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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Jamaal Charles Rookie Cards Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 2008 Bowman #184
- 2008 Playoff Prestige #145
- 2008 Score #384
- 2008 Select #384 #/999
- 2008 Stadium Club #115 #/1799
- 2008 Topps #350
- 2008 Topps Kickoff #182
- 2008 Topps Mayo #277
- 2008 Topps Rookie Progression #217
- 2008 SP Rookie Edition #126
- 2008 UD Masterpieces #42
- 2008 Upper Deck #247
- 2008 Upper Deck Draft Edition #46
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2008 Absolute Memorabilia #257 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2008 Donruss Classics #234 Autograph #/499
- 2008 Donruss Gridiron Gear #217 Autographed Jersey #/100
- 2008 Donruss Threads #279 Autograph #/140
- 2008 Exquisite #148 Autographed Jersey #/199
- 2008 Leaf Limited #318 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2008 Leaf Rookies and Stars #226 Autograph #/118
- 2008 Playoff Contenders #145 Autograph
- 2008 Playoff National Treasures #109 Autographed Jersey #/99
- 2008 Topps Triple Threads #117 Autographed Jersey #/89
- 2008 SP Authentic #293 Autographed Jersey #/999
- 2008 SP Rookie Threads #JC52 Autograph #/245
- 2008 SPx #179 Autographed Jersey #/325
- 2008 Ultimate Collection #212 Autographed Jersey #/375
- 2008 Upper Deck Premier #117 Autographed Jersey #/275
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
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:
- The signature starts with a large "J" and the next letter is a lowercase cursive "l"
- Similarly, the last name starts with a "C" and ends with an "l"
- Only two letters compose the first and last name and the rest is implied
- The signature ends with a "#25"
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