Patrick Lavon Mahomes II was drafted by the Kansas City Cheifs with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft (according to people close to the organization he was handpicked by Head Coach Andrew Reid).
In his first year with the Chiefs, he started in only one game going 22 for 35 with 284 passing yards, 0 TDs, and a 76.4 QBR against the Denver Broncos. He mostly serves as a backup to then starting QB Alex Smith.
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Fun Fact: Your ROI would be more than 500% if you had the wherewithal to purchase a Patrick Mahomes Prizm rookie card after his first year!
The following year (2018) Mahomes set the league on fire tossing 50 touchdown passes (an no that’s not a typo), with 5,097 passing yards, and a mind-blowing 113.8 QBR. Mahomes also rushed for 272 yards and 2 rushing TDs.
To date, Mahomes has been named Super Bowl MVP (LIV), NFL Most Valuable Player (2018), and was named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 2020. And to think this kid is only 25 years old!
Let’s take a look at some of the better Patrick Mahomes rookie cards that should have an excellent ROI moving forward.
2017 Patrick Mahomes Panini Prizm RC #269
This is probably going to be the best Mahomes rookie card for the average collector. Not only is it a great-looking card but it is readily available on eBay at any given time in a variety of grades or ungraded.
Numbered #269 the card shows Mahomes getting ready to launch the pigskin DEEP down the field for an easy 6 points… WOOT WOOT!
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His name and team name are centered towards the bottom while the words Panini Prizm are centered at the top of the card.
If you don’t already own this puppy consider adding two or three to your collection ASAP… also if you have a little extra cash to spend think about buying one of the high-end parallel versions of the Patrick Mahomes Prizm rookie card… cheers and Godspeed.
2017 Prizm Football Parallels: Prizm, Blue, Disco, Green, Pink, Red, Red/White/Blue, Orange /275, Light Blue /199, Blue Wave /149, Green Scope /99, Purple Crystals /75, Red Power /49, Camo /25, White Sparkle (only available in online packs), Gold /10, Bronze Stars, Gold Vinyl /5, Black Finite /1
2017 Patrick Mahomes Panini National Treasures Patch Auto RC #161
The Mahomes Panini National Treasures rookie card is going to be the most pricey Mahomes card and will cost you an arm and leg… in other words, you better come loaded for bear if you want this card.
Numbered #161 the card shows Mahomes brilliantly scanning the field for an open wideout, tightend (i.e Travis Kelce) or RB out of the backfield. His name is placed towards the bottom left-hand corner with his auto just above it. The game used patch is placed in the far right of the card while the Chief’s name is found towards the far left of the card.
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If you can afford this card you will make a TON of money if you buy and hold for 10 or 15 years… the only problem is getting the money to buy it in the first place 🙂
2017 Panini National Treasures Parallels: Green Jersey Number /88 or less, Holo Silver /25, Stars and Stripes /13, Holo Gold /10, Black /5, Red /2, Red Brand Logo /2, Red Laundry Tag /2, Platinum NFL Shield /1, Printing Plates /1
2017 Patrick Mahomes Donruss Rated Rookie RC #327
We have always loved the looks of the Donruss Rated Rookie Football Cards and the Mahomes is no different. Numbered #327 the 2017 Panini Donruss Mahomes Rated Rookie Card shows Patrick posing in the passing position with a dark blue backdrop.
His name (Patrick Mahomes II) sits towards the center bottom with the Kanasas City Chiefs wording directly below it. The Donruss logo is placed in the bottm rigth corner while the famous “Rated Rookie” logo is chilling in the top left corner.
The best thing about this card? It is one of the cheaper Mahomes RCs making it ideal for younger collectors or those not looking to spend thousands of dollars on a football card.
2017 Patrick Mahomes Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket RC #303
The Panini Contenders rookie card is another pricey Mahomes card although not as pricey as the National Treasure.
Numbered #303 the cards show Patrick rolling out to his right while looking for a quick 20-yard strike with a dump-off secondary option. A solid card for high-end investors.
His autograph is placed at the bottom and the Chief’s Arrowhead Logo is slabbed towards the top left-hand corner. The Contenders Rookie Ticker RC logo is slabbed in the top right-hand corner… good looking card.
2017 Contenders Rookie Ticket Parallels: Red Zone SP, Playoff /99, Championship /49, Cracked Ice /25, Super Bowl /1, Printing Plates /1
2016 Patrick Mahomes Select XRC Prizm RC #2
The Panini Select is another solid Mahomes rookie card investment that falls in that middle to the high-end area. Numbered #2 the card shows Patty scanning the field looking to get off a quick zip to a crossing wideout… touchdown!
His name and team name are placed at the bottom center while RC logo is placed just above them. We have mixed feelings in regards to the “Panini Select” brand but we seem to be the odd man out as tons of bids appear rapidly anytime this card appears on eBay auctions.
2017 Panini Select Parallels: Purple /49, Tie-Dye /25, Gold /10, Green /5, Black /1
2017 Patrick Mahomes II Panini Flawless RC #RP-PM
The final card is another beaut from Panini… the 2017 Panini Flawless Patrick Mahomes rookie card is numbered #RP-PM and shows Patty ready to launch the pigskin for a wild ride… all aboard!
His name and autographed are placed at the bottom center and the game used patch is placed in the top left-hand corner along with the Panini RC logo… a stunning specimen of a card and maybe the best looking of all of the Mahomes RCs. There are a TON of Mahomes RC high-end parallels associated with this set… please see below…
Flawless Rookie Signatures Parallels: Silver /20 or /15, Ruby /15 or /10, Sapphire /10 or /5, Emerald /5 or /3, Platinum /1
Rookie Patch Autograph Parallels: Silver /20, Ruby /15, Sapphire /10, Emerald /5, Platinum /1
Rookie Autographs Parallels: Silver /20 or /15, Ruby /15 or /10, Sapphire /10 or /5, Emerald /5 or /3, Platinum /1
Rookie Gems Signatures Parallels: Sapphire /15, Diamond /10, Emerald /5, Chocolate Diamond /4, Canary Yellow Diamond /3, Platinum /1
Triple Patches Set CParallels: Silver /10, Ruby /10 or /5, Sapphire /5, Emerald /3, Platinum /1
Rookie Patches Parallels: Silver /20, Ruby /15, Sapphire /10, Emerald /5, Platinum /1
Dual Diamond Memorabilia Parallels: Silver /15 or /10, Ruby /10 or /5, Sapphire /5, Emerald #/3 or /2, Platinum 1/1
2017 Patrick Mahomes National Treasures Colossal RC #PM
Looking for a Mahomes National Treasures rookie card but don’t want to mortgage your house to get it? Check out the 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes Colossal RC #PM and thank us later.
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Not only is it a beautiful-looking card but it will also cost around 1/5th of the normal National Treasures /99 (although the price might go up a tad after the release of the article).
Numbered simply #PM the card shows Mahomes looking to pass while decked out in Kansas City Chiefs Red. His name sits towards the bottom left and his team name is just below his name (the autograph is above both). Only 5 of these cards were made so if you see it up for auction made a bid!
That is a LOADED question depending on who you ask, the grade (i.e. PSA 10, BGS 9.5), and which Mahomes rookie card is in question.
Having said that most Patrick Mahomes rookie cards that are graded a PSA 10 or BGS 9.5 will go well over $1k (and some are even going for more than $10k and $20k).
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The most expensive Patty Mahomes rookie card on average regardless of grade is the National Treasures RPA… this card is a beast and will most likely cost more than a brand new BMW 3 series… no joke.
- 2017 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Patrick Mahomes RC #177
- 2017 Panini Limited Autograph Patch Patrick Mahomes RC /149 #136
- 2017 Panini Impeccable Auto Patrick Mahomes RC #107
- 2017 Panini Select Patrick Mahomes RC #103, #247
- 2017 Donruss Optic Rated Autograph Patrick Mahomes RC #177
- 2017 Panini Encased Autograph Cap /25 Patrick Mahomes RC #107
- 2017 Panini Flawless Auto Patrick Mahomes RC #132
- 2017 Optic Gold Vinyl Trubisky Watson Patrick Mahomes RC
- 2017 Panini Origins Patrick Mahomes RC
- 2017 Panini Prizm Patrick Mahomes RC #269
- 2017 Panini Contenders Optic Auto Patrick Mahomes RC #103
- 2017 Contenders Draft Picks Auto Patrick Mahomes RC #298
- 2017 Panini Contenders Autograph Patrick Mahomes RC #303 (Variation #343)
- 2017 Panini Select Patrick Mahomes RC
- 2017 Immaculate Collection Autograph Patch /99 Patrick Mahomes RC #104
- 2017 National Treasures RPA Patrick Mahomes RC #161
- 2017 Select Silver Prizm Rookie Jersey Patrick Mahomes RC #PM
- 2017 Panini Prizm Autograph Patrick Mahomes RC #RA-PM
If you don’t already have a few buying a Mahomes rookie card is a no-brainer. He already has one Superbowl ring and the odds of him adding another one are great than a coin flip in our opinion.
Investment Rating: 9.6 out of 10
Best Patrick Mahomes Rookie Card: 2017 Patrick Mahomes Panini Silver Prizm RC #269 (normal bankrolls) or the 2017 Patrick Mahomes Panini National Treasures Patch Auto RC #161 (larger bankrolls).
Rookie Card Ramblings Ownership: Three (3) 2017 Panini Silver Prizm RC #269