As his team struggled and his impact seemed to fade, Amari Cooper rookie cards were not exactly lighting up the hobby at the end of 2017 and early in the 2018 season. Worthless? Hardly. He was too young to give up on and his first two seasons in Oakland were of the Pro Bowl variety. Yet the Raiders seemed to be going nowhere and as the 2018 season unfolded, Cooper was almost an afterthought to football collectors.
That may be changing but it’s probably not too late to start grabbing cards of a player who could be on his way to a Hall of Fame career.
Cooper was traded to the Dallas Cowboys at mid-season and it seems the first round pick they had to surrender in the deal may be a more than reasonable price. In his first six games with Dallas, Cooper caught 40 passes for 642 yards and six touchdowns. He also became the first Dallas player since Michael Irvin to have over 200 receiving yards and three or more touchdowns in a single game. When healthy and playing with an offense capable of making use of his talents, Cooper is simply one of the NFL’s best receivers.
Coming out of Alabama, Cooper was one of the hobby’s focal points among 2015 NFL draft choices. As a high first round pick at a skill position, his cards were plentiful. You can find him in low-cost products as well as the super high-end releases.
Only a few cards, all 1/1s, have sold publicly for $1,500 or more over the last four seasons. Cooper’s rookie season came when Topps still had its NFL trading card license so there are a multitude of products from both Topps and Panini where Cooper’s cards are found. The biggest spend was for a Contenders Cracked Ice Rookie Ticket graded BGS 10 and numbered 1/23. It sold for $2,225 in 2016.
In a recent five-week period, however, action remains fairly pedestrian on Cooper’s autographed rookie cards with 263 sold on eBay at an average price of just over $71.
Cooper’s most popular rookie cards have been autographed versions inside products like Topps Chrome, Panini Contenders and National Treasures. You’ll also find his autographs in high-end brands like Flawless. While some of the low serial-numbered autographs will run $1,000 or more, many numbered autos from some popular brands–most picturing him in his NFL uniform– continue to sell for under $100.
You can see a live list of the current ‘most watched’ Amari Cooper football cards on eBay via the live list below.