Best C.J. Stroud Rookie Card Guide 2023

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CJ Stroud had a mighty run with Ohio State Buckeyes, earning him the number 2 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. However, once the NFL season kicked off, Stroud went under the radar a little. All the hype was on the number 1 pick, Bryce Young, and the blazing heat of Brock Purdy.

5 weeks into the season though, and reality has punted expectations into a distant memory. Bryce Young is having one of the world rookie performances possible and C J Stroud is putting on a masterclass. He’s already broken Dak Prescott’s record for the lowest number of rookie interceptions and the Texans are looking like a formidable team. If they make the playoffs, things could get real interesting real fast.

Right now, expectations are still tempered and if there are deals around on any newly released Stroud rookie cards, they could tempt me to hop in with an eye on the playoff picture.

Reasons To Buy

  • Stroud is having a strong rookie season and continues to get better.
  • CJ has cemented himself as QB1 for the Houston Texans.
  • The Texan’s are exceeding expectations and could continue to build around Stroud.

Concerns

  • Stroud is a rookie, and we don’t if this recent streak is temporary.
  • Expectations are high for Stroud, but there’s always the horrible risk of injury.
  • Once teams have more NFL tape to study, defenses may adapt and counter Stroud

CJ Stroud Stats For 2022

As C J Stroud is in his rookie season, he does not have NFL stats available for last year.

CJ Stroud Social Metrics

While social metrics have little to do with a player’s on-field performance, they are an indicator as to the popularity of a player within the wider world. As you would expect, cards for popular players often have increased demand versus less marketed players.

CJ Stroud Instagram – @cj7stroud: 694K Followers

HOU Texans Instagram – @houstontexans: 1.5M Followers

Top CJ Stroud Plays and Highlights 2022

CJ Stroud Odds

  • NFL MVP: +12000 – 120/1 – Implied Probability: 0.8%
  • NFL Player/Rookie of the Year: -10000 – 0.01/1 – Implied Probability: 99%
  • Winning the NFL Super Bowl: +5500 – 55/1 – Implied Probability: 1.8%
  • Making the NFL Playoff: +110 – 1.1/1 – Implied Probability: 47.6%

Updated: December 2023

The Best CJ Stroud Cards – 2023 Price Guide

The term “best” is subjective. What’s best for me may not be best for you. Instead, I prefer to use data and trends to map out the landscape. Rather than just tell you the cards I think are best for me, this allows you to see what I see and determine the best plays for you.

How Many CJ Stroud Cards Are There?

According to Trading Card Database, CJ Stroud has 4,212 cards, of which 2,233 are rookie cards from 2017. Of these cards, TCDB only lists 13 cards as having the RC moniker.

When is the best time to buy CJ Stroud Cards?

As with any player, you want to buy cards when supply is plentiful and potential demand is foreseeable.

Let’s break that down further.

For supply to be plentiful, the player needs to be flying under the radar. You’re looking for times when people are not thinking about them; for example: it’s out of season for the sport, or because the player is underperforming against expectations, or they’re injured, or they’re currently on the bench, or any other reason that would detract from the player being hyped up.

The second part of the equation is buying a player whose future demand has the potential to increase significantly, which would form your planned sell window. Good examples of potential demand spikes are players performing above expectations, winning notable awards, making deep playoff runs, moving from the bench to a starting position, being drafted or called up, being traded, or any other reason that would make people look at and get excited for a player.

The best time to buy CJ Stroud was before the season started, before he was drafted even. He’s entered the league hot and has no signed of slowing down. On a macro level, we know that the best time to buy football cards is typically in the off-season or during the mid-season lull towards the end of the year. 

The question now is, do you think CJ is going to slow down, or is his trajectory going to climb and set a higher floor than where we are right now? That’s a tough question to answer and would certainly make me cautious around this market.

CJ Stroud 2023 Card Market Overview

To gauge the overall performance of a player’s card market, I use two indicators as an index. The first is the strength of the player’s Silver Prizm. As this is a staple card for every player, it gives a reliable indication of the health of the player’s market.

The second factor I look at is the highest sale price of the player’s True Rookie Patch Auto, as again, almost every player has one of these, which allows it to act as a top-end marker for the market.

CJ Stroud Silver Prizm Overview

Prizm is undoubtedly one of the most popular sets for sports card investors and the Silver parallel is often one of the most transacted versions of the cards. This level of demand and transaction volume provides a firm foundation for assessing the player’s market, which typically guides the player’s other cards from a macro perspective.

Unfortunately, as the Texans QB is only in his rookie season, he doesn’t yet have a Silver Prizm available. Instead, I will use his Silver Prizm Draft Picks version.

CJ Stroud National Treasures True RPA Value

The National Treasures True RPA is a stunning NFL card for any player. A numbered rookie out of 99, the true rookie patch auto card comes in a horizontal orientation, sports a team jersey color-match scheme and is adorned with a foiled RC stamp. The card includes an on-card autograph and large jersey patch, where more colors typically equate to a higher value. 

Unfortunately, CJ Stroud doesn’t yet have a National Treasures RPA.

Best CJ Stroud Rookie Cards – Raw (Rookie Year 2023)

This section will look at the data surrounding the player’s raw card market to help you understand which cards could be right for you.

We’ll examine the best CJ Stroud rookie cards based on:

  • Most Graded in terms of submission quantity
  • Most Liquid in terms of sales volume
  • Highest Value with moderate sales volume
  • Most Expensive with any sales history

Most Graded Raw CJ Stroud Cards

According to Gemrate, the following cards are the most graded:

YearSetCard #NameParallelGemsTotalGem Rate
2023Panini Instant NFL Draft NightDN2C.J. StroudBase38158265%
2023Panini Instant NFL Rps First Look42C.J. StroudBase18534254%
2021Bowman University Paper Prospects3CJ StroudBase8219143%
2022Bowman University Chrome Prospects100CJ StroudBase6216338%
2021Bowman University Chrome Prospects3CJ StroudPink Refractor7916348%

Most Liquid CJ Stroud Rookie Cards – Raw

The number of cards printed nowadays is overwhelming and most of them are binder fillers. Make sure you understand this because it is paramount. For investors specifically, a card’s liquidity is extremely important to allow moving in and out of investments at will.

The last thing you want to do is make a perfect prediction on a player’s future, invest in a vast number of their cards, only to find out when you go to sell them, that the cards you purchased are not the ones people chase and collect.

We’ve all done it before, but hopefully, this section will help you avoid this pitfall.

According to Market Movers, which references eBay and other auction house data, the most liquid CJ Stroud cards in terms of sales volume over a 12-month period are: 

2023 Panini Mosaic NFL Debut #ND-3

The following is a breakdown of the parallels for the 2023 Panini Mosaic NFL Debut #ND-3:

  • Most expensive (with sales history): Pink Fluorescent /10
  • Most sales volume: Silver
  • Highest monetary sales volume: Silver

2023 Panini Mosaic #292

The following is a breakdown of the parallels for the C.J. Stroud 2023 Panini Mosaic #292:

  • Most expensive (with sales history): Pink Fluorescent /10
  • Most sales volume: Silver
  • Highest monetary sales volume: Silver

2023 Score Base Rookie Card #302

The following is a breakdown of the parallels for the CJ Stroud 2023 Score Base Rookie Card 302:

  • Most expensive (with sales history): Extraterrestrial
  • Most sales volume: Gold
  • Highest monetary sales volume: Lava /565

2023 Panini Prizm Draft Picks #102

The following is a breakdown of the parallels for the CJ Stroud 2023 Panini Prizm Draft Picks #102:

  • Most expensive (with sales history): Black Gold /5
  • Most sales volume: Gold Ice
  • Highest monetary sales volume: Gold Ice

Highest Value CJ Stroud Rookie Cards – Raw

At the highest end, CJ Stroud has some incredible cards, which have sold for enormous amounts. Pulling one of these is akin to a lottery ticket. However, as these cards are unobtainable for most investors, I will not focus on those in this section. Instead, this section will focus on cards that have at least 50 sales over the past 12 months. This makes them high end, yet still liquid.

According to Market Movers, the highest value CJ Stroud cards with over 50 sales in a 12-month period are:

2023 Panini Mosaic Micro Mosaic SSP #MM-2

The 2023 Panini Mosaic Micro Mosaic SSP #MM-2 has no parallels with raw sales recorded yet.

2023 Panini Mosaic Stained Glass #SG-22

The 2023 Panini Mosaic Stained Glass #SG-22 has no parallels with raw sales recorded yet.

2023 Panini Mosaic Razzle Dazzle #RD-16

The 2023 Panini Mosaic Razzle Dazzle #RD-16 has no parallels with raw sales recorded yet.

2023 Panini Mosaic Red #292

Parallel statistics for the 2023 Panini Mosaic Red #292 are similar to the above.

Most Expensive CJ Stroud Football Cards – Raw

Below are the four most expensive cards sold in the last 12 months, according to Market Movers. 

The Top CJ Stroud Rookie Card For Me – Raw

Stroud’s rookie card market is a little different to most players, simply because of how new he is. There are very few rookie cards to collect or invest in, and CJ Stroud autos are almost non-existent after he signed an exclusivity contract with Fanatics. 

This is one of the first major areas we have seen where the hobby has been effected by the NFL’s deal with Fanatics. This transfer period is certainly going to be a tentative time.

Personally, I’m behind Stroud as being a top QB and holding the position with the Houston Texans, barring any injuries, so it’s definitely a market I would be interested in entering. However, with new cards continuing to release over the next year or two, I’m finding it hard to have confidence that some of these lesser brand cards will hold value as we move towards the release of Prizm, Rated Rookies, Donruss, Contenders and Optic, let alone National Treasures or Flawless.

The exception to the above is the Downtown RC. This insert always commands respect in the hobby and with it being one of Stroud’s few cards with the RC stamp, it certainly has my eye.

Best C.J. Stroud Football Rookie Cards – Graded PSA 10

Raw cards have the upside of being gradable, which is a play a lot of investors are interested in making. Finding raw gems and grading them can add a tremendous level of profit to a play. However, with that upside comes additional risk, as cards that grade below a 10 rarely command a profit.

For many investors, grading cards is a risk they are not willing to take. For them, their preference is to purchase slabs and make plays based on the value of the card without having to account for the grading variable.

Personally, I like to make grading plays for newer cards, though for older rookies, I generally stick to graded slabs as finding a perfect raw copy gets exceedingly more difficult as time goes by.

PSA, Beckett, SGC and CGC are the most reputable grading companies and are the only ones trusted by most investors. Smaller grading companies with different specialities are appearing, though they have yet to make a significant impact. For now, the PSA 10 is by far the most desired grade for a card, except for the incredibly rare BGS Black Label.

The debate over the best grading company is highly contentious, but while PSA commands the largest premium, investors will be most interested in PSA 10 slabs. 

Most Liquid CJ Stroud Rookie Cards – PSA 10

According to Market Movers, which references eBay and other auction house data, the most liquid PSA 10 CJ Stroud cards in terms of sales volume over a 12-month period are: 

2023 Score Base C.J. Stroud RC 302

The following is a breakdown of the parallels for the CJ Stroud 2023 Score Base Rookie Card 302:

  • Most expensive (with sales history): Ellipse /199
  • Most sales volume: Ellipse /199
  • Highest monetary sales volume: Ellipse /199

2023 Panini Mosaic Micro Mosaic SSP #MM-2

The 2023 Panini Mosaic Micro Mosaic SSP #MM-2 has no parallels with PSA 10 sales recorded yet.

2023 Panini Score #2 2003 Throwback Rookie

The 2023 Panini Score #2 2003 Throwback Rookie has no parallels with PSA 10 sales recorded yet.

2023 Panini Mosaic NFL Debut #ND-3

The following is a breakdown of the parallels for the 2023 Panini Mosaic NFL Debut #ND-3:

  • Most expensive (with sales history): Green Swirl /11
  • Most sales volume: Silver
  • Highest monetary sales volume: Green Swirl /11

Highest Value CJ Stroud Rookie Cards – PSA 10

To account for the lower population of PSA 10 cards compared to raw cards, I have reduced the criteria for this section to 20 sales from 50.

As CJ Stroud is a rookie player without an extensive selection of graded cards, I have had to further reduce the number of sales for this section to 5, instead of the 20 typically used.

According to Market Movers, the highest value PSA 10 CJ Stroud cards with over 5 sales in a 12-month period are:

2023 Panini Mosaic Stained Glass #SG-22

The 2023 Panini Mosaic Stained Glass #SG-22 has no parallels with raw sales recorded yet.

2023 Panini Mosaic Micro Mosaic SSP #MM-2

Parallel statistics for the 2023 Panini Mosaic Micro Mosaic SSP #MM-2 are similar to the above.

2023 Panini Prizm Draft Picks #102

The following is a breakdown of the parallels for the CJ Stroud 2023 Panini Prizm Draft Picks #102:

  • Most expensive (with sales history): Green Shimmer /8
  • Most sales volume: Gold Ice
  • Highest monetary sales volume: Green Shimmer /8

2023 Panini Mosaic NFL Debut #ND-3

Parallel statistics for the 2023 Panini Mosaic NFL Debut #ND-3 are similar to the above.

Most Expensive CJ Stroud Football Cards – PSA 10

Below are the four most expensive PSA 10 cards sold in the last 12 months, according to Market Movers. 

My Thoughts On The Top CJ Stroud Rookie Cards – PSA 10

CJ Stroud’s PSA 10 market demonstrates the strength of the Mosaic line, with many of the most coveted inserts appearing in this data. I’m a little surprised not to see his Downtown or Color Blast cards in these lists, though.

With my projections being that many of Stroud’s cards may decrease in value as more prominent cards release, I would be cautious about buying graded cards and look for newly released raw copies to grade myself.

However, with Panini not being able to release CJ Stroud RPAs or Autos, I would expect the high end inserts to be Stroud’s most popular rookie chase cards and getting a PSA 10 version of these could be beneficial.

Best CJ Stroud Non-Rookie Cards

For many NFL sports card investors, all that matters are the RCs and this is typically what I stick to as well. NFL rookie cards are often the most popular cards for a player and act as a baseline for collectors and investors in the ever-expanding world of cards. However, for some investors, the price of a CJ Stroud RC may not be workable.

Unfortunately, as C.J. Stroud is in his first NFL season, he only has one full set of cards to choose from. 

The Top 10 CJ Stroud Cards

The following list is a breakdown of the top 10 CJ Stroud rookie cards and non-rookie cards, in terms of monetary sales volume within the last 12-months.

  1. 2023 Panini Mosaic #MM-2 Micro Mosaic 
  2. 2023 Panini Mosaic #SG-22 Stained Glass
  3. 2023 Panini Donruss #D-2 Downtown
  4. 2022 Panini Select #502 XRC Prizm
  5. 2023 Panini Mosaic #292 Silver
  6. 2023 Panini Mosaic #RD-16 Razzle Dazzle
  7. 2023 Panini Mosaic #292 Base
  8. 2023 Panini Mosaic #KA-9 Kaleidoscopic
  9. 2023 Panini Mosaic #292 Green
  10. 2023 Panini Mosaic #ND-3 NFL Debut

Honorable Mentions

The data shows that the above listed cards are the best in the eyes of investors. However, for CJ Stroud collectors, there are a few other dazzling cards worth looking at. 

Best C.J. Stroud Rookie Cards

This 2021 Bowman just beat out the 2022 Bowman Chrome University Prospects because it’s the original card in the product, though from we saw in the grading report above, the 2022 version seems just as popular. As a baseball fan, I’m well versed in the Bowman world, which typically handles pre-rookie prospect cards. Bowman isn’t such a big name in the NFL as Panini has had the licensing rights in recent years; however, with Fanatics having exclusive rights to CJ Stroud’s autos, the Bowman Auto is a card to watch.

The 2023 Prizm Draft Picks Color Blast is a stunning insert that is always popular. Unfortunately, there’s not a Texans jersey version available yet, so the collegiate card is the best around.

I’ve always had an affinity for Topps Allen and Ginter. It’s got an overly traditional style that always catches my eye and sticks out from a display. The 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter Framed Mini Auto is no different and with no Panini autos to contend against, this card becomes quite interesting.

The 2023 CJ Stroud Origins Blank Slate is an insert I rarely see appearing in these articles, though as Stroud doesn’t have the widest range of cards available, it has seen a modest amount of trading volume. Origins is one of the few currently available sets featuring CJ Stroud in a Texans uniform.

The Manga inserts are some of the most creative cards available and, as a long-time TCG collector, these always connect with me. The 2023 Prizm Draft Picks CJ Stroud Manga is a beauty, where Stroud’s arm has been replaced with a literal cannon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are the CJ Stroud rookie cards worth?

CJ Stroud cards are available on a spectrum of price points, though rookie cards are still attainable. Base cards typically go for around $10-20, while some cards have reached sales of over $4,000. 

What is CJ Stroud’s true rookie card?

Determining a True Rookie Card is always a topic of spirited debate, though these data points may help. According to TCDB, the first RC was the 2023 Score #302 C.J. Stroud. However, the rookie card with the highest sales volume is the 2023 Mosaic #ND-3 NFL Debut.

What is the rarest CJ Stroud card?

The rarest and most expensive CJ Stroud rookie cards will be his one of ones. Some of these high-end cards include the 2023 Chronicles Draft Picks #2 Contenders Optic – Gold Vinyl /1 and the 2021 Bowman University #BCPA-CS Chrome Prospect Auto – Superfractor /1 (1st).

Does CJ Stroud have a downtown card?

One of the most popular CJ Stroud non-rookie cards is his Downtown. The card features Stroud in his Texans jersey accompanied by intergalactic bulls. 

How many CJ Stroud 2023 rookie cards are there?

CJ Stroud has 2,233 cards from his 2023 rookie year on the market, 13 of which are labeled as rookie cards.

What packs are C J Stroud rookie cards in?

CJ Stroud has rookie cards in many card sets, including: 2023 Panini Black, 2023 Panini Luminance, 2023 Panini Origins, 2023 Panini Gold Standard and 2023 Panini Certified. There is a CJ Stroud Rated Rookie card in 2023 Donruss and Stroud also has Ohio State Buckeyes cards in 2023 Panini National Treasures Collegiate.

What is the best C J Stroud rookie card?

The available rookie cards for the Houston Texans Quarterback C.J. Stroud are still rolling out, which has many collectors looking towards future sets. It’s hard to judge the best C.J. rookie card when there’s still so many sets upcoming. With Fanatics also having exclusivity to Stroud’s autos, looking at College Football cards for the former Buckeye starting quarterback could be a superb choice.

What is the most expensive C.J. Stroud card sold?

As of this writing, the most expensive card sold is rather modest. That card was the CJ Stroud Donruss Downtown, which sold for a little under $5,000. For a full list of the most expensive cards, please see the section listed.

Does CJ Stroud have a rookie card?

C J Stroud certainly has a rookie card and in this CJ Stroud Football Card Price Guide, we break down the best cards in terms of both demand and price.