Panini America NFLPA Trading Card Index 2016 Q2 – Panini America, the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA), in conjunction with NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFLPA, today unveiled the second edition of the NFLPA Trading Card Index, a quarterly report ranking the top-performing football players in the licensed trading card industry.
Once a quarter, the NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index ranks the top 15 rookies and top 15 veterans based on several key factors, including:
- Secondary-market transactions
- Overall trading volume
- Collectability based on on-field performance
- Expectations (e.g., rookie hype and collector speculation).
The second NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index, listed in its entirety below, includes updated rankings for both rookies and veterans based on post-draft reaction and early buzz based on rookie mini camps and OTAs in advance of training camps. The newest Index rankings are based on secondary-market transactions and trading volume that took place during the second quarter of 2016.
Top rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles), Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) and Paxton Lynch (Denver Broncos), along with running backs Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) and Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans), claim the top five spots in the updated rookie rankings.
Wentz retains his No. 1 ranking, Goff’s No. 2 ranking is up two spots from the inaugural Index; Lynch, meanwhile jumped two spots to No. 4. Houston Texans receiver Will Fuller and Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack appear on the Index for the first time.
“Growing up, you always dream of seeing your face on a trading card. To have that become a reality now, is truly an honor – even more considering some of the names that are on this list from the rookie class,” Elliott said. “It’s really cool to see how much fans value your cards, and it’s humbling to be a part of the legacy that Panini has built.”
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, ranked No. 2 on the debut Index, claims the No. 1 spot this time, supplanting Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who fell slightly to No. 3. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was the biggest mover of the quarter, vaulting seven spots to No. 2. New veteran additions this quarter include Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
“As I begin my third season, it’s kind of surreal to see my name listed alongside some of the best players in the game today,” Carr said. “When you come into the league, you hope fans recognize the hard work you’re putting in. Being a part of the Panini index of veterans is a great moment – that fans would think highly enough about me, and my game to put me amongst some of the top players.”
“So much has happened in the few months since the debut edition of the NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index and that has led to some surprising shifts in the rankings,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America’s Vice President of Marketing. “The top rookies are now with their NFL teams and collector expectations have led to feverish activity on the secondary market. On the veteran side, you’re seeing collector sentiment shift from what happened in 2015 to what’s being expected in 2016.”
Notable second-quarter sales driving rookie rankings include a 2016 Donruss Elite Football Pen Pals card featuring autographs from Wentz, Goff and Lynch that sold for $345. Meanwhile, a 1/1 Gold version of Wentz’s Rookie Card from 2016 Donruss Elite Football is currently being offered on eBay for $1,500.
On the veteran side, a one-of-a-kind Tom Brady autograph patch card from 2015 Flawless Football sold for $10,000 while three of Luck’s 2012 Playoff Contenders autographed Rookie Cards sold for more than $2,000.
The next NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index will be published in early September (capturing third-quarter results in a season-kickoff edition). Fourth quarter results will consist of two special editions – in early November and early January – capturing mid-season and end-of-season performances, respectively.