Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card Rankings and Guide

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As the Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card list grows, collectors have a growing number of options. Some are looking for something basic. Some want something with a massive patch and an autograph. Before the season even started, all of those were among the choice in the hobby.

And as the 2017 football season continues to play out, the number is only going to grow.

Curious about the most valuable Christian McCaffrey Rookie Cards are? Let’s count them down.

Most Valuable Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card Rankings

Rankings are determined by the Beckett Football Card Database and Price Guide. Only cards with the RC tag have been included, not inserts, parallels, promos and cards from prospect sets.

More Christian McCaffrey Rookie Cards will be added in the months ahead as more sets and cards are released.


14. 2017 Score Christian McCaffrey RC #373

Score is one of those perennial brands football fans can count on year after year. A simple Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card, it was also the first in an NFL set (a couple of college uniform-only came out before it). Because the release of 2017 Score Football coincided with the draft, McCaffrey is still in his Stanford gear and only his school is mentioned.

Parallels: Black, Gold, Green, Red, Rookie Autographs, Scorecard, Showcase (/99), Gold Zone (/50), Rookie Autographs Gold Zone (/50), Artist’s Proof (/35), Rookie Autographs Artist’s Proof (/35), Red Zone (/20), Rookie Autographs Red Zone (/20), First Down (/10), Rookie Autographs First Down (/10), End Zone (/6), Rookie Autographs End Zone (/6), Gem Masters (1/1), Rookie Autographs Gem Masters (1/1), Rookie Autographs Printing Plates Black (1/1), Rookie Autographs Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Rookie Autographs Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Rookie Autographs Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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13. 2017 Panini Christian McCaffrey RC #111

2017 Panini Football was a retail-only product. While there’s no shortage on the market, it did add a small wrinkle for those who depend on their local card shops. The design is reminiscent of armor and medieval themes, something that continues through some of the parallel names and other parts of the product’s checklist.

Parallels: Chainmail Armor, Templar Foil, Bravery (/199), Chivalry (/199), Blue (/99), Gold (/10), Black (1/1)

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12. 2017 Prestige Christian McCaffrey RC #215

Another early Christian McCaffery Rookie Card, 2017 Prestige isn’t so much about frills as it is a good action photo. The design elements are minimal, helping the visuals stand out. The card has plenty of parallels, although about half of them are autographs. As far as the cheaper Christian McCaffery Rookie Cards go, this one looks among the best.

Parallels: Rookie Autographs, Xtra Points Blue, Xtra Points Red, Rookie Autographs Xtra Points Green (/150), Xtra Points Green (/150), Rookie Autographs Xtra Points Purple (/100), Xtra Points Purple (/100), Rookie Autographs Xtra Points Gold (/50), Xtra Points Gold (/50), Rookie Autographs Xtra Points Platinum (/25), Xtra Points Platinum (/25), Rookie Autographs Xtra Points Bronze (/10), Xtra Points Bronze (/10), Rookie Autographs Printing Plates Black (1/1), Rookie Autographs Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Rookie Autographs Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Rookie Autographs Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Rookie Autographs Xtra Points Black (1/1), Xtra Points Black (1/1)

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11. 2017 Classics Christian McCaffrey RC #217

2017 Classics aims for a retro vibe. The design isn’t based on anything, but it imagines itself to be a modern spin on something that could have been created some 50 years earlier. Like a lot of McCaffery’s earliest cards, this is another one that showcases him as a Stanford Cardinal.

Parallels: Glossy, Red Back (/299), Blue Back (/175), Timeless Tributes Gold (/99), Blank Back (/50), Significant Signatures (/49), Significant Signatures Gold (/25), Timeless Tributes Orange (/25), No Name (/10), Significant Signatures Orange (/10), Timeless Tributes Blue (/10), Full Name (/5), Significant Signatures Blue (/5), Significant Signatures Black (1/1), Timeless Tributes Black (1/1)

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10. 2017 Donruss Christian McCaffrey RC #318

Part of the Rated Rookies subset, this Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card is a slight short print versus the regular 2017 Donruss base cards, but not much. From a visual perspective, what makes it stand out is the photo choice. Rather than going with a traditional action shot, there’s a posed studio shot. The running back isn’t showing a lot of emotion, but it’s different.

Parallels: Aqueous Test, Press Proofs Blue, Press Proofs Green, Press Proofs Red, Press Proofs Silver (/100), Press Proofs Silver Die Cut (/75), Season Stat Line (/63), Press Proofs Gold (/50), Press Proofs Gold Die Cut (/25), Jersey Number (/22), Press Proofs Black (/10), Press Proofs Black Die Cut (1/1)

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9. 2017 Elite Draft Picks Christian McCaffrey RC #118

2017 Elite Draft Picks is a college-only release from before players knew their NFL homes. Current veterans are mixed in with the product as well, but that doesn’t mean much when you’re looking for a Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card. Done on foil, it continues with Panini’s recent shift for the brand to bring in more color. That’s definitely apparent in the many parallels.

Parallels: Aspirations Orange, Draft Picks Autographs, Draft Picks Autographs Aspirations Orange, Draft Picks Autographs Status Die Cut Orange, Status Die Cut Orange, Aspirations Purple (/99), Status Die Cut Purple (/99), Draft Picks Autographs Aspirations Purple (/50), Draft Picks Autographs Status Die Cut Purple (/50), Aspirations Red (/49), Draft Picks Autographs Aspirations Red (/35), Status Die Cut Red (/49), Draft Picks Autographs Status Die Cut Red (/35), Aspirations Blue (/25), Draft Picks Autographs Aspirations Blue (/25), Draft Picks Autographs Status Die Cut Blue (/25), Status Die Cut Blue (/25), Aspirations Gold (/10), Draft Picks Autographs Aspirations Gold (/10), Draft Picks Autographs Status Die Cut Gold (/10), Status Die Cut Gold (/10), Aspirations Emerald (/5), Draft Picks Autographs Aspirations Emerald (/5), Draft Picks Autographs Status Die Cut Emerald (/5), Status Die Cut Emerald (/5), Aspirations Teal (1/1), Draft Picks Autographs Aspirations Teal (1/1), Draft Picks Autographs Status Die Cut Teal (1/1), Status Die Cut Teal (1/1)

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8. 2017 Elite Christian McCaffrey RC #161 /499

Arriving three months after Elite Draft Picks, the 2017 Elite Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card sees him in his Panthers gear. The design changes are subtle as far as layout goes. Perhaps a bigger difference is in the smaller assortment of parallels. This set takes a more streamlined approach in that regard. The base version is numbered to 499 copies. That might not make it extremely rare when compared to some of the high-end options out there, but it does add some desirability to the card.

Parallels: Green, Red (/149), Purple (/99), Aspirations (/78), Orange (/25), Aspirations Die Cut (/24), Status Die Cut (/24), Status (/22), Blue (/15), Gold (1/1)

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7. 2017 Certified Christian McCaffrey RC #205 Auto Patch /149

If you’re into monster-sized patches along with autographs at a relatively reasonable price, enter 2017 Certified. Part of the Freshman Fabric subset, a staple for the brand, the patch window is big enough that many cards have some nice color combinations. At 149 copies, it’s rare but still more plentiful than several other Christian McCaffrey Rookie Cards. Having a sticker for the signature may bring it down for collectors who prefer on-card, but there’s still quite a bit happening here.

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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2017 Panini Certified Christian McCaffrey




6. 2017 Panini Pantheon Christian McCaffrey RC #110 Auto Jersey /49

2017 Panini Pantheon is the first year for the brand in football. This autographed Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card forgoes the patch for a regular jersey swatch. But then there’s the print run. At 49 copies this card is tough. And with only three parallels totaling 31 copies combined, there’s some legitimate scarcity involved with this card.

Parallels: Gold (/25), Bronze (/5), Holo Silver (1/1)

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5. 2017 Panini Gold Standard Christian McCaffrey RC #205 Auto Jersey /49

2017 Panini Gold Standard includes key rookies several times in the main set. All are autographed and have memorabilia attached. Some are basic autographed jersey cards while others go to two, three and jumbo swatches. The main Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card in this set has just 49 copies. But so do his other three cards. So while that’s four different cards that are individually tough, all of them combined have almost 200 copies. Many collectors would likely be happy with any one of them so this way of spreading things out helps keep prices in line. At the same time, there’s still a premium sensibility to the card.

Parallels: Prime (/25), Prime Tag (1/1)

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4. 2017 Immaculate Collection Collegiate Christian McCaffrey RC #118 Auto Patch /49

2017 Immaculate Collegiate is definitely leaning towards the super premium side of things, particularly when it comes to NCAA cards. Whether it’s college or pro, rookie patch autographs are one of the cornerstones for the brand. That’s no different here. The base version has 49 copies but that number balloons somewhat once parallels are factored in.

Parallels: Gold (/25), Premium Rookie Patch Autographs (/25), Premium Rookie Patch Autographs Bowl Logo (/10), Premium Rookie Patch Autographs Gold (/10), Rookie Patch Autographs Bowl Logo (/10), Premium Rookie Patch Autographs Brand Logo (/5), Rookie Patch Autographs Brand Logo (/5), Platinum (1/1), Premium Rookie Patch Autographs Conference Logo (1/1), Premim Rookie Patch Autographs Platinum (1/1), Rookie Patch Autographs Conference Logo (1/1), Rookie Patch Autographs Team Logo Shield (1/1)

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3. 2017 Panini Unparalleled Christian McCaffrey RC #310 Auto Jersey /99

The 2017 Panini Unparalleled Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card takes the autographed memorabilia theme that’s common in a lot of higher-end products and gives it a bold look. Lots of lines going in different directions, the “wind chime” pattern in the background and choice color coordination make it stand out in a lot of regards. In a hobby where choice is big, this is something that some collectors seek out. The fact that it has less than 100 copies is a draw as well.

Parallels: Purple (/25), Orange (/15), Teal (/10), Red (/5), Blue (1/1), Gold (1/1), Green (1/1)

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2. 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Christian McCaffrey RC #107 Autograph

It doesn’t matter what the sport is or whether it’s pro or college, Contenders has pull. Part of that’s history, something that comes with being around for decades. There’s also the running ticket theme. And then there’s the autographs. Put it all together and you’ve got one of the most valuable Christian McCaffrey Rookie Cards.

In addition to the regular version (pictured below), the 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks McCaffrey card has three different variations. Each of these also has an assortment of parallels.

Parallels: Blue Foil, Red Foil, Bowl Ticket (/25), Cracked Ice (/23), 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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2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card




1. 2017 Panini Majestic Christian McCaffrey RC #114 Auto Jersey /25

At 25 copies, the thing driving the 2017 Panini Majestic Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card is its print run. Rather, it’s the lack of production. Between the base version and the three parallels, it has 41 copies. Total. Toss in the autograph and the swatch and you’ve got a recipe for something that many collectors could be searching for should McCaffrey hit it big like many are expecting. This is the debut year for Majestic, so there isn’t quite the same history as some other brands like Contenders, but the scarcity should make up for a lot of that.

Parallels: Gold (/10), Red (/5), Green (1/1)

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Out But Not Yet Priced

The following cards have been released but have not yet been added to the price guide, likely because they are new.


2017 Absolute Christian McCaffrey RC #209 Auto Triple Relic /149

2017 Absolute sticks with its distinct take on Rookie Cards — mixing in different pieces of memorabilia beyond just jerseys. The base version of this Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card, which has 149 copies, has a pair of swatches plus a football piece. It also has an autograph.

Parallels: Premiere Materials Autographs Spectrum (/99)

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Spectrum parallel pictured.




2017 Panini Origins Christian McCaffrey RC #111 Auto Patch

Panini’s take on Origins has a modern vibe to it. But things are switched up a little for its second season. Regular Rookie Autographs are inserts in 2017 Panini Origins. Christian McCaffrey and other rookies get the autographed patch treatment.

Parallels: Red (/99), Blue (/49), Turquoise (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Black (1/1)

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2017 Panini Origins Christian McCaffrey Rookie Card Autograph Patch



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