Marcus Mariota Rookie Cards Guide and Checklist

Marcus Mariota Rookie Cards Guide and Checklist

Rookie CardsFollowing a 2014 college season that saw Marcus Mariota compile an impressive list of accolades with Oregon, the collecting interest is building based on his NFL performance. Now a member of the Tennessee Titans, there are several card options already available and plenty of Marcus Mariota rookie cards are on the way.

After sitting out his first season as a redshirt freshman, Marcus Mariota took the helm at the University of Oregon and put forth three strong seasons. This all culminated with a junior year for the ages in 2014. Mariota was named the AP Player of the Year and won a string of other hardware, including the Davey O'Brien Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award and finally the Hesiman Trophy.

Not just about the individual awards, Mariota led the Oregon Ducks past the defending champion Florida State Seminoles and Jameis Winston in the Rose Bowl. However, he came up short in his quest for a title, losing to Ohio State University in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship.

Marcus Mariota was considered a lock for the first round, but his stock surged leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, eventually landing him second overall to the Tennessee Titans. Although his hobby recognition was already strong, this pushed things to another level. His veteran-like play with the Titans led to him being named the September Rookie of the Month and boosted his already-strong interest. Like previous seasons where quarterbacks were the top two selections, expect plenty of comparisons between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.

There are already quite a few official Marcus Mariota rookie cards available, with many more on the horizon. However, several of his early cards, notably his college-themed cards from Upper Deck and Panini, should see long-term interest. The following guide features all rookie cards for Mariota as well as his key pre-rookie and college-themed cards from 2015 products. The guide will be updated as more cards are released.

Marcus Mariota Rookie Card Guide

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2015 Bowman Marcus Mariota RC #22

While long-term value will be minimal, the first Topps rookie card for Marcus Mariota comes from 2015 Bowman. The low-end base card features an airbrushed college image and has a generic feel. The more appealing options for Mariota come in the form of Chrome Refractors with on-card autographs.

2015 Bowman Marcus Mariota RC #22

2015 Donruss Rated Rookie Marcus Mariota RC #202

Featuring a retro design and familiar Rated Rookie subset, the rookie card for Marcus Mariota is an inexpensive way to start a collection. The value will never be high, but the card is a solid budget choice.

2015 Donruss Rated Rookie Marcus Mariota RC

2015 Panini Certified Marcus Mariota RC #235 Autographed Jersey #/199

The Refractor-like effect and large patch give the Panini Certified rookie card a distinct look. The sticker autograph is not ideal but the lower print run makes it a value option.

2015 Panini Certified Marcus Mariota RC #235 Autographed Jersey

2015 Panini Clear Vision Marcus Mariota RC #102

The first major release to include Mariota in his Tennessee Titans jersey, 2015 Panini Clear Vision is an acetate release. The appealing look and NFL jersey should result in lasting interest. There is also a short print variation that is shown on the right.

2015 Panini Clear Vision Football Base Mariota RC2015 Clear Vision Football Variation RC Marcus Mariota

2015 Panini Gridiron Kings Marcus Mariota RC #136

Artistic with an added frame, Gridiron Kings is not the run-of-the-mill rookie card option and that is a good thing. As an appealing rookie card, the painted look is distinct and there are also additional frame choices for Marcus Mariota collectors.

2015 Panini Gridiron Kings Marcus Mariota RC #136

2015 Panini Playbook Marcus Mariota RC #51 Jersey #/199

Two cards in one, the Playbook rookie for Marcus Mariota features both a large and medium jersey swatch and there is also a signed version. Both base versions are numbered to 199 and there are limited parallels as well.

2015 Panini Playbook Marcus Mariota RC #51 Jersey

2015 Panini Playbook Marcus Mariota RC #51 Autographed Jersey

2015 Panini Prestige Marcus Mariota RC #264

Although it was released after Clear Vision, 2015 Panini Prestige reverts back to the college image of Marcus Mariota for the base rookie cards. However, collectors can track down a short print variation with a Titans jersey.

2015 Prestige Football Base RC 264 Marcus Mariota2015 Prestige Football Variation RC 264 Marcus Mariota

2015 Panini Rookies & Stars Marcus Mariota RC #108

Limited to Target, the Rookies & Stars RC might not get as much recognition among Marcus Mariota collectors but it is available to wide group given where it is found.

2015 Panini Rookies & Stars Marcus Mariota RC #108

2015 Panini Spectra Marcus Mariota RC #117 #/99, #162 Autographed Jersey #/99

One of the more limited Marcus Mariota rookie cards, Spectra has three different cards, each numbered to 99. The two base cards are distinguished only based on the image differences. The autographed jersey card has a very similar look to the Certified card, but with a smaller patch and a little less busy design.

2015 Panini Spectra Marcus Mariota RC 1 2015 Panini Spectra Marcus Mariota RC 2

2015 Panini Spectra Marcus Mariota RC Autographed Jersey

2015 Score Marcus Mariota RC #368

Simple and inexpensive, the 2015 Score rookie card for Marcus Mariota benefits from the college license acquired by Panini. Although the plain rookie card will never be worth much, it is makes for a much more appealing early rookie card option.

2015 Score Marcus Mariota RC #368

2015 Topps Marcus Mariota RC #429

Another cheap choice for collectors, the flagship Topps product offers both a base rookie and short print variation for Marcus Mariota.

2015 Topps Football Base RC Marcus Mariota 2015 Topps Football Variation RC Marcus Mariota

2015 Topps Inception Marcus Mariota #RA-2 Autograph

While it is not part of the base set, many collectors still consider the Rookie Autographs insert to be an official rookie card. Mariota appears to be part of the short prints subjects as only parallels numbered to 50 or less have surfaced. There is also an image variation that is limited to ten copies. Despite being an earlier release, the Inception card commands continued interest thanks to the low print run, appealing design and on-card signature.

2015 Topps Inception Marcus Mariota Autograph

2015 Topps Valor Marcus Mariota RC #56

While heavily altered backgrounds are not a new concept, and the design is actually quite similar to Inception, Valor continues its run as a solid budget rookie card for collectors.

2015 Topps Valor Marcus Mariota RC #56

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2015 Topps Museum Collection MARCUS MARIOTA GOLD ROOKIE TITANS 60 A3101
$7.29

2015 Topps Chrome Marcus Mariota Rookie #150 “Blue Refractor” SGC GEM Mint 10
$125.00

2015 Topps Platinum X-Fractor #125 Marcus Mariota RC graded PSA 10 Gem Mint
$31.96

2015 Topps Chrome Marcus Mariota BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Pink Refractor RC 399
$6.39

2015 Topps Chrome '89 #89MM Marcus Mariota RC Rookie Card
$8.80

2015 Topps Supreme Jameis Winston Marcus Mariota Gurley Cooper RC Patch 50
$78.55

2015 Topps Chrome 60th Anniversary Gold Refractor Marcus Mariota RC BGS 9 #'d 25
$109.99

2015 Panini Prizm Marcus Mariota Running PSA 9 RC
$21.99

2015 Panini Spectra Neon Orange #117 Marcus Mariota RC BGS 9 - Titans #2 of 3
$249.99

Mariota Ekpre-Olomij, 2015 Panini Contenders, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
$5.80

TOM BRADY  2015 PANINI ROOKIES AND STARS PATCH and MARCUS MARIOTA
$5.17

2015 Panini Prizm Prizms Green #264 Marcus Mariota
$14.25

Marcus Mariota 2015 Topps Chrome Rookie "1976"
$7.99

2015 Topps Chrome #89-MM Marcus Mariota RC 89 Refractor 32 99 Titans QB Rare
$150.00

2015 Bowman Marcus Mariota #R22 pristine 10 bgs tennessee titans
$24.99

Marcus Mariota 2015 Topps chrome Green Refractor #150 PSA 10 Rookie card
$125.00
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Pre-Rookie/College Cards

Top Marcus Mariota Pre-Rookie & College-Themed Cards

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2015 Leaf Clear Marcus Mariota Autographs

Although acetate is more common in the hobby these days, it is still a great option for displaying an autograph. 2015 Leaf Clear presents collectors with two Marcus Mariota autograph designs on acetate stock, each with a base Bronze versions as well as several additional foil parallels. The Crystal Die-Cut is particularly intriguing given the design based on a crystal ball.

2015 Leaf Clear Marcus Mariota Autographs Bronze2015 Leaf Clear Marcus Mariota Crystal Die-Cut Autographs Gold

2015 Leaf Draft Acetate 1990 Rookie Marcus Mariota #10

If acetate is your preference, but you don't need a signature, 2015 Leaf Draft Acetate is a factory set featuring several top names from the 2015 NFL Draft. Marcus Mariota is one of the top names in the ten-card set.

2015 Leaf Draft Acetate 1990 Rookie Marcus Mariota #10

2015 Leaf Draft (Retail) Marcus Mariota #79,80,81,82,83

If you are looking for a base Marcus Mariota rookie with little flash or cost, 2015 Leaf Draft is a solid early option. The simple product is a retail release that includes base cards as well as autograph parallels. Marietta has five base cards and each has gold parallels and printing plates. There are also five signed versions, each designated "Mega Short Print" by Leaf.

2015 Leaf Draft (Retail) Marcus Mariota #80

2015 Leaf Metal Draft Autographs Marcus Mariota #BA-MM

2015 Leaf Metal Draft is an all-autograph release that features six different autograph designs for Marcus Mariota. On-card autographs and a variety of Prismatic parallels present collectors with plenty of choices. The base versions are silver and all of the colored parallels are numbered to 50 or less.

2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football Base Green Autograph Marcus Mariota2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football Flashback Base Purpe Autograph Marcus Mariota
2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football Armed Dangerous Red Autograph Marcus Mariota2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football Touchdown Kings Purple Autograph Marcus Mariota
2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football Flashback State Pride Blue Autograph Marcus Mariota2015 Leaf Metal Draft Football State Pride Autograph Marcus Mariota

2015 Leaf Trinity Marcus Mariota Autographs

Just like the other Leaf releases, 2015 Leaf Trinity has several autographs for Marcus Mariota and most collectors view them as the best overall option among the group. Patch Autographs are the top insert and feature a large jersey piece and on-card signature. Additionally, Pure Autographs offer an acetate deign and Inscriptions Autographs include a large signing area and additional note from Mariota. Each autograph is available in an unnumbered base version along with several foil parallels of increasing rarity.

2015 Leaf Trinity Marcus Mariota Autographs Inscriptions2015 Leaf Trinity Football Patch Autograph Blue Marcus Mariota2015 Leaf Trinity Marcus Mariota Autographs Pure

2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Bronze Autograph Marcus Mariota  #/40

Featuring a similar look to the Exquisite Collection card above, 2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft has a premium feel thanks to the ornate foil. The base autograph features bronze foil and is numbered to 40, while the remaining Marcus Mariota cards are less common and feature different foil colors. There is also a Ultimate Numbers Autograph that pays homage to the number of passing touchdowns thrown by Mariotta at Oregon. Again, the base bronze foil version is limited to 40 and there are several other foil parallels that are more rare.

2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Bronze Autograph Marcus Mariota2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Bronze Numbers Autograph Marcus Mariota

2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks College Draft Ticket Marcus Mariota #131

Possibly the top overall pre-rookie card for Marcus Mariota, Panini combines the storied Contenders Rookie Ticket line with a college twist to offer an early Marcus Mariota card. Featuring a sticker signature and a variety of parallels, there are actually two versions for Mariota in 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks. The base version, shown on the left, includes a white Oregon jersey and #8 in the SEAT section, while the variation on right features a yellow Oregon jersey and #8 in the SEC section. Panini revealed that the base version is a short print (SP - 250 copies or less) and the variation is a super short print (SSP - 50 copies or less).

2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks College Draft Ticket Marcus Mariota #1312015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks College Draft Ticket Marcus Mariota #131 Bowl Variation

2015 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Marcus Mariota #131

The second college-themed product from Panini, 2015 Prizm Draft incorporates the familiar brand into a NCCA set. Collectors can find the best values for Marcus Mariota with the limited Prizm parallels that feature many colors.

2015 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Marcus Mariota #131

2015 Upper Deck Star Rookie Marcus Mariota #55, #236 Retail Variation SP

A popular early release for football collectors, the base card for Marcus Mariota in 2015 Upper Deck is part of the Star Rookie subset. Mariota also has a retail-exclusive variation that is a short print. While the strong action images and familiar design usually make UD an appealing non-NFL option, the college releases from Panini will likely hurt long-term interest.

2015 Upper Deck Star Rookie Marcus Mariota #552015 Upper Deck Star Rookie Retail Variation Marcus Mariota 236

2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Autographs Marcus Mariota #MM

A new all-autograph product from Upper Deck, 2015 UD Inscriptions is making early waves with collectors and Marcus Mariota is a huge reason why. The simple release includes just one basic autograph design and four different versions for each player. For Marcus Mariota, this includes a base silver autograph, red parallel (#/49), black parallel (#/25), and gold parallel (#/10). In addition to the different colors, each parallel version features a different inscription.

2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football Silver Marcus Mariota2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football Red Marcus Mariota
2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Black Autographs Marcus Mariota #MM2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Autographs Gold Marcus Mariota

2014 Exquisite Collection 2015 Draft Picks Marcus Mariota #ER-MM #/125

Part of a late-2014 release from Upper Deck, the 2015 Draft Picks are covered in a limited insert. While previous editions were signed, the Marcus Mariota card should remain popular with collectors even when his NFL rookie cards are released.

2014 Exquisite Collection 2015 Draft Picks Marcus Mariota #ER-MM

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2015 Leaf Draft Marcus Mariota Rookie RC PSA 10 Titans Card #83
$7.99

2015 Prizm Draft Picks #131 Marcus Mariota RC - BGS 9.5 - Tennessee Titans
$29.99

Marcus Mariota, 2015 Leaf Draft Silver, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
$7.46

Marcus Mariota, 2015 Leaf Draft Silver, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
$6.63

(BGS Graded 8 NM-MT) 2015 UD Inscriptions Red #MM Marcus Mariota 16 49 Titans
$249.99

2015 PRESTIGE MARCUS MARIOTA ROOKIE DRAFT PICKS BOX TOPPER (5X7)
$9.99

2015 Leaf Metal Draft Blue Marcus Mariota Autograph #11 50 BGS GEM MINT 9.5
$278.78

MARCUS MARIOTA ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH 2015 LEAF METAL DRAFT STATE FAIR AUTO 15 BGS 9.5
$499.99

Marcus Mariota, 2015 Leaf Draft, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10
$6.63

MARCUS MARIOTA #DP3 Titans Oregon Ducks RC 2015 panini Score Draft Town Chicago
$22.99

2015 Marcus Mariota UD Authentics ROOKIE Card #UA-1! SP#466 500! MINT!
$14.00

MARCUS MARIOTA 2015 Upper Deck Star Rookie #55 RC GMA 8 NM-MT Titans QB
$6.99

MARCUS MARIOTA 2015 Ultimate Leaf Draft 42 Passing TD's Autograph Auto GEM SP 15
$199.99

MARCUS MARIOTA 2015 PANINI PRESTIGE DRAFT PICKS RC CARD #2 TENNESSEE TITANS
$6.25

2015 Leaf Draft Rookie Card #79 Marcus Mariota PGI 10
$19.99

2015 Panini Prestige Rookie Draft Picks 5 x 7 Blue Box Topper - Marcus Mariota
$10.00
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User Comments

  1. Was looking at the stats on the back of the Mariota bowman rookie, and under team it says Buckeyes. Obviously it should say Ducks so is this an error and was it ever corrected?

  2. To my knowledge, it was never corrected.

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