The Hardest John Elway Football Cards to Collect: 1995

Okay, either my collection lacks excitement from this year or I just find the cards from this year a little boring. I tried to pick interesting cards, but overall I don't think that any of these is all that difficult to find raw. That being said, each card pictured is the only one in existence in that grade.

1995 Score Red Siege Artist's Proof John Elway #219

If memory serves, each pack of 1995 Score football cards contained one "Red Siege" card. However, the "artist's proof" cards were a 275 card parallel set and were inserted in packs at a rate of 1 in 36, so collecting all of them, or even targeting a certain player, would have been quite a challenge.

Just a note on "artist's proof" cards. I think it was a good idea to create a parallel set, but most of the cards are just stamped "artist's proof" and are kind of boring. I think the hobby recognized this in the mid-1990s and got away from the whole "artist's proof" parallel concept.

1995 Stadium Club John Elway Metalists #M3

There are 8 cards in this subset from the 1995 stadium club set. They were inserted at a rate of 1 in 18 in the retail packs and a rate of 1 in 24 in the hobby packs. The sets cards are the first ever laser cut cards, which supposedly improved the precision of the card-making process.

Topps got a little crazy the following year with the laser cut process and had an entire set dedicated to is, with lots of little holes all over the card and jagged edges.

I think overall it's not that attractive a card. As the process faded into the background, Topps went back to concentrating on overall design. Anytime you emphasize process over design, it's usually a bad thing.

1995 Summit Ground Zero John Elway #16

This is a parallel set to the regular Summit issue of this card. The regular issue looks exactly the same except that it doesn't have the sparkly background. This is a 200-card parallel set that was inserted into packs at a rate of 1 in 7. So, it's not a super-rare card by any stretch and can be purchased raw on Ebay for under $10.

1995 Upper Deck Pro Bowl John Elway #PB20

The reason this card's photograph looks funny is that it's a hologram card. Interest in the hologram card fluctuated during the 1990s with the card type ultimately losing favor. Upper Deck released hologram cards in its premier football card release in 1991, but those cards didn't really attain any real value.

This is a 25-card set within the regular Upper Deck issue and was inserted into packs at the rate of about 1 in 25. Though you can't see it, there are palm trees behind Elway. On the back are the stats from the 1994 season and an action photo. Card can be found for under $10.

1995 Upper Deck Electric Silver John Elway #82

Again, another card that's not particularly hard to find, but hasn't been sent in for much grading for whatever reason. Like the others, this is the only one with this grade. Card is available on Ebay for under $10.

This card is the parallel card to the regular issue. The set contains all 300 cards and is recognizable by the "electric silver" emblem in the corner. They were included in packs at the rate of 1 card in each pack.

Again, I'm not sure what it is about 1995 that is so boring in terms of hard-to-find cards, but I'll try to make the 1996 selections much more interesting - or do fewer cards if I can't find interesting and rare selections.

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