Not many defensive players get invited to the NFL Rookie Premier each spring. In an offensive-minded league and sponsored by a trading card company that generally focuses on offense, the roster of defensive talents is small.
In 2019, one Ohio State player was the exception. Now, Nick Bosa rookie cards are among those from the year’s long list of picks that appear to be good choices for collectors looking at the long-term.
Bosa didn’t disappoint after being the second player picked. He didn’t miss a game in his first NFL season, recording nine sacks and led the NFL with 25 quarterback hits. He made 47 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss (tied for fifth among all NFL players), recovered a pair of fumbles and even had an interception. He was named Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year by Professional Football Writers of America.
As the 49ers completed their remarkable turnaround that led to a trip to Miami and the Super Bowl, Bosa rookie cards began to get a little more attention. You can find him in every issue during his first NFL season, so collectors have plenty to choose from.
Nick Bosa Rookie Cards Overview
The good news is that most of his standard rookie cards—even autographed versions—remain within reach. Many Bosa autographed cards from mid-range products can be had for under under $50 as of now. Regular unsigned base cards can be found for well under $5, depending on the brand.
There have been some major sales of Nick Bosa rookie cards from high-end brands, however. His Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Cracked Ice parallel (# to 23) has seen some sales of over $1,000. A Championship Ticket auto numbered to 10 was purchased for $1,250 just prior to the 2019 NFC Championship Game. Other copies sold for $650-$700. Playoff Ticket autos numbered to 49 have pushed into the $200-$300 range and the Ticket Stub editions have also attracted a lot of interest. Another hot card was the Contenders First Off the Line (FOTL) Red Zone which saw several sales of $200-$300 during the postseason.
Several 1/1 cards from other Panini issues have sold for $600-$900.
Some of the higher end products released after the season typically provide some of the strongest autographed cards.
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