Aaron Rodgers has shown he belongs in the discussion of the best QBs of all time, not named Tom Brady. He has posted a passer rating north of 100, has a Superbowl Ring, and led pro football in that category four times. This makes Aaron Rodger’s rookie cards a no-brain investment.
Aaron Rodgers (12/2/83) is a quarterback who plays for the Green Bay Packers. He was a first-round NFL Draft pick for the team in 2005, and he’s won it all during an illustrious career with one of the most decorated teams in history.
Aaron Rodgers Rookie Year Stats: 3 games | 0 TDs | 1 Int | 39.8 QBR
Rodgers is seen as one of the greatest QBs of all time. He’s the all-time regular-season career passer rating leader, with incredible consistency at the top of the game since replacing Brett Favre.
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His success has led to an influx of bids on various rookie cards, but are they worth the considerable outlay?
Best Rookie Cards
We’ve got a round-up of three of the best rookie cards on the market and an investment report for the foreseeable future.
2005 Aaron Rodgers Topps Chrome RC #190
One of the most popular Rodgers rookie cards and is widely available on eBay at any time. If you have the bankroll to afford this card, GO FOR IT! Numbered #109, the card shows Aaron in his yellow warm-up shorts and red can’t hit me a jersey with the words “Topps Football 50th Anniversary” transcribed across the top of the card while the Green Bay Packers wording is placed in the bottom right and Quarterback in the bottom right.
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A beautiful card that should provide many years of profits ahead… if you don’t have the budget for the Chrome, see the base Aaron Rodgers Topps RC below.
2005 Aaron Rodgers Topps RC #431
Similar to the 2005 Topps Chrome Rodgers rookie card above, just at a lower cost point and ideal for investors that can’t afford to spend a ton of coin on football cards. Numbered #413, the card is pretty similar to the Topps Chrome rookie card but is better looking, in our opinion.
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As we stated, this is an excellent starter Aaron Rodgers rookie card for kids or collectors not looking to spend much money.
2005 Aaron Rodgers Playoff Contenders Auto RC #101
The front of this popular card shows Rodgers as he’s about to throw a football, with the signature at the bottom. The reverse lists his basic collegiate stats, with a massive Packers logo in the middle. It comes in a deep matte black, making the image striking.
A mint-condition version of this rookie card will set you back by roughly $11,000, so it’s one of the most expensive on the market. However, there are several reasons why it’s so widely sought after. It’s seen as the best of the Rodgers rookie cards, and it’s arguably underpriced compared to the likes of Tom Brady.
The price is enough to put off many investors, but it’s a signed card that is incredibly popular with potential collectors. It’s also easy to find on the market, with 530 copies made during the initial print run.
2005 Aaron Rodgers Upper Deck Rookie Premiere #16
Another great option if you’re looking for a Rodgers card with decent value and are not looking to spend a boatload of cash.
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Numbered #16, the 2005 Upper Deck Aaron Rodgers Rookie Premier shows Rodgers in his practice jersey casually tossing the pigskin. The words “NFL Player Rookie Premiere” is printed across the top while his name (Aaron Rodgers) and position (Quarterback) are placed in the bottom right corner… on a side note, were not sure why all these high-end Rodgers rookie cards are showing him in his practice jersey. It’s ideal as a mid-tier investment and could shoot up further following Rodger’s eventual retirement.
2005 Aaron Rodgers SP Authentic Auto Jersey /99 RC #252
As with many of Rodgers’ RCs, this high-value item will go for upwards of $10,000. It comes with a patch from a jersey worn by the player during his rookie days, and it’s also signed.
The front of the card is pretty understated, with a white background and the image located at the top. The green, white, and yellow patch is found directly in the middle, and the signature is located on a white section at the bottom.
The back has a typical blurb explaining that the card was signed and sent to Upper Deck by the player himself.
A perfect version is where the big bucks are, and there are only 99 copies worldwide. Prices should continue to rise once Rodgers makes it to the HOF, and there’s always solid interest in rookie patches for well-known players.
2005 Aaron Rodgers Score RC #352
An excellent rookie card investment for those not looking to spend a boat-load of money on Aaron Rodgers rookie cards.
- 2005 SP Authentic #252
- 2005 Leaf Certified Mirror White Auto /50 #162
- 2005 Topps Chrome #190
- 2005 Donruss Elite RC #101
- 2005 Upper Deck Football RC #202
- 2005 Ultimate Collection Auto /99 RC #242
- 2005 Aaron Rodgers Rookie Card Bazooka Blue #190
- 2005 Topps Turkey Red #221
- 2005 Upper Deck Rookie Premiere #16
- 2005 Bowman RC #212
- 2005 Bowman Auto RC #112
- 2005 Upper Deck Kickoff RC #91
- 2005 Sage Hit RC #8
- 2005 Topps Heritage RC #344
- 2005 Topps Draft Picks & Prospects RC #152
- 2005 Playoff Contender Green Alex Smith Aaron Rodgers /1900 #RN1
- 2005 Bazooka Stickers Eli Manning Aaron Rodgers Alex Smith RC #42
- 2005 Exquisite Collection RC Auto /199
- 2005 UD SP Authentic Rookie Fabric #RFAR
- 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads RC /99 #192
- 2005 Score RC #352
Rodgers’s RC values could be volatile over the next few years, with the average trend moving upwards. The value of his rookie cards will depend on how he plays out the twilight of his career… will he have another deep playoff run? how long will he play for? and then, of course, his eventual introductory into the Pro Football HOF.
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Maximizing the remaining time he has left on the field will be difficult, as injuries are finally taking their toll on the Packer’s QB. Rodgers still has a few seasons left at the top, and any additional trinkets will likely add to the total value of his cards over the next few years.
- Investment Rating: Strong Buy (4.7 out of 5)
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- Best Aaron Rodgers Rookie Card: 2005 SP Authentic RC
We’ve discussed three high-value options, but there’s still a decent market in the mid-range. Many won’t be signed, and they might lack the small print run of his autographed jersey, but there’s still potential for increased returns on any investment.
The number of cards on the market has increased rapidly since October 2018, leading to an overall decline in average prices. Any potential returns would likely be seen upon Rodgers’ eventual retirement and entry into the Hall of Fame.
And believe it or not, we think Rodger’s rookie cards are somewhat undervalued (much like his NFL career) based on his achievements to date… It would be hard to find another QB who has done so much with so little other than Mr. Rodgers (and we don’t particularly like him off the field).