Whether you love him or you hate him, there’s no denying that Conor McGregor is a global superstar and, in his prime, was one of the best MMA fighters ever.
He made his first UFC appearance on 04/06/2013, where he brutally knocked out Marcus Brimage.
McGregor became the first ever fighter to hold multiple UFC titles in different weight divisions simultaneously after defeating Eddie Alvarez in 2016, to win the lightweight title, while still holding the featherweight one – After that achievement, McGregor named himself the ‘champ champ’.
Another notable moment in McGregor’s career was in 2017 when he briefly swapped sports to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match. McGregor took the fight to the 10th round, where Mayweather eventually won by TKO. However, taking the best pound-for-pound boxer of all-time to the 10th round was a big achievement.
It’s not just in the octagon where Conor McGregor has made his name, it’s his quick-wit and charisma in interviews and press conferences that has helped make him a massive star, and, at one time, the face of UFC.
In 2021, he was also named the highest earning sportsperson in the world, earning significantly more than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James.
So, let’s take a look at some of Conor McGregor’s most valuable sports cards:
What Is Conor McGregor’s True Rookie Card?
2013 Topps UFC Bloodlines Conor McGregor #139
McGregor’s true rookie card was issued during his rookie year, 2013, by Topps and shows an action shot of him in his fight against Marcus Brimage, as well as ‘Conor McGregor Ireland’ and the UFC logo.
It’s a nice card design, with a cool background. The card has some parallel versions, such as the Irish flag background version.
It’s popular among UFC card collectors and a must for any McGregor fans, and its popularity means it’s already valued highly.
The card is also pretty rare, because boxes came with just 20 cards (out of 150 total in the set), so it’s a good one to invest in and hold onto, if you can get hold of one.
Other Conor McGregor Cards To Look Out For
2013 Topps UFC Bloodlines Fighter Autographs Conor McGregor #FA-CM
This is one of my favorite McGregor cards.
It’s the autograph version of his true rookie, from the 2013 Topps UFC Bloodlines set. The card design is very similar, apart from a slight difference in the background, the box with autograph and the ‘1st autograph’ icon below the UFC logo.
Obviously, this is worth more than the rookie card without the autograph. Collectors love the card, and it has the significance of being his first auto, so for me it’s one of the best McGregor card investments – The only downside is that the card is not serial numbered, which could’ve given it even more value.
2014 Topps UFC Knockout Autographs Conor McGregor #KA-CM
Conor had a few different autographed cards released by Topps in 2014, but I think this is one of the most desirable, because of how limited it is.
The hard-signed cards were limited to a print run of just 149, which you can see on the card itself.
He did have a similar card released (2014 Topps UFC Knockout Autographed Relics #KAR-CM) which included a piece of material worn by McGregor himself, but a print run of 250 makes it slightly easier to get hold of.
2014 Topps UFC Knockout Triple Threads Autographed Relic Conor McGregor #TTAR-CM
I love this McGregor card, it’s my favorite card of his – It’s popular among UFC card collectors.
The card includes fight-worn material that spell-out his nickname ‘Notorious’, as well as Conor’s autograph.
The auto version is very limited. The print run was 18, which is printed on the bottom left of the card, so it holds lots of value.
2017 Topps UFC Chrome Conor McGregor #97
The 2017 Topps Chrome card had many different Refractor versions.
The base card is by no means McGregor’s most valuable sports card, however some of the Refractor versions are popular, and also very limited.
The Orange Refractor card, which had a print run of just 25, was previously McGregor’s most expensive card, when it sold for $11,100 – It’s no longer the record sale of a McGregor card, but it’s still one that holds a lot of value.
2017 Topps UFC Fire Autographs Conor McGregor #FA-CM (Blue Flame)
This is a really clean and nice looking card.
There’s a base version, and some parallels which include the Blue Flame Autographed version, which I think is one of Conor’s best cards. It’s another that is highly limited, and therefore valuable to own.
2021 Panini Prizm UFC Conor McGregor #30
This card was issued by Panini in 2021, as part of the Prizm UFC set and has some different color versions which are very limited.
It’s another card that I personally love the design of, and so do many other collectors – In fact the gold prizm version (only 10 printed) sold for $27,060, which is an all-time record for a UFC gold prizm card, and currently makes it McGregor’s most valuable card. I do think some of his earlier cards, that are on this list, will eventually be worth more, but it’s a very cool one to own.
Is A Conor McGregor Rookie Card A Good Investment?
A Conor McGregor rookie card is a good investment, long term – By that I mean 10+ years, at least.
He’s arguably the most well-known UFC fighter of all time and he’s hugely popular, despite getting headlines for the wrong reasons sometimes.
He’ll go down as one of the all-time greats of MMA, and although he’s one of those sports stars who’s either loved or hated, there’s no doubt his cards will hold value in years to come – particularly the autographed cards, in my opinion.
What's The Most Valuable Conor McGregor Card?
Right now, the 2021 Panini Gold Prizm UFC Conor McGregor #30 card holds the record for the most expensive Conor McGregor card ever sold. It sold for $27,060 at auction.