“The champion has a name. His name is Charles Oliveira.”
Charles Oliveira (33-8-1) went on one of the most impressive streaks in MMA as he won the lightweight championship in 2021. After being stripped in contentious circumstances, he’s aiming to earn his belt back quickly.
Oliveira holds multiple UFC records, notably the most submission wins in the organization’s history at 16, and most finishes at 19.
The man behind one of the more impressive streaks in MMA, and a fighter that finally hit the mainstream following his win against Tony Ferguson, Charles Oliveira cards are worth more than you might have expected a few years ago. He’s a cert for the Hall of Fame already, with records aplenty, and an improbable title win 11 years after making his UFC debut at the age of 20.
Here’s a roundup with five of the best Charles Oliveira cards to look out for, including rare parallels and rookie options.
The Best Charles Oliveira Cards
We’ve listed a trio of the best Charles Oliveira cards to collect, factoring in for values, and rarity.
5. 2010 Topps UFC Knockout Charles Oliveira RC #147 (eBay)
2010 Topps UFC Knockout is a famous set for MMA fans, as the first high-end UFC product. It contains a simple Charles Oliveira rookie card within the base set, with a ‘UFC Debut’ logo found in the top right corner. (2010 was the year in which Oliveira made his promotional debut, as he signed for the UFC and beat Darren Elkins via submission.)
Base copies of this Oliveira RC are fairly affordable, while there’s a collection of parallels to chase.
Parallels: Gold #/288, Silver #/188, Green #/88, Red #/8, Octagon Mat #1/1
4. 2021 Select UFC Charles Oliveira Octagonside #240 (eBay)
2021 Panini Select UFC offers Concourse, Premier Level and Octagonside subsets, increasing in rarity each time.
Oliveira makes the cut for all three subsets, which offer different designs and images of the fighter. 2021 Select UFC is the place to look for rare parallels, with Octagonside versions listed below. However, parallels from Concourse, Premier Level and Octagonside are priced similarly if they have the same print run.
- Parallels: Lucky Envelopes #/8
- Prizms Parallels: Scope, Silver, Tri-Color, Zebra, Red #/99, Tie-Dye #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1
- Disco Prizms Parallels: Base, Red #/199, Blue #/99, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1
3. 2022 Panini Prizm UFC Charles Oliveira Auto #CS-COV (eBay)
The 2022 Panini Prizm UFC collection is where you’ll find a crisp autograph, complete with a shot of ‘Do Bronx’ holding his lightweight title. As part of the Champions Signatures set, this stickered signature comes with a range of parallels to chase, which correspond with the color of the border.
Parallels: Green, Silver, Red #/99, Blue #/49, Green Pulsar #/25, Mojo #/25, Gold #/10, Black 1/1, White Sparkle 1/1
2. 2010 Leaf MMA Charles Oliveira #AU-CO1 (eBay)
The 2010 Leaf MMA set is where you’ll find this early Charles Oliveira rookie card, complete with a large hard-signed signature. Originally known as 2010 Razor MMA, the designs carry over from the previous branding, with Leaf logos added in the top left corner. The full bleed borders make it tough to locate in pristine condition.
Autographs from the set are available in Red, Gold, and Purple parallels.
1. 2022 Panini Prizm UFC Color Blast Charles Oliveira #1 (eBay)
The Color Blast Insert set is the most popular new release in modern years, spreading to almost every sport imaginable. 2022 Panini Prizm UFC contains a number of Color Blast cards focusing on top fighters. Oliveira is the first card from the insert set, focusing on his journey to becoming the lightweight champ.
What do we think of the current market for the best Charles Oliveira cards?
Given the longevity of his career, there are a few cheaper cards to choose from, including base versions of his 2010 Topps RC. Even with his championship run, the majority of his cards will sell for three figures at most.
The rarer parallels have proven to be some of the more valuable options, and the same goes for more recent Panini autographs featuring the fighter during his 11-fight win streak. However, the Charles Oliveira Color Blast card would be our top pick overall. Especially if it has been graded by the likes of PSA.
Oliveira won the title in a stacked division, beating a list of notable contenders along the way. He has already cemented his legacy as one of the more talented fighters from his era, and only lost the lightweight crown in controversial fashion last time out. It’s true that he failed to make the 155lb limit ahead of his UFC 274 showdown against Justin Gaethje, but he wasn’t the only fighter to suggest that the scales at the pre-fight weigh-in were inaccurate.
In any case, his cards are likely to be popular with fans in the foreseeable future.