Category Archives for "Football"

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. 


Jerry Rice Rookie Card: Value, Investment Potential, Scarcity

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

To date, 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, mainly those copies in high grade, which have increased significantly in recent years. 

In this piece, we take a peek at the history of Jerry Rice as a player while examining his rookie card and future investment potential.


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. 


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

deal no deal

‘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

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.


1965 Topps Joe Namath Rookie Card: A Closer Look

Joe Namath is one of the most famous quarterbacks in NFL history. He was a quarterback for the New York Jets and played college football at Alabama. His career lasted from 1965 to 1977, before he retired due to health issues.

Namath’s 1965 Topps Football card is his rookie card and one of the most iconic and valuable cards in the hobby. Mint condition copies have sold for over $200,000 as vintage collectors continue to gravitate to the cards of ‘Broadway Joe’. 

As follows, we’ll examine the population reports for Namath’s rookie card, current values, and take a look at his career, while providing thoughts on the future investment value for the card.


How To Spot A Fake Tom Brady Autograph


Over the past year or so, I’ve become a bit more interested in autographed cards.

I’ve learned quickly that buying any autograph without authentication takes guts.

For any high-profile players, such as Michael Jordan, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, or Joe DiMaggio, the forgeries typically outnumber authentic autographs by a wide margin

Autograph authentication is a tricky game and something I’m still trying to improve upon.

After exploring some local sales of un-authenticated Brady cards here in Boston, I realized that I didn’t have the chops to tell a real from a fake. 

So, I spent a few weeks examining hundreds of authentic Brady autographs to see how his autograph has evolved and how it differs from any of the fakes on the market.  The sad reality is that there are a ton of fakes out there.

I acknowledge I’m not a professional autograph authenticator but hoping to hone my skills by posting guides like this that others can help contribute to.  

See any issues here?  Have a Brady fake auto that you got scammed on? 

PLEASE let me know and I’ll add it to this guide.  Feel free to email me at


Can I Still Buy Sports Cards At Target or Walmart?

walmart-targetWhile the bulk of my card collecting and writing on All Vintage Cards is focused on older cards, I admittedly have had the urge to buy some modern cards while shopping at Target or Walmart in the past.

However, when I went to Target recently to pick up some household items, I was disappointed to find the shelves that used to hold sports cards galore completely barren.  So I set out to find the truth.  

Can you still buy sports cards at Walmart or Target?

Unfortunately, it’s much harder today to find sports cards at Walmart or Target, as they both have suspended the selling of many sports and trading cards. They still sell some sports cards in-store and online, however, there is a huge variation in availability based on your specific location. 

The surge in modern card pricing and the resultant ‘rise of the flippers’ has led to some not so pretty situations in these stores.  And while there are rare cases where you might find some cards, the odds are quite slim.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons for the supply disruptions and if you still might be able to score a find at your local Walmart or Target. 

Do you know of a location that is still selling cards?  Drop a note in the comments below to let us know!


Tom Brady Rookie Card: Ten Best Investments, Value, Checklist

brady-bowman-chromeAs a diehard Patriots fan, one of my all-time worst moments was seeing Tom Brady leave New England for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I was still happy when Brady won the Super Bowl with the Bucs, but still painful to see my beloved #12 playing for another team.

With the Super Bowl victory, Brady pretty much cemented his legacy as the best quarterback to ever play the game

While Montana and Manning and maybe Namath used to get lumped into the conversation, I don’t think many can argue against Brady’s GOAT status any longer. 

With the rise to the top, Brady’s rookie cards have followed. Over the past two years, his 2000 Bowman Chrome rookie card has increased nearly tenfold. Other rookie card issues from Brady have followed the same path.  

After a dreadful 2019 season with the Patriots, many had assumed that Brady’s days as a leading quarterback were over. Some even thought Brady might call it quits.  It’s amazing how quickly the tides can turn.  

I get a lot of questions from collectors asking about Tom Brady rookie cards.

While his cards don’t technically hit the ‘vintage’ radar that we so loosely defined, his cards are so iconic that it would be a disservice to football card collectors not to discuss Brady and the ultimate investment potential of his rookie cards.

So, sit back while I dig into Brady’s most investable rookie cards, examining the population reports, values and ultimate long-term investment potential.


Why Are Rookie Cards More Valuable?

lemieux rcFor those that have been in the hobby for a while, this might seem like a strange question.  It’s sort of just an accepted fact that a player’s rookie card is worth more than any later issued card. 

But why is this true?  There has to be a reason, right?  I wanted to get to the bottom of this.  And my findings were kind of along with what I expected. 

The excessive demand for rookie cards leads to the cards having more value than any other later-year issues for a player. 

A rookie card is a player’s first official entry into the card collecting world, and these issues are in high demand by collectors hoping for the next big thing.

Plus, the first card issued for a player is their oldest card, which collectors tend to associate as being ‘more valuable’. 

In addition, there has always been a mystique that has developed over time with player ‘rookie cards’ being more sought after by collectors.   

Let’s dive into these a bit further.


All Vintage Cards Small Cap Value Football Portfolio

The All Vintage Cards Small Cap Football Portfolio is a portfolio of ten lower-priced vintage football cards that we think could be solid long-term investments. 

As we discussed in our introduction piece, we are launching three portfolios for each major sport–Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap.

For those not familiar with the lexicon, this corresponds to mutual fund portfolios in the investment world.  Small-Cap within the investment space equates to a portfolio of the equity market’s smallest companies.

For this All Vintage Cards Small Cap Value Football Portfolio we have selected ten cards, each with a value of $1000 or less.

Note that these selections are based on what we perceive as ‘relative’ value in the marketplace, meaning that we think these cards offer a good value versus other comparative cards. 

I will also note that this information is not investment advice, nor are we making any promises in relation to future performance.  Please use your own judgment and budget when accounting for any acquisitions of cards in this portfolio. 

Please also see our All Vintage Cards Mid Cap Value Football and All Vintage Cards Large  Cap Value Football portfolios. 

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