The Top 10 Brock Purdy Rookie Cards To Invest In

August 29, 2023

Mr. Irrelevant went from being the final pick of the 2022 NFL draft to having the most impressive quarterbacking season of any of the 2022 rookies — he never lost a game he played from start to finish. And because of his late-round selection, he wasn’t included in several early-season sets.

Going into this season, expectations are soaring for Brock and the 49ers, and prices are rising to match. Will he be able to keep the magic going? If you believe Purdy will defy expectations and have a successful career, his cards could make a smart investment. 

As we prepare for year two of his early NFL journey, let’s explore the Top 10 Brock Purdy rookie cards that collectors should consider adding to their collections.

Please note: To ensure an inclusive and attainable list, I’ve excluded short-printed cards. While a 1-of-1 National rookie card would undoubtedly hold immense value, this list focuses on accessible options that offer significant investment potential.

If you’re looking to shell out big bucks, National Treasures, Flawless, or even SSP inserts like Downtown or Kaboom are always a nice pickup.

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10. Donruss Rated Rookie

The timeless appeal of the Donruss Rated Rookie makes it a must-have for collectors. Its classic design and iconic emblem evoke nostalgia while maintaining a contemporary allure.

Consider acquiring a batch of these raw cards and opt for submitting them yourself to try to acquire PSA 10s – that’s a lot more valuable than just buying them outright. For a touch of rarity, explore the colored-border parallels that offer a lot more scarcity and therefore a higher ceiling of potential.

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9. Select Field Level 

The Panini Select Football series offers tiers of rarity, and the Field Level variant boasts a particularly low population. With a sub-100 PSA 10 population, this card presents an attractive investment opportunity.

For budget-conscious collectors, exploring different tiers within the Select series can provide flexibility

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8. Donruss Optic Base

The Donruss Optic Rated Rookie seamlessly combines the timeless appeal of the Donruss design with the modern optichrome finish. While its widespread popularity may lead to a large population of PSA 10s, its significance within the mid-tier collector community solidifies its position in this list.

We ranked Optic as our number two most reliable brand for investing, so even at a base/non-parallel level, these cards are popular.

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7. Prizm Base

Prizm’s enduring collectability makes it a staple in the sports card investing realm. Its association with Panini’s iconic brand status enhances its appeal.

Although the base rookie is overgraded, even at a PSA 10 level, a Prizm rookie card is the closest thing to stable currency for the mid-level collector that the hobby offers to date.

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6. Mosaic Silver

The Mosaic Silver rookie card offers a blend of scarcity and visual appeal. With a limited number of PSA 10s available, serious collectors can secure this gem while its attractive design captivates both experienced collectors and newcomers alike.

Also, note that I wouldn’t recommend many other Mosaic cards, save perhaps a rookie auto or something low-numbered. There are way too many base rookies in Mosaic and it is not that popular of a brand. 

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5. The mid-tier rookie autograph

Purdy has a lot of mid-tier rookie autographs that are numbered but numbered pretty high. This one is a catch-all for those rookie autos, whether they’re Donruss Elite, Black, Certified, Mosaic, Illusions or more.

If the autograph is numbered between 199 and 499 and a mid-level brand, it probably goes in this group. 

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4. Optic rookie autograph

Featuring an on-card rookie autograph, the Optic Brock Purdy rookie card stands as a testament to his early achievements. Its accessibility compared to other high-end autograph cards adds to its allure, making it a valuable addition to any collection. 

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3. Contenders (and Contenders Optic) Rookie Auto

While the rarest card on this list, the Contenders Rookie Auto remains a worthy inclusion. And Contenders Optic is going to share the place on this list – it’s largely the same, taking the charm of Contenders and adding chromium technology.

There are colored variations of both these cards, too – all of which are numbered – so you can invest as your budget allows. Its incorporation of chromium technology adds a dazzling dimension to Purdy’s autograph.

Whether you have the paper or chrome version, it’s a great pickup. 

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2. Optic Holo and parallels

The Optic Holo version of Purdy’s rookie card offers a refractive twist on the classic design. Its rarity and visual appeal make it a desirable option for collectors. Consider exploring numbered parallels for enhanced value and future investment potential.

Taking the Optic Rated Rookie design and adding refractive technology makes for a phenomenal card that I encourage anybody to check out (and population reports always reveal significantly less Optic Holos than Silver Prizms).

I added “parallels” here with the numbered versions in mind. Yes, they’ll cost more… but they’ll also be even more valuable in the future. 

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1. Prizm Silver and Parallels

Unsurprisingly, the Prizm Silver stands at the pinnacle of sports card investing. Its status as a timeless collectible and the standard bearer of the hobby’s currency solidifies its position as a top-tier investment choice.

The chase for Silver Prizms embodies the essence of the hobby, making it a captivating long-term investment.

The numbered (or even non-numbered) Purdy Prizm parallels will cost even more, but if you have the funds to make this long-term investment in one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks, it could pay off big time down the road. 

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The bottom line on investing in Brock Purdy

As Brock Purdy contends to rewrite history and crush expectations, any of these cards will be good long-term holds if his career continues an uphill trajectory. 

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