Panini America and the NFL Players Association have unveiled the second edition of the NFLPA Trading Card Index, a quarterly report ranking the top-performing football players in the licensed trading card industry.
Once a quarter, the NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index ranks the top 15 rookies and top 15 veterans based on several key factors, including secondary-market transactions, overall trading volume and collectability based on on-field performance and expectations (e.g., rookie hype and collector speculation). The second NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index includes updated rankings for both rookies and veterans based on post-draft reaction and early buzz based on rookie mini camps and OTAs in advance of training camps. The newest Index rankings are based on secondary-market transactions and trading volume that took place during the second quarter of 2016.
“So much has happened in the few months since the debut edition and that has led to some surprising shifts in the rankings,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America’s Vice President of Marketing. “The top rookies are now with their NFL teams and collector expectations have led to feverish activity on the secondary market. On the veteran side, you’re seeing collector sentiment shift from what happened in 2015 to what’s being expected in 2016.”
Rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles), Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) and Paxton Lynch (Denver Broncos), along with running backs Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) and Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans), claim the top five spots in the updated rookie rankings. Wentz retains his No. 1 ranking, Goff’s No. 2 ranking is up two spots from the inaugural Index; Lynch, meanwhile jumped two spots to No. 4. Houston Texans receiver Will Fuller and Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack appear on the Index for the first time.
“Growing up, you always dream of seeing your face on a trading card. To have that become a reality now, is truly an honor – even more considering some of the names that are on this list from the rookie class,” Elliott said.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, ranked No. 2 on the debut Index, claims the No. 1 spot this time, supplanting Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who fell slightly to No. 3. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was the biggest mover of the quarter, vaulting seven spots to No. 2. New veteran additions this quarter include Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
“As I begin my third season, it’s kind of surreal to see my name listed alongside some of the best players in the game today,” Carr said. “When you come into the league, you hope fans recognize the hard work you’re putting in.”
Notable second-quarter sales driving rookie rankings include a 2016 Donruss Elite Football Pen Pals card featuring autographs from Wentz, Goff and Lynch that sold for $345. Meanwhile, a 1/1 Gold version of Wentz’s Rookie Card from 2016 Donruss Elite Football is currently being offered on eBay for $1,500. On the veteran side, a one-of-a-kind Tom Brady autograph patch card from 2015 Flawless Football sold for $10,000 while three of Luck’s 2012 Playoff Contenders autographed Rookie Cards sold for more than $2,000.
The next NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index will be published in early September (capturing third-quarter results in a season-kickoff edition). Fourth quarter results will consist of two special editions – in early November and early January – capturing mid-season and end-of-season performances, respectively.
The 2016 NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index: Rookies (2Q); previous ranking in parentheses
- Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Previous Rank: 1)
- Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (Previous Rank: 3)
- Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (Previous Rank: 2)
- Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos (Previous Rank: 6)
- Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Previous Rank: 5)
- Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings (Previous Rank: 9)
- Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (Previous Rank: 12)
- Braxton Miller, Houston Texans (Previous Rank: 7)
- Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (Previous Rank: 13)
- Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers (Previous Rank: 5)
- Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (Previous Rank: 14)
- Will Fuller, Houston Texans (Previous Rank: NA)
- Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Previous Rank: 15)
- Myles Jack, Jacksonville Jaguars (Previous Rank: NA)
- Cardale Jones, Buffalo Bills (Previous Rank: 15)
The 2016 NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index: Veterans (2Q); previous ranking in parentheses:
- Tom Brady, New England Patriots (Previous Rank: 2)
- Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (Previous Rank: 9)
- Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (Previous Rank: 3)
- Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Previous Rank: 5)
- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Previous Rank: 10)
- Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (Previous Rank: 4)
- Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (Previous Rank: 11)
- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (Previous Rank: 15)
- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (Previous Rank: 7)
- Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (Previous Rank: NA)
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (Previous Rank: 6)
- Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans (Previous Rank: NA)
- Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (Previous Rank: 8)
- Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (Previous Rank: NA)
- Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers (Previous Rank: NA)