Dak Prescott rookie cards are some of the hottest releases of the year. Not only does he play for one of the most popular NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys, he also happens to have become the starter as a rookie. Winning ways and veteran play has Dak Prescott rookie cards trending way up with collectors.
Of course, this only came to be as a result of Tony Romo's injuries, but Prescott has made the most of his audition for the permanent spot. At this point, it appears he has locked it up. While his stats have not always been spectacular, he is efficient and plays smart. Most importantly, Prescott, along with fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott, have the Cowboys back near the top of the league.
There are already plenty of Dak Prescott rookie card choices across all budgets with many more on the way. Early adopters could find Prescott's autograph cards for very little but that time is over. The list below highlights the key 2016 rookies, autographs and inserts for Prescott. All may not meet the "official" designation for a rookie card, but each is found in a rookie-year product.
Top Dak Prescott Rookie Cards
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Although the design is not the most pleasing, the 2016 Certified rookie card for Prescott includes a moderate jersey piece and sticker autograph. This Freshman Fabric subset card carries a print run of 299 along with several parallel tiers.
One of the earliest Dak Prescott autographs, 2016 Contenders Draft Picks offers the famed brand with a collegiate focus. While it might not appeal as much to NFL collectors, the signed College Tickets come with the maroon and white of Mississippi State University. The former Bulldog has a base version and a short print variation that is limited to 200 copies or less. Both also have an assortment of parallels.
The top option for many collectors, 2016 Contenders includes three different version for Prescott. In addition to a short print base card (25o or less copies) with a vertical format, there is also a horizontal variation (#347) and a vertical sepia variation for #307 with a different image than the base version.
While the main 2016 Donruss rookie for Prescott is a Rated Rookie base card, the Rookie Phenom insert is much more popular given the autograph and small relic. Unnumbered, the card is one of his more common autographed relics.
Admittedly, the Pen Pals autograph in 2016 Donruss Elite does not feature the greatest design or image. The tight shot of Prescott and #00 jersey is not ideal but the massive signing area and on-card signature is enough for many collectors to overlook the deficiencies. Prescott also has green ink and red ink short prints along with a Pen Pals Triples card with Connor Cook and Kevin Hogan.
More appealing than his base Donruss card, 2016 Donruss Optic includes chromium Rated Rookie cards for Dak Prescott with signed editions and many base versions. The on-card autographs are particularly popular as well as the numbered, Refractor-like parallels.
While 2016 Donruss Signature Series is yet another sticker autograph set, the heavy foil at least helps it stand out a bit compared to the rest. Collectors can also find a dual autograph with Ezekiel Elliott.
Easily the rarest rookie for Dak Prescott, this 2016 Gala "base" card carries a print run of just eight copies. While the price will be very high, the bigger issue will be actually finding one.
Without question, 2016 Immaculate will remain a top choice for Dak's rookie collectors. Already one of the most popular brands from Panini, the low card total and clear quality means supply will be minimal and prices will be strong.
Likely a key option for any high-end collectors of the MSU Bulldogs, 2016 Immaculate Collection Collegiate presents two different Prescott cards in the main set. Both are signed on-card and limited to just 99 copies.
Falling well on the premium side of the hobby, 2016 Impeccable offers the first truly high-end rookie option for Prescott under the Elegance subset. Even with other high-end Dak Prescott rookie cards in play, the very low print run and unique helmet-patch combo help it stand out in the end.
Definitely an atypical design, the rookie autograph for Prescott in 2016 Infinity utilizes a trapped signature done on metal. While better than a standard sticker autograph, the appeal is not quite the same as a true on-card signature. Still, the metal signing area and heavy foil makes for an ornate and eye-catching look.
Possibly the ultimate college-based card for Prescott, 2016 National Treasures Collegiate matches the Immaculate NCAA card in most aspects but features a jumbo relic and the NT brand power. There are actually two different versions, each numbered to 99 copies. In addition to the option shown below, Prescott has a card in the Colossal Signatures subset with the same card number.
A dead ringer for the popular Inception brand from Topps, 2016 Panini Origins brings a lot of good elements to this Dak Prescott rookie card. The strong design and on-card signature make it one of the most popular early releases, but the #00 jersey is an eyesore.
Found in 2016 Phoenix, the main auto relic version is numbered to 249 with several low-numbered parallels. Collectors can also find a subtly different insert that is part of the RPS Rookie Jumbo Autograph set and numbered to 199 with more parallels.
Another Dak Prescott rookie card with a lot going on, the 2016 Panini Playbook features a booklet layout with multiple elements. Signed on acetate, the card also has two large relics and dual images of the young QB. If you want someting a little different than a standard rookie autograph, Playbook is a good product to explore.
Good luck finding one of these! Tapping into the popular Contenders name, the early look at the NFL version is actually found in 2016 Playoff. Given there are just 22 copies for Dak, this card won't surface often.
Arguably the best of the budget Dak Prescott rookies, 2016 Prizm gives collectors a Chrome-like base card plus a ton of colorful parallels. This includes the Red, White and Blue Disco parallel shown below that seems even more appropriate for the leader of "America's Team." Prescott does have a main signed card in Prizm but it was issued as a redemption.
2016 Panini Spectra is the place where wild colors and busy designs come to hang out. Although it is unlikely this Dak Prescott rookie autograph will ever be seen as refined or elegant, the cards sure do make an impression. In addition to the base auto patch version numbered to 99 are several neon ink parallels such as the green below. Collectors can also find a dual autograph for Prescott with teammate Ezekiel Elliott.
For a product called Unparalleled, this Dak Prescott rookie is a little underwhelming. Fundamentally similar to the Certified autographed patch, the posed player image is not the greatest. Still, it is an autograph jersey card with a limited print run.
While not licensed by the NFL or NCAA, the 2016 Leaf football products can be the most budget-friendly way to add an authentic Dak Prescott autograph to your collection. The compromise is an airbrushed college image, but along with the lower price comes mostly on-card autographs and more limited production. Leaf also has some quality designs across several different sets.