Jamaal Charles Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Jamaal Charles

Date of Birth: 12/27/1986
Rookie Card Year: 2008
Investment Rating: 7.0


Jamaal Charles has emerged as one of the top running backs in the league as a member of the resurgent Kansas City Chiefs. Although he was relatively overlooked by collectors as a rookie, he has proven to be a dynamic and productive runner and Jamaal Charles cards and autographs are on the move.

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Jamaal Charles played college football at the University of Texas. As a former track star, he combined impressive speed with a bruising running ability and great hands out of the backfield. After a terrific junior season, Charles elected to forgo his Senior year, and he entered the 2008 NFL Draft. Although he expected to hear his name in the second round, Jamaal Charles slipped to the third round, where he was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs. Multiple running backs were selected before Charles, including Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson, Matt Forte, and Ray Rice.

As the third string running back to start his career with the Chiefs, it took some time before he worked his way up the depth chart. Regardless, Charles produced impressive statistics throughout his early career. Once he was finally used as the true starter, Jamaal Charles has consistently produced All-Pro numbers. Despite losing nearly the entire 2011 season to an ACL injury, Charles rebounded nicely and looks to be back to form in time for his prime years. Running backs generally begin their decline around 30, so Charles still has at least a few more great seasons left, barring any severe injuries. The next five years will dictate if he is simply an above average back or something much more. If he can sustain his production and help the Chiefs stay competitive, the sky is the limit.

With over 35 rookie options, collectors have plenty of Jamaal Charles cards to pick from, across all budgets. The top three Jamaal Charles rookie cards can be seen below and the full checklist is listed on the next tab.

Top Jamaal Charles Cards

2008 Exquisite Jamaal Charles RC #148 Autographed Jersey #/199

With a detailed foil design, on-card signature, jersey patch, and limited print run, this card is tough to beat. The only negative might be the limited signing area, but this is easily one of the top Jamaal Charles cards available from his rookie season.

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2008 Playoff National Treasures Jamaal Charles RC #109 Autographed Jersey #/99

Similar to the Exquisite card, this National Treasures Jamaal Charles rookie card includes many of the main things that collectors look for in a card. Although the signing area is larger and the print run is smaller, the small image of Charles is disappointing.

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2008 SP Authentic Jamaal Charles RC #293 Autographed Jersey #/999

Perhaps one of the best values among early Jamaal Charles cards, the SP Authentic rookie includes the same attributes as the first two cards, but the higher print run of 999 keeps prices lower and makes the card easier to track down.

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Rookie Cards

Jamaal Charles Rookie Cards Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

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Mid-Range Rookie Cards

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Autograph Guide

Jamaal Charles Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

*Because he is still early in his career, many of the signed items for Jamaal Charles feature his alma mater, the University of Texas, instead of the Kansas City Chiefs.

In this section, you will find examples of what an authentic Jamaal Charles autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Reputable authentication companies include JSA, PSA and Mounted Memories to name a few. 

Cut Signature Exemplar

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Jamaal Charles Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jamaal Charles signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature starts with a large "J" and the next letter is a lowercase cursive "l"
  2. Similarly, the last name starts with a "C" and ends with an "l"
  3. Only two letters compose the first and last name and the rest is implied
  4. The signature ends with a "#25"

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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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