OJ Simpson Rookie Season Stats: 13 games | 697 rushing yards | 343 receiving yards | 5 touchdowns
His rookie season was decent for a young guy just getting his feet wet. He really took off in his fourth year (1972) rushing for 1251 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Then the following season (1973) he simply had one of the best seasons a running back has ever had in the National Football League… he rushed for a mind-blowing 2003 yards with 12 touchdowns and get this, an average of 143.1 yards per game!… for comparison sake in 2012 Adrian Peterson rushed for 2097 yards and averaged 131.1 yards per game… even the great Eric Dickerson who had the most yards rushed in a season (1984) 2105 yards rushed averaged 131.6… as far as we can tell no one rushed for more yards per game than OJ did with his 143.1 in 1973 (someone check that for us but we think that’s accurate).
He will simply put a BEAST and is one of the older NFL players who would still be a BEAST in today’s game… its a shame he didn’t have better luck in his personal life.
Best O.J. Simpson Rookie Cards
OK, we will stop blabbing… let’s check out the best OJ rookie cards for investment purposes…
1970 OJ Simpson Topps Rookie Card #90 (buy on eBay)
Here is the O.J. Simpson rookie card you want in your sportscard investment portfolio… his true Topps rookie card and a great looking card at that… we love the up-close photo of the Juice in happier days… but if you look close you can see a small level of discomfort in those eyes, like he is trying to push something down and out of his mind… at any rate this card is his top rookie card by a wide margin.
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Numbered #90 the card is outlined in an orange/yellow color with a flag hold the OJ Simpson name. A small football completes the card with the position of the player, in this case running back.
1970 OJ Simpson Kellogg’s Rookie Card #48 (buy on eBay)
The 1970s Kellogg OJ Simpson rookie card is actually a pretty sharp looking card in our opinion and shows OJ with his game face on… I wouldn’t want to tackle him, his face scream “I could run over a mack truck! and will if I have to!”.
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Numbered #48 the card is outlined in a white border and has his name printed in cursive (top-left corner) and his name inside a blue football helmet (top-right hand corner)… wouldn’t it have made more sense to put his position in place of one of the names? But what do we know we don’t design cards 🙂
Were by not any means a big OJ fan but might consider buying this card if the price was right.
1969 OJ Simpson Glendale Stamps Football RC (buy on eBay)
This card isn’t really worth owning… it will most likely increase in value over the time but the ROI would be so small it’s not worth the time/money unless you’re a HUGE OJ aka Juice FANBOY.
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I can’t imagine us owning this card in any situation… unless it was given to us for free.
OJ Simpson Rookie Card Checklist
- 1969 Glendale Stamps RC
- 1970 Kelloggs RC #48
- 1970 Topps RC #90
OJ Simpson Rookie Card Value
The most expensive OJ Simpson RC by far is the Topps and his cheapest is by far the Glendale Stamps.
If you are thinking about buying a Juice rookie card and would like a second opinion please email us at email@example.com or DM us on the Gold Card Auctions Facebook page (we will most likely respond fast on FB but email is fine too)… hopefully this will eliminate buyers remorse… I know we have had that a few times 🙂 plus it always a good idea to bounce a card purchase of someone.
The OJ Simpson Topps rookie card should bring in a nice ROI for the foreseeable future at high grades (i.e. PSA 10, 9, 8, 7 BGS 9.5, 9, 8.5, 8)… if you are looking to buy the Topps Juice RC we suggest a PSA 7 grade or higher for better ROI.
We like (not love) the Kelloggs RC but would never purchase the Glendale Stamps.
Given all the drama around OJ Simpson, his Topps rookie card still increases in value year in year out as people tend to overlook his trouble pass and it seems he has become more of a popular punch line for jokes more than anything.
Investment Rating: Moderate Buy
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Best O.J. Simpson Rookie Card: 1970 Topps RC