With the 2017 NFL season underway and rookies making an immediate impact, excitement from football fans and collectors alike is palpable. And that excitement – for both veteran superstars and promising rookies – is reflected in the newest NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index for the third quarter of 2017. The NFLPA Panini Trading Card Index ranks the top-performing football players (15 rookies, 15 veterans) in the licensed trading card industry.
Several rookies spent the 2017 NFL preseason making their mark for their respective NFL teams before emerging in the first four weeks of the season and offering fans a glimpse of the future. Those performances have led to a shuffling of the top 15 rookie rankings. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson claims the new No. 1 position, up from No. 2 in the last Index. Similar upward mobility was exhibited by Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who claims the No. 3 spot after debuting at No. 4. Completing the top five in the third quarter are Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (No. 2), Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (No. 4) and fast-rising Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (No. 5).
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