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In continuation of our coverage of the most valuable sports cards of all time (see our recent Baseball and Basketball pieces) in this article we present the Most Valuable Football Cards of all time.
Many older vintage football cards don’t quite get the same level of respect as their baseball counterparts. Sometimes I wonder why; I guess baseball being America’s past time has led to a sort of lack of attention for older football players.
Because of this, I do believe that vintage football cards offer good value for collectors seeking a good investment opportunity. The only problem is that I’m not sure what the catalyst would be to help close that gap between older baseball and football cards.
I’m all ears–let me know in the comments if you can envision a scenario in which vintage football cards start to appreciate significantly versus vintage baseball cards.
Whatever the case, we hope you enjoy the following list of the most valuable football cards of all time. Some of the cards are quite rare, such as the first card on our list (N302 Dunlop) and some are not as rare and are mostly supported by the strong demand for the player and card.
We try to update these lists every year, but if you see something that should be on the list, let me know via email at email@example.com.
For any stock investors that were active traders during the late 1990’s the mention of the word ‘bubble’ brings back some rather unpleasant memories.
A more recent ‘bubble’ that younger collectors would be more familiar with involves the recent hysteria surrounding Bitcoin and other associated cryptocurrencies. Cards even experienced their own bubble during the early 90’s.
Shoeless Joe might never make it to the hall, but his old baseball cards will likely remain high desired by vintage collectors.
In this piece, we take a look at Shoeless Joe’s baseball cards from his playing days. Unfortunately, the majority of his cards are on the scarcer and pricier side, making it a bit tougher for the most cost conscious collectors.
Ted Williams (aka ‘The Splendid Splinter’) was one of baseball’s all-time greats and one of the purest left-handed hitters to play the game.
Even with his career interrupted for three full seasons during World War II and later in his career for duty in the Korean War, Williams amassed 521 home runs with a staggering .344 batting average. If he hadn’t served in the military, it’s hard to say what Williams might have been capable of.
Today, demand for Williams’ cards is still quite strong among vintage collectors, with his early Bowman and Play Ball rookie cards the most highly desired.
In this piece, I take a look at some of Ted Williams’ rarer and more obscure cards, while examining the population relative to some of his more widely produced cards during the early 1950’s.
The advent of eBay and other card collecting marketplaces has opened up the lines of communication between buyers and sellers, creating a more liquid and transparent card market.
However, with the ease in buying and selling comes a dark and mysterious side of the hobby that continues to infiltrate for sale listings.
Of course, I’m talking about counterfeit cards. Now, this isn’t a new thing, fake baseball cards have been circulating for decades. But, the sophistication of the printing methods will only get better and better as time goes on.
This piece will take a closer look at the overall counterfeit market, including telltale signs of spotting a fake vintage card along with other key information to help you all become a more educated collector.