Larry Fitzgerald Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Larry Fitzgerald

Date of Birth: 8/31/1983
Rookie Card Year: 2004
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Larry Fitzgerald is not your typical star wide receiver. In a sport dominated by large egos, he seems to have found a way to stay humble and hungry. Several years with less-talented quarterbacks did not diminish his love of the game or his productivity. Now that he is paired with an above average talent at quarterback in Carson Palmer, Fitzgerald is again putting up big numbers and collectors are revisiting his cards.

Larry Fitzgerald played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and, as a true freshman, immediately emerged as one of the best receivers in college football. During his sophomore year, Fitzgerald took his play to another level and the awards poured in. In 2003, he was named a unanimous All-American, Big East Offensive Player of the Year, and was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff, Paul Warfield and Walter Camp trophies. Fitzgerald came up just short in the Heisman Trophy race, narrowly losing to Oklahoma quarterback Jason White.

Despite only playing two college seasons, Larry Fitzgerald successfully petitioned the NFL to count his additional time spent at a college preparatory school in order to enter the 2004 NFL Draft. Normally the NFL requires players to be three years from their high school graduation before they can declare for the NFL Draft. Fitzgerald was ultimately selected third overall by the Arizona Cardinals, joining other rookie standouts, such as Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Steven Jackson, and Wes Welker.

Just like in college, it did not take long for Larry Fitzgerald to be considered one of the top receivers in the NFL. Likely a lock for the hall of Fame, his many Pro Bowl selections seem even more impressive considering he has caught passes from 15+ different quarterbacks in his time with the Cardinals.

There are a whopping 50 Larry Fitzgerald cards for rookie collectors to chase. The checklist has it all, from low-value base cards and jersey cards to low-numbered base cards and autographs. A few autographed options have emerged as the most popular and are featured below.

Top Larry Fitzgerald Cards

2004 Playoff Contenders Larry Fitzgerald RC #151 Autograph (PR=50)

With lots of dark colors and a metallic autograph sticker, this may not immediately jump out as one of the top Larry Fitzgerald cards. However, with the announced print run of only 50, it starts to make sense why this is the preferred card. Although not numbered, this incredibly low print run, especially for the Contenders brand, ensures considerable interest for the elite wide receiver's rookie card.

2004 Ultimate Collection Larry Fitzgerald RC #129 Autograph #/150

The Ultimate Collection design is normally a strong point for Upper Deck. They seem to do so much with so little. The gold foil frame highlights Fitzgerald without dominating focus and the white border makes for a perfect canvas for housing Larry Fitzgerald's on-card signature. The numbered run of 150 also adds to the appeal.

2004 SP Authentic Larry Fitzgerald RC #215 Autographed Jersey #/299

Although the design is much busier, especially in comparison to the Ultimate card, SP Authentic adds a jersey piece to the on-card autograph and a relatively low print run. The autograph and jersey piece do seem like they are a little congested in the corner.

Top eBay Listings

2006 Donruss LARRY FITZGERALD Gridiron Kings JERSEY Football CARD Team 85 250
$9.99

2016 Score Sidelines Jumbo Gold Cardinals Football Card #8 Larry Fitzgerald 99
$5.00

2005 Donruss Gridiron Gear Performers Gold #P-32 Larry Fitzgerald Football Card
$7.99

2005 Larry Fitzgerald Donruss Grisiron Gear JERSEY RELIC 033 150 Ariz Cardinals
$5.00

2006 Topps Chrome Refractor Lot of 28 DIFF - DREW BREES LARRY FITZGERALD +
$45.00

2004 UD REFLECTIONS RED 100 LARRY FITZGERALD RC BGS 9.5 hof CARDREGISTRYinc.
$199.99

2016 Panini Select Swatches Prizm #5 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals Card
$7.25

2016 Panini Select Swatches Prizm #5 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals Card
$7.25

Lot 3: 2009 Prestige League Leaders #24 Johnson Fitzgerald Smith White Jsys ++++
$25.00

2011 Panini Prestige Xtra Points Green 3 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals Card
$12.25

2011 Panini Prestige Xtra Points Green 3 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals Card
$12.25

2017 Panini XR Football 30 Box Dual Case Player Break LARRY FITZGERALD-CARDINALS
$5.99

Larry Fitzgerald 2016 Black Gold 95 225 Arizona Cardinal
$8.00

Larry Fitzgerald 2004 AOJ 35 50 Sketch Art Lithocard Card Rookie ACEO Football
$20.00

LARRY FITZGERALD 2006 LEAF CERTIFIED #4 MIRROR BLUE #28 50 (BV=$12) AB4641
$5.99

LARRY FITZGERALD 2014 Immaculate Numbers 3 Color Jumbo Patch #D 12 15 Cardinals
$79.99
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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 or Google+.

User Comments

  1. 2004 Absolute Memorabilia #201 Jersey #/750

    the one i have is 17 of 75 & has the shoe lace but its not printed with words of game used shoe lace like the ball & jersey does i cant find any info on it

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