Connor McDavid Cards – Collecting Hockey’s Next Big Thing
Sports is filled with debates over the next big thing. It's a discussion that is often premature as lots of prospects, no matter the sport, just don't pan out. But there's another level of prospect where nobody denies they're all but guaranteed to be great. It's just a matter of how great. Before being drafted, Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron James and Andrew Luck all fit this super prospect category. Hockey's got a super prospect on the horizon and his name is Connor McDavid. Collectors still have a lot of time to get in on Connor McDavid cards, especially since it will be years before we see any official NHL rookie cards. But there are Connor McDavid hockey cards available now from In the Game that are stirring up the secondary market already.
Connor McDavid isn't eligible for the NHL draft until 2015. So why would you want to start collecting him now? Because all signs are pointing to him being hockey's next big thing. Even with the stacked 2013 NHL Draft, some are already starting to look beyond.
McDavid was taken first overall by the OHL's Erie Otters in 2012. Just 15 at the time, he was granted special Exceptional Player status so that he could join the league a year earlier than other players. McDavid didn't disappoint during his first season in Erie. He scored 25 goals and got 41 assists in 63 games, earning the league's Rookie of the Year Award.
Shortly afterward, McDavid played for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships. Not only did he pace the tournament 14 points in just seven games, but McDavid was a key component in Canada's tournament win. They knocked off the four-time defending champion American squad in the finals.
Without a ton of Connor McDavid cards to track down now, collectors can still get in from the beginning. And while prices might seem high for those not accustomed to hockey card prospecting, it's not unheard of in the hobby.
Hockey does a great job of making sure the sport's rookie cards are clear. While they are very similar to what's written for baseball, the other major sport that has a potentially long lag time from when a player is drafted until when the play, there's none of the complexity that comes with baseball's insert exceptions. Hockey has no Bowmans or other prospect inserts that really look and feel like base cards. There are NHL rookie cards and there are minor league cards. Because of this, few are going to argue that Connor McDavid's ITG cards are rookies. But that doesn't mean that they're second-rate or inferior in any way.
The first pack-inserted Connor McDavid cards can be found in 2012-13 In the Game Heroes and Prospects Hockey. Besides a base card and a couple of inserts, he has autographs and game-used memorabilia cards. The most popular are the Autographed Jersey and Autographed Patch cards, which are often selling for $150 and up. The basic Connor McDavid autographs from the set are not far behind, topping $100.