Complete Guide to Tomas Hertl Rookie Cards
Tomas Hertl made quite the entrance to the NHL, totaling seven points, including six goals, in his first three games. This was capped off with a ridiculous four-goal performance against the New York Rangers. Although he cooled off as the season progressed and then suffered a serious injury, Tomas Hertl rookie cards are proving to be some of the most popular hockey cards of the year.
The Czech-born center was taken by the San Jose Sharks with the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. However, he did not sign a contract with the Sharks until 2013, electing to spend the 2012-13 season with his Czech team, HC Slavia Praha. He joined the team for the 2013-14 season and his early success resulted in a Rookie of the Month award in October. After his fast start to the 2013-14 season, Hertl suffered a knee injury that required surgery, and he missed most of the year. Now completely healed, Hertl looks to pick up where he left off before his injury.
Outside of his NHL rookie cards, Tomas Hertl has a handful of cards produced in the Czech Republic prior to his arrival in the US. In particular, his 2011-12 OFS Signatures cards remain popular on the secondary market when they surface.
Get specifics on all Tomas Hertl rookie cards below. Since several cards came as updates to previous products, they may not be considered true rookies by some collectors. In those instances, the actual product where the card is found is noted in the listing. Following the rookie card guide, there is also a list of the top Tomas Hertl Czech pre-rookie cards.
Tomas Hertl Rookie Card Guide
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While the card design does a solid job masking the sticker autograph, this fact does not mesh well with the overall quality of the card. Still, the nice patch and limited print run makes for a good Tomas Hertl rookie card.
Checking in with one of the most basic and budget-friendly rookie card options, OPC offers a simple Tomas Hertl rookie card and a variety of parallels. The card is available as update in 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey.
Although the Contenders brand has been extended to hockey and basketball, it still does not come close to the interest for the football product. Despite this, the large on-card signature is a huge positive for collectors. Although the cards are not numbered, Panini revealed that the base version is limited to 200 to 400 copies and the rare variation show on the right is limited to 50 copies. There is also another sepia variation, shown below, limited to 25 or less.
One of the most popular Panini rookie designs, Silhouettes showcase a larger jersey patch and on-card signature for Tomas Hertl. The low print run keeps the values higher.
Dominion is one of the most premium hockey offerings and it makes sense why this card commands some of the highest values on the list. Foil accents and a small patch give the card an elegant feel and there is ample signing space for the on-card signature.
With a name like Luxury Suite, expectations might be a little off based on the end result. A sticker autograph and boring one-color patch cannot be overlooked, even with the limited print run.
Outside of The Cup, no other hockey brand commands more high-end respect than National Treasures. The unique design, large patch and on-card autograph makes this arguably the top Tomas Hertl rookie card to own.
Playbook is a great alternative if you are tired of the familiar autographed jersey rookie card that is common on this list. While they are plain, two larger jersey pieces make for a collage set around an autograph.
Boasting all the attributes of a high-end card, Hertl's Prime rookie sacrifices little and still can be had for a reasonable amount. Part of this can be attributed to the print run, but this is one of the best values on the list.
Another update, this Tomas Hertl rookie card was added to Rookie Anthology and presents a simple budget option for collectors.
Rookie Anthology is packed with updates from other products, but is also includes true rookie cards for Tomas Hertl. Even with the autograph and dual jersey pieces, the print run and sticker make it a budget offering.
The first Tomas Hertl rookie card to come with an autograph, 2013-14 Select Hockey features a chromium style that's not as common in the sport as it is in baseball and football. The sticker used for the signature takes away some of the appeal, but Select is proving to have some very reasonable prices. Parallels come in several colors and some also have jersey swatches added.
The Tomas Hertl main rookie card found in Titanium appears to be nothing more than a low to mid-level base rookie. However, the card is jersey numbered so there are only 48 cards total, which bumps the appeal slightly. The retail version features a different image and is easier to track down with a print run of 299.
Arguably one of the better value products from the 2013-14 product lineup, Totally Certified brings a foil-heavy Tomas Hertl rookie card to collectors.
Score remains popular because it is a cheap way to collect the NHL. Although Hertl was not included in the original release, his first Score card came as an update in Rookie Anthology.
Other than Contenders, no other card features such an ample signing area and the SP Authentic Future Watch card for Tomas Hertl takes full advantage of this. Despite the high print run, this is still a great overall card.
Another instance where the print run is tied to jersey number, SP Game Used is more established with collectors, so this Hertl rookie carries more weight. Rare base rookie cards with a quality look are becoming increasingly rare, so this is a great option for those who don't need an autograph included.
Collectors are treated to two Tomas Hertl rookies in the SPx base set. The first is a foil card with a larger image of Hertl set to the left of the primary shot. While the card does not look bad, the large white diagonal stripe seems like an odd design choice. There is also an autographed jersey card with two small jersey pieces and a sticker autograph.
With only 99 copies and an ornate look, heavy on gold, the Ultimate Collection rookie for Tomas Hertl can match nearly any other rookie card on the list as far as quality.
Part of the popular Young Guns subset, this rookie card may not have much flash but it is one of the most widely collected. As a result, prices are very solid considering its lack of flair. The Upper Deck name is enough to carry it.
Another Upper Deck staple, Black Diamond remains a collecting favorite with the familiar design and tiered base set. Included in the Quad Diamond Rookie Gems subset, this mid-level rookie maintains good value.
Although it carries the Upper Deck Ice name, these acetate cards are found in special bonus packs from SPx boxes. This rare Tomas Hertl Ice Premieres rookie is limited to only 99.
While the first batch of MVP was found in Upper Deck Series 1, this Tomas Hertl rookie card came in the second batch in Series 2. The MVP brand is a low-end option which explains why this card normally carries a budget price tag despite Series 2 only averaging one MVP rookie per box. Since MVP was not a stand-alone release in 2013-14, it is technically an insert.
For many collectors, there is The Cup and then everything else. It is easy to see why based on the premium look, high price tag, on-card autograph and limited run.
Upper Deck Trilogy was an early release this year, but Tomas Hertl was not included in the set. The Trilogy Update that features Hertl is found in SPx. Like the main version, there are three different cards with increased rarity. Each card features a specific image and design, in addition to various print runs. Rounding out the list, Level 1 is numbered to 149, Level 2 is numbered to 49, and Level 3 is numbered to 25.
Czech Tomas Hertl Pre-Rookie Cards
All of the early Tomas Hertl cards come from the Czech OFS brand and feature a relatively simple design. The available cards are mostly base offerings, but an autographed version was released in the 2011-12 product. There are also a few parallels offered for the 2012-13 cards. Limited supply makes these options more rare, but you can check out the available options on eBay here.
- 2009-10 OFS National Team U17 Tomas Hertl #18
- 2010-11 OFS National Team U18 Tomas Hertl #16
- 2011-12 OFS Tomas Hertl #178
- 2011-12 OFS Signatures Tomas Hertl #40
- 2012-13 OFS Tomas Hertl #208
- 2012-13 OFS Exclusive Tomas Hertl #92