Whether it’s a record-setting collection of touchdown passes, a late rally in a hostile environment or an improvisational toss with his opposite hand, there’s not much mystery behind the strong interest in Patrick Mahomes rookie cards.
In his first three games as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback in 2018, Mahomes tossed 13 touchdown passes while completing 67% of his passes with no interceptions. Collectors who grabbed his rookie cards have been rewarded and Mahomes cards are dominating the eBay hot lists.
The son of a former big league pitcher by the same name, Mahomes was a three-sport athlete at Whitehouse High School in Texas, then played three years at Texas Tech. After throwing for a jaw-dropping 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns in three years, he declared for the 2017 NFL Draft. Seeing something special in the strong-armed youngster, the Kansas City Chiefs made a trade with Buffalo, acquiring the tenth pick to snare the fast-rising prospect. After a year backing up Alex Smith, Mahomes was handed the keys to the Chiefs offense. So far, it looks like a brilliant series of moves.
In a comeback win at Denver, Mahomes’ athleticism was on display in front of a national audience and video of a Brett Favre-like move that saw him switch hands and complete a pass left-handed went viral.
Picking out the best Patrick Mahomes rookie cards to own depends largely on your collecting plans and your budget but it’s safe to say some stand out.
The biggest selling issues are the autographed Mahomes cards from 2017 Panini National Treasures. While there are numerous versions to choose from and most won’t touch five figures, the autographed patch cards carrying low serial numbers have been bringing strong prices. A holo silver numbered to 10 and graded PSA 10 recently sold for $10,477. A PSA 10 #161 auto patch numbered to 99 netted nearly $9,000 while two ‘Stars and Stripes’ Mahomes rookies numbered to 13 sold for $10,000 (PSA 10) and $7,000 (BGS 9.5).
Other popular Mahomes rookie cards include his Contenders Rookie Ticket and its numerous parallels. A PSA 10 Cracked Ice version numbered to 25 went for $10,000 in a recent auction. Carrying a strong brand name within the hobby, the Contenders Rookie Ticket cards are usually a safe bet for investors, provided Mahomes continues on an upward career arc. He appears in both the NFL and Collegiate versions.
Of course, there are numerous serial numbered relic cards and inserts that can be obtained for far less but still provide a certain level of limited availability. Choosing an attractive card of Mahomes in his Chiefs uniform with a serial number under 200 is generally a pretty good bet. However, if you prefer the low-cost “penny stock” approach, there are several brands that offer a chance to collect Mahomes rookie cards on a limited budget.
You can see all of Mahomes rookie cards on eBay here and check out a live list of the ‘most watched’ auctions below.