With every touchdown pass for the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes rookie cards push even higher. The young stud has quickly put his name among the best young quarterbacks in the league and his earliest cards are on the move.
Giving Chiefs fans extreme optimism for the future, his ascension has been nothing short of remarkable and has many believing (and/or hoping) he is the second coming of Joe Montana. For collectors, it is already well beyond the point of getting in on the ground floor, as Patrick Mahomes rookies card values have surged.
While demand is high, Panini at the helm of the NFL exclusive means the supply is there to meet it. Nearly every one of the 40 licensed 2017 football sets has a Patrick Mahomes rookie card, and most offer an autograph, as well.
We have focused on some of the very best Patrick Mahomes rookies cards, including his top base rookie cards and key rookie autographs.
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Top Patrick Mahomes Rookie Cards Base
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For many, Mahomes' NFL rookie autographs are already out of reach. But his base rookie cards are plentiful. Most add low-numbered parallels, allowing collectors to upgrade when their budget permits it.
2017 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Patrick Mahomes RC #177
Fans can grab his base Rated Rookie (#327) for a more affordable option.
2017 Panini Prizm Patrick Mahomes RC #269
Working in a similar fashion, the Patrick Mahomes rookie card in 2017 Prizm offers a substantial rainbow for the QB. This choice is better for those who prefer more realistic action images versus the posed shots from the Rookie Premiere in the Rated Rookie card above.
2017 Panini Select Patrick Mahomes RC #103 Premier Level, #247 Field Level
Supplying intricate designs, various parallels and two different images, 2017 Select includes Premier Level card for Mahomes (white jersey) with mostly die-cut parallels. His Field Level subset card (red jersey) is the rarer of the two.
Top Patrick Mahomes Rookie Cards Autograph
As stated, there are a ton of Patrick Mahomes rookie autographs. But since Panini short-printed most of them in comparison to the other first-year players, they can be quite rare on an individual basis. To be honest, you really can't go wrong with any of Mahomes' rookie card autographs.
Nevertheless, several stand out with collectors and those are covered below.
2017 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Patrick Mahomes RC Autograph #177
Using the exact same design as his Rated Rookie base card in 2017 Donruss Optic, the hard-signed autograph version is very popular. The low-numbered parallels sell into the thousands.
2017 Panini Contenders Patrick Mahomes RC Autograph #303, Variation #343
When you break it down, not much can touch the Patrick Mahomes Rookie Ticket autograph in 2017 Contenders NFL. Although not numbered, Panini revealed that the on-card autograph for Mahomes is limited to 250 copies or less.
His horizontal image variation checks in at 100 or less.
2017 Panini Contenders Optic Patrick Mahomes RC Autograph #103
You might be sensing a pattern here, but Contenders is a big seller with football collectors. The debut 2017 Contenders Optic takes the best part of Contenders—the on-card autograph—and adds Optichrome technology. Mahomes is a short print again, limited to 300 copies or less.
2017 Panini Encased Patrick Mahomes RC #107 Autograph Cap #/25
At just 25 copies, the SSP offering in 2017 Encased is easily one of the most elusive Patrick Mahomes rookie cards. The Cap Patch Autographs subset displays an on-card autograph and hat swatch.
2017 Panini Flawless Patrick Mahomes RC #132 Autograph Gem #/20
When talking about the ultra-premium 2017 Flawless, any Patrick Mahomes card in the set is a "big" card. Sure, the main Rookie Gems Signatures card has a jewel paired with the on-card signature, but all his autograph cards are hard-signed, and there are several.
The RPA card is arguably more impressive and limited to just 25 copies.
2017 Panini Impeccable Patrick Mahomes RC #107 Autograph Patch/Helmet #/75
When dissecting the many high-end Patrick Mahomes rookies cards, 2017 Impeccable stands out. The Elegance subset design seems just a bit nicer, the signing space is not as cramped as others, and the helmet relic piece is much less common. However, with just 75 copies, the price is already quite high, so this is hardly a steal.
2017 Panini Limited Patrick Mahomes RC #136 Autograph Patch #/149
One of the better values on the list (if such a thing exists), the 2017 Limited card boasts all the high-end attributes at a much lower cost. Hard-signed with a small swatch, the only thing keeping it lower on the radar is the slightly higher print run and weaker brand relevance.
2017 Panini Origins Patrick Mahomes Rookie Autographs
If you only care about hard-signed Patrick Mahomes cards, 2017 Origins is worth a shot. The base RPA has a sticker but most are done on-card. The one big tradeoff for these is the "00" jersey instead of his familiar #15, which limits prices to an extent. Choices include book cards and a few different ink colors.
2017 Panini Prizm Patrick Mahomes RC Autograph #RA-PM
Although on-card would be better, the brand power of 2017 Prizm, plus many parallels, pushes this autograph much higher with collectors.
2017 Panini Select Patrick Mahomes Rookie Autographs
Likewise, 2017 Select, which has several Patrick Mahomes rookie autographs, is popular despite the sticker signatures throughout. Again, the low-numbered parallels see the most interest.
2017 Immaculate Collection Patrick Mahomes RC #104 Autograph Patch #/99
Those who want National Treasures-level quality but can't stomach the NT cost have 2017 Immaculate Collection. No, it is not cheap, but the rarity is the same, the attributes are the same, and they also look pretty similar. The difference, of course, is the price, and whether you can spend hundreds or thousands.
2017 National Treasures Patrick Mahomes RC #161 Autograph Patch #/99
Saving the best for last, NT reigns supreme despite the glut of similar high-end sets that have sprung up. The 2017 National Treasures RPA for Mahomes sets the pace with high-grades (PSA 10) selling for over $10,000.