What’s The Rarest Football Card Of All Time?

The 1894 N302 Mayo's Cut Plug John Dunlop card is one of the rarest football cards in existence. However, the 1925 Star Player Candy Red Grange has a lower graded population.

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This Dunlop card is often referred to as the 'holy grail' of football cards and is a part of the first football card set in history-the N302 Mayo's Cut Plug set.  

The cards featured ivy league football stars of the day and are the first 19th-century trading cards dedicated solely to football players. 

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What’s The Rarest Football Card Of All Time?

Tom Brady Autograph Database

We’ve assembled a collection of authentic Brady autograph images. These are all authentic Brady signatures. If you have a good auto you’d like to showcase here, please shoot me a photo at chris@allvintagecards.com. Please also see our guide to identifying fake Brady autographs.

Tom Brady Pre-Rookie Signatures (2001 and Prior)


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Tom Brady Autograph Database

SGC Card Grading (A Collector’s Guide)

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PSA gets all the fanfare, but SGC is the second oldest grading company in the hobby. 

Launched in 1998, about seven years following the start of PSA, SGC has built a reputation as one of the most trustworthy and reliable card graders in the business. 

Unfortunately, PSA graded cards still sell at a sizeable premium to both SGC and Beckett graded cards. 

My hope is that at some point, SGC graded cards earn the due that they deserve. 

As follows is a full review on SGC.

Please let me know your thoughts on SGC in the comments section.

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SGC Card Grading (A Collector’s Guide)

Beckett Card Grading (A Collector’s Guide) BGS, BVG, BCCG

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Beckett has long been a powerhouse in the media business. 

It's monthly price guide magazines are synonymous with card collecting from the 80s and 90s.

Beckett Card Grading was launched back in 1999 and remains among the top tier of today's card grading companies. 

In this piece, we review the history of Beckett Grading and explore some of the details of its different card grading options.

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Beckett Card Grading (A Collector’s Guide) BGS, BVG, BCCG

1984 Topps Football Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

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The 1984 Topps Football set is THE landmark football card set of the 1980s.

Sure, the 1981 Topps set has the Montana rookie card, and the 1982 Topps set has Lawrence Taylor’s rookie card.

But, the 1984 Topps set features one of the best collections of big-name rookies across any sports card set from the 1980s. 

In this piece, we take a closer look at the 1984 Topps set, providing PSA population data, card values, and thoughts on overall investment potential.

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1984 Topps Football Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

1976 Topps Walter Payton Rookie Card: A Closer Look

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Few players in the history of the NFL have had the impact on the game that Walter Payton did.

A Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears, Payton was known for his power, speed, and agility.

He holds many records and is considered one of the best players to ever play the game.

Payton’s 1976 Topps Rookie card is one of the most highly sought-after football cards.

It is also (in high grades) one of the most valuable football cards in the hobby

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the career of ‘Sweetness’ and step deeper into the valuation, population, and investment potential for his 1976 Topps rookie card.   

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1976 Topps Walter Payton Rookie Card: A Closer Look

Barry Sanders Rookie Card (Best 4 Investments, Value, Checklist)

barry-score-rcBarry Sanders was one of the best running backs to ever play the game. Most rankings put Sanders in the top three overall, usually surrounded by other great runnings backs such as Jim Brown or Walter Payton. 

Unfortunately, Barry Sanders rookie cards were released during the peak of the junk era of sports cards, when massive overproduction was the norm.  

Thus, for investment purposes, his rookie cards are only suitable if seeking the highest graded copies possible.

Even then, the significant supplies make it hard to envision a future when his rookie cards increase massively in value.

Still, I wanted to provide some more thoughts on his available rookie cards, providing more information on card values, scarcity, and overall investment potential. 

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Barry Sanders Rookie Card (Best 4 Investments, Value, Checklist)

Jerry Rice Rookie Card: Value, Investment Potential, Scarcity

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The Joe Montana to Jerry Rice connection in the 1980s was one of the best-ever quarterback and wide receiver duos of all time.

Even despite the rise of some star-studded wideouts, Rice remains the consensus #1 WR in the history of football.

The Jerry Rice 1986 Topps Rookie card has seen renewed interest among football card collectors.

Rice rookie cards in high grade have seen the biggest increase in recent years.

In this piece, we examine the career of Jerry Rice while taking a closer look at his 1986 Topps rookie card.

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Jerry Rice Rookie Card: Value, Investment Potential, Scarcity

The Best Card Grading Companies: A Collector’s Survey

best-grading-companiesWe’ve written extensively about sports card grading and many of the controversies that have surrounded the space.

With the explosion in demand for card grading, collectors have faced long wait times and higher prices.

I felt like it was a good time to get a pulse of the collector community to get opinions on the best grading companies.

Let’s face it, a lot has changed, and new competitors have come into the market.

In what follows, I provide the results of our 2021 Sports Grading Collectors survey while also providing some of my experiences with the different grading companies. 

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The Best Card Grading Companies: A Collector’s Survey

Deal Or No Deal Groups – Don’t Take The Bait

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‘Deal or No Deal’ groups have become quite popular on Facebook. One of my collector friends sent me his thoughts on the format, which I’ve published here.  Note, if you’re a collector and would like to see your thoughts on our website, shoot me a line at chris@allvintagecards.com

Deal or No Deal Facebook groups annoy me. 

They wouldn’t if I didn’t belong to them, but I am a glutton for punishment.

Simply put, DOND listings are generally sucker bets.

Let me explain why.

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Deal Or No Deal Groups – Don’t Take The Bait