Rookie Card Year: 2011
Investment Rating: 7.0
While the potential was always there, Cam Newton never quite seemed to live up to the hype surrounding his insane athletic ability. However, the 2015 season marked a notable shift in success for both Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Impressive play and lots of wins have Cam Newton rookie cards surging to the forefront of the hobby.
Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner out of Auburn University, was the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. As a First-Team All-American and two-time NCAA champion, Newton's leadership and athletic abilities made him a highly coveted player. Selected by the Carolina Panthers, Newton was immediately anointed the future of the franchise and given the starting quarterback position.
Never afraid of the spotlight, Newton immediately made an impression and was named the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011. Cam Newton cards and memorabilia values took off quickly as well. While Newton experienced the ups and downs faced by most NFL players, he appears to have turned the corner in 2015, leading the Panthers on a historic run and taking his cards along for the ride.
With a decent amount of choices, collectors of all budgets can track down something in their price rage. Key options are noted below and and full checklist is found on the tab above. The best overall Cam Newton rookie cards are covered in our detailed top ten.
Top Cam Newton Rookie Cards
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A beautifully designed card featuring an over-sized, player-worn jersey patch and on-card signature, National Treasures is the ultimate Cam Newton rookie card. While the base version is limited to just 99 copies, parallels are also available ranging in numbering from 49 to 1-of-1.
Topps' answer to National Treasure and Exquisite, Five Star is not far off of that quality or recognition. At 199 copies, it's more plentiful than the National Treasures Cam Newton rookie card, but still rare.
Not nearly as appealing as the previous Cam Newton rookies, but equally as limited, Newton's Triple Thread rookie card contains a three-piece jersey swatch and autograph. The signature is on a reflective sticker.
A beautiful and artistic card, Inception features a large image of Newton and an on-card autograph. Some may debate its status as an official rookie card as it's part of the Green parallel set. That said, he doesn't appear in the base Rookie Autograph set.
Cam Newton Rookie Card Checklist
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Budget Rookie Cards
- Adrenalyn XL #41
- 2011 Prestige #214
- 2011 Score #315 - field in background
- 2011 Topps #200 - stands in background
- 2011 Topps Legends #75
- 2011 Topps Prime #50 #/930
- 2011 Topps Prime Retail #50
- 2011 Topps Rising Rookies #130
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2011 Absolute Memorabilia #202 Auto Jersey #/199
- 2011 Crown Royale #228 Auto Jersey #/199
- 2011 National Treasures #328 Auto Jersey #/99
- 2011 Paini Certified #252 Auto Jersey #/299
- 2011 Panini Gold Standard #251 Auto Jersey #/325
- 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear #R30 Auto Jersey #/204
- 2011 Panini Limited #201 Auto Jersey #/199
- 2011 Panini Plates & Patches #201 Auto Jersey #/299
- 2011 Panini Playbook #107 Auto Jersey #/299
- 2011 Panini Prime Signatures #232 Auto #/199
- 2011 Panini Threads #255 Auto #/300
- 2011 Playoff Contenders #228 Auto
- 2011 Rookies and Stars #251 Auto #/299
- 2011 Timeless Treasures #142 Auto #/163
- 2011 Topps Five Star #170 Auto Patch #/199
- 2011 Topps Inception #135 Auto #/50
- 2011 Topps Triple Threads #110 Auto Jersey #/99
- 2011 Totally Certified #207 Auto Jersey #/299
Cam Newton, 2011 Topps Town, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
Cam Newton, 2011 Score (Hot Rookies), ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
Cam Newton, 2011 Press Pass, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
Cam Newton, 2011 Topps Chrome, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
Cam Newton Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Cam Newton 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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Cam Newton Cut Signature Exemplar
Cam Newton Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Cam Newton signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:
Cam Newton Signature Characteristics
- The entire signature is often written at a slight angle of about 10-15 degrees.
- Featuring very angled line, the letter "C" resembles an open triangle with a small straight line on the top tail.
- The letter "C" is used to cross a very narrow letter "a."
- Several letters are not legible and instead implied.
- The only other discernible letter is "t" which is crossed with a dramatic flair.
- He almost always includes the inscription of his jersey number "1" (NFL) or "2" (NCAA).
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