Jordan Binnington Rookie Card Countdown


Jordan Binnington didn’t take the usual route to NHL stardom. It was bumpy at times, taking some detours along the way. But here he stands, a major reason why the St. Louis Blues are the 2019 Stanley Cup champions. Like his road to the NHL, the Jordan Binnington Rookie Card path isn’t typical, either. Officially a rookie in 2018-19, he was an emergency call-up by the Blues back in November, 2014. That made him eligible for NHL hockey cards.

Upper Deck obliged with a handful of Jordan Binnington Rookie Cards in some of their late 2014-15 sets.

For years, these cards went virtually unnoticed. That changed quickly in the first half of 2019. When Binnington got his first start of the season in January, St. Louis wasn’t just out of playoff contention, they were one of the worst teams in the league. With the rookie in net, the wins started to add up. Even with the late start, Binnington won 24 games in 2018-19 to go with a 1.89 GAA — good enough to be named one of the season’s Calder finalists. More importantly, St. Louis worked their way into the postseason.

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Making the playoffs was just the first step — a good story with a promising future and little more. But the story didn’t end there. The Blues fought their way through, culminating in their Game 7 Finals win over the Boston Bruins. Binnington won all 16 of his team’s playoff games.

Needless to say, Jordan Binnington Rookie Cards aren’t ignored any more. Here’s a look at his handful of RCs, ranked by their value in the Beckett Hockey Card Price Guide.

Most Valuable Jordan Binnington Rookie Card Rankings

Only cards with the RC tag in the Beckett database are included here, not inserts and parallels.

6. 2014-15 SPx Jordan Binnington RC #101

Most of Binnington’s other Rookies have some sort of angle going for it like an autograph, memorabilia swatch, serial number or a combination of all three. His SPx card does not. With it’s foil design, it’s a little bit flashy. Something has to be the most affordable and this is it.

Parallels: Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

(Note: Printing Plates all found in boxes of 2014-15 The Cup.)

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2014-15 SPx Jordan Binnington RC

5. 2014-15 Upper Deck Ice Jordan Binnington RC #123 /799

It’s astounding what some of the Ice Premieres cards for top rookies can go for. However, most of those are big-time short prints. With 799 copies, the 2014-15 Upper Deck Ice Jordan Binnington Rookie Card isn’t one of those. While the line’s history and different acetate design certainly add to the card’s overall appeal, the print run makes it one of his cheaper cards.

Parallels: Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

(Note: Printing Plates all found in boxes of 2014-15 The Cup.)

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4. 2014-15 SP Authentic Jordan Binnington RC #221 /999

With 999 copies, Binnington’s 2014-15 SP Authentic RC has a higher print run than Ice. But outside of the flagship Upper Deck line and The Cup, SPA is probably the most widely collected brand in modern hockey cards. Like Contenders in football and Bowman Chrome in baseball, it’s one of those bridge brands that’s cheap enough to be accessible to a larger pool of collectors, yet still has enough elements to tilt it a little more high-end. While a lot of Future Watch Rookie Cards also come with an autograph, Binnington’s does not.

Parallels: Limited (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

(Note: Printing Plates all found in boxes of 2014-15 The Cup.)

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3. 2014-15 Upper Deck Jordan Binnington Rookie Card #469

Sometimes you don’t need a limited print run or signature. Sometimes you just need “Young Guns” plastered across the front. Such is the case with Binnington’s most widely available Rookie Card. Found in 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2, it’s a flagship card that draws in Rookie Card collectors, set builders and just about everyone in between. Being part of the sport’s longest-running modern line also helps with the history.

Parallels: Acetate, Exclusives (/100), Spectrum (/10), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2014-15 Upper Deck Jordan Binnington RC

2. 2014-15 Fleer Showcase Jordan Binnington RC Auto Patch #162 /375

One of two Jordan Binnington Rookie Cards with an autograph — and a patch swatch — this one comes with a numbered print run of 375 copies. There’s some nostalgia rooted in it, but not enough to make a huge difference. It’s the upscale features that give make this one of Binnington’s best more that the brand’s notoriety.

Parallels: Red Glow (/27), White Hot (/3)

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2014-15 Fleer Showcase Jordan Binnington RC

1. 2014-15 Upper Deck The Cup Jordan Binnington RC Auto Patch #138 /249

When it comes to hockey cards, The Cup tips the scales of super premium. It doesn’t matter who it is. When someone asks for the best RC of a modern player, the discussion invariably goes here. Despite having 249 copies, significantly more than most top-tier players, it’s true for Binnington as well. Like Fleer Showcase, there’s the signature and patch swatch. However, here the autograph is on-card. Coming from The Cup adds further prestige.

Parallels: Gold Spectrum (/25), Gold (/10), Red (/3), Black (1/1), Black Shield (1/1)

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2014-15 Upper Deck The Cup Jordan Binnington Rookie Card


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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