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Football Cards

The origins of modern football date back to 19th-century Britain, when the sports of soccer and rugby were purportedly combined. By the late 1800s, the concept of football migrated to America, and Yale Coach Walter Camp is said to have founded the sport. Otherwise known as the “Father of Football,” Camp established rules still used on the field today.

Cigarette maker Goodwin and Company made the first known football card in 1888 featuring Yale Captain Henry Beecher. His was the only football card in the company’s 50-card “Champions” set. In 1894, Mayo Cut Plug made the first full card set consisting of 35 Ivy League players. The next football cards weren’t made until the 1930s, when Goudy Gum released its “Sport Kings” set, and the National Chicle Company made a 36-card set. Another production break followed, and by the late ‘40s, Bowman Gum and Leaf Candy Company joined the industry. Topps appeared in the ‘50s, buying out Bowman and becoming a leading card maker through the late ‘80s.

Professional football took nearly half a century to expand, with the card industry following a similar curve. All things considered, a number of standouts exist from early days, and Bowman’s 1950s sets yielded some winners. Today, if you’re speculating future high-earners, look for rookie cards of top draft picks and popular quarterbacks.


Quick Facts

  • The 1958 NFL Championship between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts is known as, “The Greatest Game Ever Played”
  • The most coveted card in football is likely the 1935 Bronco Nagurski. The card sold on a 2011 auction for $240,000
  • In 2012, a Michigan family found an 1894 Mayo John Dunlop card while going through estate items at a family member’s farmhouse; the family admitted nearly throwing the card in the garbage

Recommended Items at Auction

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(Mint) 2000 SkyBox Dominion Tom Brady Rookie #234 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(Mint) 2000 SkyBox Dominion Tom Brady Rookie #234 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $75- $150
$8810 Bids
2014 Finest Tom Brady Xfractor Psa 9
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
2014 Finest Tom Brady Xfractor Psa 9
by Saco River Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1309 Bids
(Mint) 2019 Panini Prizm RC Kyler Murray #301 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(Mint) 2019 Panini Prizm RC Kyler Murray #301 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $100- $200
$329 Bids
(NM) 2000 Skybox Impact Rookie Tom Brady #27 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(NM) 2000 Skybox Impact Rookie Tom Brady #27 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $75- $150
$748 Bids
(Mint) 2000 Fleer Tom Brady Rookie #352 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(Mint) 2000 Fleer Tom Brady Rookie #352 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $125- $250
$1038 Bids
2017 Donruss Christian Mccaffrey Rookie Psa 10
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
2017 Donruss Christian Mccaffrey Rookie Psa 10
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$708 Bids
(Mint) 2020 Panini Mosaic RC Orange Reactive Prizm Justin Herbert #204 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(Mint) 2020 Panini Mosaic RC Orange Reactive Prizm Justin Herbert #204 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $75- $150
$427 Bids
RARE 1 of 499 TOM BRADY Premiere Rookie Football Card
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
RARE 1 of 499 TOM BRADY Premiere Rookie Football Card
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$756 Bids
(Mint) 2017 Donruss Red Press Proof Rated Rookie Christian McCaffrey #318 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(Mint) 2017 Donruss Red Press Proof Rated Rookie Christian McCaffrey #318 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $30- $60
$126 Bids
(Mint) 2020 Panini Select Premier Level Purple Prizm Patrick Mahomes #130 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(Mint) 2020 Panini Select Premier Level Purple Prizm Patrick Mahomes #130 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $25- $50
$86 Bids
(NM-MT) 2000 Press Pass Tom Brady Rookie #37 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(NM-MT) 2000 Press Pass Tom Brady Rookie #37 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $100- $200
$1666 Bids
Over 200 1963 Topps Football Cards
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
Over 200 1963 Topps Football Cards
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$356 Bids
36-1963 TOPPS FOOTBALL STAR CARD LOT
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
36-1963 TOPPS FOOTBALL STAR CARD LOT
by Premier Auctions Live
Est: $225- $350
$1106 Bids
2004 Etopps Tom Brady Le To 1750
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
2004 Etopps Tom Brady Le To 1750
by Saco River Auction
Est: $100- $200
$556 Bids
(18) EX 1960s-70s Topps HOFs Football Cards
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(18) EX 1960s-70s Topps HOFs Football Cards
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $40- $80
$95 Bids
2020 Select RC Red Prizm Die Cut Premier Level Joe Burrow #146 Football Cards
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
2020 Select RC Red Prizm Die Cut Premier Level Joe Burrow #146 Football Cards
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $25- $50
$115 Bids
PSA 10 (Gem Mint) 2016 Panini Prestige RC Michael Thomas Rookie #239 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
PSA 10 (Gem Mint) 2016 Panini Prestige RC Michael Thomas Rookie #239 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $75- $150
$95 Bids
SGC 10 (Gem Mint) 2020 Panini Mosaic RC Joe Burrow Rookie #201 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
SGC 10 (Gem Mint) 2020 Panini Mosaic RC Joe Burrow Rookie #201 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $100- $200
$645 Bids
2018 Spectra John Elway Game-used Relic Prizm /25
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EDT
2018 Spectra John Elway Game-used Relic Prizm /25
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$204 Bids
2017 Flawless Texans Triple Relic - Watson RC/Hipkins/Fuller - 3/5
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EDT
2017 Flawless Texans Triple Relic - Watson RC/Hipkins/Fuller - 3/5
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$254 Bids
PSA 10 (Gem Mint) 2019 Panini Chronicles Score RC Kyler Murray #458 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
PSA 10 (Gem Mint) 2019 Panini Chronicles Score RC Kyler Murray #458 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $100- $200
$624 Bids
SGC 10 (Gem Mint) Panini Instant RC NFL Draft Night Joe Burrow Rookie #1 Football Card - (1 of 8156)
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
SGC 10 (Gem Mint) Panini Instant RC NFL Draft Night Joe Burrow Rookie #1 Football Card - (1 of 8156)
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $50- $100
$164 Bids
HGA 9 (Mint) 2020 Select RC Silver Prizm Justin Herbert Rookie #P19 Football Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
HGA 9 (Mint) 2020 Select RC Silver Prizm Justin Herbert Rookie #P19 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $100- $200
$234 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Football Cards


Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Heroes and Legends

Heroes and Legends

Saco River Auction

Saco River Auction

Boston Sportscard Exchange

Boston Sportscard Exchange