Winning a Super Bowl did good things for the value of Aaron Rodgers cards but the train hasn’t stopped. Rodgers has played the quarterback position at an elite level, capping another brilliant season with another warrior-like effort that secured a fourth straight NFC North title for the Packers. He’s an annual contender for the MVP award as the second half of his career unfolds. That level of success has made him the Apple stock of the modern football card market.
The prices of Aaron Rodgers rookie cards from 2005 have sky-rocketed over the past few years. A list of the most watched Rodgers cards on eBay is usually dominated by those first cards and those who bought in early have reaped the rewards.
His slide down out of the first round of the draft has been well chronicled, but card companies didn’t hesitate to get the Cal product’s signature on his first trading cards. From Sage to Press Pass to Upper Deck and Donruss Playoff, Rodgers has plenty of authentic signed cards. He autographed hundreds of stickers before arriving for his first training camp with the Packers. The stickers went on the cards and as Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre, the value of his cards was limited, even with a promising future.
Rodgers didn’t attend the NFL Rookie Premiere and thus, the majority of his rookie cards show him in his red practice jersey from mini camp. In fact, the 2005 Upper Deck Rookie Premiere Rodgers autograph card is his most scarce, with only a small, undetermined number known to exist.
The 2005 SP Authentic auto patch, 2005 Exquisite auto patch and 2005 Playoff Contenders rookie auto are three of his best but Rodgers has dozens of rookie cards. The Exquisite RC Autographed patch card is visually pleasing and offers both swatches of his game worn jersey and his verified autograph. It is limited to 199 copies. Contenders rookie cards are also among his most valuable and as usual, ultra-high end examples bring a premium. Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Rodgers autos on a horizontal photo, are also typically among the big sellers.
If you are looking for another premier type Aaron Rodgers autographed rookie card you also have these choices:
2005 Playoff Absolute Autograph – limited to a print run of 249.
2005 Topps Finest Rookie Autograph – limited to a print run of 299.
The best Aaron Rodgers cards available, of course, are short prints with both an autograph and swatch from one of his game worn jerseys.
Rodgers has had numerous on card autographs since his days as a backup with lower serial numbered cards in high grade selling for several hundred dollars. However, the non-rookie autos also provide the best opportunity to own a cheap Aaron Rodgers autographed card. Look for certified autos from products showing Rodgers in his college uniform. Some can still be found for under $200.
Non-autograph Rodgers rookie cards bring in some decent money. His Topps Chrome rookie typically sells for around $100 while high-end Panini Flawless Rodgers cards featuring a gem embedded in the card, sell for hundreds of dollars. Of course, you can buy standard Rodgers base cards from multiple products from 2006-present for a dollar or two.
Below is a live list of the most watched Aaron Rodgers football cards on eBay.