Carson Wentz Rookie Cards Ranked
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.
His portfolio is large. The mix of Carson Wentz Rookie Cards 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.
39. 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)
38. 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.
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)
37. 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.
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)
36. 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)
35. 2016 Select Carson Wentz RC #20
2016 Select Football is one of a handful of chromium releases from Panini. The base set has three different levels, similar to the Flair Showcase sets from the late 1990s. Each tier is available in different quantities. Because this one is the most common, it’s considered the RC.
Parallels: Prizm, Prizm Tri Color, Prizm Blue (/149), Prizm Red (/99), Prizm Orange (/49), Prizm Tie Dye (/25), Prizm Gold (/10), Prizm Green (/5), Prizm Black (1/1)
34. 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),
32. 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).
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)
32. 2016 Rookies and Stars Carson Wentz RC #176
2016 Rookies and Stars wasn’t just a retail exclusive, it was only at Target. Like most retail-only products, it doesn’t have a lot of glitz. Many of the parallels and inserts have rarity behind them, but Wentz’s basic Rookie Card isn’t too tough to track down, even if you don’t have a Target in your neck of the woods.
Parallels: Green, Purple, Red, Longevity (/75), True Blue (/49), Gold (/10), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
31. 2016 Donruss Optic Carson Wentz RC #156
The 2016 Dornuss Optic Carson Wentz Rookie Card takes his basic Donruss card and covers in in chromium. The result? Something that mixes modern and nostalgia. It also means a massive rainbow of colors. Optic was popular in its debut, in part because of its autographs. But the Rookie Cards have performed solidly given their relatively simple nature.
Parallels: Autographs Bronze, Bronze, Holo, Pink, Red and Yellow, Purple, Aqua (/299), Orange (/199), Autographs (/150), Blue (/149), Autographs Holo (/99), Red (/99), Autographs Blue (/75), Autographs Red (/50), Carolina Blue (/50), Autographs Black (/25), Black (/25), Autographs Gold (/10), Gold (/10), Autographs Green (/5), Green (/5), Autographs Gold Vinyl (1/1), Gold Vinyl (1/1)
30. 2016 Panini Prizm Carson Wentz RC #218
For more than two decades, collectors have shown their love for just about all things shiny. And as far as Carson Wentz Rookie Cards go, it doesn’t get much shinier than 2016 Panini Prizm. It starts with the base version of the card. All rookies in the set are done as Refractor-like Prizms, giving them some added pop when lined up alongside the set’s vets. There’s also the parallels that come in more than a dozen different color and pattern combinations.
Parallels: Prizms Blue, Prizms Flash, Prizms Green, Prizms Pink, Prizms Red, Prizms Red White and Blue, Prizms Orange (/299), Prizms Light Blue (/199), Prizms Blue Wave (/149), Prizms Purple Scope (/99), Prizms Red Crystal (/75), Prizms Green Power (/49), Prizms Camo (/25), Prizms Gold (/10), Prizms Gold Vinyl (/5), Prizms Black Finite (1/1)
29. 2016 Playoff Carson Wentz RC #202
2016 Playoff Football was a later-season release aimed at set builders. That means a basic card for Wentz and the rest of the rookie crop that centers on photography.
Parallels: Goal Line, Kickoff (/199), 1st Down (/99), 2nd Down (/49), 3rd Down (/25), 4th Down (/10), Touchdown (1/1)
28. 2016 Crown Royale Carson Wentz RC #96
Once a high-end brand, 2016 Crown Royale arrived as a retail exclusive. It’s by no means a rare card, but it does add a small layer of challenge for some to find one. Retail releases can sometimes disappear quickly. And even if they don’t, some areas get spotty distribution at their local retail giant. There’s nothing fancy in its construction, but the regal look keeps it in the modern realm.
Parallels: Bronze (/249), Pink (/199), Holo Gold (/149), Holo Light Blue (/99), Holo Platinum (/49)
27. 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)
26. 2016 Panini Plates and Patches Carson Wentz RC #151 /79
2016 Panini Plates and Patches might have one of the more overlooked Carson Wentz Rookie Cards, particularly for those who don’t want autographs and other things added. Design-wise, it’s straightforward, letting the full action photo–something that isn’t on a lot of his Rookies–pop. And with a print run of just 79 copies, there’s a legitimate rarity here. And yet, it remains surprisingly affordable, even to those not wanting to spend a lot. The biggest challenge might simply be finding one.
Parallels: Blue (/50), Green (/25), Red (/10), Gold (1/1)
25. 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)
24. 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)
23. 2016 Panini Preferred Carson Wentz RC #62 Auto Jersey /99
The 2016 Preferred Carson Wentz Rookie Card comes with the Silhouettes design. This is one of Panini’s more recognizable card styles no matter the sport. There’s the autograph and memorabilia, which is fairly standard among most of Wentz’s high-end cards. It’s the layered layout that makes this card more distinct, particularly when you get into the Prime parallels that come with colorful patches.
Parallels: Prime (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Super Prime (1/1)
22. 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.
Parallels: Red (/49), Blue (/25), Turquoise (/15), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Black (1/1)
21. 2016 Panini Limited Carson Wentz RC #109 Auto Patch /149
Limited offers up a reasonably priced option for those looking for an auto-patch combination. The on-card ink may make it even more enticing.
Parallels: Silver Spotlight (/49), Gold Spotlight (/25), Ruby Spotlight (/10), Sapphire Spotlight (1/1)
20. 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)
19. 2016 Panini Phoenix Carson Wentz RC #205 Auto Jersey /49
2016 Panini Phoenix marked the brand’s debut so collectors are still figuring it out. The delivery of an autograph, using a sticker, and jersey swatch, albeit on the smaller side, are the highlights. Despite and extremely low print run of 49 copies, it remains one of the cheaper Carson Wentz Rookie Cards to have both a signature and a swatch.
Parallels: Orange (/25), Yellow (/10), Green (/5), Blue (1/1), Laundry Tags Brand Logo (1/1), Laundry Tags NFL Shield (1/1), Laundry Tag Players Logo (1/1)
18. 2016 Donruss Signature Series Carson Wentz RC #262 Auto Jersey
The 2016 Donruss Signature Series Carson Wentz Rookie Card not only lives up to the set’s name with an autograph, but it has a jersey swatch as well. The silver design has a lot of elegance and texture. Its bright look also casts a fair bit of contrast for the label that holds the signature.
Parallels: Holo Silver (/50), Gold (/25), Holo Gold (/15), Platinum (1/1)
17. 2016 Panini Black Gold Carson Wentz RC #90 Auto Jersey /225
As far as construction goes, the layered look, autograph and memorabilia are similar to Preferred’s Silhouette. But the delivery offers big-time contrast, using a dark design reflective of the Black Gold name. The jumbo jersey swatch and gold-ink signature are the big draws.
Parallels: White Gold (/99), Tag (/3), Nike Logo (/2), NFL Shield (1/1)
16. 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.
Parallels: Mirror Orange (/99), Mirror Red (/75), Mirror Blue (/50), Mirror Gold (/25), Mirror Purple (/10), Mirror Green (/5), Mirror Black (1/1)
15. 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.
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)
14. 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.
Parallels: Orange (/49), Red (/25), Blue (/10), Green (/5), Brand Logo (/2), NFL Shield (1/1)
13. 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.
Parallels: Spectrum (/10)
12. 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)
11. 2016 Panini Honors Carson Wentz RC #125 /99
As a release, 2016 Panini Honors Football had a variety of things going on. But whether it was new cards or autographed buybacks, signatures were one of the key elements. While that’s certainly the case for this Carson Wentz Rookie Card, rarity also comes into play. At just 99 copies, it’s a tough one to find. And yet, as far as Wentz’s autographed RCs go, it remains on the cheaper end of the spectrum, relatively speaking.
Parallels: Red (/75), Gold (/50), Green (/25), Platinum (/5)
10. 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.
Parallels: Gold (/8), Copper (1/1)
9. 2016 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Carson Wentz RC #204 Auto Patch /99
The NFL brands being brought over to the college confines continues to grow. For National Treasures Collegiate, the major pillars of big patches and on-card autographs with a clean design all move over. It may not be worth as much as the NFL version but it still holds its own against most of the other Carson Wentz Rookie Cards.
Parallels: Colossal Signature Materials (/99), Colossal Signature Materials Prime (/25), Silver (/25), Gold (/10), Variations (/10), Black (/5), Blue (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
8. 2016 Panini Encased Carson Wentz RC #105 Auto /25
With just 25 copies, this is the third rarest Carson Wentz Rookie Card. Not only that, but it’s the only one with less that 49 copies to come signed. The set gets its name from the fact that one card in every box comes graded by BGS. Rookies are among those getting the slabbed treatment.
Parallels: Silver (/10), Gold (/5), Platinum (1/1)
7. 2016 Immaculate Collection Carson Wentz RC #102 Auto Patch /99
Although the 2016 Immaculate Collection Carson Wentz is still a strong seller, value-wise it’s lumped together with a lot of his other high-end cards. It’s signed on-card, a major plus. It has a patch swatch as well, albeit one that isn’t as big as some other sets.
Parallels: Gold (/25), Jersey Number (/11), NFL Shield (1/1), Platinum (1/1)
6. 2016 Panini Playbook Carson Wentz RC #102 Auto Dual Jersey Book /99
This card has a lot going on. But it’s a book card that has double the real estate to fit it all in. For starters, each side has a jumbo jersey swatch. The autograph comes with a clear backdrop as does the quarterback’s portrait. Combine it all and you’ve got something big, balanced and definitely stands out from Wentz’s other Rookie Cards.
Parallels: Gold (/75) Platinum (/49), Green (/25), Red (/10), Glove (/5), NFL Shield (1/1), Nike Swoosh (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
5. 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. This card has held up well, even with a separate Contenders NFL release with the quarterback featured on another autographed Rookie Card. The regular version of the card here has Wentz in a white jersey. There’s also a variation where he is in a green jersey.
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)
4. 2016 Panini Contenders Carson Wentz RC #302 Autograph
A lot of the top Rookie Cards for modern players come from packs and boxes the majority of collectors simply can’t afford. Contenders is different. It’s not the cheapest set out there, but it is a lot more manageable to buy by the box or even pack that many out there. Over the years, the Rookie Ticket Autograph theme has developed a broad and loyal following. The result? Rookie Cards for top players that command strong values on the secondary market. The 2016 Panini Contenders Carson Wentz falls right in line with this, finishing in the top tier as far as overall values.
The card is a short print, which means it has no more than 250 copies. Wentz also has a couple of autograph variations in the set.
Parallels: Championship Ticket (/25), Playoff Ticket (/25), Cracked Ice (/24), Preview (/22), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Super Bowl Ticket (1/1)
3. 2016 Panini Flawless Carson Wentz RC #82 /20
The 2016 Panini Flawless Carson Wentz has just 20 copies. For that reason alone, this is a card that could required plenty of patience. It also doesn’t leave much room for pondering and second-chances. Although it’s also one of the most expensive Carson Wentz Rookie Cards, it doesn’t have an autograph. What it does have is a diamond embedded in it. Parallels come with different gems.
Parallels: Ruby (/15), Sapphire (/10), Emerald (/5), Platinum (1/1)
2. 2016 Panini Impeccable Carson Wentz RC #152 Auto Patch-Helmet /75
2016 marked Impeccable’s debut. Yes, it’s another in a growing number of super premium releases. But the design took a different approach, adding a splash to the background to give it a more modern look. The card is hard-signed and there is a pair of memorabilia swatches. They’re not both basic jerseys, though. One is a patch, which is standard for high-end cards. The second piece comes from a helmet. At 75 copies, it’s not the rarest Carson Wentz Rookie Card, but it’s close.
Parallels: Helmet and Nameplate (/15), Dual NFL Logo (1/1)
1. 2016 Panini National Treasures Carson Wentz RC #102 Auto Patch /99
The 2016 Panini National Treasures Carson Wentis his most valuable Rookie Card. And, really, it’s not even much of a debate. The brand has been Panini’s big one since its debut. The construction has all of the biggies: on-card autograph, a massive patch piece that’s big enough to make some stellar combinations and a low print run of less than 100 copies. Combine those ingredients and you’ve got the benchmark that sets the pace for the quarterback’s cards.
Parallels: Holo Silver (/25), Numbers Green (/11), 10th Anniversary (/10), Gold (/10), Black (/5), Brand Logo Red (/2), 10th Anniversary Platinum (1/1), Blue (1/1), Laundry Tag Red (1/1), NFL Shield (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.