Top Joe Burrow Rookie Cards to Collect

Top Joe Burrow Rookie Cards to Collect

As a rising star in the NFL's quarterback ranks, Joe Burrow rookie cards are a popular choice in the hobby. Of course, the top overall pick from the 2020 NFL Draft is no stranger to collectors.

Although he started his college career at Ohio State University, his breakout came at Louisiana State University when he led the LSU Tigers to the CFP National Championship in 2019. After that, the Cincinnati Bengals made him the first pick and his cards began to show up.

Starting with pre-draft prospect cards and collegiate cards before moving to official rookie cards, there are many options for Joe Burrow rookie collectors. Check out our set guide for the full selection of 2020 football card products.

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To help narrow things down, the guide below highlights the cream of the crop. These are among the best and most popular choices when it comes to official Joe Burrow rookie cards. While there are many brands out there, only Panini offers his licensed NFL and NCAA cards. There are many other cards beyond what is covered below.

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Top Joe Burrow Rookie Cards Base / Inserts

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2020 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Joe Burrow RC #151

In the modern hobby, shiny tends to run the show. 2020 Donruss Optic Football offers a very popular Joe Burrow rookie card as part of the Rated Rookie subset. Starting with the base version and working into the many limited parallels, there are options for all budgets.

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His standard Rated Rookie (#301) from 2020 Donruss Football is a cheaper alternative.

2020 Donruss Optic Downtown Joe Burrow #DT-40

Also found in Donruss Optic, the Downtown insert for Burrow mixes artwork and scarcity to produce a very expensive first-year card with a strong fanbase.

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2020 Panini Absolute Kaboom Joe Burrow #K-JB1/K-JB2

If rarity and a non-traditional look are appealing, Kaboom is worth checking out. The explosive cards are limited inserts in 2020 Absolute NFL.

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Burrow actually has two different cards in the short-printed series.

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2020 Panini Mosaic Joe Burrow RC #201

While prices have crept up across the board, 2020 Mosaic NFL remains one of the more affordable Joe Burrow rookie cards in the shiny category. Fundamentally, it is very similar to Donruss Optic, Prizm and Select, displaying a chromium style and rolling in many parallels to chase.

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In addition, Burrow has an LSU image variation and an NFL Debut subset card (#261).

2020 Panini Prizm Joe Burrow RC #307

2020 Prizm Football remains king with many base rookie collectors. For some, it can boil down to aesthetics, but the thick-framed Optichrome card is a hobby staple.

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The black-and-white image variation is another choice.

2020 Panini Select Joe Burrow RC #46 (Concourse), #146 (Premier), #246 (Club), #346 (Field)

2020 Select NFL is home to four different Joe Burrow rookie cards in the base set. Each has a different design and image plus multiple Prizm parallels.

#46 - Concourse

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#146 - Premier Level

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#246 - Club Level

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#346 - Field Level

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2019 Panini Select 2020 XRC Rookie Redemption Joe Burrow #301

The Burrow rookies in 2020 Select are certainly in demand, but XRC Rookie Redemption cards from 2019 Select take things to another price level. These were issued as TBA redemptions in the 2019 product. The signed version (#321) has just 49 copies at the base level.

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Top Joe Burrow Rookie Cards Autographs

Autographs are also a very popular route to take, but these come with a higher price tag. Just like nearly every 2020 football set has Joe Burrow base cards, most of them have Burrow's autographs. The highlights below focus on hard-signed editions from established brands. There are obviously many other signed cards out there.

2020 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Signatures Joe Burrow #151 Autograph #/150

2020 Donruss Optic Football makes the hard-signed chromium pop for Burrow, and the base print of 150 copies keeps values up.

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2020 Panini Contenders Joe Burrow RC #101 Rookie Ticket Autograph

As with the Rated Rookie cards, the Rookie Ticket line is an institution for NFL collectors. There is a base autograph along with an image variation for Borrow in 2020 Contenders Football

The announced print run for the variation is 250 copies. This short-printed Rookie Ticket can be distinguished by the white uniform. The design also features a Bengals helmet on the front and a circled "V" on the back.

Base Rookie Ticket

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Variation - 250 copies

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2020 Panini Contenders Optic Joe Burrow RC #101 Rookie Ticket Autograph

While Contenders is a top draw for many collectors, 2020 Contenders Optic NFL provides the chromium edition. That extra flash still comes with an on-card signature. Per Panini, the base is limited to 100 copies and the Silver parallel has only 50 copies.

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2020 Panini Immaculate Collection Joe Burrow RC #101 Autograph Patch #/99

Ratcheting up the price point more, 2020 Immaculate Football is a high-end choice with high-end value. The Immaculate Collection RPA offers a small patch and on-card autograph along with a main print run of just 99 copies.

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2020 Panini National Treasures Joe Burrow RC #156 Autograph Patch #/99

Out of reach for most, 2020 National Treasures NFL is the go-to Joe Burrow rookie card when money is no object. Limited to 99 hard-signed copies, the elegant card features a large signing area and a moderate patch swatch.

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Trey Treutel

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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