Only his most ardent backers thought a fourth round pick from Mississippi State would be one of the stars of the 2016 NFL rookie class. The name was familiar but instant success? Highly unlikely. Still, as the season unfolded, Dak Prescott rookie cards became some of the hobby’s hottest.
It seemed like an extreme longshot.
Despite a lot of collegiate success, Prescott’s star had fallen a bit. Finally, in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys ended the wait for the Missisisippi State quarterback. They felt they’d gotten a potential steal but the idea was to groom Prescott for the future.
However, his own solid play in the pre-season and injuries to veteran backup Kellen Moore and starter Tony Romo left the Cowboys with no other choice when August turned toward September: The Cowboys were now Dak Prescott’s team. In just a couple of months, he became famous enough that even video showing the notorious neat freak retrieving his own garbage can miss went viral.
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— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 21, 2016
What seemed like a huge blow at the time has worked out just fine. Prescott’s steady play led Dallas to the top of the NFC East standings and has put Dallas in the Super Bowl mix—now and perhaps for the next several years.
An accurate passer who has seldom been rattled by what defenses throw at him, Prescott also brings a mobile dimension to the field and if early returns are any indication, he should enjoy a long career.
Card shop owners and online dealers who live off the success of one season’s rookie class see Prescott and teammate Ezekiel Elliott as the driving forces behind all football card products released in 2016. Call them Rookie of the Year I and Rookie of the Year II.
Prescott’s earliest football cards show him in his college uniform but since the season began, he’s had dozens of cards issued including numerous autographs and auto relics. Despite his relatively low draft status, Prescott was one of the players invited to the NFL Rookie Premiere last summer and thus signed hundreds of cards placed into products during the first half of his rookie season. That’s helped satisfy the healthy appetites of collectors and investors.
Value is still a bit hard to peg, though, and that’s why many Dak Prescott rookie cards on eBay are listed in the auction format instead of being offered for straight sale. You can see the current ‘most watched’ Prescott cards below.