Rookie Card Year: 2013
Investment Rating: 6.5
Although a third round pick would not generally qualify as a steal, Keenan Allen has emerged as an elite wide receiver and one of the best offensive values from the 2013 NFL Draft. A slow start kept him under-the-radar, but Keenan Allen put forth an impressive rookie season and collectors have begun to take notice of this explosive receiver.
As a five-star recruit, Keenan Allen was regarded as one of the top high school wide receivers in the country. After high school, Allen decided to attend the University of California and was the starter for the last two of his three seasons. Widely considered to be one of the top wide receivers in college football, Allen chose to skip his final season and declared for the draft. He was pegged as a likely first round pick, but a late injury resulted in a disappointing performance on his pro day. The San Diego Chargers made Keenan Allen the 76th overall pick in the 3rd round, and the eighth wide receiver taken.
Keenan Allen entered his rookie season with the Chargers on the bench, but injuries and his talent quickly pushed him into a starting role. Even though the Chargers had an inconsistent season, Allen gave the team a legitimate deep option for Philip Rivers and the team made the playoffs. While his card prices are still reasonable, if Keenan Allen can produce a big performance during the playoffs, his card values will explode.
Collectors already have plenty of 2013 rookie card options for Keenan Allen, and several more are still on the way, including many of the premium releases. Also, as a top high school player, Allen participated in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was featured in the 2010 football product from Razor that covered the event. This product includes multiple autograph parallels. He was also featured in 2012 Exquisite Football.
Top Keenan Allen Cards
Arguably one of the most popular mid-level releases each year, 2013 Contenders is a great place to find Keenan Allen cards. Although they are not numbered, possible short prints and variations make this one of the top Keenan Allen cards. The base version is shown on the left and the variation is on the right.
2013 Topps Triple Threads actually toned down the rookie design this year, and this autographed jersey card checks in as one of the best Keenan Allen cards. They are technically two Keenan Allen cards included in the base rookie set, but the difference is subtle. The print run seems limited with only 99 of each card, but once you add in all the parallels, there are actually over 280 of each version and 564 total cards.
Keenan Allen Rookie Card Checklist
Please note, this is an ongoing list that will be added to as more 2013 football card sets are released and Keenan Allen has more rookie cards.
Budget Rookie Cards
- 2013 Bowman #175
- 2013 Panini Certified #249 #/999
- 2013 Panini Elite #149 #/799
- 2013 Panini Momentum #149
- 2013 Panini Prominence #149
- 2013 Panini Prestige #248
- 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars #149
- 2013 Panini Score #384
- 2013 Topps #435
- 2013 Topps Mini #435
- 2013 Topps Platinum #144
- 2013 Topps Prime #113
- 2013 Topps Strata #51
- 2013 Topps Turkey Red #42
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2013 Panini Certified #317 Autographed Jersey #/499
- 2013 Panini Contenders #217 Autograph
- 2013 Panini Limited #217 Autographed Jersey #/199
- 2013 Panini Playbook #152 Autograph #/49
- 2013 Topps Inception #117 Autograph
- 2013 Topps Triple Threads #101 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2013 Topps Triple Threads #151 Autographed Jersey #/99
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