Andrew Luck Rookie Cards Checklist and Guide
Andrew Luck is one of the most highly regarded quarterback prospects in years. Already drawing comparisons to the likes of John Elway, Luck has large shoes to fill. He's replacing all-time great Peyton Manning as Indianapolis' starting QB. That's not stopping collectors. Andrew Luck rookie cards have been extremely well received as football fans look to get in on the early hobby action of this instant superstar.
Drafted with the first overall pick in 2012, the Stanford standout was the Heisman runner-up in both 2010 and 2011.
He will forever be linked to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the winner of the 2011 Heisman Trophy and second pick in the draft. Fair or not, the two are instant rivals, at least among pigskin prognosticators looking to compare their every play and misstep.
Early on, Andrew Luck rookie cards, autographs and inserts are moving extremely well. By the time the 2012 season is done and all of his first-year cards are out, he will have more than 30 rookie cards to chase.
Andrew Luck Rookie Card Guide
This high-end rookie has both an on-card autograph and triple jersey piece. While there are tons of parallel versions as well. The rookie version has the jersey window cut out to say "NFL."
The 2012 Bowman Andrew Luck was the quarterback's first official card. Pictured in a generic uniform with a heavily stylized design, the card isn't for everyone. However, it should remain one of the more affordable Andrew Luck rookies as time goes on.
This card comes with a ton of chromium and not a whole lot else. Over time, it will likely be fairly tough to find thanks to the high price tag boxes carry and so few base cards.
Numbered to 699, the 2012 Elite Football Andrew Luck rookie features a clean design. Relatively limited but not scarce, it's a solid option for collectors who cannot afford a high-end autograph.
The big draws here are obvious: two jersey swatches, an autograph and a low print run. The foil look that's standard with the Certified line provides some added flair.
There's a very strong chance that this will be one of the most iconic Andrew Luck rookie cards. Featuring a design that finds inspiration in the classic 1998 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs, it has an on-card signature. The lack of serial number doesn't seem to bother collectors either. It's also worth noting that this isn't an extreme short print in the set either.
The 2012 Panini Crown Royale Andrew Luck rookie card comes with an on-card signature and an over-sized prime jersey swatch (Panini's way of describing a patch or premium part of the jersey). Aesthetically, this is one of the quarterback's strongest rookies.
For collectors looking for something different in an Andrew Luck rookie card, 2012 Panini Gridiron certainly fits the bill. The card comes with a large autographed jersey swatch (not game-used) that slides out the top. Numbered to 199, rarity also comes into play.
Almost like a horizontal, rarer version of his Absolute rookie, the 2012 Panini Limited Andrew Luck comes with an on-card autograph and a large jersey piece that spells out "Phenom" through the display windows. The numbering and signature are the biggest draws of the shiny card.
Boasting both an autograph and jersey swatches, the 2012 Panini Momentum Andrew Luck rookie is a premium indulgence. Its relatively low numbering should make it one of the more valuable early-season releases.
If you're looking for the most valuable Andrew Luck rookie card, here it is. The Colts star's 2012 Panini National Treasures card has lots of brand pedigree, not to mention an on-card autograph and a patch piece that's bigger than its closest competitor, 2012 Topps Five Star. As long as Andrew Luck is a superstar in the hobby, expect to pay four figures for this card.
This card goes big, delivering the only Andrew Luck rookie that doubles as a book card. On one side you've got an autograph and a patch piece. The other has a die-cut image placed over top of a player-worn jersey piece. Numbered to 149, it's also one of the quarterback's rarest rookies.
On-card autograph? Check. Low numbering? Yup. Clean design? Abosolutely. Looking for a formula for one of the most valuable Andrew Luck rookie cards? 2012 Panini Prime Signatures is it.
For a card with no autograph, jersey piece or serial number, the 2012 Panini Prizm Andrew Luck looks to be a solid bet. While it will never command huge sums, at least the base version, it looks to be a solid mid-range option. For those looking for a chase, there is a variation version as well as several parallels, including a Gold Prizm numbered to 10.
Luck has five different rookie cards in 2012 Panini Prominence Football. All have a different design, are autographed and are serial numbered to 80. Rookie Class Letter Signature has a manufactured letter patch. Rookie Embroidered Team Logo Patch cards have a small manufactured team patch on a large jersey-style swatch. Rookie Field Plates have a football field backdrop. Rookie Helmet Signature use similar helmets to those used in 2012 Bowman Football. Finally, Rookie Jersey Prime Signature cards have a large player-worn jersey piece.
The 2012 Panini Rookies & Stars Andrew Luck rookie has an extremely clean design, particularly for a card that has both an autograph and a jumbo-jersey swatch. Numbered to 499, it should remain one of the more affordable, and popular, autographed Luck rookie cards.
This card is for those who like their cards loud. Bright colors and etched foil dominate the overall look, which also includes a large jersey area and a sticker autograph.
2012 Prestige Football was the first to picture the 2012 NFL rookie class in their new uniforms. The classy design has a lot of pop. The 2012 Prestige Football Andrew Luck rookie is another great option for collectors looking for a nice card without a massive price tag. A short print variation pictures Luck holding up his jersey at the draft.
Another low-end rookie, the 2012 Score Football Andrew Luck will never cost a ton. However, with 100 rookie cards in the set and just one per pack, it is still a moderately tough pull. Score is an entry-level brand targeted at set builders and young collectors. As a result, this card should always remain affordable.
Some collectors just want to have a rookie card of their favorite players or ones they think will do great things. That's the charm of the 2012 Topps Football Andrew Luck rookie card. It's plentiful so it should always be one of his most affordable rookies. However, it comes with a nice design, which makes it solid in any collection. For those looking for something from the set that's more high-end, Luck does have a pair of 2012 Topps Football variations.
2012 Topps Chrome Football arrived as one of the most anticipated sets of the season. And while boxes nearly doubled in price from when they were announced to when they were released, that doesn't mean the 2012 Topps Chrome Andrew Luck rookie is pricey. While the Refractor parallels and autographs command strong amounts, the base cards should remain very reasonable.
Despite its high-end feel, the 2012 Topps Finest Andrew Luck should remain affordable thanks to its straight-forward approach. Other than it's modern design and card stock, the card is old school in the sense that it's not enhanced by serial numbers, autographs or memorabilia pieces.
The 2012 Topps Five Star Andrew Luck is his rarest rookie card. Limited to 50 copies, the card is bolstered by an on-card signature and a patch piece. And while the card does command large amounts, it's not his most valuable. That honor belongs to National Treasures, a brand that has been around a little longer and carries a little more clout with high-end collectors. Still, this is easily one of Luck's best cards and could prove to grow if the Five Star name catches a little more traction.
It is debatable as to whether there is an Andrew Luck rookie card in 2012 Topps Inception Football. Numbered to 150, the rookie autograph is part of a parallel set. However, Luck is not a part of the base Rookie Autograph set so some may argue that it can't be a parallel. Either way, it's a nice card that comes with an on-card signature. As with all autographs in 2012 Topps Inception Football, the edges are extremely condition sensitive.
One of the few Andrew Luck cards that isn't a short print of some kind, 2012 Topps Magic offers a throwback look. It's a great option for collectors on a tighter budget and those who like the retro feel.
This card falls in the same boat as Luck's Finest rookie. It looks nice and comes with a chromium finish. But the high-end versions are reserved for the set's many Andrew Luck parallels and inserts.
Like all rookies in 2012 Topps Prime Football, Andrew Luck has two different rookie cards, one from hobby packs and one from retail. The hobby version uses much thicker card stock. The picture is also different. The photo on the retail card has Luck's knees together. While neither version will ever be extremely valuable, there is likely much shorter supply of the hobby version.
Like Prime, collectors have two different Andrew Luck rookie cards to track down from 2012 Topps Strata. The one found in hobby packs has Luck getting ready to throw. The retail version shows the Colts QB without a ball. It is also printed on thinner card stock.
An elegant high-end design and moderate numbering highlight this card. Without an autograph, it will never ascend to extreme prices. That said, for those who might not be able to afford one of the top cards, this is a solid option.
2102 Topps Turkey Red Football was originally made available exclusively through the Topps online store. Mini boxes promptly sold out within a few hours. The unusual release format and limited print run give the card a premium it might not otherwise enjoy.
Despite not having an autograph, the low print run makes this a standout for official rookie cards. It comes with a distinct look that stands out as well. As supply of 2012 Topps Valor dries up, this one could be a dark horse value-wise. It should certainly be a top choice for those looking for something high-end without opting for an autograph.