Top 10 Andrew Luck Rookie Cards

Top 10 Andrew Luck Rookie Cards

As the number one overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the spotlight was always on Andrew Luck rookie cards. With his shocking retirement in 2019, Luck is unlikely to reach the expected on-field or hobby heights, barring any future return to the league. This means that while his cards still have some value, their peak days are likely over.

Given that there are over 30 Andrew Luck rookie cards to pick from, the average collector might be overwhelmed. With this in mind, we have identified the top Andrew Luck rookie cards for collectors to pursue.

See also: Full Andrew Luck Rookie Cards Checklist.

Additionally, despite being a college-themed product, 2012 Exquisite also deserves mention as it contains some Andrew Luck redemption cards which have produced strong values. Each numbered to 99, there is a base card and an autograph.

Collectors can also review a real-time look at the most-watched Andrew Luck cards on eBay using our detailed auction guide.

Top 10 Andrew Luck Rookie Cards

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10. 2012 Topps Chrome Andrew Luck RC #1

Kicking off the list, the Andrew Luck base rookie from 2012 Topps Chrome is one of the most popular options for collectors. The Chromium finish, nice design and budget-friendly price tag combine to make a great card. Of particular note, autographed and base parallel versions offer collectors a high-end chase. Also, there is a variation for the base card, which includes a different image of Luck.

This Andrew Luck short print is part of a 25-card set, and the cards fall 1:76 hobby packs and 1:318 retail packs. The base is shown first and the variation is second.

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9. 2012 Topps Supreme Andrew Luck RC #1 #/462

In today's hobby, 462 is not normally thought of as a small number. But in a product that only includes one pack in each box and just two base cards, these are not the easiest cards to pull. This makes Luck's 2012 Topps Supreme rookie a top choice for collectors. The card features an ornate design, with gold foil accents and a silver background. Like the Topps Chrome card, multiple parallels add to the demand, including Blue (#/99), Violet (#/75), Sepia (#/40), Green (#/15), and Red (1/1).

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8. 2012 Topps Valor Andrew Luck RC #10 #/170

Similar to Topps Supreme, 2012 Topps Valor shows that you don't need an autograph or memorabilia to make a top card. A print run of 170 keeps these cards on the rare side and bucking the parallel onslaught of most products, only Glory (#/50) and Valor (1/1) versions are included. Further increasing the appeal, the background has a distinct look, combining the appearance of a cloudy day with faded parchment and a gold hue.

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7. 2012 Panini Absolute Andrew Luck RC #203 Autographed Jersey #/299

With a mesmerizing shine and, more importantly, an on-card signature, 2012 Panini Absolute brings Andrew Luck collectors one of the more reasonable autographed rookie cards for the quarterback. In addition to the base print run of 299, there are multiple parallels, which include patches, jumbo swatches, and an "AFC" die-cut design instead of the base "NFL" format. There are also unsigned versions that feature only memorabilia pieces.

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6. 2012 Panini Playbook Andrew Luck RC #178 Autographed Jersey #/149

The booklet design may not be for everyone, but you will be hard-pressed to find such a low-numbered Andrew Luck rookie card with an on-card signature for less than 2012 Playbook. Plus, there is the fact that the card contains a lot of memorabilia. With all these elements combined, Playbook offers one of the most unique Andrew Luck rookie cards on the market.

Autographed jersey booklets featuring die-cut jersey pieces that spell "PEDIGREE," "BIG TIME" and "TEXTBOOK" are also found in Playbook and are much more common.

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5. 2012 Crown Royale Andrew Luck RC #253 Autographed Jersey #/249

Not to be outdone, 2012 Crown Royale also includes a large patch alongside an on-card signature. Crown Royale did not include Luck in the crown die-cut design that is synonymous with the brand, but still manages to put together an impressive Rookie Silhouette card to house the number one pick. Parallels include Silver (#/149), Gold (#/99), Green (#/49), Purple (#/25) and Blue (#/5). There is also a similar-looking retail parallel, numbered to 299, that does not have a signature.

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4. 2012 Panini Prime Signatures Andrew Luck RC #241 Autograph #/149

They don't get much more simple than this. Bypassing heavy foil, Chromium finish, jersey patches and complex graphics, 2012 Panini Prime Signatures delivers collectors a terrific autographed Andrew Luck card that speaks to the collecting purist in all of us. Silver (#/49), Gold (#/25), Platinum (#/5), and Black (1/1) parallels feature a subtle text color change and increased rarity.

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3. 2012 Contenders Rookie Tickets Andrew Luck RC #201 Autograph (Print Run of 550)

Few brands carry the same respect with football collectors as Playoff Contenders Rookie Tickets. These autographed rookies made their debut in 1998, coincidentally the same year that Peyton Manning, the man Luck would replace, came into the league.

Over a decade later and now under the Panini brand, 2012 Contenders pays homage to that original Rookie Ticket design for Andrew Luck's rookie card. Part of the draw for these signed rookie cards is the random short prints and variations which add intrigue and value to various players. Although they are not numbered, Panini disclosed the print run for the Andrew Luck base and variation cards. The base, shown first, is limited to 550, while the variation (both hands on ball) has only 75 copies. Also, Playoff  Ticket (#/99), Cracked Ice (#/20), and Championship Ticket (1/1) parallels can produce high values.

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2. 2012 Topps Five Star Andrew Luck RC #170 Autographed Jersey #/50

As the rarest rookie card on the list, it should be no surprise that this Andrew Luck rookie card is near the top. When you add the jersey piece, on-card signature and the Five Star brand recognition, you might wonder why it is not first. 2012 Topps Five Star also implements an uncommon parallel system where some of the players, including Luck, actually have parallels with higher print runs than the base version. The parallel cards in question, Gold Jumbo Patch, are numbered to 55, while Rainbow Jumbo Patch (#/25) and Five Star Jumbo Patch (1/1) offer lower-numbered options.

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1. 2012 National Treasures Andrew Luck RC #301 Autographed Jersey #/99

NT is the reason that the Andrew Luck rookie card from Topps Five Star does not claim the number one spot on the list. National Treasures has quickly worked its way to the top of the premium football card food chain with strong designs, high box prices and low print runs. While Andrew Luck's 2012 National Treasures rookie card is already double the base print run of Five Star, more options are found with the Gold (#/49), Black (#/25), Platinum (#/5) and NFL Shield (1/1) parallels. Regardless of this higher print run, collectors have spoken with their wallets.

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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. Author

    I have a Topps 2012 Luck Rookie Card #140 that cost me a lot. It is numbered on the back that it is #73 out of 399. I can’t find any info on what this is and what it’s worth. All I see are the rabbit’s foot and two hands on football variations.

  2. Author

    what about a 2012 Topps Magic Andrew Luck John Elway Mini Autograph Book. numbered to 5. Why is that not on the list?

  3. Author

    Matt Nichols The list focuses on base set rookie cards and doesn’t include inserts.

  4. Author

    I am about to put said card on the market… to my knowledge it will be the first to ever come out publicly… other then ebay would you recommend any auction companies?

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