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, Inception, Five Star and National Treasures among his most popular rookie options. Carr was not included in the autographed rookie patch subset of the high-end Immaculate release.

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.

Taking a different tactic, 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 the rookie cards for Derek Carr in 2014 products. Official rookie cards are shown as well as the main options for products without a true rookie card set.

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. 

2014 Playbook #169 Autographed Jersey #/299

2014 Playbook Derek Carr RC #169 Autographed Jersey

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 Exquisite Collection Rookie Signature Patch #140 #/75

2014 Exquisite Collection Rookie Signature Patch Derek Carr #140

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

Top eBay Listings

2014 Panini Playbook Rookie X's and O's Jersey #DC Derek Carr 08 99 Raiders
$9.00

CR25) 2014 UD Flair Showcase DEREK CARR RC LOT x5 Row 2 RAIDERS Fresno State
$14.99

Derek Carr 2014 Bowman Chrome Topps Shelf Refractor, BB Die Cut
$7.29

DEREK CARR ROOKIE DIE CUT & ROOKIE CARD 2014 TOPPS CHROME,NMMT+ RC Raiders
$5.49

2014 Upper Deck Authentics Rookies #UA25 Derek Carr 430 - NM-MT
$5.00

2014 Topps Fire #DC Derek Carr Out of the World Rookies PSA 10 GEM Mint
$39.99

2014 PANINI CONTENDERS #214A DEREK CARR AU BGS MINT 9
$105.99

2014 Certified Derek Carr RC ROOKIE JERSEY MIRROR RED 80 299 Raiders QB
$7.99

2014 Flair Showcase - Derek Carr - 1 Color Relic - Fresno State Bulldogs
$14.49

DEREK CARR 2014 TOPPS FIRE ROOKIE CARD GEM MT 10
$13.00

DEREK CARR 2014 BOWMAN CHROME BOWMAN'S BEST DIE-CUT ROOKIE CARD GEM MT 10
$15.00

DEREK CARR 2014 TOPPS PLATINUM XFRACTOR ROOKIE CARD GEM MT 10
$16.00

DEREK CARR 2014 BOWMAN CHROME REFRACTOR ROOKIE CARD GEM MT 10
$17.00

DEREK CARR JIMMY GAROPPOLO 2014 PANINI CONTENDERS ROUND NUMBERS RC GEM MT 10
$15.00

2014 BOWMAN CHROME ROOKIE LOT DEREK CARR OAKLAND RAIDERS 4 CARD LOT
$10.00

2014 Topps Chrome Derek Carr RC Green Refractor
$9.99
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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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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