A driver with the most famous surname in F1, Mick Schumacher rookie cards are some of the biggest hits that can be found in recent sets. Having signed with Mercedes as a reserve, we’ve taken the time to check out the best options featuring the German driver.
Are Mick Schumacher rookie cards worth collecting after he was left out of the F1 2023 driver line-up? He’s arguably Germany’s best hope of a future F1 star, despite being removed by Haas and taking up a position as Mercedes’ third driver.
Here’s a rundown with five of the best rookie options released in recent sets.
The Best Mick Schumacher Rookie Cards
We’re going to be looking at a variety of Topps Chrome Mick Schumacher rookie card variations released over the past few years. Be warned, the rarest parallels can easily sell for four figures.
5. 2020 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Mick Schumacher RC #MC (eBay)
Let’s begin with 2020 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Racing. Schumacher was driving for Prema Racing in F2 when this debut box was released, which is the only real drawback in terms of values. The cap obscures his face ever so slightly, while there’s no RC logo to be found on the card itself. What it does have is a large autograph, along with a collection of Refractor parallels to chase.
- Parallels: Green #/99, Gold #/50, Gold Wave #/50, Orange #/25, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
4. 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Sapphire Mick Schumacher RC #17 (eBay)
2021 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Formula 1 is a special edition of the flagship collection. It’s easily identified thanks to the unique cracked ice Sapphire background, which definitely stands out compared to normal versions. There are no autographed copies to chase, and it comes with different parallels than the base Topps Chrome F1 collection. There are also a couple of image variations in the set, such as the cards numbered 51 and 174.
- Parallels: Chartreuse #/199 (1:6), Negative #/100, Aqua #/99 (1:11), Green #/75 (1:15), Gold #/50 (1:22), Orange #/25 (1:43), Black & White #/15 (1:71), Purple #/10 (1:106), Red #/5 (1:211), Padparadscha 1/1 (1:1,038)
3. 2020 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Mick Schumacher RC #53 (eBay)
Back to 2020 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Racing; this time we’re looking at the first Mick Schumacher base card from the set. It’s similar in design to the auto that takes up the fifth spot, minus the signature. Base subsets are split into Formula 1 Freshest, Future Stars, and Grand Prix Winners. As a young rookie, this is found in the Future Stars collection.
- Parallels: Refractor, Purple #/399, Gold #/50, Gold Wave #/50, Orange #/25, Orange Wave #/25, Red #/5, Red Wave #/5, SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
- 70th Anniversary: 70th Gold, 70th Orange, 70th Red, 70th SuperFractor
2. 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Mick Schumacher RC #17 (eBay)
2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Racing is a flagship release featuring a rookie shot of Schumacher as an F1 driver for Haas. It’s identical to the Sapphire release seen in the fourth spot on this list, minus the cracked ice background. Another fine option if you’re on the lookout for rare parallels, there’s a rainbow to chase, increasing in value depending on the rarity.
- Parallels: Base Refractor (1:3), B&W RayWave (1:4 Lite), Checker Flag (1 per box), Purple/Green (1:36), Gold/Purple (1:79), Orange/Red (1:98), Red/Green (1:187), Purple #/399, Purple Checker Flag #/199, Green RayWave #/99 (Lite), Gold #/50, Gold Wave #/50, Gold Checker Flag #/50 (Hobby), Gold RayWave #/50 (Lite), Orange #/25, Orange Wave #/25, Orange Checker Flag #/25, Red #/5, Red Wave #/5, Red Checker Flag #/5 (Hobby), Red RayWave #/5 (Lite), Black RayWave 1/1 (Lite), SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
1. 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Mick Schumacher RC Auto #CAMS (eBay)
Schumacher’s 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Racing RC auto takes the top spot on this list. He’s pictured in his Haas F1 gear, and their title sponsor was Uralkali at the time. (This was later cancelled following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.) As his first licensed F1 card (remember, the 2020 set was F2) it’s reasonably valuable. It also features a stickered signature.
- Green #/99, Gold #/50, Gold Wave #/50, Orange #/25, Red #/5, SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
What’s happening with Mick Schumacher in 2023?
It’s likely that he will race as an F1 driver again. Unfortunately, a couple of high-speed, expensive crashes put his future under the microscope early in 2022. He still has time to turn it around, and was nearly picked up by AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost for the 22/23 season.
Mick Schumacher Rookie Cards: Final Thoughts
One issue is that there are lots of similar cards with an RC logo, but the 2021 collection is a cut above due to being a true F1 release. Then there’s the fact that Schumacher isn’t racing an F1 car as of now. However, it does make his cards slightly cheaper to collect in comparison to a year ago. He might not be able to live up to hype as the son of a seven-time F1 World Champion, but it’s certainly too early to count him out as of yet.