In a year filled with potential breakout stars on offense, Justin Herbert rookie cards are looking like a pretty decent bet.
After a stellar career at Oregon that saw him toss 95 touchdown passes, Herbert was the sixth overall pick and third quarterback taken in the NFL Draft. Looking for their future after moving on from long-time veteran Phillip Rivers, the Los Angeles Chargers took Herbert after the Bengals had already snared top pick Joe Burrow of LSU and the Dolphins landed Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
At 6’6 and 230 pounds, Herbert has the ideal size and arm strength for a pro quarterback, but of course it’s one thing to look the part and another to perform at a high level. Tossed into the starting spot after a freak pre-game injury to opening game starter Tyrod Taylor, Herbert made the most of his sudden opportunity.
After completing 27 of 43 passes against Jacksonville, Herbert picked up his first NFL win. He became just the second quarterback since 1970 to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns while running for at least 40 yards in one of his first five NFL stars.
He’s also the first player since the AFL/NFL merger to throw for 1,500+ passing yards and have a 100+ passer rating over his first five career games.
Herbert rookie cards weren’t the first choice of collectors and prospectors early in his rookie season. Like the draft, he sat behind Burrow and Tagovailoa in terms of interest and even lagged behind a few of the other offensive stars early on. That could change quickly if Herbert can continue to pile up big numbers.
Some of the earliest big sales of Herbert rookie cards came from Panini Mosaic. A Gold Prizm #3/10 and the 1/1 Black Prizm each netted $7500. Prices on common rookie cards from early NFL-branded releases like Donruss have seen noticeable price increases since their release.
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