The Best of the First: Big Card Sales of Past Premier Picks – Beckett Pricing Insider


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The 2019 NFL Draft is approaching fast. It’s the time of year where fans are excited to see what the future holds for their favorite teams. Collectors watch to see who will be on the next big hobby favorite. There are some obvious picks that happen and there are some big surprises. Every year, there are huge standouts. There’s also the dreaded draft bust (looking at you JaMarcus Russell).

It’s assumed by many that Kyler Murray is going to be the first overall pick going to Arizona this year. With that in mind, let’s look back at some of the other first overall picks and their highest selling cards.

2016 Panini Prizm Rookie Autographs Prizms Gold Vinyl #1 Jared Goff /5 BGS 9.5 – $2,700

In just his third season as quarterback, Jared Goff led the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl. Goff’s cards started strong and slipped in value after his first largely uneventful year. Things picked up in a big way in 2017. With his strong performance and how well the Rams played this year his values took off and were higher than ever. If he has a strong 2020 season the 2016 first overall pick could see his values rise even higher.

2011 Panini National Treasures #328 Cam Newton Patch Autograph /99 RC BGS 9.5 – $750

Cam Newton was the first overall pick in the 2011 draft for the Carolina Panthers. He made an instant impact, winning the Rookie of the Year Award. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl. In 2015, he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl and won the MVP award. His values were at an all-time high at that point. And while there has been a noticeable dip in his card values the last couple of seasons, Newton is still a strong seller.

2011 Panini National Treasures Cam Newton Autograph Patch RC BGS 9.5

1998 Playoff Contenders Ticket #87 Peyton Manning Autograph BGS 8.5 – $5,200

Arguably the best number one overall pick of all-time (and maybe even the best player of all-time), Peyton Manning had to make an appearance on this list. He set several records during his career, won the Super Bowl twice, league MVP five times and will most certainly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. If someone has a Peyton Manning Rookie Card they should be happy with the values. His 1998 Playoff Contenders Autograph is one of the most important football cards ever produced.

1998 Playoff Contenders Peyton Manning Autograph BGS 8.5


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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