Giovani Bernard Rookie Card Checklist and Guide
Giovani Bernard may have not been a huge name at the onset of the 2013 NFL Draft, but he is already making collectors take notice with his nimble running and favorable situation. After some early success, Giovani Bernard cards are moving and the future looks strong for the young running back.
Giovani Bernard played college football for the University of North Carolina. Despite tearing his ACL in his first season, he rebounded well and was First-Team All-ACC in the following two seasons and was named the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and top punt returner in the nation in 2012.
Widely considered a first or second round talent, Cincinnati made Giovani Bernard the first running back taken in the 2013 NFL Draft when they selected him with the 37th pick. Bernard was even taken ahead of fellow rookie running back, Eddie Lacy. Gio, as he is known, joins a playoff-calibur Bengals team, with other young stars in Andy Dalton and AJ Green. Although BenJarvus Green-Ellis is currently the top back on the depth chart, Bernard offers a good change-of-pace to the downhill-running Green-Ellis. Fans and collectors expect Bernard to eventually supplant Green-Ellis as the clear top back, possibly before the season ends. If that happens, prices will begin to spike.
The following list documents all the official rookie options available for Giovani Bernard. It does not include every 2013 card, but does feature the base rookie card for Giovani Bernard in each NFL-licensed product. It also includes notable cards that are not NFL-licensed.
Giovani Bernard Rookie Card Guide
Please note, this is an ongoing list that will be added to as more 2013 football card sets are released and Giovani Bernard has more rookie cards.
Looking at this card, it is genuinely hard to tell who is shown or that they play in the NFL. Despite this negative aspect, Bowman is one of the first products each year, and sometimes they have to make sacrifices to get the product finished in time. This is one of those unfortunate instances.
Elite gives collectors a simple Giovani Bernard card. The thick silver border is susceptible to blemishes, but the clean look makes for a great low-end option. A print run of 799 is a little high, but it helps separate it from the other base rookies, the majority of which are non-numbered.
Certainly not simple, Finest brings the flash each year and collectors generally love it. The silver background tends to look great with all colors and this is true with the Bengal orange, as well. Like most Finest products, Refractors are in great demand
Lots of white and a minimal design make this low-key card a top budget for Giovani Bernard collectors. Multiple parallels add to the chase.
Who says all Panini products look the same? Prestige gives collectors a close-up shot of Bernard's top half, along with a blurred background and huge "ROOKIE" text. This block text design choice tends to dominate the card and hurts the overall appeal.
Prominence is basically a slightly more colorful version of Momentum, but that is not a bad thing. The rounded design frames the card nicely and the added Bengals logo gives that card a finished look. Having said that, the Prominence logo does seem a little too prominent.
Like a quick slap in the face, the Rookies and Stars design is not for the faint of heart. The colorful blurred background is distracting and the large orange Bernard text on the side is a bizarre choice.
A classic throwback from a simpler time, Score gives Giovani Bernard a lesson in cardboard history. Taking the basic design from 1989 Score Football, 2013 Score is a nice trip down memory lane.
Arguably the most popular low-end card for Giovani Bernard, base Topps football applies an action shot with an ample field background and intricate text area. The base version on the left is joined by a short print variation on the right, which shows Bernard jumping.
Despite the disappointing signature from Giovani Bernard, this Inception card has most things collectors look for in a rookie card. The unique design is appealing and the on-card signature adds to that. While the base version is not numbered, several parallels of various color offer more rarity.
Just like the name implies, Platinum bring the shine. The base rookie card features a Refractor-finish and several different design elements. While that does not always translate to a great card, it works here. Ten parallels and a printing plate given collectors more Giovani Bernard cards to pursue.
Notable Non-NFL Licensed Cards
UNC Football is not as big as the famed basketball program, but this college-theme Giovani Bernard reminds collectors about the revival for the football program. This insert is actually from 2012 Exquisite Football and gave collectors an early look at the upcoming rookie class. The Exquisite brand and low print run makes this an intriguing option for collectors.
Autographed jersey cards will always maintain some interest from collectors, even when they are not professionally licensed. While the layout seems a little crowded, the larger jersey piece and min-level print run offer a suitable option for collectors who aren't as concerned about the lack of NFL affiliation.
A great action shot and full-size image form a nice first-year card. The Giovani Bernard card is a actually a short print, but values are still reasonable.