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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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SGC 10 (Gem Mint) 2017 Rookies & Stars RC Patrick Mahomes Rookie
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
SGC 10 (Gem Mint) 2017 Rookies & Stars RC Patrick Mahomes Rookie
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $150- $300
$12115 Bids
2000 Pacific Paramount Rookie Tom Brady RC
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
2000 Pacific Paramount Rookie Tom Brady RC
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $200- $400
$9311 Bids
(#'d /99) 2020 Certified RC New Generation Blue Jersey Jalen Hurts Rookie
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
(#'d /99) 2020 Certified RC New Generation Blue Jersey Jalen Hurts Rookie
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $50- $100
$639 Bids
PSA 10 (Gem Mint) 2017 Sage HIT Premier Draft Patrick Mahomes Rookie
Dec 02, 9:00 PM EST
PSA 10 (Gem Mint) 2017 Sage HIT Premier Draft Patrick Mahomes Rookie
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $50- $100
$209 Bids
2000 Bowman RC Brian Urlacher Rookie
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
2000 Bowman RC Brian Urlacher Rookie
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$68 Bids
2019 Donruss Elite Coverage Dual Jersey Josh Allen
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
2019 Donruss Elite Coverage Dual Jersey Josh Allen
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$178 Bids
2000 Press Pass Torques Blue Parallel Tom Brady Rookie
Dec 02, 9:00 PM EST
2000 Press Pass Torques Blue Parallel Tom Brady Rookie
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $125- $250
$698 Bids
(2) 2020 Panini RC Jalen Hurts Rookies
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
(2) 2020 Panini RC Jalen Hurts Rookies
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$177 Bids
2002 Donruss Elite Tom Brady
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
2002 Donruss Elite Tom Brady
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$117 Bids
1960 Topps #23 Jim Brown PSA 5
Dec 11, 9:00 PM EST
1960 Topps #23 Jim Brown PSA 5
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $50
$1106 Bids
(10) 1963 Fleer Oakland Raiders w/ HOF, RCs & SP
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
(10) 1963 Fleer Oakland Raiders w/ HOF, RCs & SP
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$426 Bids
2019 Panini Donruss Football Hanger Box - Kyler Murray RC?
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
2019 Panini Donruss Football Hanger Box - Kyler Murray RC?
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$116 Bids
2000 Pacific Tom Brady RC #403
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
2000 Pacific Tom Brady RC #403
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$326 Bids
2000 Fleer Tradition Tom Brady RC #352
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
2000 Fleer Tradition Tom Brady RC #352
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$246 Bids
2020 Panini Prizm RC Black Jalen Hurts Rookie
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
2020 Panini Prizm RC Black Jalen Hurts Rookie
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$226 Bids
2021 Donruss Optic Blue Scope Prizm Rated Rookie Justin Fields RC
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
2021 Donruss Optic Blue Scope Prizm Rated Rookie Justin Fields RC
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$206 Bids
2000 Impact Tom Brady RC #27
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
2000 Impact Tom Brady RC #27
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$85 Bids
(#'d /25) 2022 National Treasures Team Dual Materials David Montgomery / Breece Hall
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
(#'d /25) 2022 National Treasures Team Dual Materials David Montgomery / Breece Hall
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$65 Bids
2017 Donruss Rated Rookie Dehuan Watson RC
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
2017 Donruss Rated Rookie Dehuan Watson RC
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$65 Bids
PSA 10 (Gem Mint) 2017 Leaf Draft Patrick Mahomes Rookie
Dec 02, 9:00 PM EST
PSA 10 (Gem Mint) 2017 Leaf Draft Patrick Mahomes Rookie
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $50- $100
$165 Bids
2016 Panini Donruss Dak Prescott Rookie Phenoms Jersey Card #11
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
2016 Panini Donruss Dak Prescott Rookie Phenoms Jersey Card #11
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$65 Bids
1967 Philadelphia #28 Dick Butkus
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1967 Philadelphia #28 Dick Butkus
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$105 Bids
2001 Topps Michael Vick RC #311 PSA NM-MT 8
Nov 30, 7:00 PM EST
2001 Topps Michael Vick RC #311 PSA NM-MT 8
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$85 Bids
2018 Panini Elite Draft Picks Patrick Mahomes
Nov 30, 9:00 PM EST
2018 Panini Elite Draft Picks Patrick Mahomes
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$115 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Football Cards


Boston Sportscard Exchange

Boston Sportscard Exchange

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Saco River Auction

Saco River Auction