Rookie Card Year: 2012
Investment Rating: 6.5
When T.Y. Hilton broke into the NFL, he wasn't what you'd call high-profile. To a large extent, that's still true. But when you're one of the favorite targets of one of the league's best quarterbacks, that's bound to change. Although most T.Y. Hilton rookie cards and other cards aren't at the levels of elite players, they have picked up momentum.
Andrew Luck has a huge hobby spotlight. And while he's at the center of the spotlight in the collecting world where it's brightest, that light has cast a wider net to his teammates. Hilton is a key. In 2014, the wide receiver was sixth in the NFL in reception yards and earned a spot in his first Pro Bowl.
Collectors have more than 25 T.Y. Hilton rookie cards to choose from. Most of these base cards don't come with autographs, which keeps prices in check. Of those that are signed, the only rookie card with an on-card autograph is from 2012 Topps Five Star. But that doesn't mean there's a shortage of autograph cards, though. It's just that most are inserts rather than being part of the main set. The result is plenty of options at all budgets.
If you're looking for the top T.Y. Hilton rookie cards, Five Star not only has the only on-card autograph, but it's numbered to 100 and has a jersey swatch as well. 2012 Panini National Treasures and 2012 Panini Contenders are also popular brands when it comes to signed cards. 2012 Topps Triple Threads has two different cards numbered to 99 that have autographs and jersey swatches. The difference between the two are the windows used to show the material.
If you're looking for an affordable early autograph card of Hilton's to add to your personal collection, look to pre-draft products from the likes of Leaf, Press Pass and Sage. They may not have NFL uniforms or logos, but most come with on-card signatures at a reasonable price.
T.Y. Hilton Rookie Card Checklist
Low-End Rookie Cards
- 2012 Bowman #172
- 2012 Panini Crown Royale Retail #236
- 2012 Panini Gridiron #286
- 2012 Panini Prestige #284
- 2012 Panini Prizm #270
- 2012 Panini Rookies and Stars #215
- 2012 Score #378
- 2012 Topps #14
- 2012 Topps Finest #148
- 2012 Topps Magic #215
- 2012 Topps Platinum #147
- 2012 Topps Prime #135
- 2012 Topps Prime Retail #135
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
High-End Rookie Cards
- 2012 Panini Contenders #186 Autograph Print Run=260
- 2012 Panini Momentum #136 Autograph #/299
- 2012 Panini Playbook #164 Autograph #/140
- 2012 Panini Prime Signatures #221 Autograph #/199
- 2012 Panini Prominence #215 Autograph #/499
- 2012 Panini National Treasures #289 Autograph #/99
- 2012 Panini Totally Certified #168 Autograph #/290
- 2012 Topps Five Star #174 Auto Jersey #/100
- 2012 Topps Triple Threads #111 Auto Jersey #/99 - 2 versions