We’re taking the opportunity to check out ten of the best Ja’Marr Chase rookie cards available right now. The 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year set a variety of NFL records in his maiden season, leading his team to an appearance at the 2022 Super Bowl.
Ja’Marr Chase has caught 168 passes for 2,501 yards and 22 touchdowns through his first two NFL seasons with the Bengals. He has worked especially well with Joe Burrow, having won a national championship together at LSU in 2019.
An undeniable talent, and a two-time Pro Bowler already, here are 10 of his best rookie cards to look out for.
The Best Ja’Marr Chase Rookie Cards
We’ve included autographs, inserts, and rare parallels when coming up with this list with the best Ja’Marr Chase rookie cards to collect.
10. 2020 Panini Select XRC Ja’Marr Chase RC #411 (eBay)
We begin with an XRC found in 2020 Panini Select Football. One of the 20 Mystery Redemptions, there’s a large XRC logo above the player nameplate, and it uses a familiar Prizm-style design. It’s a more affordable option, aside from a trio of numbered parallels.
- Parallels:Tie-Dye #/25, Gold #/10, Black 1/1
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9. 2021 Panini Prizm Stained Glass Ja’Marr Chase RC #7 (eBay)
2021 Panini Prizm Football is where you’ll find the popular short-printed Stained Glass inserts. It’s easy to see how they earn the name, using a sleek chrome patterned background to great effect. Chase is one of 20 players included in a strong subset. There are no parallels, and it’s not to be confused with the 2021 Panini Mosaic ‘Glass Mosaic’ insert.
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8. 2021 Panini Select Ja-Marr Chase RC #347 (eBay)
2021 Panini Select Football is a familiar multi-tier release with a strong emphasis on parallels. The base cards are split into Concourse, Premier Level, Club Level and Field Level subsets that increase in rarity, and Chase makes multiple appearances within the set. You’ll see an example of the Field Level RC above, featuring chase making a trademark catch.
- Parallels:Cosmic, Disco, Silver, Tiger, Zebra, Tri-Color #/149, Blue #/99, Dragon Scale #/89, Red #/49, Red Disco #/49, White #/35, Blue Disco #/25, Tie-Dye #/25, Gold #/10, Gold Disco #/10, Pink #/10, Neon Orange Pulsar #/7, Green #/5, Green Disco #/5, Green/Black Snakeskin #/2, Black 1/1, Black Disco 1/1
- Die-cut parallels: Black/Gold, Green/Yellow, Red/Blue, Red/Yellow, Silver, Zebra, Neon Green #/349, Orange #/249, Copper #/199, White #/99, Tie-Dye #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1
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7. 2021 Panini Select Ja’Marr Chase Rookie Signatures RC #RSJHC (eBay)
Sticking with 2021 Panini Select Football,there’s a strong auto featuring Chase, limited to just 49 copies. There are also numbered die-cut versions, which share the same image and design aside from a different shape. Given the low print runs, prices are beginning to creep upwards despite being a cheaper option overall.
- Parallels:Light Blue #/35, White #/25, Tie-Dye #/15, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1
- Die-cut parallels: Tie-Dye #/15, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1
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6. 2021 Panini Prizm Color Blast Ja’Marr Chase RC #CB16 (eBay)
2021 Panini Prizm Football is up next. Color Blast cards are case hits that are difficult to locate despite the lack of a serial number. (In fact, they can drop at a rate of one in every 10 cases.)
They’re even more valuable if there’s a rookie card logo on the front, which is the case for Ja’Marr Chase. His Color Blast RC is a high-end card that uses a now familiar design.
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5. 2021 Panini Prizm Ja’Marr Chase RC #337 (eBay)
2021 Panini Prizm Football features the best parallels on the market. As always, there’s a strong border design, and an action shot that is face-on. (Chase isn’t obscured, even if he’s wearing his helmet.)
There are signed and unsigned versions of the card seen above, suiting a range of budgets. One drawback is that it’s a stickered auto, but it does have a large selection of parallels that we’ve come to expect from the flagship set.
- Parallels: Black & Red Checker, Black & White Checker, Blue, Disco, Green, Green Ice, Lazer, Light Blue, Neon Green Pulsar, Orange Ice, Pink, Purple Pulsar, Red, Red Ice, Red/White/Blue, Silver, Snakeskin, White Sparkle, Orange #/249, Purple Ice #/225, Blue Wave #/199, Hyper #/175, Red Wave #/149, Purple #/125, Blue Ice #/99, Green Scope #/75, Orange Wave #/60, Purple Power #/49, Red Shimmer #/35, Blue Shimmer #/25, Navy Camo #/25, Forest Camo #/15, Gold #/10, Gold Shimmer #/10, Gold Vinyl #/5, Green Shimmer #/5, Black Finite 1/1
- No Huddle: Base No Huddle, Blue #/79, Red #/50, Purple #/35, Pink #/15, Neon Green #/5
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4. 2021 Donruss Optic Downtown Ja’Marr Chase RC #DT36 (eBay)
A popular case hit found in 2021 Donruss Optic Football, Downtown inserts are illustrated, and use a local backdrop. (As you might have guessed, Panini has opted to lean on the theme of bengal tigers in this instance.)
You’ll also be able to find hyper rare numbered versions, such as the Gold parallel seen above.
- Parallels: Black Pandora #/25, Gold #/10, Gold Vinyl 1/1, White Sparkle 1/1
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3. 2021 Contenders Optic Rookie Ticket Ja’Marr Chase RC #105 (eBay)
2021 Panini Contenders Football is where you’ll find the ever popular Rookie Ticket subset.
Chase’s 2021 Rookie Ticket has lots of parallels that are accompanied by a stickered signature. As always, the Cracked Ice edition is worth checking out, especially as there were only 21 copies produced. You’ll also be able to find an image variation, which is seen above.
- Parallels: Silver, Red #/75, Teal #/35, Blue #/25, Cracked Ice #/21, Purple Pulsar #/21, Orange #/20, Green Pulsar #/15, RWB #/13, Gold #/10, Nebula #/2, Gold Vinyl 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
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2. 2021 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Ja’Marr Chase RC #207 (eBay)
2021 Donruss Optic Football is up next.
The Rated Rookie subset is always popular. You’ll be able to find an autographed Ja’Marr Chase RC, featuring an action shot of the wide receiver with a pigskin in hand.
It uses a similar design to 2021 Donruss Football, with an extra Optichrome finish which helps it to stand out in comparison. Ice parallels are new, and are limited to 15 copies.
- Parallels: Bronze, Red Hyper, Holo #/50, Blue #/40, Red #/75 or #/35, Purple Stars #/50, Pink Velocity #/30, Purple #/25, Black Pandora #/20, Ice #/15, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Gold Vinyl 1/1
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1. 2021 National Treasures Ja’Marr Chase RC /99 #162 (eBay)
The highest of high-end, 2021 Panini National Treasures Football is where you’ll find the best Ja’Marr Chase rookie card to make the list. As always, the on-card auto is complimented by a large patch, and it is unmatched if you’re looking at sale prices.
Base copies have a print run of 99, while there are further limited Stars & Stripes editions if you’re looking at FOTL boxes. Parallels are as follows:
Parallels: Green Jersey Number #/1, Purple #/49, Holo Silver #/25, Midnight #/20, Holo Gold #/10, Stars & Stripes Blue #/10, Black #/5, Red Brand Logo 1/1, Platinum NFL Shield 1/1, Red 1/1, Red Laundry Tag 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
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Ja’Marr Chase Rookie Cards: Final Thoughts
It’s fair to say that there’s some confusion in terms of Chase’s long-term future at the current time of writing, as he’s in the third year of his rookie contract and is eligible for an extension next offseason. Will the Bengals be able to afford him?
Whatever the case, he’s already a record holder in the NFL, who has a bright future in the league no matter who he plays for.