England starlet Jadon Sancho signed for Manchester United in July 2021, sending the price of his top cards into overdrive.
Sancho has been hyped ever since he made his debut as a 17-year-old for Borussia Dortmund four years ago, while United paid a transfer fee of 85 million euros ($100 million) for the player as a 21-year-old.
He has his entire career ahead of him, and looks set to light up the Premier League along with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo this season.
Here’s a roundup with the best Jadon Sancho cards available on the market right now, along with buying/selling advice.
The Best Jadon Sancho Cards
As well as a number of great RCs, we’ve included options from some more recent 2020 sets.
5. 2020 Panini Select Jadon Sancho #80 (eBay)
The 2020 Panini Select UEFA Euro Preview Soccer set is a bit of a mouthful, having been released before a tournament that was delayed due to COVID-19.
From the Base Terrace Set, Sancho’s card sees him wearing England’s famous number 7 shirt, while there are numerous rare parallels to be aware of.
Sancho and England got to the final of Euro 2020, losing on sudden-death penalties to Italy.
Prizm Parallels: Silver, Tiger, Tri-Color, Zebra, Blue #/225, Maroon #/165, Orange #/125, Purple #/79, Camo #/60, Tie-Dye #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black Mosaic 1/1
4. 2020 Topps x BVB Jadon Sancho #22 (eBay)
The 2020 Topps X BVB Borussia Dortmund checklist includes signatures from Erling Haaland and Sancho which are the two top picks by a wide margin.
It was an online-exclusive DFL card set, with autographs inserted at a rate of just one per 20 packs. (This makes sense as boxes did come with a numbered parallel, and only sold for $20/£20.)
It’s one of the cleaner card designs, with a full-bleed black background that make them tough to locate at higher grades.
3. 2018-19 Panini Immaculate Jadon Sancho RC #53 (eBay)
2018-19 Panini Immaculate Collection Soccer is an uber premium set that has a total of six cards per box.
This includes five autographs or memorabilia cards, but we’re actually looking at a rare unsigned RC option from the set.
The base Sancho card has just 65 copies, and a clean white and yellow design that helps the player to pop from the image. The serial number can be seen at the base, just below the players feet.
Parallels: Sapphire #/25, Gold #/10, Platinum 1/1
2. 2020 Topps Transcendent BVB Jadon Sancho #JS (eBay)
Hailing from the Borussia Dortmund Autographs subset, the 2020 Topps Transcendent BVB Sancho card is another strong offering released last year.
As with the England card, there’s a large image of Sancho which takes center stage. This time, he’s celebrating with clenched fists, while the reverse is in German.
The on-card auto up the value significantly, while there are only 75 copies of the base version. Parallels are also available in the black and yellow of Dortmund.
Parallels: Black #/24, Yellow 1/1
1. 2018-19 Topps Chrome UCL Jadon Sancho RC #86 (eBay)
It might be part of the base set, but the 2018-19 Topps Chrome UCL Jadon Sancho RC is our top pick overall.
For one, it’s an early release, and numbered Refractor parallels help to create some breathing space at the upper end. (A BGS 9 Gold Refractor sold for $2,276 as a recent example.)
It’s also part of the popular Topps Chrome set, and it has a UCL logo on the top left corner.
Refractor Parallels: Refractor (1:3 packs), Purple #/250, Blue #/150, Green #/99, Blue Wave #/75, Gold #/50, Orange #/25, Red #/10, Red Wave #/10, SuperFractor 1/1
Jadon Sancho Cards: Buyers Guide
Sancho is a hot commodity in the present. His cards are seen as a safe investment considering his age and potential. (Of course, there is some risk in terms of injury, or even a loss of form in the long term.)
Anything released this year is likely to do well as it’s the first in which we’ll see Sancho playing for the Red Devils. They have a massive fanbase, so it bodes well for the future.
Otherwise, we’d check out base versions of the cards listed above, as they’re far cheaper than the rare parallels.
Graded copies of the five cards mentioned above have a decent chance of providing a solid return over the course of Sancho’s career. (Especially as they’re either an RC or an early auto.)
Overall, we like the design of the top three, especially the 2018 Immaculate.
Jadon Sancho Cards: Buying/Selling Advice
There’s always some level of risk when buying into the potential of a young player. Even one that comes with a price tag of $100 million+.
Hype and FOMO always tend to play a part in prices rising short term, but it’s worth remembering that Sancho has his whole career ahead of him, and plays for a team seen as a title contender during the early stages of the 2021/22 season.
Sancho will probably need time to settle, while he has yet to mature physically. In other words – his best is still to come in the Premier League. He has an opportunity to be a mainstay for England too.
If you think he can win it all, buying his early options makes perfect sense. If the risk is too great, we’d advise to sell and look to legends like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi for a safer investment.