Josh Allen Rookie Cards
American quarterback Josh Allen (5/21/96) has a rookie card that is a tempting prospect for many NFL investors. The highly-rated player was the seventh overall pick in the 2018 Entry Draft, where he joined the Buffalo Bills.
He went on to set 5 new franchise records for running and passing from only 11 starts. This includes the longest pass by a rookie QB, and recording the most rushing takedowns by a quarterback.
Allen is an interesting prospect with a great backstory, while his tendency to go for the unexpected makes him a firm fan favorite.
Here’s a trio of his best rookie cards to look out for at auction, along with descriptions, prices and an investment outlook for the future.
2018 Contenders Cracked Ice Rookie Ticket No Feet Josh Allen RC AUTO #99
(the standard version of this card is also a great investment)
Damn! A 10 rated version of this eye-catching card sells for roughly $5,000, but it should be a risk-free investment over the next few years.
There’s a shiny border, with Allen poised to throw a football in the image. It’s also lavishly signed on the front of the card. (Autographed items are always more valuable, and it’s especially true for rookie cards.)
The back of this Panini card has the front image in its original form, along with typical stats like height and weight. There’s also a quote about “chicken wings”, with the player talking about how people from Buffalo dislike the saying.
*There’s a non-shiny version available, going for less than $1,000. It’s autographed, and it’s a solid option if you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank. The back has basic stats and his NCAA totals. Overall, it’s a great entry-level card if the price of the former is putting you off from investing.
2018 Contenders Optic Superfractor Gold #154 Josh Allen Bills RC
The Gold 2018 version is another special looking card, with a vinyl finish which makes it look like a drawing. The image shows Allen in his Bills uniform, looking off-camera with a football tucked under his arm.
The back has a short paragraph which pays homage to his achievements so far, as well as listing his NCAA career stats.
As you may have guessed, the gold finish makes it a valuable card despite lacking an autograph. It’ll cost at least $500 if you’re looking for a mint version, and it’s heavily contested at auction.
Once again, there’s a cheaper red-bordered 2018 version with the same picture, and it has the added bonus of being signed by the player at the bottom.
2018 National Treasures RC 4-Color Josh Allen AUTO RPA #99
Something slightly different, this is another signed piece that will always go quickly if and when you eventually decide to sell. Enclosed within the card is a small patch from Allen’s Bills clothing, featuring the familiar red, white, blue and black.
There’s also a full-length image on the side, showing the player as he’s about to throw a football. The back of the card is also interesting, with a paragraph that goes into detail about Allen’s natural ability to outplay a zone defense.
A signed patch is a great investment alternative to normal cards, but they can be just as expensive. Even so, autographed patches are always worth looking out for, especially with more popular players like the Bills’ quarterback.
A 9.5 recently sold for $3,500, but you might be able to snag a cheaper one as there tend to be a few on the market at any given time. All in all, it’s a great rookie patch, and ideal for investment purposes.
Either are a decent option if you’re looking for a cheaper investment card, and they’re fancy enough to catch a collectors eye.
Investment Outlook on All Josh Allen Rookie Cards
Generally, potential prices will depend on what a player achieves, and it’s still way too early in the grand scheme of things to decide on Allen’s legacy. However, if he continues to break records there’s only one way they’re going to go.
Recent sales indicate that his average rookie card prices have risen steeply over the past year, dipping slightly after March 2019. There’s a heap on the market at the moment, so it may take some time to settle down.
It’s worth noting that he’s the highest-drafted QB in franchise history, but there are still worries about his consistency despite his obvious talent. He still has time to iron out any issues, but it’s hard to move on from a promising rookie to a world-class QB that can throw fire and make the right decisions.
Allen is an exciting player, in a popular position, from a nation with a large density of card collectors. There are lots of attractive variants, and he has ridiculous potential. It’s easy to see why rarer cards are rising so rapidly, and it’s worth taking a chance on his future success.