Rookie Card Year: 2005
Investment Rating: 8.5
The success of Aaron Rodgers has been a lesson in patience. Not only for him, but the Green Bay Packers organization and their fans as well. Aaron Rodgers cards weren't exactly hot right away either. The Brett Favre retirement fiasco put Rodgers in the position of having to simply wait, learn, practice, learn and wait some more. Those lessons paid off in big ways as Rodgers led the Packers to their 13th league championship with their win in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was named the game's MVP and the NFL Player of the Year in 2010.
As a result of that Super Bowl win, Rodgers collectibles, autographs and trading cards saw significant price jumps. It's astounding to think that Rogers has more than 40 rookie cards (43 to be exact). They come at varying prices to meet any budget. All of his rookie cards come from 2005 products and are categorized by price point on the next tab. Several of these cards contain any combination of autographs, serial numbering and swatches of jersey material.
Unfortunately for collectors, several of his Topps rookie cards, include non-transparent stickers and several of the cards have the sticker affixed to the card vertically, creating cards with little aesthetic value. Upper Deck Aaron Rogers rookie cards, on the other hand, feature fluid designs that incorporate the autograph sticker very well.
Top Aaron Rodgers Rookie Football Cards
Easily one of Aaron Rodgers' most popular and coveted rookie cards. It is one of two rookie cards he has that are limited to just 99 copies. The other comes from 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection. The SPA card features a jersey swatch and an on-card autograph. Parallel versions numbered to 25, like the one pictured above, have multi-color patches.
This is a beautifully designed card featuring multiple swatches of memorabilia and a bold autograph. Limited to 199 copies, this Aaron Rodgers rookie card competes head-to-head with his other high-end rookie cards for top billing.
Despite a sticker autograph, it does not take away from the design. Limited to 250 serial-numbered copies, the card also features a swatch of game worn jersey.
Aaron Rodgers Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Retail #180
- 2005 Bowman #112
- 2005 Playoff Prestige #151 SP
- 2005 Score #352
- 2005 Topps #431
- 2005 Topps Bazooka #190
- 2005 Topps Chrome #190
- 2005 Topps Draft Picks and Prospects #152
- 2005 Topps Heritage #344 SP
- 2005 Topps Total #483
- 2005 Topps Turkey Red #221
- 2005 Upper Deck #202
- 2005 Upper Deck ESPN #101
- 2005 Upper Deck Kickoff #91
- 2005 Upper Deck Mini Jersey Collection #72
- 2005 Upper Deck Rookie Debut #126
- 2005 Upper Deck Rookie Materials #91
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2005 Absolute Memorabilia #180 #/999
- 2005 Donruss Classics #210 #/999
- 2005 Donruss Elite #101 #/499
- 2005 Donruss Gridiron Gear #113 #/399
- 2005 Leaf Certified Materials #162 #/1000
- 2005 Leaf Limited #151 #/250
- 2005 Leaf Rookies and Stars #201 #/799
- 2005 Playoff Honors #111 #/699
- 2005 Throwback Threads #192 #/999
- 2005 Throwback Threads Retail Foil #192 #/999
- 2005 Ultra #202 #/599
- 2005 Upper Deck Legends #101 #/725
- 2005 Upper Deck Portraits #101 #/425
- 2005 Upper Deck Reflections #300 #/299
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2005 Bowman's Best #129 Autograph #/199
- 2005 Bowman Chrome #221 Autograph #/199
- 2005 Playoff Contenders #101 Autograph #/530
- 2005 SP Authentic #252 Autographed Jersey */99
- 2005 SPx #223 Autographed Jersey #/250
- 2005 Topps Finest #151 Autograph #/299
- 2005 Topps Pristine #146 Autograph #/100
- 2005 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection #106 Autographed Jersey #/199
- 2005 Upper Deck Foundations #260 Autograph #/175
- 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #284 Autograph #/199
- 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #242 Autograph #/99
- 2005 Zenith #180 Autograph
Aaron Rodgers Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Aaron Rodgers autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Cut Signature Exemplar
Aaron Rodgers Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Aaron Rodgers autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- Over-sized letter "A" with and over lapping letter "r"
- Angled line connecting to letter "R"
- The start of the letter "R" in Rodgers, resembles an upside letter "l"
- Open loop in the letter "r" continues into something resembling a "g"
- He often includes his jersey number "12" but not always