There’s not much doubt anymore.
The Philadelphia Eagles knew what they were doing when they shipped Sam Bradford to Minnesota and tossed the keys to their offense over to a rookie. Now, Carson Wentz rookie cards are among the hottest on eBay, in shops and at local shows. Along with a few other first year standouts like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, he’s helped make 2016 NFL trading card products the hottest in a long time.
Wentz was selected by the Eagles with the No. 2-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, becoming the franchise’s highest-drafted player since QB Donovan McNabb (also second overall) in 1999.
The trade of Sam Bradford was a shocker at the time, but Wentz had apparently shown club officials what they needed to see from his first few days in training camp. After the trade, he became the first Eagles rookie quarterback to start in a season opener since Davey O’Brien in 1939.
Wentz quickly made his mark, becoming the first rookie in history to throw at least one touchdown pass without an interception in each of his first three games. He began his career with over 100 consecutive passes without a pick, the longest streak ever by a rookie to begin his NFL career.
A two-year team captain at North Dakota State, Wentz led the Bison to back-to-back NCAA Division I FCS national championships in 2014 and 2015. In his two seasons as a starter, he compiled a record of 20-3 with 4,762 passing yards and 42 passing touchdowns, along with 936 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
The best Carson Wentz rookie cards are generally considered to be in 2016 Panini brands such as Flawless, National Treasures, Impeccable and Contenders, which offer either on-card autographs and/or a piece of memorabilia and are numbered to less than 100. However, collectors will also gravitate toward the shiny unsigned cards with brands like Donruss Optic or Prizm and their low numbered base card parallels. Of course, graded examples in Mint (9) or Gem Mint (10) carry a premium.
Below is a live list of the 50 hottest Carson Wentz rookie cards on eBay.