There is a no shortage of highlight clips dating back to Penn State and his arrival in the NFL had fans buzzing. He’s already set some team and league records, too, but most Saquon Barkley rookie cards on eBay, in shops or at card shows are still within reach of most budgets. Of course, the New York Giants struggles likely have something to do with that. Missing a few games in his second season didn’t help, either, but Barkley may be a little undervalued.
The Barkley Buzz
A dual threat out of the backfield, the Whitehall (PA) High graduate was a fixture on college football highlights during his three years at Penn State. His eye-popping athletic ability created too many memorable plays to count. Barkley was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, accumulating over 5,000 rushing and receiving yards before declaring for the draft.
Taken right behind Baker Mayfield, he rewarded the Giants with an electrifying 68-yard touchdown in the 2018 season opener. Before the season was over, he became the first Giants’ rookie to reach 1,000 rushing yards and broke the team’s single-season rookie touchdown record with 15.
“He can be one of the greatest ever,” former NFL veteran Tiki Barber said. “Physically, he’s a freak.”
NFL legend Barry Sanders has been impressed. “Barkley’s great,” he said. “He’s a future Hall of Famer.”
His second season was interrupted by a high ankle sprain but Barkley still managed to rush for over 1,000 yards and catch 52 passes for an average of 8.4 yards. Still, the 2019 Giants ended with a 4-12 record. Barkley was no longer the hot rookie, but as collectors know, sometimes it’s best to buy at the dip.
Saquon Barkley Rookie Cards
Like every current high draft pick in the current era, Barkley has a boatload of rookie cards, both signed and unsigned. Barkley’s signature isn’t much more than an “S” and a “B” but most collectors have come to accept the less than textbook cursive writing from today’s athletes.
As is typical with 21st century NFL stars, his National Treasures Rookie Patch Autographs have been a popular target of eBay buyers and sellers but prices have slipped since his rookie season. The same goes for his Contenders Rookie Ticket Autos. His Contenders Optic autographed rookie cards aren’t as pricey as you might think either.
Even high-end graded examples haven’t skyrocketed to this point, with the Sportscard Market Report showing decreases in value.
Barkley’s Immaculate Rookie Patch Autographs numbered to 99 come from a high-end brand but you’d never know it by recent selling prices. Most on eBay have dipped under $150. Even Flawless Barkley autographed rookie cards with serial numbers under 25 are bringing relatively modest prices.
Barkley’s standard, non-autographed rookie cards from Prizm can be had in mint condition for under $25 and his base Donruss Rated Rookies for even less. Many Barkley rookie cards are easy scores at under $10 as of now.
There have been some big sales since his rookie season, however. The Flawless 1/1 NFL Shield auto sold for $14,999 in June of 2019. About ten other 1/1 or high-demand, high-end cards have sold on eBay for $5,000 and up.
As for the most popular Saquon Barkley rookie cards at auction, consult the live list below which offers the current most watched listings.