2021 NFL MVP and Rookie of the Year Picks – Beckett Pricing Insider


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We are less than a week away from the Super Bowl and the NFL is about to announce their awards for the best players of the year. It’s about time for me to award the hobby MVP and Rooke of the Year awards.

These could differ from what the league decides. Chances are the NFL will select Aaron Rodgers for his second-consecutive MVP but he isn’t the Beckett champion. It’s not just about how a player performed over they season. It’s how much their values have risen and how popular they have become with collectors.

There were a lot of great candidates this season. Jonathan Taylor had a breakout season and his values skyrocketed. Tom Brady led the league in several passing categories, but there is only so high you can raise the GOAT’s cards. Derrick Henry was on a strong path to the MVP before he got injured and missed the majority of the regular season.

Now let’s look at who the Beckett MVP is:

Cooper Kupp

Kupp hit the wide receiver triple crown for the season, leading the league in touchdowns (16), yards (1,947), and catches (145). Week after week, Kupp impressed collectors and his values kept consistently going up. There were several separate times that I had to raise the values of his cards in the Beckett database, the most recent being after the NFC Championship game.

From the beginning of the season to now some of his card values have tripled in value. He is in the Super Bowl and those values could go even higher. The last wide receiver to win the Super Bowl MVP, Julian Edelman, saw a huge bump in values after the game. It will be exciting to see how this game plays out and how big of a performance Kupp has.

Rookie of the Year: Ja’Marr Chase

The Rookie of the Year speculation has been a roller coaster all season. In the preseason everyone would have said Trevor Lawrence. There were also times where Justin Fields and Mac Jones were highly considered. Kyle Pitts caught a ton of passes but only one touchdown all season.

The runner-up has to be Dallas Cowboys Micah Parsons who proved to be a defensive force right out of the gate.

The clear winner, though, is wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. He set the rookie record for yards in a game in week 17. Once the Bengals made the playoffs his values started going up and have not stopped yet. Now he is on the biggest stage for the world to see his talents.

I have a feeling Ja’Marr chase is going to have heck of a career and collectors will be after his cards for years to come.


Justin Grunert

Justin Grunert has been the football and racing analyst at Beckett since 2013. He has been collecting cards for 25 years and mainly collects baseball cards, football cards and movie memorabilia. Justin recently got a degree in Digital Video Production from Collin College in North Texas. His favorite sports teams are the Texas Rangers and the Green Bay Packers.

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