Rookie Card Year: 2010
Investment Rating: 6.5
Although tight ends were mainly thought of as glorified blockers for many years, the NFL is now shifting toward making these large athletes the focal point of the offense. New England is one of the teams where that is most evident and Rob Gronkowski has proven to be one of the toughest players in the league to defend. The position still does not enjoy the same hobby appreciation as the big three offensive groups, but Gronkowski is someone who is changing the game and his rookie cards are seeing additional interest.
Rob Gronkowski played his college football at the University of Arizona. While he impressed in his first two years, Gronkowski missed his entire junior year with a back injury. Despite this, the New England Patriots picked Rob Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The aforementioned injuries continue to be an issue for Rob Gronkowski, but when healthy, he is one of the most dominant players in the NFL and a top target for Tom Brady. Truly a game changer on offense, when the Brady-Gronk connection is working, the Patriots are virtually unstoppable.
When it comes to Rob Gronkowski's earliest cards, there are plenty of choices available, including over 30 official rookie cards in 2010 products. The 13 autographed rookie options from Topps and Panini are the top options and there are also some popular cards from Upper Deck which feature a college theme. The best overall first-year cards for Gronk can be seen below and his full rookie card checklist is available on the tab above.
Top Rob Gronkowski Rookie-Year Cards
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The most valuable Rob Gronkowski rookie card is found in National Treasures and includes a large patch, on-card signature and print run of just 99. Don't confuse him with his brother, Chris, who also has a rookie card in 2010 National Treasures.
Always a crowd favorite because of the on-card autographs and possible short prints, Contenders is a top Rob Gronkowski rookie card and also one of the most plentiful. There are two versions of the Rookie Ticket and they are easily distinguished based on the jersey color. Although the cards are not numbered, it was revealed that both cards have 499 copies.
Although the jersey piece is smaller than National Treasures, Gronk's 2010 Five Star rookie card matches or exceeds its premium card counterpart in nearly every other category. The print run checks in just lower at 90 and the larger signing area is nicely framed with the ornate silver foil design.
Not technically a true Rob Gronkowski rookie card, 2010 Exquisite Collection features a college image of Gronk and largely matches Five Star and National Treasures with a jersey patch, print run of 120 and on-card signature. The gold ink works well with the gold foil in the design and gives the popular first-year card a distinct look.
Rob Gronkowski Rookie Card Checklist
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Budget / Mid-Rookie Cards
- 2010 Adrenalyn XL #233
- 2010 Bowman Sterling #BSRRG Jersey
- 2010 Classics #182 #/999
- 2010 Donruss Elite #103 #/999
- 2010 Panini Stickers #64
- 2010 Prestige #283
- 2010 Score #383
- 2010 Topps #148
- 2010 Topps Attax #192
- 2010 Topps Chrome #C112
- 2010 Topps Finest #42
- 2010 Topps Magic #26
- 2010 Topps Platinum #122
- 2010 Topps Prime #42 #/999
- 2010 Topps Prime Retail #42
- 2010 Topps Supreme #46 #/209
- 2010 Topps Tribute #23
- 2010 Topps Unrivaled #112
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2010 Absolute Memorabilia #227 Auto Relic #/299
- 2010 Certified #299 Auto Jersey #/699
- 2010 Contenders #229 Autograph (two versions, PR = 499 each)
- 2010 Crown Royale #230 Autograph #/499
- 2010 Limited #215 Auto Jersey #/199
- 2010 Epix #232 Autograph #/300
- 2010 Gridiron Gear #265 Auto Jersey #/164
- 2010 National Treasures #329 Auto Patch #/99
- 2010 Panini Threads #193 Autograph #/500
- 2010 Plates and Patches #229 Auto Jersey #/699
- 2010 Rookies & Stars #293 Autograph #/71
- 2010 Topps Five Star #161 Auto Patch #/90
- 2010 Topps Triple Threads #113 Auto Jersey #/99 (two versions)
2010 Leaf Limited Initial Steps Rob Gronkowski rookie shoe #D23 80 #8 *68232
2010 Topps Unrivaled Gold 499 #112 Rob Gronkowski
2010 Topps Unrivaled Rookies #URRG Rob Gronkowski
2010 Draft Picks Rob Gronkowski RC patriots