It’ll be a while before we know for certain which are the best 2020 NFL rookie cards but it’s not hard to identify some of the popular choices among collectors so far.
Joe Burrow cards have been selling like crazy since the first pre-draft products hit the market and now that there are actual licensed NFL cards showing him in his Cincinnati Bengals uniform, the gloves are off. Burrow was Cincinnati’s starter from Week 1 and while he’ll make some mistakes, he seems poised and confident. He also seems to run better than most people thought.
There was a quarterback at the top of the draft and plenty of potential stars at the receiver position who went off the board early. Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy, Cee Dee Lamb and Jalen Reagor are just some of the names we’ll be seeing in the highlights.
Running backs JK Dobbins and Clyde Edwards-Helaire got off to good starts and playing for really good teams never hurts. James Robinson of Jacksonville had the best debut of any undrafted rookie running back in NFL history. Jonathan Taylor looks to carry a heavier load with Marlon Mack having suffered a season-ending injury. Joshua Kelley of the Chargers is another name to watch and although he dropped a potential winning touchdown pass, don’t sleep on D’Andre Swift of the Lions.
It’s the guys on offense who tend to get most of the rookie cards that are produced by Panini America but the favorite for NFL Rookie of the Year is Washington defensive end Chase Young, who got off to a solid start in his debut and is expected to be a formidable force for years to come.
While 2020 NFL rookies first began appearing on trading cards after the draft, their best–or at least the most sought after and often pricey–rookie cards typically arrive late in the season or even afterward in products like National Treasures, Flawless and Immaculate.
If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of base cards of the 2020 NFL rookie class to collect that won’t cost more than a few dollars–if that. If you’re after the serial numbered parallels, autographs and autographed relic cards, you’ll pay more, but the potential long-term rewards will be much greater.
One way to get an idea of what dedicated collectors and prospectors are chasing is to see our real-time list of the 100 ‘most watched’ 2020 NFL rookie cards on eBay. We have that exclusive list directly below. It’s automatically updated each hour so you can check it out anytime during the season or afterward.