Neymar is one of the best known players in world football, with enough trickery and pace to make any defender look foolish. We’ve taken the chance to look at his top rookie cards and stickers.
PSG forward Neymar might not have lived up to the insane early hype, but he’s had a respectable career in which he’s won countless trophies with the likes of Barcelona and Santos. He’s also going to be the record goalscorer for Brazil, matching Pele’s tally at the 2022 World Cup.
Having started his career with Santos as a teenager, he went on to form a successful attack with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi (MSN) at Barcelona, before teaming up with Messi and Kylian Mbappe at PSG.
Here’s a roundup with five of the best Neymar rookie cards and stickers to collect.
The Best Neymar Rookie Cards & Stickers
We’ve included a range of cards and stickers released over a decade ago, factoring in for popularity, pricing, and rarity.
5. 2011 Panini Copa America Argentina Sticker Neymar #133 (eBay)
The 2011 Panini Copa America sticker is where we’ll begin. It shows off the player in his Brazil kit, after he made his debut for the team in 2010 as a teenager.
Neymar famously missed out on the 2010 World Cup, as manager Dunga thought he wasn’t ready. Instead, he had to wait for the 2011 Copa América in Argentina. The winger scored a brace in the tournament, which saw Uruguay emerge as the eventual winners. The sticker itself is fairly inexpensive.
4. 2014 Panini World Cup Stickers Neymar Jr. RC #48 (eBay)
Next up is the first from a duo of 2014 World Cup options. It was Neymar’s rookie tournament, in which he scored four goals in a number of impressive displays. A simple sticker, it’s a cheaper option compared to the Prizm RC seen below. PSA 10 graded copies currently retail for roughly $100. There’s also a Swiss version with a grey border instead of the white seen above.
3. 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Neymar Jr. RC #112 (eBay)
Neymar scored six World Cup goals in 10 appearances between the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and the PSG winger played in a starring role for Brazil in 2022. He matched Pele’s official tally for the national team with a goal against Croatia in the quarter-finals.
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer is where you’ll find his tournament RC, with the signature chromium line including several numbered Prizm parallels, as well as a Neymar auto contained within the set.
- Parallels: Prizm; Red, White & Blue Power Plaid; Blue & Red Wave; Yellow & Red Pulsar; Blue #/199; Red #/149; Purple #/99; Green Crystal #/25; Gold #/10; Gold Power #/5; Black 1/1
- Exclusives: Blue Pulsar (2014 NSCC Packs – print run of 55), Father’s Day #/7 (Father’s Day Packs), El Samba 1/1 (Online Auction)
2. 2010 Panini Brasileiro Neymar Jr. RC #300 (eBay)
Back to stickers, and this early release from Neymar’s time as a rookie in the Brazilian league. The 2010 Panini Campeonato Brasileiro collectible shows off a young-looking Neymar with a popped collar. It comes with a thin gold border set against a white background, making it easy to identify.
As a Brazilian product released over a decade ago, there aren’t many unstuck copies that have made it to 2023 in pristine condition.
1. 2009-10 Abril Gol Neymar Jr. RC #155 (eBay)
The top spot is reserved for an early duo of rookie cards from Brazil. This time, the winger is in the black-and-white kit of his first club Santos FC.
There’s a posed profile card which is seen above (#154), along with an action shot (#155) of Neymar which can be seen below.
Typically seen as the true Neymar rookie cards, graded copies will often sell for four figures depending on the overall condition.
Is Neymar worth collecting?
Anyone who has seen Neymar perform will know that he’s one of the more talented players in the game, carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders for over a decade.
Has Neymar achieved as much as possible? Probably not, in the grand scheme of things. However, he’s still undeniably one of the best players from his era, and could yet bring European glory to a PSG side that has struggled to be cohesive in the latter stages of the Champions League. He is beginning to run out of time to do so.
The Best Neymar Rookie Cards & Stickers: Final Thoughts
There’s a range of stickers and cards from his early years from the sport, with the World Cup parallels proving to be especially popular. We’d also check out the duo of rare Neymar rookie cards from Brazil, which should prove to be the most valuable options in time.
At 30, he still has time for one final World Cup tournament in 2026, and Brazil are always going to be one of the favorites. Neymar’s current contract with PSG runs until 2025, where he has won four league titles, even if the UCL has been elusive. He still has time to add to his trophy haul, which would surely help to build his legacy.