Nicolas Jackson has hit the ground running during his time in preseason with Chelsea. We’ve taken the opportunity to list the best Nicolas Jackson rookie cards to collect, in time for his league debut with the Blues.
New Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson isn’t the best known forward by any means, but 12 goals in 26 La Liga matches for Villarreal was enough for the Blues to sign him up. Jackson is expected to lead the line, and has impressed along with Christopher Nkunku during their pre-season tour.
Here’s a rundown with a trio of the best Nicolas Jackson rookie cards on the market right now.
The Best Nicolas Jackson Rookie Cards
The best card is fairly subjective, so here’s the criteria we used to come up with this list:
- Values: We’ve factored in for some of the most valuable Nicolas Jackson RCs and autos on the market
- Rarity: Rarity will always have a role to play in terms of interest and pricing
- Popularity and branding: How popular is the brand, or the set itself?
- Rookie cards: RCs are always going to sell for a premium, as the first ever cards to feature a player
- Potential ROI: Arguably most important, can you expect a decent potential ROI if it’s a long-term hold?
3. 2022-23 Chronicles XR Nicolas Jackson RC #125
2022-23 Chronicles XR is where you’ll find the first RC on this list. Base versions of the Jackson RC are relatively affordable, and the same goes for numbered parallels. Chronicles contains over 15 Panini brands in one collection, with XR being an example. Jackson is pictured in an action shot, waiting to receive the ball.
2. 2022-23 Select Nicolas Jackson RC #98
Found in 2022-23 Panini Select La Liga Soccer, this is the sole Jackson RC found in the collection, outside of a Visionary insert. The Zebra version seen above is just one of many numbered parallels available. Once again, the action shot features Jackson in the yellow of Villarreal.
- Parallels: Blue, Checkerboard, Multi-Color, Peacock, Purple Mojo, Red, Red Wave, Silver, Purple #/75, Tie-Dye #/35, Zebra #/25, White #/20, Gold #/10, Gold Mojo #/10, Gold Wave #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1
1. 2022-23 Chronicles Nicolas Jackson Contenders Rookie Ticket #300
The Nicolas Jackson Rookie Ticket would be our top pick if you’re looking for the most popular card to chase. It uses a traditional RT design, and is one of the more valuable cards that can be found in 2022/23 Chronicles boxes. The Cracked Ice parallel seen above is numbered to 23, and sold for a flat $510 at auction in July 2023.
Are Nicolas Jackson cards worth collecting?
Given he’s yet to kick a ball in the Premier League at the current time of writing, it is a bit of a risk, but Jackson is young, and seems to have gelled well with his new Chelsea teammates. As for the cards themselves, the 2022-23 Panini Megacracks MGK Nicolas Jackson RC is another decent option if you’d prefer a more affordable price tag.
Nicolas Jackson Rookie Cards: Final Thoughts
An ungraded copy of Jackson’s Cracked Ice Rookie Ticket recently sold for $510. Will that prove to be cheap in the long term, or is it pricey for a player who has yet to score a goal in the Premier League?
I’m leaning towards the first option, and I’m going to keep an eye on RT prices in the meantime. A good return of anywhere between 10-15 goals should be seen as a successful season, especially considering he’s still only 22.