Nathan MacKinnon Rookie Card Guide
Nathan MacKinnon started his NHL career with lots of promise and fanfare. Following a tremendous junior career, he was taken first overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2013 draft. While there already were plenty of Nathan MacKinnon cards to chase at that point, his first NHL cards had to wait a little bit. Having cracked Colorado's opening night roster, the floodgate for Nathan MacKinnon rookie cards has opened.
While he didn't make Panini and Upper Deck's first sets of the year, collectors still have lots to choose from. Whether you're into autographs and memorabilia or you just want a (relatively) cheap card for your collection, they're all available. He is part of a loaded double-rookie crop that includes players who debuted this year and the shortened 2012-13 season.
Get a detailed look at all the Nathan MacKinnon rookie cards below. We've included his base cards and not inserts as these aren't considered to be official rookie cards.
Nathan MacKinnon Rookie Card Guide
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With both an autograph and a patch swatch, there are some high-end elements on display here. However, MacKinnon's wild signature does not lend itself well to stickers as it often gets cut off on the edges.
Some may not consider this to be an official rookie card as it's an insert (of a base card) in 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 2. When O-Pee-Chee came out, MacKinnon hadn't made his NHL debut yet. As it has done in recent years, Upper Deck added Update cards to include key rookies.
Contenders doesn't have the same history in hockey as it does in football. Still, as far as autographed rookie cards go, it's tough to pass on anything that comes with an on-card signature. Besides the basic version, the card also has a pair of rare variations.
Silhouettes have become some of the most distinct cards in the hobby. Mixing an on-card signature, large jersey swatch (usually a patch or multi-color swatch) and a small print run of 99 copies, it's a pricey and tough-to-find card.
With features normally reserved for a late release, this card has both an on-card autograph and a patch from a player-worn jersey. It's not a game-used piece of memorabilia, though. Numbered to 99, this high-end card is one of the top Nathan MacKinnon rookies.
The Cup might have tradition and brand recognition on its side, but for many the National Treasures Nathan MacKinnon is going to be the rookie to have. Besides the attractive design, the patch window is big and the serial numbering is low. Autographs are on-card and to top it off, it's all done on a milky sort of acetate to really make it pop. Most that sold on eBay during the first couple of months after the set's release have gone for more than $3,000.
This card has no shortage of things going on. It's most distinct attribute is its format as a book card. Limited to 199 copies, there's an autograph and player-worn jersey strip on one side. The other side has a die-cut player image, a black and white portrait and a second jersey swatch.
Prime is a relatively affordable option for those who have high-end tastes. It has four swatches, albeit small ones, and an on-card signature. The print run is modest however, it doesn't compare to top-tier cards.
Similar to O-Pee-Chee, some might call it a stretch to call this a rookie card. It's an update to the early season set that was an insert in 2013-14 Panini Rookie Anthology. Although Panini didn't get a lot of time to develop the Prizm brand in hockey, its chromium look is distinct for the sport.
Part of the Rookie Selection subset, this Nathan MacKinnon rookie card has a nice design. However, the sticker signature hurts, particularly when the autograph itself is so bad. Even still, this is a modestly priced card for collectors not content with a simple base card.
The 2013-14 Panini Titanium Nathan MacKinnon rookie card is all about scarcity. Official rookie cards from the set are limited to the player's jersey number. That means MacKinnon's is numbered to just 29. Titanium does have more plentiful parallels and inserts that some collectors might have to settle for instead.
There is also a separate retail version of the card that comes numbered to 299.
Looking for something wild? Totally Certified takes no prisoners when it comes to bold designs. The basic version of the Nathan MacKinnon rookie doesn't have any enhancements beyond its look. As a result, it's relatively affordable. It's not the easiest card to find, though, as boxes don't have a lot of base cards. There's also and autographed jersey version that's more popular but also much more expensive.
This is another one of those update inserts that some call rookies while others consider them rookie-year cards. Either way, this is one of the cheapest 2013-14 Nathan MacKinnon cards you're going to find.
2013-14 Select Hockey is the first set to have an autographed Nathan MacKinnon rookie card. Numbered to 399, it's done on chromium stock. The sticker used for the signature is a bit of a detraction, but this could prove to be a solid value over the long-term.
Historically, SP Authentic Hockey autographs do very well over the long-term. Despite having a higher print run, they often sell for more than just about every other rookie, including many that also have memorabilia. The obvious drawback here is that the card is a redemption.
Like Panini Titanium, this card is limited to 29 copies, matching his jersey number. Needless to say, it commands big prices on the secondary market despite being an otherwise plain card.
The big draw here is the combination of an autograph and a pair of jersey swatches. The signature is on a sticker, which should keep the price down a little, especially once more high-end sets release towards season's end. That said, SPx is one of the sport's more respected brands so it should hold up well over the long-term.
Despite no serial numbers or even much of a premium feel, the 2013-14 Upper Deck Nathan MacKinnon is one of his most widely coveted cards. The Young Guns name has a massive hobby following, drawing in collectors who don't normally do much hockey.
Black Diamond's etched foil look is distinct. The tiered structure is also somewhat unique in that they're not serial numbered either. Like Upper Deck, player collectors and set builders compete for copies, giving it added crossover appeal.
Included in 2013-14 Upper Deck Black Diamond bonus packs, this acetate card is limited to just 99 copies. Rarity alone will keep prices fairly high, although the brand has a solid following as well.
This and National Treasures are the top end of the Nathan MacKinnon rookie card spectrum. The Cup has history and brand recognition on its side to go with the on-card autograph, patch and limited quantities. And while it's numbered to 99, there are actually only 98 of them. Upper Deck confirmed one of the cards wasn't packed out due to a smudged signature.
O-Pee-Chee, Score and Prizm are base update cards found in other products. Nathan MacKinnon's Trilogy card is included in 2013-14 SPx calling into question whether it's a rookie or insert. No matter your personal preference, it's a low-numbered card with an autograph. That alone makes it desirable. Unfortunately, his signature is cut off in a lot of the cards due to the sticker.
Out of all of Nathan MacKinnon's premium rookie cards, Ultimate Collection could be a sleeper. It's rare, has an on-card signature and comes from a pricey product that doesn't have many cards per box. It won't reach the heights of The Cup or National Treasures, but it's definitely a key autograph.