Before we get into the list of the highest selling Baker Mayfield rookie card. Let’s first look at his career from high school up to his NFL debut. Investing in sports cards doesn’t start with how well players perform on the field. You want to make sure the player has a stellar career off the field as well. Otherwise you’ll end up with a bunch of over paid cardboard.
Baker Mayfield was born in Austin Texas. He is the younger of two sons to James and Gina Mayfield. His father, James Mayfield, played football for three years for the University of Houston, so it’s no wonder growing up that Jason was always a fan of the sport. However, his sport of choice was baseball. He loved to watch it on ESPN and even had dreams of growing up and playing for the Rangers.
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turmoil with texas tech
missing the 2014 season because of his transfer
2015 season as starting quarterback at oklahoma
When the 2015 season started, Mayfield was named the starting quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners after winning his position in a competition against Trevor Knight. His first game against Akron, Mayfield totaled 388 passing yards and three touchdowns to go on to a resounding win of 41-3. This would be just the beginning of an outstanding college career that Mayfield had, including a historic game against now NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
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One of those teams that saw his value was The Cleveland Browns, a team that was coming off one of the NFL’s worst single-season records. The Browns had so much faith in Mayfield that they drafted him number one overall and gave him a very lucrative rookie contract with over $32 million in guarantees.
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trouble with the coaches
most touchdowns thrown in a rookie season
One of the most compelling aspects of Baker Mayfield’s game is his ability to put his mind to the test on the field. What does this mean? Simply, when he goes on the field, it’s about winning and nothing more. That mentality is the reason that most successful NFL players can uplift their teammates around them and build for future victories.
When it comes down to him using his mobility to move in and out of the pocket and being able to extend plays, he’s able to do that while also being able to look off defenders. Adding this to his knack for moving the ball himself, makes this skill invaluable. Furthermore, He can take the ball, tuck it and rush in for a touchdown like it was a walk in the park. Defenses will be fumbling all over themselves trying to cover this triple threat quarterback in 2019.
When it comes to hitting short to intermediate routes, Mayfield is money. He had a 71% completion percentage at Oklahoma which is pretty darn good. This may partly be the result of one of his biggest weaknesses, his inability to throw the ball away.
highest selling baker mayfield rookie card list
2018 Panini Contenders Optic Baker Mayfield Rookie card Ticket Autograph Orange Parallel
Highest Selling Price: $1,499
A 2018 Panini Contenders Optic Orange parallel serial numebred out of only 25 Baker Mayfield Rookie Ticket autograph on-card auto sold for $1,499. There are currently non PSA graded. There is currently one at auction right now with a max bid of $1,200.
2018 Panini Prizm - Baker Mayfield Rookie card Penmanship Black Finite one of one autograph
2018 Panini Prizm Black Finite autographs come limited to only 1 copy of each player. The #1 Baker Mayfield rookie Black Finite Penmaship one of one sold for just $1,525 recently. This example was graded by BGS and was deemed to be in mint condition.
2018 Panini One - Baker Mayfield Rookie card - Nike Swoosh Patch Auto
Highest Selling Price: $2,500
Limited to only five copies this Panini One Baker Mayfield rookie card fetched $2,500 at auction. The horizontal layout was surely a design must in order to allow for that huge Nike swoosh patch and brilliant autograph. Being limited to only five copies makes this one of Mayfield’s rarer Nike patch auto’s.
2018 Leaf Limited Baker Mayfield Rookie card NFL Shield Patch Auto
Highest Selling Price: $2,650
Another great design can be found in the 2018 Leaf Limited NFL shield autograph parallels. Not only do you acquire a NFL patch worn by Mayfield, but you get a prominently displayed autograph as well. Furthermore, the one of one stamp adjacent to the auto makes this card even more enticing. In addition to the attractive design, the vertical layout will allow this card to display nicely in a PSA case.
2018 Panini Contenders Baker Mayfield Rookie card rookie of the Year Auto 1/1
Highest Selling Price: $3,000
Interestingly, this one of one auto sold for more than the previous one of one patch auto. The sale date was a tad later in Mayfield’s career which is surely the reason is landed such a heavy price tag. Regardless of why it sold for more, this card is still truly unique and will make a great addition to a Baker Mayfield rookie card collection.
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2018 Panini Select Baker Mayfield Rookie card Patch Auto one of one
Highest Selling Price: $3,500
Die-hard Mayfield fans will surely be chasing this one of one in the coming years. The Ginormous NFL patch takes up roughly 1/8th of the retail space on the front. That thing is massive! Sitting below the patch is Baker’s signature in blue ink over a white background. Panini did a great job making this card shine with the “xfractor” squares making this card stand out from the rest.
2018 Immaculate Collection Baker Mayfield Rookie card Emerald Parallel Autograph #ed/ /12
Another horizontal displayed due to a massive patch is the Panini Immaculate Collection rookie auto patches. This is the green Emerald parallel example and is limited to only 12 copies. On top of that, PSA has declared this example to be in gem mint condtion, making it even more rare. One of the finest Baker Mayfield rookie card patch autos graded PSA 10 I have seen so far. I’m surprised the selling price was only $3,899.
2018 Panini Contenders Baker Mayfield rookie card Clear rookie ticket autograph #ed /10
In their 2018 Contenders product, Panini brought back the clear acetate cards. To young collectors this is new, but to older collectors the clear acetate cards are old school. Regardless of your collecting experience, these cards are back and with a punch. Collectors are climbing over one another to add these to their collection. Since they aren’t made up of card stock, I’m curious to know how exactly PSA grades these. Comment below if you remember the clear acetates cards or if you have any of them graded.
2018 Panini Playbook Baker Mayfield rookie card patch booklet
Ok, so this really doesn’t count as a rookie card but because of it’s unprecedented patch count, it deserves to be on this list. The 2018 Panini Baker Mayfield rookie patch auto booklet is nothing less than incredible. You literally have Mayfields locker compiled onto three fold able sheets with his autograph as the centerpiece. I’m not sure if PSA of BGS has the capabilites to encase these but I surely would if they do. Can you imagine showing this to your buddies? The first thing they would want to do is fold it into one piece like any old brochure found in the mail.
2018 Panini Contenders Baker Mayfield Rookie card Cracked Ice Autograph
What a deal the buyer got on this incredible Baker Mayfield rookie card auto. The Cracked Ice parallels have pretty much been dominating the hobby across all sports for the past few years. You don’t have the best of the best unless you have the Cracked Ice rookie auto. Being in a BGS 9.5 case doesn’t demote the value at all. Yes, I would prefer a PSA 10 case but like I’ve said before, buy the card not the case.
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We’ll see if any other cards manage to overtake the Cracked Ice auto for the number one spot in the 2019 season. I know everyone is secretly hoping the Browns make it to the Super Bowl this year. Watching Baker Mayfield play is going to be a thrilling show.