James Robinson (08/09/98) is a talented prospect who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in April 2020. Having battled through a grueling training camp, he was named as their starting RB just weeks later.
It proved to be a good decision, as he became only the fourth undrafted rookie in NFL history to total at least 1,000 rushing yards and the fastest to do so.
“Robinson is the third rookie running back in Jaguars history to total 1,000 yards in a season and the fourth running back overall in franchise history to rush for 1,000-plus yards.”
The feat has made collectors and investors pay attention, so we’ve come up with a list containing three top James Robinson rookie cards, as well as investment advice for the next few seasons.
Best James Robinson Rookie Cards
Despite being undrafted, Robinson was quickly included in the majority of 2020 releases.
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Here are three top Robinson rookie cards, which are also notable from an investment perspective.
2020 James Robinson Prizm Draft RC #238 (Buy on eBay)
Robinson’s 2020 Prizm Draft is the first card to make the list. It features a great action shot of the player in his Illinois State uniform, with the addition of a stickered auto at the bottom which helps to drive interest.
As with most cards from the set, there’s a wide variety of colored parallels, including a couple of one-of-one options.
There’s something to suit almost every budget, so it’s a great option from an investment perspective.
Parallels: Blue, Green, Red, Red/Black Snakeskin, White Sparkle (Online), Purple/Green (/199), Neon Orange (/149), Neon Green (/125), Red/White/Blue (/99), Hyper (/75), Mojo (/49), Carolina Blue (/30), Camo (/25), Orange Pulsar (/20), Green Ice FOTL (/18), Gold (/10), Gold Ice (#/7) (Hybrid), Gold Vinyl (/5), Black (1/1), Black Ice (1/1) (Hybrid), Black Mosaic (1/1)
2020 James Robinson Leaf Metal Draft RC #BA-JR2 (Buy on eBay)
Focusing on top prospects heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, the Leaf Metal Draft set is packed to the brim with signed copies. Of the many, many parallels on offer, the Gold Super is the pick of the bunch.
Autographed Pre-Production Proof versions are numbered one-of-one and slabbed, making for an interesting collectors item. The player image isn’t the greatest, but there’s an on-card auto which is found at the base.
Parallels: Gold Super (1/1)
Rainbow Parallels: Silver (/60), Blue (/35), Purple (/25), Pink (/20), Black (/15), Green (/10), RWB Exclusive (/10), Orange (/7), Red (/5), Gold (1/1), Printing Plates (1/1)
Wave Parallels: Silver (/50), Blue (/20), Purple (/15), Pink (/10), Black (/7), Green (/5), RWB Exclusive (/5), Orange (/4), Red (/3), Gold (1/1)
Crystals Parallels: Silver (/40), Blue (/15), Purple (/10), Pink (/7), Black (/5), Green (/4), RWB Exclusive (/4), Orange (/3), Red (/2), Gold (1/1)
Mojo Parallels: Silver (/30), Blue (/10), Purple (/7), Pink (/5), Black (/4), Green (/3), RWB Exclusive (/3), Orange (/2), Red (1/1), Gold (1/1)
2020 James Robinson Contenders Draft Picks RC #240 (Buy on eBay)
Lastly, Robinson’s 2020 Contenders rounds out the list. The College Ticket design should be instantly recognizable, with a great shot of the player found on the left. There’s also a stickered auto, which is always popular in terms of resale value.
One of the more affordable Robinson cards to contain a signature, we’re big fans of the Cracked Ice parallel, limited to just 23 copies.
Parallels: Draft Blue Foil, Draft Green Foil, Bowl (/99), Cracked Ice (/23), Playoff (/18), Diamond (/15), Building Blocks (/10), Draft Touchdown (/6), Fame (/5), Championship (1/1)
James Robinson Rookie Card Checklist
- 2020 James Robinson Contenders Draft Picks RC #240
- 2020 Leaf Metal Draft RC #BA-JR2
- 2020 James Robinson Prizm Draft RC #238
- 2020 Leaf Trinity James Robinson Auto Rookie Card
- 2020 James Robinson Prizm Blue Auto #238
- 2020 Score Rookies Gold Zone Signatures /50 James Robinson RC #382
James Robinson Rookie Card Value
The most expensive James Robinson RC released to date is the 2020 Prizm Draft at rare parallels (i.e. Black, Gold) but more sets are going to be released in 2021 that will certainly trump the Prizm Draft in terms of value.
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James Robinson Rookie Cards: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook
After a scintillating start to life in the NFL, Robinson has caused the world to take notice. The young star has carried his Jaguars team so far, helping to lead the offense despite losing their 12th straight game in December 2020.
It’s their 114th loss since 2011, giving some insight into how difficult it must be to be tasked with providing creativity for the team.
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As such, he’s an unlikely pick from the class of 2020, but he’s taken the opportunity with both hands.