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. While the season was rough for Carr and the Raiders, he showed enough to give the fan base hope. 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 feature limited photo variations. As a rule, collectors gravitate toward the autographed rookie cards, especially the hard-signed cards. This puts Contenders, Crown Royale and Topps Inception among his most popular rookie options.

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.

On the other hand, 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

Click on the listings to shop for card singles on eBay. Parallels are shown in place of the base cards when necessary. 

Notable Derek Carr College and Pre-Rookie Cards

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

2013 Exquisite Collection Draft Picks Autographs Derek Carr

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

2014 Flair Showcase Derek Carr Row 22014 Flair Showcase Derek Carr Row 1

2014 Flair Showcase Derek Carr Row 0

2014 Leaf Valiant Autograph #BA-DC1

2014 Leaf Valiant Draft Autograph Derek Carr

2014 SP Authentic #226 Autographed Jersey #/350

2014 SP Authentic Derek Carr #226 Autographed Jersey

2014 SPx  #76 Autographed Jersey #/249

2014 SPx Derek Carr #76 Autographed Jersey

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

2014 Upper Deck Derek Carr #205 2014 Upper Deck Derek Carr #277

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DEREK CARR 2014 Topps Chrome BLUE WAVE MINI Die Cut Refractor 15 50. RAIDERS

Derek Carr Oakland Raiders 2014 SPx Finite card 554 799 Fresno State 26P

Derek Carr 2014 Topps Platinum Rookie GOLD REFRACTOR SP 50! VERY RARE! RAIDERS!

2014 Topps Chrome Mini Derek Carr Die Cut Wave Refractor #'d 50!!!

4) Derek Carr 2014 Topps Chrome REFRACTOR RETRO MINI BASE Rookie Lot RAIDERS

2014 Panini Hot Rookies Hot Rookies #HR10 Derek Carr

2014 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Ref Derek Carr Rc (50 50) BGS 9.5


2014 Panini Gold Derek Carr Rookie Team Symbols Silver Logo Rare #19 25

2014 Panini Immaculate Triple Tag BO JACKSON DARREN MCFADDEN DEREK CARR True 1 1

2014 Immaculate Peyton Manning Derek Carr Arron Murray Quad Jersey 99

2014 Flair Showcase Legacy #60 Derek Carr RC R2 150

2014 Topps Prime Quad Relics Copper #QRDC Derek Carr RC 99

2014 Topps Valor Patches #VPDC Derek Carr RC

2014 SP Authentic Future Watch #FW17 Derek Carr RC 999

2014 Topps Chrome Mini Derek Carr Black Parallel Rookie SSP 10 15!! WOW
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Trey Treutel

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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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