Eddie Lacy Rookie Card Checklist and Guide
Although the 2013 NFL Draft is considered to be a down year for top offensive talent, Eddie Lacy appears to be one of the surest bets. Lacy is a dynamic runner that attracted the early attention of collectors as a member of the University of Alabama. Now that he joins the Green Bay Packers, another popular franchise, and should see a lot of playing time as a rookie, expect his cards to move during the season.
It seems that the University of Alabama has become starting point for NFL running backs, and Eddie Lacy is the latest player to enter the league with high expectations. After redshirting as a true Freshman, Lacy shared carries with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson during his first season. He would have to wait two seasons to assume the starting role, but he contributed to the team, even as the backup. Lacy was a huge part of the BCS National Championship runs in 2012 and 2013, and he was named to the First Team All-SEC in 2012 and was the Offensive MVP in the 2013 BCS Championship.
As one of the top running back prospects, Lacy was taken late in the second round by the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have not had an elite rusher for many years and were looking for a running back to complement their strong passing game. The team, fans and many collectors feel they have finally found that player and Lacy enters his rookie season on the top of the depth chart.
Eddie Lacy Rookie Card Guide
Please note, this is an ongoing list that will be added to as more 2013 football card sets are released and Eddie Lacy has more rookie cards.
Despite the unlicensed look, this is one of the few Bowman rookie cards that seems to work. It helps that the University of Alabama has such a simple uniform, and very little had to be altered.
The Panini Elite rookie card for Eddie Lacy shows how much the young back grew out his hair after leaving school. The mid-level print run and clean design will help keep collectors interested.
Featuring a strong design and brand reputation, Eddie Lacy's Finest rookie card is an appealing option for base and set collectors. The many Refractor options offer collectors a challenging chase.
This simple design makes Eddie Lacy the focus and gives collectors an ideal low-end option. The Clear Cut parallel offers a nice acetate alternative.
Arguably one of the worst rookie card designs, Prestige makes up for it by being one of the first products of the year. Adding some depth to the product, the base rookie card is paired with the short print variation. The variation card features Lacy with white gloves and a "00" jersey.
While the design is as equally loud as the Prestige rookie, Eddie Lacy's Rookies and Stars card does seem to work better. However, the yellow "LACY" text nearly blends into the yellow of Lacy's pants and the one lonely photographer is a distraction.
Taking a page from the history of collecting, Score brings a taste of 1989 Score to the 2013 rookie class. Although it has a tendency to clash with other color schemes, the heavy green border works well with the green and yellow of the Packers.
Just like with baseball, the flagship product from Topps Football is a collector favorite. The layout is fairly simple, but the text area includes an ornate design. While there is only one true base rookie card, there are short print variations for base cards of top players. The base card shows Lacy with both hands on the ball, while the variation includes an image where Lacy is cutting and only has one hand on the ball.
Inception marks the first official autographed rookie card for Eddie Lacy and should remain a top option over time. The clouded background provides a different feel than most cards and the hobby loves on-card autographs. The only negative is the "00" NFL Premier jersey.
The Eddie Lacy Platinum rookie card brings the popular Topps Refractor technology to a base design. A long list of parallels add to the strong design.
Notable Non-NFL Licensed Cards
Exquisite has long remained a respected brand, even after losing its professional licensing. The college-themed product gave collectors this Eddie Lacy insert in 2012. The low print run adds to the appeal.
With an autograph and a jersey piece, this will be one of the best non-NFL licensed cards for collectors, especially for fans of the Crimson Tide. Again, the low print run boosts the appeal.
The base Upper Deck card for Eddie Lacy shows him likely powering his way to another touchdown. The budget option also appears to show Nick Saban in the blurred background, making his way on the field. Sometimes the little things make a card more interesting.
Goodwin Champions is not a likely place most collectors would think to find the card of a first-year football player, but Lacy joins Geno Smith in this varied checklist. The generic look might turn some collectors off, but the uniqueness of the card appeals to a different group of collectors.