for you.

Carson Wentz Rookie Card Countdown

The following is a list of Carson Wentz rookie cards ranked by value in Beckett Football Card database and price guide. Only cards with the RC tag are listed. Inserts and parallels are not taken into consideration with the rankings. Specific values are available to subscribers.

More cards will be added and list updated as new sets are released over the next several months.

14. 2016 Score Carson Wentz RC #335

Early release means college uniforms in 2016. That’s not a bad thing, though, when the alternative would be something generic. As always, Score is intended to be a cheap, widely available set. And that’s exactly what this is price-wise to other Carson Wentz rookie cards.

Parallels: Scorecard, Jumbo Gold Zone (/99), Showcase (/99), Gold Zone (/50), Jumbo Artist’s Proof (/50), Artist’s Proof (/35), Jumbo Red Zone (/35), Red Zone (/20), First Down (/10), Jumbo First Down (/10), End Zone (/6), Gem Masters (1/1), Jumbo End Zone (1/1)

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13. 2016 Classics Carson Wentz RC #268

Outside of the big “Rookies” font across the top of the card, the 2016 Classics Wentz has a sort of throwback vibe to it — only with a new design. It’s another early release and another that doesn’t carry a lot of value. Besides the normal card (and its parallels), there’s a variation with the quarterback pictured in a white jersey.

2016 Panini Classics Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Blank Bank, Blue Back, Glossy, No Name, Red Back, Timeless Tributes Bronze (/99), Timeless Tributes Silver (/25), Timeless Tributes Gold (/10), Timeless Tributes Platinum (1/1)

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12. 2016 Panini Carson Wentz RC #278

2016 Panini Football is one of a handful of products from the card maker created for the retail market. As far as base cards go, there aren’t any frills. The look has some regal elements, which carry over into the creative parallel names.

2016 Panini Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Chainmail Armor, Knight’s Templar Foil, Shining Armor Rainbow Foil, Bravery Green (/199), Chivalry (/199), Sacrifice Die Cuts (/199), Blue (/99), Red (/49), Gold (/10), Black (1/1)

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11. 2016 Prestige Carson Wentz RC #202

Photography has become a big part of the Prestige brand. For Wentz, that means a full-bleed design with a solid college action shot. Although not the cheapest of his rookie cards, it hovers in the same bottom tier when it comes to value.

Parallels: Xtra Points Blue, Xtra Points Green, Xtra Points Red, Xtra Points Purple (/100), Xtra Points Gold (/50), Xtra Points Platinum (/25), Xtra Points Black (/10)

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10. 2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Carson Wentz RC #127

Since landing a near-exclusive with colleges across the country, Panini has taken to releasing a couple of products even before the draft occurs. 2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks was one of them to feature Wentz. Its target is the chromium crowd. As such, there are several Refractor-esque Prizms parallels that come with more value and plenty of color.

Parallels: Prizms, Prizms Blue, Prizms Red, Prizms Camo (/199), Prizms Purple (/99), Prizms Tye Dyed (/49), Prizms Red, White and Blue (/25), Prizms Gold (/10), Prizms Green (/5), Prizms Orange (/5), Prizms Black (1/1),

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9. 2016 Donruss Carson Wentz RC #356

The 2016 Donruss Carson Wentz rookie card is another that invokes a certain level of nostalgia. First is the design, which other than the foil, could have fit right in with the 1980s. Then there’s that Rated Rookie logo, folding it into one of the best known subsets ever in the hobby (even if it is primarily a baseball one).

2016 Donruss Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Aqueous Test, Press Proofs Blue, Press Proofs Green, Press Proofs Red, Stat Line Season (/294), Press Proofs Silver (/100), Press Proofs Silver Die Cut (/75), Press Proofs Gold (/50), Press Proofs Gold Die Cut (/25), Press Proofs Black (/10), Stat Line Years (/4), Press Proofs Black Die Cut (1/1)

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8. 2016 Elite Carson Wentz RC #162

For a lot of years, Elite took the same approach. Many would argue it was tired. Wentz is part of a revamped design for the brand. It still has its basis in foil, but it’s brighter and there’s a lot more color. The premium nature of the line gives it a bit of a bump compared to some of his other no-frills rookie cards.

Parallels: Black (/199), Green (/99), Teal (/75), Red (/49), Purple (/25), Orange (/10), Blue (/5), Gold (1/1)

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7. 2016 Clear Vision Carson Wentz RC #168 /99

The draw of this card is rarity. Wentz is part of the toughest group of rookies in 2016 Clear Vision. This means the acetate card has just 99 copies. Combine that with the fact that the product hasn’t been widely busted yet and base versions are proving to be quite difficult to find. In fact, you’re more likely to find parallel versions.

Parallels: Blue (/99), Bronze (/79), Red (/49), Gold (/29), Emerald (/19), Purple (/9), Black (1/1)

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6. 2016 Prime Signatures Carson Wentz RC #289 Autograph /199

Although it’s signed, the 2016 Prime Signatures Carson Wentz isn’t your normal autographed card. Rather than opting for a traditional on-card signature or even a sticker, the signing surface is a patch-like strip. And that’s all it is. It doesn’t come from a jersey worn by Wentz making it more like a manufactured relic. The autograph is real, though.

Parallels: Proof Red (/49), Proof (/25), Proof Green (/5), Proof Black (1/1)

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5. 2016 Panini Origins Carson Wentz RC #102 Autograph

If Topps still had a license for physical NFL cards, this is probably what Wentz’s Inception card would look like. But Panini holds an exclusive for football so they introduced Origins. For those looking for a more affordable autograph, this one comes with an on-card signature. The lack of serial number on the base version and other high-end additions help keep its value relatively in check.

2016 Panini Origins Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Red (/49), Blue (/25), Turquoise (/15), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Black (1/1)

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4. 2016 Certified Carson Wentz RC #202 Auto Patch /149

The 2016 Certified Carson Wentz rookie card keeps in line with the brand’s history. Part of the long-running Freshman Fabric subset, the foil-base card has both an autograph (on a sticker) and a patch swatch from a player-worn jersey. Numbered to 149, it’s among the toughest rookies in the product.

2016 Certified Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Mirror Orange (/99), Mirror Red (/75), Mirror Blue (/50), Mirror Gold (/25), Mirror Purple (/10), Mirror Green (/5), Mirror Black (1/1)

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3. 2016 Panini Unparalleled Carson Wentz RC #202 Auto Jersey /99

For a card with a lot going on, this Carson Wentz rookie card is actually quite clean. It has the high-end trinity of an autograph, memorabilia swatch and low serial number of 99 copies. Being one of several new brands in Panini’s 2016 portfolio, the jury’s still out on whether it will stick. It’s also a jersey swatch versus the patch that some of Wentz’s other comparable cards have.

2016 Panini Unparalleled Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Orange (/49), Red (/25), Blue (/10), Green (/5), Brand Logo (/2), NFL Shield (1/1)

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2. 2016 Absolute Carson Wentz RC #202 Auto Memorabilia /199

The 2016 Absolutre Carson Wentz rookie card goes for bulk in the memorabilia department. Each of the autographed cards come with three different pieces of gear. It’s more plentiful than some rookies that are worth less, but the brand has a long and decent following. There’s also something to be said for products that are plentiful enough that set builders have a realistic chance at completing.

2016 Absolute Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Spectrum (/10)

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1. 2016 Contenders Draft Picks Carson Wentz RC #127 Autograph

Contenders is still among the kings of football, even when it’s an NCAA-themed set. One of the first Carson Wentz cards on the market, it comes with a lot of brand loyalty. An NFL version is slated for later in the year, which should have an on-card signature if the brand sticks to recent history for top rookies. But until then, this will have to hold collectors over and many don’t seem to mind. The regular version of the card has the quarterback in a white jersey. There’s also a variation where Wentz is in a green jersey.

2016 Panini Contenders Draft Carson Wentz RC Autograph

Parallels: College Draft Ticket Blue Foil, College Draft Ticket Red Foil, Bowl Ticket (/99), Cracked Ice (/23), College Playoff Ticket (/15), Championship Ticket (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2016 Panini Gala Carson Wentz RC #152 /8

The value of the 2016 Panini Gala Carson Wentz rookie card is largely speculative. With only eight copies to go around — and no parallels — it sets the bar for rarity. The fact that it isn’t signed doesn’t matter. The first copy to sell on eBay went for $430.

2016 Panini Gala Carson Wentz RC

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2016 Immaculate Collection Collegiate Carson Wentz RC #104 Autograph /99

One of the first high-end Carson Wentz rookie cards, it comes from Panini’s college version of Immaculate. While that means it will likely see lower prices than its eventual NFL counterpart, it still has plenty going for it including low quantities, an on-card autograph and a player-worn patch swatch.

2016 Immaculate Collection Collegiate Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Immaculate Signature Patches (/99), Patch Autographs (/99), Premium Patches Autographs (/99), Gold (/25), Immaculate Signature Patches Gold (/25), Patch Autographs Gold (/25), Numbers Autographs (/11), Premium Patches Autographs Gold (/10), Immaculate Signature Patches Platinum (1/1), Patch Autographs Platinum (1/1), Platinum (1/1), Premium Patches Autographs Platinum (1/1)

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2016 Panini Infinity Carson Wentz RC #182 /288

This one falls under the RPS Rookie Autographs Chrome subset. Living up to its name, there’s plenty of shine on the card including the signing plate. Unlike a lot of other Wentz rookies, this one doesn’t have a lot of parallels. Two to be exact, with a combined print run of 9. So while the base version might be one of his more plentiful rookie autographs, there’s not a lot of other versions to inflate those numbers.

2016 Panini Infinity Carson Wentz RC

Parallels: Gold (/8), Copper (1/1)

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2016 Panini Spectra Carson Wentz RC #165 /99

2016 Panini Spectra is one of those sets where some players have two rookie cards. Traditionally, when a player has a pair of cards, it’s the more common one that gets the RC notation. Both of Wentz’s cards in the set come numbered to 99 so both are considered rookies in the traditional sense. That said, they’re not created equally. This one is your basic rookie card — as in no autographs or memorabilia. At 99 copies, it’s still a tough pull from an expensive product. But from a value standpoint, it’s not worth as much as the other Spectra Wentz rookie.

Parallels: Neon Blue (/60), Neon Blue Die Cut (/35), Neon Green (/25), Neon Green Die Cut (/15), Neon Pink (/10), Neon Pink Die Cut (/5), Neon Orange (/3), Gold (1/1), Neon Orange Die Cut (1/1)

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2016 Panini Spectra Carson Wentz RC #172 Auto Patch /99

Like the card that came seven spots before it on the master checklist, this 2016 Panini Spectra Carson Wentz has 99 copies. However, with the addition of an autograph and a patch swatch, it’s value is significantly higher. On the parallel front, not only are there basic colors, but the ink colors to match.

Parallels: Neon Blue (/60), Neon Green (/25), Neon Pink (/10), Neon Black Light (/5), Neon Orange (/3), Gold (1/1), Gold Laundry Tags NFL Players Logo (1/1), Gold Laundry Tags NFL Shield (1/1), Gold Laundry Tags Nike Swoosh (1/1)

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