The Seattle Seahawks drafted Tyler Lockett with the 69th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Kansas State University, and boy ol’ boy, are they glad they did as he has developed into a top wideout in the NFL.
During Lockett’s rookie season, the speedy slot receiver caught 51 passes for 664 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was named First-Team All-Pro as a returner.
Lockett’s speed and strong hands have proven to be a consistent asset in the league. The following rookie cards stand out among the crop of Lockett rookie cards.
2015 Tyler Lockett Panini Prizm RC #298
A look at the 2015 Tyler Lockett Panini Prizm RC #298 is a reminder of how consistent Prizm’s design has been in recent years. The standard silver backdrop with indented side borders defines this card. A series of dots and lines keep the border interesting.
The player image is worthy, with the diminutive yet muscular Lockett using every inch of his arms to secure a catch. The football appears oversized in his white receiver gloves. The green backdrop of a football field blends in with the card’s slight silver-green hue. The card’s bottom portion features a nameplate including a white, hexagonal Panini Prizm logo.
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As with all Prizms, you can make out a faint silver border around Lockett’s image. With Panini Prizm, you generally know what you’re getting—a solid player image, refraction, and a few other frills. And still, it works.
Notable parallels of this card include Tie-Dyed Prizm (/25), Gold Prizm (/10), Gold Vinyl Prizm (/5), and Black Pulsar Prizm (/1).
2015 Tyler Lockett Panini National Treasures Patch Auto RC #135 (/99)
Panini National Treasures never compromise when presenting a sterling, eye-catching card design. The 2015 Tyler Lockett Panini National Treasures Patch Auto RC #135 (/99) is Exhibit A.
The card has a vertical orientation, and the player patch is the eye-catcher. It is a vertical rectangle with slightly rounded sides. The patch features a grey lefthand side (with barely visible designs), a Seahawk-green middle stripe, and a dark blue righthand side.
To the right of the player patch in fine silver lettering is a vertical “Seattle Seahawks” banner. Atop the patch is a “Rookie” banner, and atop that banner is the ornate National Treasures logo and a (/99) print run indicator. To the player’s left patch stands Lockett, grinning ever so cheekily beneath a navy blue helmet and facemask.
The Seahawks phenom cradles the pigskin in new Adidas receiver gloves, muscular arms resplendent. The image is as crisp as his form-fitting jersey. The card’s bottom portion is for Lockett’s autograph and an understated nameplate. The autograph is one-of-a-kind, a “T”, “y”, and “L” being the most obvious features of the blue signature.
National Treasures are always thoughtfully conceived, featuring the most essential features of the card (patch, player image, autograph) intelligently.
2015 Tyler Lockett Bowman Rookie Chrome Refractor Auto RC #RCRA-TL
Here we’ve got the rare Tyler Lockett rookie card that features him in his Kansas State Wildcats uniform (albeit a logo-less version).
The Rookie Chrome Refractor set featured some of the most prominent college players from Lockett’s rookie class. The catch with Bowman’s early release to market is that the rookies have yet to have a chance to receive their team uniforms.
Some collectors will find intrigue in this unique logo-less Lockett rookie card. The shifty receiver holds the ball awkwardly at head level, eyes peering furtively as if he holds a precious possession (he does).
The purple-silver KSU color scheme of Lockett’s uniform sets this card apart from most other Lockett RCs. The card’s outer border is a refractive silver hue. The interior border is a purple refractive surface combining semi-circular and vertical lines. The purple backdrop fades into a silver color towards the bottom of the card. Lockett’s blue signature sits where his legs would be.
Beneath the Lockett signature is an NFL emblem, nameplate, and “RC” emblem in the bottom-right corner.
Tyler Lockett Rookie Card Value
Here are the most valuable Tyler Lockett cards. If you have a Tyler Lockett football card and would like an estimated value, please email email@example.com (include two photos of the card at a minimum and entitle the email “value request”.
Most Valuable Tyler Locket Rookie Cards? 2015 National Treasures RPA Rookie Card /99 #135, followed by the 2015 Tyler Lockett Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Rookie Card #TL.
Most Valuable Tyler Lockett Football Cards? DK Metcalf/Tyler Lockett 2019 Flawless Patch Relic RC 12th Man #1/1 followed by the 2019 Tyler Lockett, Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf Panini Flawless Jersey Patch /10.
Tyler Lockett Football Card Investment Rating
Anyone who has played fantasy football in the past half-decade is intimately familiar with Tyler Lockett. However, few Super Bowl-only football fans are aware of the Seattle slot man.
- Investment Rating: Moderate Buy (3.34 out of 5)
- Top Card: 2015 Tyler Lockett Panini Prizm RC #298
- Ownership Disclosure: None
Lockett will never be equipped for superstardom. Unless diminutive peers like Antonio Brown and Tyreek Hill, Lockett has never had the “me”-factor that star NFL receivers require.
And yet, Lockett has been one of the most productive slot receivers of his generation. There is absolutely value in a player who simply produces, and Lockett does just that.
The most coveted Lockett rookie cards have a modest price floor. You can get solid returns from a well-graded, (preferably autographed) Lockett rookie card. However, temper expectations when it comes to most Lockett rookie cards.