Derek Carr Visual Rookie Card Guide and Checklist

Derek Carr Visual Rookie Card Guide and Checklist

Certainly not overlooked coming out of college, it was still easy for Derek Carr to be lost in the shuffle for rookie collectors thanks to other popular quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater. However, Derek Carr was the opening game starter for the Oakland Raiders and hobby excitement is starting to build around the young quarterback despite an uneven rookie season.

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After an impressive high school career, Derek Carr played college football at Fresno State. Starting for three seasons, Carr boosted his stats each season and also increased the team's win totals, culminating with an 11-win season during 2013 in which he threw 50 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions. Following his senior year, Carr declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.

The fourth quarterback off the board, Derek Carr was selected early in the second round by the Oakland Raiders. Although he was not intended to be the immediate starter, Carr beat out Matt Schaub based on a strong preseason and was named the starter for week one.

While it is not unheard of for a second round pick to start the first game of his rookie season, it is not exactly common, happening only three times since 2002. This is made more significant for collectors as Derek Carr was the only rookie quarterback to start the first week of the season. Time will tell if David Carr can actually succeed in the NFL, but the hobby will watch with great anticipation to see what the rookie can do.

Derek Carr has a good variety of card options for collectors to chase. Official NFL options are available from Panini and Topps and each can be seen below. Collectors will notice that many cards utilize the same images, especially among the early releases. Also, most of the base rookie cards, including base Topps, Topps Prime, Rookies and Stars, Prestige and Prizm, feature variations. As a rule, collectors gravitate toward the autographed rookie cards and those will increase in number as the season progresses. With the on-card autograph and bold look, Topps Inception is the best Derek Carr rookie option among the early releases.

Upper Deck and Leaf offer additional options and can generally be found for more budget prices as they are not NFL licensed. Notable Derek Carr cards from Leaf and Upper Deck can be seen below. All Upper Deck cards feature a college theme, showcasing Carr's Fresno State career. Upper Deck's deep history of brands allows them to tap into some popular options, steeped in nostalgia. Leaf uses airbrushed college images, but given that most are on-card autographs combined with the quality of the cards and a limited print run, this has made them a popular alternative. Leaf Trinity is the clear standout for those interested in Derek Carr pre-rookie cards.

The following guide looks at all true rookie cards for Derek Carr in 2014 products. It does not include the various inserts and autographs that can also be found.

Derek Carr Rookie Card Guide

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Notable Derek Carr College and Pre-Rookie Cards

2013 Exquisite Draft Picks Autographs #ER-DC #/75

2013 Exquisite Collection Draft Picks Autographs Derek Carr 212x300 Image

2014 Flair Showcase (Row 2 - #60, Row 1 - #106, Row 0 - #170)

2014 Flair Showcase Derek Carr Row 2 213x300 Image2014 Flair Showcase Derek Carr Row 1 213x300 Image

2014 Flair Showcase Derek Carr Row 0 Image

2014 Leaf Valiant Autograph #BA-DC1

2014 Leaf Valiant Draft Autograph Derek Carr 213x300 Image

2014 SPx  #76 Autographed Jersey #/249

2014 SPx Derek Carr 76 Autographed Jersey Image

2014 Upper Deck #205 (SP), 277 (SP Hobby Variation)

2014 Upper Deck Derek Carr 205 214x300 Image 2014 Upper Deck Derek Carr 277 214x300 Image

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Derek Carr RC 2014 Topps Chrome Mega Football Special Edition Raiders #6
$15.00
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2014 SPX DEREK CARR ROOKIE DIE CUT GEORGIA
$19.95
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2014 Panini Flawless Derek Carr Emailed 2 Color Jersey 1 5 Raiders
$56.00
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2014 Panini Rookies & Stars Derek Carr Jersey Rc Raiders Longevity
$19.99
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2014 Panini National Thick SP DEREK CARR Raiders RC #44 Wrapper Redemption
$9.99
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2014 Rookies Stars Longevity FRESHMAN ORIENTATION Relic #fo-dc DEREK CARR rc
$6.99
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2014 Topps Football #TRP-DC Derek Carr Rookie Patch Card Jersey
$7.99
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2014 Prizm Derek Carr SSP Prizm Refractor
$10.00
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2014 Certified Derek Carr RC Retro 14 25
$6.50
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Bgs 9.5 2014 Totally Certified Platinum Gold Derek Carr 25 25 Rookie 1 Day Aucti
$12.75
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2014 Topps Finest Derek Carr Refractor Rc 60 99 Lot (7)
$24.99
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DEREK CARR 2014 UPPER DECK STAR ROOKIES #10 BECKETT GRADED BCCG 10 RAIDERS
$6.99
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LOT OF 57 2014 PANINI FOOTBALL ROOKIES AND STARS DEREK CARR TAJH BOYD ROOKIES
$9.95
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Derek Carr 2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Oakland Raiders GMA Graded 10 Gem MT
$9.99
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Derek Carr 2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Oakland Raiders GMA Graded 10 Gem MT
$9.99
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2014 Flair Showcase Precious Metal Gems Derek Carr #M-30 #'d 52 100 BLUE ROOKIE
$21.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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