For some players, the transition from college to the pro ranks seems virtually seamless (Kareem Hunt). For others, it’s one, big painful learning experience. Jared Goff rookie cards were not exactly selling like hotcakes after a difficult rookie season but with a new coach, off-season work and an upgrade in receivers, he’s starting to make collectors take notice.
Goff was bad enough to be the butt of jokes during the Rams first season back in Los Angeles:
Why doesn’t Jared Goff use the phone? He can’t find the receiver.
The guffaws are gone, now. Under new coach Sean McVay, the Rams are now playoff contenders and Goff has become what the franchise expected he could be when they traded six draft picks to move up and pick the former California Golden Bear first in the 2016 NFL Draft. As of this writing, Goff owns four 300-yard passing games in his second season, with nine touchdowns and just one interception.
Like Carson Wentz, Goff appears ready to join the ranks of the next generation of star quarterbacks. Yet while prices for his rookie cards have ticked upward lately, many remain at modest levels. As the top pick in the draft, there is no shortage of Goff rookie cards. He’s appeared in just about every Panini product since he was picked. Single base cards in lower end products can still be had for around $1. Many certified autographs can be found for under $100, including some that are signed directly on the card.
Like every modern rookie card, it’s the low serial numbered autographs that drive the most interest. High-end brands are where the bigger dollars come from. Goff’s 2016 National Treasures autographed patch cards numbered to 99 or less are selling for $1,000 and up. Likewise with cards such as the ever-popular Contenders Rookie Ticket autos and Contenders Cracked Ice (# to 24).
Over the last 30 days, 735 autographed Goff rookie cards have sold on eBay with the average price at around $150. That’s less than half of the average for Wentz rookie cards, on similar volume, which would indicate plenty of room for growth if Goff can continue to perform at a high level and increase NFL interest in the nation’s second largest media market.
You can take a look at current listings for Jared Goff rookie cards on eBay by clicking here.