Justin Herbert Rookie Card – Best 10 Cards, Most Valuable, Checklist


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Top Pick: 2020 Prizm RC #325


Justin Herbert (3/10/1998) was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the 6th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and man alive are they glad he fell to the 6th overall.

His rookie cards are among the most popular in modern-day sports card investing due to one of the best rookie seasons by a QB of all time.

Playing college ball at Oregon he appears to be the typical NFL QB standing at 6’6″ and tipping the scales at 236lb (198cm, 107kg) and sure as hell played like a future MVP in his rookie campaign.

Following his rookie season, the value of Justin Herbert’s rookie cards soared as he was named the Rookie of the Year Award.

Fun Fact: The 2020 NFL Draft was stacked at the quarterback position as Herbert was already the 3rd QB taken by the time he was selected with the 6th overall pick.

Joe Burrow (who is also having a hell of a rookie season) was selected with the number one pick by the Bengals and Tua Tagovalio was 5th overall to the Miami Dolphins.

The 2020 NFL Draft may go down as one of the best we have seen in a long, LONG time for the quarterback position.

Although we personally don’t see Tua being all that and a bag of chips but the Burrow/Herbert matchup could be the next Tom Brady/Peyton Manning.

That would be a dream come true for not only rookie card investors but the NFL as well, as they are drooling at the mouth in regards to a rivalry similar to the Brady/Manning.

Best Justin Herbert Rookie Cards

Let’s take a look at the top-rated Herbert RCs for investment purposes (we will update this page as more RCs are released throughout the season).


2020 Justin Herbert National Treasures RPA /99 RC #158

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The cream of the crop.

If you can stomach the risk in droping mid-five figures for this bad boy more power to you.

You could win big or lose big. We predict WIN but you just never know in sports.


2020 Justin Herbert Panini Contenders Auto RC #104

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2020 Contenders Playoff Ticket Justin Herbert rookie card

Another big time Justin Herbert rookie card for a big time bank account.


2020 Justin Herbert Panini Prizm RC #325

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justin herbert prizm rookie card

The Justin Herbert Panini Prizm football card might just be one of the hottest cards of 2021 with a ton of potential (and prices are reflecting that).

The card shown above is a 2020 Panini Red Shimmer Prizm Justin Herbert rookie card numbered #325 (/35) which sold for an impressive $3,900 on 12/28/2020 via eBay auctions.

The Gold Vinyl version of this card sold for a whopping $16,827 on 12/22/2020 again via eBay auctions.


2020 Jusatin Herbert Flawless RPA RC #11

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We love the risk reward ratio in regards to price of the card vs potential future price. We actually prefer the Herbert Flawless RC’s over the National Treasures.


2020 Justin Herbert Prizm SSP Color Blast RC #14

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justin herbert color blast rookie card

If Justin Herbert goes on to be a Hall of Fame, Super Bowl-winning QB this card will without a doubt be one of the most valuable of all of his rookie cards.

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Words cannot describe the sheer beauty of this card.

The only Justin Herbert rookie card we MIGHT rather have over the Color Blast is a high-end Prizm (like the Red Shimmer shown above.

But who are we kidding the Justin Herbert Color Blast rookie card is number 1!).


2020 Justin Herbert Panini Mosaic RC #204

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2020 justin herbert mosaic 204 (psa,bgs,sgc,hga)

We were not expecting much from the 2020 Panini Mosaic brand but boy were we wrong.

Not only they the best-looking football cards in 2020 but they hold up very well to high-end grading (the high-end parrellels in particular are our favorites).

Rookie Year Highlight: Tossing 4 TD passes on MNF vs the Saints Justin Herbert is quickly gaining traction as one of the NFL’s most promising young quarterbacks

If Herbert develops into an elite QB, wins a few league MVPs, and a Superbowl or three the 2020 Herbert Panini Mosaic Absolute Fusion will be one of his more valuable rookie cards.

2020 Justin Herbert Panini Mosaic Football Parallels: Mosaic, Silver, White Sparkle, Gold Wave /17
Rookie Autographs Mosaic Parallels: Gold /10, Black 1/1
Rookie Auto Choice Parallels: Fusion Red, Black Gold 1/1
Hobby Mosaic Parallels: Red, Blue /99, Purple /49, White /25, Gold /10, Black 1/1
Choice Mosaic Parallels: Peacock, Red & Green (only rookies), Fusion Red /80, Black Gold #8, Nebula 1/1
Retail Mosaic Parallels: Camo Pink, Genesis, Green, Reactive Blue, Reactive Green, Reactive Gold, Reactive Orange, Orange Fluorescent /20, Gold Fluorescent /20, Blue Fluorescent /15, Pink Fluorescent /10
No Huddle Parallels: Silver, Blue /75, Purple /50, Pink /20, Gold /10, Black 1/1

2020 Justin Herbert Panini Absolute Kaboom RC #K-JH2 

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best justin herbert rookie cards kaboom

We love Panini Kaboom cards and we especially love the 2020 Justin Herbert Panini Absolute Kaboom Rookie Card #K-JH2.

The card shows Herbert rolling out to his left while looking to get off a pass or maybe keep it and run for his life.

His name is slabbed in the bottom right-hand corner while the word KABOOM! is placed towards to top center and is in red color.

The Panini RC logo sits in the top right-hand corner. A great card for moderate investors looking to capitalize of Herbert’s coming greatness.

2020 Justin Herbert Kaboom Set Parallels: Gold (#/10) and Green (1/1) parallels


2020 Justin Herbert Panini Absolute RC #167

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2020 panini absolute justin herbert rookie card

Here is a GREAT card for kids or collectors looking to spend the least amount of money possible but still get a dang good investment.

Numbered #167 the 2020 Panini Absolute Herbert rookie card shows him rolling out to his right while looking for his tight end on a classic roll-out pattern.

The card places the Charges logo in the top right corner, the famous Panini RC logo in the top left, and the words “Absolute Football” in the bottom left corner.

These are great-looking cards and should hold up fairly well to grading (like Bowman Chrome in baseball).

“The base card is very affordable while some of the high-end parallels can get very expensive especially if graded”

2020 Justin Herbert Panini Absolute Parallels: Red /100, Orange /75, Blue /50, Green /25, Gold /10, Purple /5, Black 1/1. Retail Parallels: Blue, Green, Yellow, Red Squares /199, Orange Mosaic /149, Blue Diamonds /75, Green Waves /35, Gold Stars /10, Purple Rain /5, Black Galaxy 1/1


2020 Justin Herbert Panini Select Prizm XRC ’20 RC #325 #303 

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2019 Prizm XRC Justin Herbert ROOKIE

Here is another solid (and expensive) Herbert autograph rookie card from Panini. The Panini Select Justin Herbert rookie card comes in the form of the 2020 XRC Prizm Redemption RC #303 and 2020 XRC Mystery Autograph Prizm Redemption RC #325.

The card shows Herbert in that badass sky powder blue San Deigo Chargers looking to connect with a wideout deep down the field.

The team name and his name are centered at the bottom and the auto is just above them.

Have your eyes set on this card? Better have some deep pockets as it gets well into the 4 digits.

2020 Panini Select Prizm Parallels XRC: Tie-Dye #/25, Gold #/10, Black 1/1


2020 Justin Herbert Panini Origins RC #RA-JH 

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Panini Origins have been extremely popular with collectors in the hobby over the last few years and the 2020 Panini Origins Justin Herbert rookie card does not disappoint.

Numbered#RAJH the card shows Herbert looking downfield searching for an open receiver. His name and the team name are centered at the bottom while his sweet autograph is just above the name/team name.

The word Origins is printed at the center top.

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2020 Justin Herbert Donruss Optic Rookie RC #303 

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2020 Justin Herbert Donruss Optic Preview Rookie Card
Justin Herbert 2020 Donruss Optic Preview Rookie Blue Prizm /125 PSA 10 Pop 1

The final card on our list is the 2020 Donruss Optic Preview Rated Rookie Card.

Numbered #303 the card shows Herbert rolling out to his right looking for the running back sprinting out of the backfield (old school Madden Football play) in the San Diego White Jersey.

The classic Donruss “Rated Rookie” icon is in the top left-hand corner while the Donruss Optic Logo houses the bottom right.

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The card is available in a variety of parallels. A great card for small to moderate bankrolls/investors.


Justin Herbert Rookie Card Checklist

Justin Herbert Rookie Card Checklist

  • 2020 Prizm Refractor Justin Herbert RC #102
  • 2020 Panini Prizm Rookie Color Blast Chargers Justin Herbert RC #2
  • 2020 Panini Prizm DP Auto Justin Herbert RC #102
  • 2020 Panini Fusion Mosaic Prizm Auto Justin Herbert RC #4
  • 2020 Panini Donruss Rated Rookie Justin Herbert RC #303
  • 2020 Panini Prizm Color Blast Justin Herbert RC #2
  • 2020 Panin Prizm Refractor Justin Herbert RC #102
  • 2020 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Justin Herbert RC #102
  • 2020 Panini Select ’20 XRC Justin Herbert RC #325 #303
  • 2020 Panini Absolute Kaboom Justin Herbert RC #K-JH2
  • 2020 Panini Chronicles Psychedelic RC Logo Patch AUTO Justin Herbert RC
  • 2020 Leaf Metal Draft Justin Herbert RC #BA-JH
  • 2020 Leaf Ultimate Draft Auto Justin Herbert RC #BA-JH2

“The 22-year-old rising star has already proven the draft doubters wrong and he shows no signs of stopping. Move over Burrow, Herbert is the NFL’s next star.” – Lindsey Wisniewski (@lindsniewski)



Justin Herbert Rookie Card Value

Justin Herbert Rookie Card Value

The value of Justin Herbert’s rookie cards is just sitting off all-time highs and now might be a great time to buy in before the 2021 NFL season begins.

Just realize with the great reward comes great risk. Imagine buying a $40,000 Herbert rookie card like the one above and suffers a year-long injury in week one.

This is very unlikely but a great example of why you want 80% HOF RC’s and 20% first or second-year RC’s.

3 Most Valuable Justin Herbert Football Cards

  1. 2020 National Treasures RPA /99 Justin Herbert RC #158
  2. 2020 Contenders Playoff Ticket Auto /99 Justin Herbert RC #104
  3. 2020 Flawless RPA Justin Herbert RC #11

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Justin Herbert Rookie Cards: Buyers Guide and Investment Advice

Both Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow are out to a very strong start in their NFL careers and experts are predicting one of the two will win the ROY (rookie of the year). It is hard to say who will finish stronger of the two but one things are for sure. They are both GREAT long-term investments BUT do hold some risk as they are both rookies.

Investment Rating: Solid Buy (4.3 out of 5)
Ownership Disclosure: None
Best Justin Herbert Rookie Card: 2020 Kaboom RC


We do feel Herbert will win the 2020 rookie of the year and buying up a few of his high-end rookie card parallels is a smart risk calculated move.


  1. Have 2 cards green leaf Ultimate draft Justin Hebert F5-JH2 and silver F5-JH2Considered Collectors item ?can’t find a price on Either of these cards

  2. Have a question…. I have the the Herbert Shock. I know what it’s worth. I also have a Herbert “the rookies” card . Do you know the value on that particular card.

  3. I have the Panini Black Justin 1/2 rookie signature materials gold. I can not find anything to comp it to. I have nice pics if necessary. Just trying to get a value. Would like to sell to someone who is a fan!

  4. Have a 2020 Origins FOTL box coming in a day or two….. 7crds. … my wife would kill me if she knew how much I spent!!! Oh “card gods” PLEASE LET ME GET LUCKY ONE TIME!!!!

  5. UNBELIEVABLE!!! I cracked open the last few packs I had here,and I pulled a Justin Herbert Prestige Draft Picks RC AUTO,and a Justin Herbert Select Draft Picks Purple Checkerboard Patch Auto RC 18/20.Does anyone know the print run of the Prestige RC AUTO? I can’t find this card ANYWHERE! I DO have a nice little set here to go with my Justin Herbert Downtown Silver Holo RC.

  6. I need help gentleman. 3 PSA CRacked ice lazer blue red and orange #325
    On eBay for 1200 but I brought him down to $925
    Is that a good deal? Or should I pass ??

  7. I just recently acquired a Justin Herbert prizm orange disco… which has been hard signed and graded at a 10 by Beckett. What do you think I can value it at considering without the auto its over a grand?


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