With the NFL season kicking off later this week, this edition of The Curator will be fully focused on football. We’ll be highlighting National Treasures Rookie Patch Autographs, QB Silver Prizms, Eye Appealing Vintage, and of course a couple lower grades of Collectable assets. As always, let’s kick off with this week’s headliners:
2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Autograph PSA 7
Headlining this week’s football offerings is arguably the most sought-after card of the modern era. The 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Autograph has become one of the most iconic cards in the hobby of the course of his illustrious career. Does he still have another Super Bowl season in him?
2021 National Treasures Stars & Stripes Trevor Lawrence Rookie Patch Autograph /25 PSA 8
National Treasures rookie patch autographs have become a staple of the ultra-modern football market. This particular variation is limited to just 25, and features the 2021 NFL Draft’s 1st overall pick Trevor Lawrence. Both Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking for a breakout season this year.
Lower Grades of Collectable Issues
1957 Topps Johnny Unitas Rookie PSA 6
One of the most popular vintage football issues, the 1957 Topps Johnny Unitas is a beautiful two photo rookie card of the Colts Hall of Famer. Collectable is currently hosting a PSA 8 graded copy, with only 19 examples graded higher.
2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady Rookie BGS 9
The modern era classic rookie card of the greatest quarterback of all time. In BGS 9 “Mint” condition, this copy is one of 1,257. Collectable currently hosts a BGS 10 “Pristine” that is a part of a population of 102.
National Treasures Rookie Patch Autographs
2021 National Treasures Zach Wilson Rookie Patch Autograph /99 BGS 8
Zach Wilson and the New York Jets will look to improve upon last season’s 4-13 record. Still only 22 years old, Wilson still has time to potentially develop into the franchise quarterback the Jets desperately need to compete in the AFC. This National Treasures rookie patch autograph is one of his go-to high end rookie cards.
2020 National Treasures Justin Jefferson Rookie Patch Autograph /99 PSA 9
Vikings 2020 first round draft pick Justin Jefferson has quickly ascended to the top tier of NFL wide receivers. With over 3,000 receiving yards combined in his first two seasons, Jefferson is off to one of the best starts of any wideout in NFL history. Will he reach even higher heights this season?
2018 National Treasures Nick Chubb Rookie Patch Autograph /99 BGS 8.5
While question marks surround the Browns franchise, there is no question that Nick Chubb is one of the best running backs in the NFL. In his 4-year NFL career, he’s amassed 4,816 rushing yards and 36 TDs. Could his performance on the field this season cause a spike in his card prices?
2020 National Treasures Jordan Love Rookie Patch Autograph /99 PSA 8
Jordan Love has yet to establish himself in the NFL after being the Packers controversial first round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s made cameo appearances as the backup to future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, but it’s possible he’ll need to move teams to obtain a starting job. Could now be a good time to be looking at Love cards while he’s out of the spotlight?
Eye Appealing Vintage
1952 Bowman Small Otto Graham PSA 6 (PWCC-E)
An early issue of Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham. This PSA 6 example, which received the PWCC “Exceptional” eye appeal rating, showcases beautiful coloring and centering.
1958 Topps Jim Brown Rookie PSA 3.5 (PWCC-A)
One of the most iconic football cards ever produced. The 1958 Topps Jim Brown rookie is highly desired in any grade. This PSA 3.5 graded copy received the PWCC “Above Average” eye appeal rating, placing it in the top 30% of the grade.
1962 Topps Fran Tarkenton Rookie PSA 7.5 (PWCC-A)
The most popular rookie card of Vikings Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton. The 1962 Topps set featured black boarders, making it one of the most difficult sets of the era to collect in a high condition. This PSA 7.5 received the PWCC “Above Average” eye appeal rating, and boasts far less edge chipping than the average copy.
1966 Philadelphia Gale Sayers PSA 8 (PWCC-A)
Gorgeous rookie card of Bears legendary running back Gale Sayers. One of the most exciting players of the era, captured brilliantly on this 1966 Philadelphia issue. In a PSA 8 grade, this card is among a population of 350 with 61 graded higher.
QB Silver Prizms
2017 Panini Prizm Silver Patrick Mahomes Rookie PSA 10
Silver Prizms are among the most sought-after mainstream issues in the ultra-modern football market. Patrick Mahomes will be attempting to lead the Chiefs on another deep playoff run, but there’s questions surrounding the talent around him heading into this season.
2019 Panini Prizm Silver Kyler Murray Rookie PSA 10
Kyler Murray and the Cardinals started off the 2021 NFL season red hot, before fading over the final weeks of the season. The team brought in Murray’s college wide receiver teammate Marquise Brown in the offseason to add more firepower to last year’s number 8 ranked offense. Could this be the year Murray and the Cardinals make a leap?
2020 Panini Prizm Silver Tua Tagovailoa Rookie PSA 10
The former National Champion at Alabama has heard his fair share of criticism in his first two NFL seasons. Despite the Dolphins 9-8 record last year, and improved wide receiver core heading into this season, Tagovailoa’s questionable arm strength has been the talk of the team heading into 2022. A strong showing this season could go a long way in silencing those critics.
2020 Panini Prizm Silver Jalen Hurts Rookie PSA 10
A top 10 fantasy football quarterback in 2021, Jalen Hurts is out to prove he’s more than just a stats book stuffer. The Eagles open the season as co-favorites to win the NFC East (along with the Dallas Cowboys). Much like with Tagovailoa, this is a make-or-break year for Hurts.