10 of the Most Valuable Football Cards You Can Collect
Most valuable football cards you can collect
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Football collector cards are a great way to invest personal money if at all possible. Although they don’t command many of the prices seen with baseball or basketball cards, they still hold their own in the world of collector cards. Vintage football cards are in high demand and some of the prices are very competitive with their kissing cousins baseball and basketball.
The importance of the football card is determined by a third party expert who grades items. This is necessary to get the best pricing because graded collector cards often demand more money. The grades for the most valuable ones are listed here and shown where applicable.
1) Bronco Nagurski-1935 National Chicle SGC 96
Estimated value of $240,000
For a number of years this particular favorite of the very popular and well admired Nagurski did holds the title of the most expensive football card ever. Many people outside of dire football fans have heard little about this Bronco player.
It is collected widely among aficionados and admired for the art and deco background that isn’t seen with many of the newer ones currently being issued. These are unique because they have a sort of appeal for wrestlers as well as football fans since he also had a very well admired and popular wrestling career.
2) Sid Luckman-1948 Leaf (with the yellow background)PSA 8
Estimated value $71,000
Sid was a quarterback with the Chicago Bears. Many have dubbed Sid the most famous quarterback in the history of the Bears. This is the featured card of the 1948 legendary set and is extremely hard to locate in top condition.
It was issued with a variety of different backgrounds, but the yellow is the most scarce and wroth the most dollars. This 1948 leaf set has five positions in the top 10 most expensive football cards for collectors.
3) Charles Bednarik-1948 Leaf PSA 8
Approximate value $38,600
Chuck or Charles Bednarik’s have one which is as difficult to find along with other Leaf cards in great shape. Anyone fortunate enough to find Bednarik with a yellow background hits the jackpot with the number 3 spot for collections.
As a tackler Bednarik’s career highlight is the tackle that put Frank Gifford out of the game and on the sidelines for more than a year. Chuck’s career includes Hall of Fame for college and pro.
4) Sammy Baugh-1948 Leaf SGC 96
Valued at around $38,000
Sammy Baugh’s has one very close to Charles Bednarik's value, but as a player Baugh was much more. He left his mark on the game of football.
Believe it or not this one is yet another gem from the dominating 1948 Leaf set. As a legend status among quarterbacks most admit it is capable of moving up in value in upcoming years. It fact, it is possible to surpass the number 2 spot in value.
5) Bob Waterfield-1948 Leaf PSA 8.5
Estimated card pricing is $31,600
Instead of the yellow backdrop for the Leaf card Bob Waterfield’s is set with a red one posing Bob with a ready to fire pass for the Rams. The simple design along with the bold colors tend to make it highly sought after. The condition of the item makes it possible to place it in the upper half of the most valuable football cards floating around today.
6) Jim Lansford-1948 Bowman Large SGC 92
Valued at $30,000 by collectors
The Bowman Company has two almost identical sets that were produced in 1952. The difference is one is named Large and the other Small. How much each item is worth depends on which one an individual owns.
The Large cards from the sets are more valuable than the Small sets. Of the Larger ones Jim Landford with the blue setting wearing his infamous number 70 is the valuable collectible card at $30,000. This is one of those collectible football cards that are rare and very difficult to locate.
7)Walter Peyton-1976 Topps BVG 10
Estimated card price is $28,500
Legendary Hall of Fame running back Walter Peyton was a legend before his time. The collectible graded piece of merchandise bearing his picture was deemed a perfect 10 by Beckett.
Walter was better known by his nickname of “Sweetness” and is considered part of the elite in football circles. This happens to be the only one mentioned here which made the top 10 outside of the 1950s era. Walter Peyton will always be one of the greatest of the Chicago Bears players.
8) Tom Landry-1951 Leaf PSA 10
Valued at $19,600
Tom Landry made his name in the game as a player before coaching teams to the ultimate pinnacle, better known as the Super Bowl. The 1951 Bowman depicts an extremely young and vibrant quarterback named Landry. A perfect 10 from PSA puts his form in the top 10 most collectible pieces of merchandise.
9) Roy Steiner-1948 Leaf (red jersey) PSA 9
Approximate sale price $19,200
Not a name that is well recognized in football history, Rebel Roy Steiner was an extremely talented Alabama player with a mere two year career in the NFL. The high grade example of Roy Steiner in his red jersey has made this particular one a great collectible even with his little known NFL career.
This is a very rare collectible Leaf and an example of how supply and demand can warrant someone that isn’t as infamous to wind up on the most collectible football card list.
10)Johnny Unitas-1957 Topps PSA 9
Estimated value is $19,000
Johnny Unitas is one of the most recognized NFL players and a legend in the game of itself. As a Colt quarterback in the 1957 season he put his mark and name on the profession as one of the greatest players of the last generation.
Early Topps issues are increasingly well admired and desired. Any owner of an extremely high grade one of the Unitas rookie cards expects to translate a sale into big bucks.
These are the top 10 most valuable football cards for collectors. These are the players that have made the cut and the grade and if you are fortunate enough to come across any of these it’s definitely money in the bank.