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“Tyreek Hill (03/01/94) is a WR who has played for the Kansas City Chiefs since being drafted in the fifth round in 2016. He was far from the finished article, but his raw talent at the time was no denying.”  cardboardvice.com

Since the start of 2015, cards have consistently outperformed the S&P 500, as per the PWCC 500 index, and it’s not even close!

“Tyreek Hill rookie cards are one of the best buys if your looking to invest in a NFL wide out” – Cardboard Vice

Beyond nerding out, this makes finding and sorting through up-and-coming cards, like the top 5 Tyreek Hill rookie cards, a potential gold mine.

We will save you more time than human cheetah Tyreek Hill running a 40-yard dash to get your breakfast by listing each card’s features and revealing which one has the most potential.

Best Cards

Having been overlooked initially by manufacturers due to being drafted 165th overall, Hill rapidly saw RCs added to later sets in 2016. This means a limited number of NFL-licensed autographed football cards are available, which is a far cry compared to typical hyped rookies featured heavily in modern sets. 

Nonetheless, you’ll find Hill cards in most 2016 releases, while there are many rare inserts and parallels if you’re interested in chasing the rainbow. 

We’ve listed three top cards below.

 

#1. 2016 Tyreek Hill Panini Prizm RC #296

Generally seen as a great entry-level option, the 2016 Panini Prizm is one of the more expensive Hill RCs on the market, depending on which version you look at. It features a simple image of Hill in motion, with a ball tucked under one arm. His face is obscured as he’s in full gear, but his jersey number is clearly visible. 

It has a unique Prizm border, and an RC logo is in the top left corner. There’s a wide range of colored parallels, including some versions with low print runs such as the Gold card which only has 10 copies overall. 

As an investment piece, there’s something to suit almost every budget, and it’s always a popular choice for collectors.

Parallels: Blue, Flash, Green, Pink, Red, Red/White/Blue Disco, Orange (/299), Light Blue (/199), Blue Wave (/149), Purple Scope (/99), Red Crystals (/75), Green Power (/49), Camo (/25), Gold (/10), Gold Vinyl (/5), Black Finite (1/1)

The reflective chrome cut of the upper corners and sides of the card makes it visually appealing to six and sixty-year-olds alike. It carries weight in terms of card grading and may even bump the card up a notch in value, everything else being equal.

While not wholly centered due to the positioning of Hill’s body in the picture, the card features sharp square corners with clear black and gray lettering. 

 

#2. 2016 Tyreek Hill National Treasures RC #TH 

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The next option hails from the Rookie Patch Autos subset, as part of the ever-popular National Treasures release. Another 2016 rookie card, this one has a landscape design, and a premium feel. 

The base card is white and red, with an image of the player on the right-hand side. Hill’s on-card auto is found beneath, while there’s a second segment on the left to allow for a large player patch.

NT cards benefit from brand recognition and strong designs, while the auto helps to add value. Parallels will change the color of the foil trim, and they’re pretty affordable, considering what’s on offer.

Parallels: Silver (/25), Gold (/10), Black (1/1), Blue (1/1), Printing Plates (1/1)

 

#3. 2016 Tyreek Hill Donruss Optic RC #117

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2016 Tyreek Hill Donruss Optic Rookie card

The Donruss optic, also brought to us by Panini, is a more traditional rookie card.

Its less chromy than the Prizm #296, but this means it is also less prone to incur scratches and thereby devaluation.

Lastly, there’s Hill’s 2016 Donruss Optic. It has a thick, bordered design, corresponding to the color of the parallel if applicable. The 2016 Donruss set has two Hill RCs, with an autographed card and an unsigned edition. We’re looking at the former here, although the latter is a decent budget option.

It features a thick border at the top, with a boxed action shot of the player found beneath. The image of Hill is lined, while his visor makes it challenging to identify the player without looking at the name at the top of the card. 

You’ll find a stickered auto at the bottom, which is slightly disappointing compared to the premium option. There are several rare parallels if you hope for more valuable investment pieces. 

Parallels: Bronze, Holo (/99), Blue (/75), Red (/50), Black (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

#4. 2016 Certified Mirror Gold Rookie Tyreek Hill #184

He’s a stunner of a card and I’m not talking about Stone Cold Steve Austin.

The image features the same practice image of Hill as the Panini Prizm Rookie #296, with a few BIG differences.

First, the mirrored-gold edging makes the perfectly centered image in the middle of the card stand out like Andy Reid at a bodybuilding competition.

This is complemented by the Chiefs and rookie card logos flanking the bottom left and right corners and Hill’s name directly below the main image.

With great centering, corners, and edges that immediately draw the eye, this card has it all.

 

#5. 2016 Panini Contenders Tyreek Hill Auto RC
#6. 2016 Panini Select Tyreek Hill Rookie Autographed Jersey Card
#7. 2016 Panini Select Tyreek Hill #65 Rookie RC
#8. 2016 Tyreek Hill Rookies & Stars RC #240
#9. 2016 Panini Select TYREEK HILL RC #170
#10. 2016 TYREEK HILL Select Blue Prizm RC #65

 

Value(s)

The three most expensive Tyreek Hill rookie cards sold top date are the 2016 Panini Contenders Cracked Ice RC Ticket, 2016 Donruss Optic Gold Vinyl RC, and the 2016 National Treasures RC.

Checklist

  • 2016 Contenders Rookie Ticket Tyreek Hill Cracked Ice Auto #232
  • 2016 Donruss Optic Tyreek Hill RC#117
  • 2016 Panini Contenders Cracked Ice RC Ticket Auto Tyreek Hill #296
  • 2016 Panini Prizm Tyreek Hill RC #296
  • 2016 National Treasures Tyreek Hill Rookie Auto #186
  • 2016 Panini Select Tyreek Hill RC #216
  • 2016 Panini Phoenix Tyreek Hill RC #193

 

Investment Outlook

From a sporting perspective, Hill can’t be faulted. He’s reached previously unexpected levels and put many doubters to rest following an explosive start to life in the NFL.

He’s a highlight-reel player and a supreme athlete. His blistering pace is only one aspect of his game, and he continues to improve as he nears his prime. However, that’s only one side of the story. 

After being arrested in 2014 for alleged domestic violence during his time at college, he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, but Hill ran a 4.25-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, so the Chiefs were willing to take a risk.

The allegations surrounding child abuse in 2019 seemed like they could derail a promising career, but they were eventually dismissed by the league as hearsay, with no definitive evidence. After a meeting with the player in July 2019, the NFL released a statement;

“Based on the available evidence, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities. He has been and will continue to be subject to conditions set forth by the District Court, Commissioner Goodell, and the Chiefs, which include clinical evaluation and therapeutic intervention. “If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time.”

The decision not to discipline the player was shocking, but it does give him a better chance of making the Hall of Fame in the future. That should also positively impact the prices of his rookie cards.

Hill has a range of affordable investment options, including autos and patches and rare parallels. Any of the cards above have good potential for profit in the future, but he’ll need to be on his best behavior from now on.

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