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Error card

In the trading card collecting hobby, an error card is a card that shows incorrect information or some other unintended flaw. It can contain a mistake, such as a misspelling or a photo of someone other than the athlete named on the card.[1] Depending on whether the manufacturer noticed the problem while the cards were still being produced, a card may exist in both correct and incorrect versions. If the correction is made sufficiently early in the print run, the error card may be significantly rarer and more valuable than the corrected version. However, the opposite may be true if the error is corrected late in the printing cycle, resulting in a smaller population of the corrected version of the card compared to the error version.

If the manufacturer never made a correction, the card is considered an "uncorrected error". Often, however, "error card" is used in a more limited sense, meaning only those cards where variant versions exist.

One example of "variations" happened in the 1959 and 1960 Topps baseball sets. Certain cards were printed on two different types of cardstock; one produced a white back, and the other a darker gray. The photographs and information on the cards themselves were not in error. The result was that said cards occur in two variations, based on the back color.

1950 Bowmans[edit]

The Bowman cards of the 1950s contain two notable errors. The first was not technically an error, but nonetheless resulted in an anomaly in the 1954 Bowman set. The set featured Ted Williams as card number 66. Shortly after the set was released, Williams signed an exclusive contract with Topps, Bowman's primary competitor. Topps featured Williams as the first and last cards in their set that year. Now barred from using Williams's picture and name, Bowman substituted Williams' teammate Jimmy Piersall as card number 66 in all subsequent printings, duplicating the front and back of Piersall's other card in the series, number 210.

The next year, in their last set before selling out to Topps, Bowman "flipped" the backs of two pairs of cards. Brothers Milt Bolling of the Red Sox and Frank Bolling of the Tigers and pitchers Don Johnson of the Orioles and Ernie Johnson of the Braves were originally issued with their counterparts' card backs. Bowman corrected the error and issued cards with the correct backs.

1950s Topps[edit]

In its 1956 set, Topps issued six team cards, the Cubs, Reds, Orioles, Indians, Braves and Phillies, in three different versions. The different cards are commonly referred to by collectors as the "dated", "undated" and "centered" cards. The first release showed a team picture, obviously taken the year before and correctly labeled as "1955 Chicago Cubs, "1955 Cincinnati Reds" and so on. For some reason, perhaps because it was confusing to have a card labeled "1955" in a 1956 set, Topps reprinted these cards, blacking out the space where the date had appeared. This resulted in the team name being off-center in the black box where it appeared. Topps finally issued a third version of all six cards with the team name centered in the box.

Topps's 1957 set contained Yankee great Mickey Mantle as card number 95. The card is known among collectors as the "ghost Mantle". Topps editors had long been expert at altering pictures to meet their needs. For example, the same photo of future major league manager Bob Kennedy appears in the 1954, '55 and '56 Topps sets. But the photo is airbrushed to show Kennedy in an Indians cap in '54, an Orioles cap in '55 and, finally, a White Sox cap in '56. The '57 Mantle card shows a posed shot of the switch hitting center fielder finishing a left-handed swing. The original photo apparently contained someone standing behind Mantle as he swung. When the card was assembled, the intruder was "blacked out", leaving a perfect silhouette, a "ghost", in back of the Mick. The outline is far more prominent and clear in some copies of the card than it is on others, inspiring debate among collectors as to whether Topps issued a corrected version, with the interloper better camouflaged.

In the 1957 Topps set, card number 20, of Henry Aaron, features a classic example of a "flipped negative". The photo on the card shows Aaron, a right-handed slugger, batting left-handed. A closer look at the number on Aaron's uniform, 44, shows that he was not playing a practical joke on the photographer. The number is backwards, the result of the photo negative being printed upside down. Topps never issued a corrected version.

In the 1959 Topps set, Aaron's Braves teammate Lew Burdette fooled the Topps photographer. Burdette joined with Warren Spahn to form the heart of a pitching staff that would carry the Braves to two consecutive World Series. The front of his 1959 Topps card, number 440, shows Burdette, a right-handed pitcher, with a glove on his right hand at the top of a left-handed windup. Topps got revenge on Burdette, however, when they printed his name on the card. Burdette's middle name, "Lewis" is shortened to "Lou", rather than "Lew". The year before Topps had taken no chances, identifying him as "Lou" on the front of card number 10, and "Lew" on the back.

Printing errors[edit]

The Topps 1962 baseball set saw the 'grandaddy' of all error situations. The set's entire second series (the 87 cards numbered 110 through 196) was first printed and distributed without the proper amount of ink for the photographs; the result has been known ever since as the "Green Tint" series, for the sky and dirt in the backgrounds of some cards are decidedly green, rather than blue or brown.[2] All the photos were somewhat out of focus, and card number 159 (Yankees Pitcher Hal Reniff) was incorrectly numbered as 139.

The entire series was re-printed and re-distributed, with the photo inks in proper proportion and with eight photos replaced with different poses (Reniff's among them). All remaining photos were re-cropped for the re-printing (e.g., some photos were moved a bit to one side, and others moved up or down), thus giving every card in the series an error card. The Reniff card's number was still incorrect in this second printing, so a third, corrected one of his was produced, resulting in one 'true' Reniff card and 2 errors (each error card with a different photograph).

The "wrongback" error occurs when the sheet is mated with a back which is upside down or reversed. Most wrongbacks have the backs off center. It is possible to find a centered back and off center front.

The blankback or blankfront error is a type of error where the back or front of the card is blank. Most likely however, these are first run proofs from the company not intended for distribution. In addition, misspelled words/names, print blotches, missing border sections, and different colored backgrounds (like the 1973 manager cards) are all considered errors although relatively few of these are corrected.

Washington Nat'l League - 1974[edit]

The 1974 "Washington Nat'l League" cards are considered errors too, but were corrected during the run. This came about when there was a strong possibility that the San Diego Padres might move to Washington after the 1973 season. Anticipating that possibility, Topps substituted the term "Washington Nat'l League" onto early-series Padres' cards, since the nickname of the potentially re-located team was not known.[3]

1989 Billy Ripken card[edit]

Billy Ripken is also remembered for an infamous baseball card.[4][5] In 1989, Ripken's Fleer card showed the player holding a bat with the expletivefuck face written in plain view on the knob of the bat.[6] Fleer subsequently rushed to correct the error, and in their haste, released versions in which the text was scrawled over with a marker, whited out with correction fluid, and also airbrushed. On the final, corrected version, Fleer obscured the offensive words with a black box (this was the version included in all factory sets). Both the original card and many of the corrected versions have become collector's items as a result. There are at least ten different variations of this card. As of February 2009 the white out version has a book value of $120.[7]

Years later, Ripken admitted to having written the expletive on the bat; however, he claimed he did it to distinguish it as a batting practice bat, and did not intend to use it for the card.[6]

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The 1990 Pro Set football card release has several errors and variations. Due to a contractual dispute, the Pro Bowl card of Eric Dickerson (No. 338) was withdrawn early creating a short print. Card #338 would be reissued with Ludwell Denny on the front and it was a promotional card not available in packs.[8] Card #75 in the set was meant to be Browns Center Cody Risen but the card was withdrawn early, resulting in a short print. Another variation from 1990 Pro Set is card #204, featuring Fred Marion of the New England Patriots. This card is rather controversial as it features San Francisco 49ers player John Taylor in the background and the belt from Taylor's pants are undone. The positioning of the belt gives the appearance that his private area is exposed but it is just a shadow and the belt.

  • Other errors and variations in the 1990 Pro Set football set include:
AthleteErrorDescriptionCorrectionDescription
Barry Sanders1aNo ROY trophy on back1bShows picture of Barry holding the ROY trophy
Joe Montana2aBack reads "Kelly-3,521 yards"2bback corrected to "Kelly: 3,130 yards"
Walter Stanley15a#8 on back15b#86 on back
Chris Doleman18aerror back, wrong stats, "Townsent"18bback corrected to 104.5 sacks for Taylor; "Townsent" corrected to "Townsend"
Andre Ware19ano draft stripe on front19bdraft stripe on front
Mo Elewonibi20ano draft stripe on front20bdraft stripe on front
Percy Snow21ano draft stripe on front21bdraft stripe on front
Anthony Thompson22ano draft stripe on front22bdraft stripe on front
Franco Harris25awrong birthdate25bcorrected birthdate 3/7/50
Jack Lambert27awrong birthdate27bcorrected birthdate 7/8/52
Mike Ditka59aSMALL FONT for "Hall Of Fame" on front59bLARGE FONT for "Hall Of Fame" on front
Rickey Dixon63ano bio notes under photo63bbio notes under photo
Sam Wyche68ano bio notes under photo68bbio notes under photo
Ozzie Newsome75awrong hometown75bcorrected hometown: Muscle Shoals, AL
Johnny Holland110ano name, number on back110bcorrected
Perry Kemp111aKen Stills photo on back111bcorrected
Sterling Sharpe114asays he was born in Glenville114bcorrected birthplace: Chicago, IL
Andre Rison134aNO TRADE STRIPE134bWITH TRADE STRIPE
Mervyn Fernandez152aDraft status incorrect152bstatus corrected to "Drafted 10th round '83"
Art Shell161aBirthdate: 11/25/46 on back161bBirthdate: 11/26/46 on back, large HOF print in banner on front
Fred Marion204a49ers player with belt204b49ers players belt airbrushed out
Morten Andersen210aname in white on back210bcorrected (name in black)
Eric Martin216aname in white on back216bcorrected (name in black)
Jim Mora221aname in white on back221bcorrected (name in black)
Charles Haley289aincorrect fumble recovery stats289bstats corrected to 5 total fumble recoveries
Ray Perkins319ano name or position on back319bcorrected
Chris Hinton343ano stripe343bwith traded stripe
Randall Cunningham386aSmall Print On Front386bLarge Print On Front
Dan Hampton449aDE on back449bDT on back
Kevin Glover496aC-G back496bG back
Wes Hopkins607aStat Categories Fumbles and Interceptions in Black607bStat Categories Fumbles and Interceptions in RED
Rod Woodson626aRed fumble interceptions header626bBlack fumble interceptions header
Rod Bernstine627aposition listed as TE627bposition corrected to RB
Anthony Miller630aposition listed as WR on the back630bposition listed as WR-KR on the back
Leslie O'Neal632aposition listed as LB-DE on front632bposition listed as LB on front

[8]card number 140 Jim Everett front John alt back

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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Error_card
F-Face Ripken PSA Label

Error cards are all over the place in the sports card hobby. Mistakes happen at all stages of the card production process. There can be design errors, informational errors, and actual printing errors. Cards that have some sort of error or mistake on them are not rare at all, and you will never find a yearly series that doesn’t have it’s share of errors if you look close enough.

So how do we know which error cards are worth more?

It all comes down to scarcity. If an error is detected somewhere along the production line – somewhere from design to packing – and is pulled off the line and corrected, that error card has the potential to be more valuable than it’s corrected counterpart. Assuming that there are far less of the error versions in existence (and assuming error versions actually made it into circulation). That’s what it boils down to.

Take one of the most famous error cards as an example, the highly sought after NNOF (no name on front) Frank Thomas 1990 Topps rookie card. The standard version of this card is not at all rare. It was produced during the height of the junk era of cards and there are hundreds of thousands of them, if not millions. However, there is a version that is MUCH more rare. Early in the production run of these cards, a series of them were printed with an error – Frank’s name was missing on the front. Some quantity of these made it through the production and packing process and went out into circulation before the error was caught by quality controlled. Once caught, they corrected it by adding his name and continuing the production process. When all was said and done, plenty of normal Frank’s were out there, and just a handful of the error variation.

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps No Name On Front Error Card

Now, 30 years later, and you can still get a 1990 Topps Frank Thomas rookie for $5.00 or less. But, to get a NNOF Frank, you’re likely needing to shell out thousand of dollars. Now, if it has been the other way during production – say that the error version without the name made it through 99% of the production process before they caught it, then finished off with the corrected version at only 1% of the production run, this version wouldn’t be considered an error, but it would be much more rare and thus would be far more valuable. If an error is never corrected, then it has full production run and is no different than any other card in the set. Uncorrected errors are very common. So, essentially, that’s how it works.

But that said, it’s a subjective thing. There are many types of errors that are clear errors or mistakes, but are not desirable for one reason or another. Consider printing flaws such as print lines or marks, mis-registered designs, and any number of other issues. Generally, these are not considered “errors” – they are just flawed cards. But that said, there are collectors who specifically look for those types of things, so those cards may be worth more “to the right person”, but in the broader sense, they are just flawed cards, and probably worth even less because of that. It’s considered a quality issue, not a variation.

So this is a good way of thinking about it. Could the error be considered a “variation” as opposed to a quality flaw? Take grading for example. PSA will mark against a card’s grade if there is a print line running down the middle of it (especially on chrome cards, for example) because that’s considered a quality issue. PSA will not put a mark against the NNOF Frank Thomas for missing the name, because that was a design error that was later corrected – hence, two variations of the same card (with one being far more rare).

Are miscut cards worth more?

Generally no. Miscut sports cards are not considered error cards in this sense, they are usually considered print/production flaws. If anything, they should be considered worth less than the normal version. However, it’s certainly not unheard of for a card with an egregious printing mistake to be sold for a lot more money, especially if it is of a star player. Again, it’s subjective and if someone really wants it for their collection, they’ll pay what they want for it.

Miscut baseball cards are junk

Print and production mistakes

As detailed above, there are a variety of print and production mistakes that are not generally considered “errors” in that sense.

Missing back or missing front, or wrong back

These will often just have a blank back or front, or could feature one card on front and something else entirely on the back. Often one side or the other will also be misaligned or miscut. These are all just due to a bad print run – perhaps the sheet got flipped the wrong way after printing one side, or the job was set up incorrectly initially. Often there may only be a very small handful of these cards, which certainly would make them far more rare. But as stated, generally they are just not desirable.

Missing foil, or other print elements

In the 1990s all the way up through today, this is a very common issue. It’s simply due to the foil not adhering or getting transferred to a card properly. Sometimes bits of the foil is missing as if only partially adhered, sometimes there no foil at all when there should be, suggesting the machine ran out of foil or perhaps it never made it to the foil machine. A lot of times you’ll find an impression on the card of where the foil should have been, but no foil (indicating the machine was just out of foil at that moment).

Material errors

Oof, these have gotten pretty bad lately. 2021 Topps is still pretty new and already it is clear that quality control on jersey swatch cards was pretty bad during their series 1 run. We’re seeing a lot of cards that simply have the jersey swatch missing. Some people find them really cool and interesting, but most see them as just bad quality control.

Informational errors on cards

When we’re talking about error cards that have a corrected counterpart, thus making the error version more scarce and desirable, there’s a good chance it’s due to an informational error. One could consider the NNOF Frank to be part of this group. Another example would be a 1952 Topps Johnny Sain, which includes the wrong bio (Joe Paige) on the back. This card was corrected, and the error card is quite sought after. Interestingly, the Joe Paige 1952 Topps also has an error with the Sain bio (they just got mixed up), but is not nearly as desirable as the Sain just do to Sain’s historical accomplishments (last pitcher that Babe Ruth faced, and first that Jackie Robinson faced). Other examples of informational errors include misspellings, wrong stats or information from a different player, any number of things. Again, if the error was never corrected, then it is not rare and is considered just the normal card.

Johnny Sain error
Joe Paige Error
Johnny Sain error card with Joe Paige bio

Design errors

Next to informational errors, these are probably the 2nd most common, and are usually corrected, so we have a host of sought after error cards due to design mistakes. 2006 Topps Alex Gordon rookie is a good example as this card shouldn’t have even been in the 2006 set. Rumor has it Topps put it in the set thinking he would make the opening day roster, but as it turns out, he did not, so that card (flagship release) should not have been in the set. Another good example is the 1989 Upper Deck Dale Murphy Reverse Negative error – which shows the photo reversed. It was later corrected, so this rare error card is pretty sought after.

2006 Topps Alex Gordon rookie error with variations
Dale Murphy Reverse Negative

What are error cards worth?

And this is the big question. Error cards depend on 2 main factors: Whether or not they have production scarcity (they are far rarer than corrected counterparts) and what the subject is. There are lots of later corrected errors out there that are simply not desirable – probably a common no-name player. But in the NNOF Frank, you take an egregious error of a hall of fame hitter (they forgot his name!), that is FAR more scarce than the mass-produced corrected version (believed to be only 200-500 in existence, as opposed to probably hundreds of thousands of corrected versions), and you have a super sought after card (selling for 5 digits or more in high grade).

Error cards can be desirable and sought after, and thus valuable, for all sorts of reasons. So, it quite literally depends on the card. Take the “F-Face” Billy Ripken (just Google it if you’re unfamiliar), which is probably the most notorious sports error card in history. Or the 1977 Star Wars C-3PO “error” – which may be the most famous error card EVER. The list goes on and on.

One of my personal favorites is the 1990-91 Hoops Sam Vincent. Who? Exactly. But on the “error” version of this card, it shows Sam driving the hoop with Michael Jordan defending him – only Jordan is wearing #12, which happened for only one game. Hoops ended up pulling that photo from the production run and replacing with an entirely different photo.

Sours: https://bsportscards.com/sports-card-errors-what-are-they-and-which-error-cards-are-more-valuable/
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40 Most Valuable Football Cards: The All-Time Dream List

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Most Valuable Football Cards From The 1930's to the 1990'sThe most valuable football cards in the hobby can easily fetch upper five and six figure price levels.

Collectors simply go crazy over some of these cards.

Scarcity and fierce auction bidding competition can keep hobbyists searching for some of them for years.

If you’re lucky enough to own one or more cards on this list then you’ve got something special.

While not as valuable in general as baseball cards, there’s no question that collectors are willing to pay big bucks to get their hands on the cards on this list.

To build this list, we relied on PSA‘s Sports Market Report online price guide to include any football card they estimate to be worth more than $15,000 on the open market.

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The 40 Most Valuable Football Cards Guide

Here's the complete list of the forty most expensive football cards. Each short summary gives a brief explanation of the history of the card, what makes it so valuable, and is accompanied by a look at the card itself.

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1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $750,000

Bronko Nagurski was one of the most feared runners the game has ever seen. One of the NFL’s original Hall of Fame inductees in 1963, his 1935 National Chile rookie card is also the most valuable football card in the hobby. This set is notoriously difficult to put together and since his is a high number card in the set (#34 out of 36 total cards) it is even tougher. Nagurski played for the Chicago Bears from 1930-1937 (and briefly returned in 1943) but is shown on the card in his University of Minnesota uniform where he was an All-American.

1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski Rookie Card

2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Rookie Card (Autograph)

Estimated PSA 9 Mint Value: $450,000

One of two autograph rookie cards on this list, Tom Brady’s 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket has become red hot over the years after he's racked up six Super Bowl championships. This is theTom Brady rookie card everyone dreams of owning. This card used to sell for less than Peyton Manning's card from the same set but it's no longer even close: Brady's card has surpassed his by a long shot. Recently, one of these cards in a BGS 9 holder was auctioned off for a jaw-dropping $400,100.

2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket #144 Tom Brady Autograph Rookie Card

1965 Topps Joe Namath Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $150,000

Joe Namath’s rookie card may not be the most valuable in the hobby but it’s arguably the most popular of all football cards. If there is a face to football cards, this is probably it. Measuring in at 2 1/2″ x 4 11/16″, the card’s design is much larger than typical sports cards and that can usually expose it to more risk of wear and tear. And there’s even a “butterfly variation”, as collectors often call it, that has a very noticeable print mark on the back of Namath’s left hand. The variation does not impact its overall value too much, though. Here you see the regular version on the left and the variation on the right.

1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath Rookie Card

1958 Topps Jim Brown Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $225,000

The 1958 Topps Jim Brown rookie card is also an extremely popular card among collectors. “Jimmy” is widely considered the greatest fullback to ever set foot on the gridiron. Centering and print defects are typically the toughest challenges for anyone collecting this card so high grade examples fetch big money on the auction block.

1958 Topps #62 Jim Brown Rookie Card

1894 Mayo Anonymous (John Dunlop, Harvard)

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $100,000

The N302 Mayo’s Cut Plugs are considered the very first football card set ever produced and feature well-known Ivy League players of the time period. Harvard legend John Dunlop’s card, however, contains neither his nor his team’s name. Therefore dubbed the “Anonymous” card, it’s the key to the set and one of the most wanted cards in the hobby.

1894 Mayo Anonymous (John Dunlap, Harvard) Football Card

1957 Topps Johnny Unitas Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $140,000

The Topps 1957 football set is instantly recognizable with its horizontal layout and dual-pane design. And the Johnny Unitas rookie card, along with those of Paul Hornung and Bart Starr, is the key to this legendary set. They’re not scarce since they were part of the double-printed second series run but high grade examples are extremely valuable. Print snow and centering are usually the two key factors that prevent the card from attaining high grade status.

1957 Topps #138 Johnny Unitas rookie card

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Jim Thorpe

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $85,000

Technically, this card is not a football card. The 1933 Goudey Sport Kings set featured star athletes of the day across several different sports. But since Thorpe is depicted as a football player on the card, it made our list. Collectors love this incredibly popular set and Thorpe’s card is considered to be one of its most well-designed.

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Jim Thorpe Football Card

1957 Topps Bart Starr Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $125,000

Not far behind the Unitas rookie card of the same set is Bart Starr’s 1957 Topps rookie card. Hobbyists love Bart Starr football cards in general but it’s no doubt his rookie that they mainly go after. The card features a nice head shot of the legendary Packers quarterback on the left and an image of him ready to release the ball on the right.

1957 Topps #119 Bart Starr Rookie Card

1948 Leaf Sid Luckman Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 8 Value: $46,500

The 1948 Leaf set is the most well-represented on this list and Luckman’s rookie sits atop them all in terms of value. The card design features bright coloration and a nice image of Luckman tossing the ball to a would be receiver. While many cards from this set come in multiple variations (you’ll see several examples later), Luckman is shown on only one design.

1948 Leaf Sid Luckman Rookie Card

1998 Playoff Contenders Ticket Peyton Manning Rookie Card (Autograph)

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $42,500

All but four cards on this list date 1986 or older and Manning’s 1998 Playoff Contenders Ticket autograph rookie is the first of them. Manning put up historic numbers on the way to winning a Super Bowl with two different teams. The most popular player of his era, Manning’s rookie cards have held their value–especially this one.

1998 Playoff Contenders Ticket Peyton Manning Rookie Card (Autograph)

1948 Leaf Bobby Layne Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $45,000

Bobby Layne’s 1948 Leaf rookie card comes in two variations: one where he is wearing yellow pants and one with red pants. He actually spelled his name “Bobby” but Leaf chose to spell it “Bobbie” on his card instead. And they threw in his “Blonde Bomber” nickname as well. The variations, spelling, and nicknames all combine to make this a great football card and one of the most desired in the hobby.

1948 Leaf Bobbie Layne Rookie Card

1948 Leaf Chuck Bednarik Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $30,000

Another great card in the 1948 Leaf set is Chuck Bednarik’s rookie and boy does this card pop. The bright yellow background helps Bednarik practically explode off the card from his three point stance. Bednarik was a feared defender but his rookie card is not. Collectors love it.

1948 Leaf Chuck Bednarik Rookie Card

1972 Topps Roger Staubach Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30,000

Roger Staubach may not have gotten a chance to play profession football until he was 27 years old but that didn’t stop him from having a legendary career. The Cowboy superstar led the way to two Super Bowl victories and put up one of the best career quarterback ratings of all-time. His rookie card doesn’t suffer from as many condition challenges as others on this list. But being one of the most popular players in the history of the sport in a very well-liked set, Staubach’s rookie can command a lofty price tag.

1972 Topps Roger Staubach Rookie Card

1952 Bowman Large Jim Lansford Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $23,000

Jim Lansford looks flat out mean on his 1952 Bowman rookie card. The card has strong eye appeal overall as Bowman was notorious for producing beautiful card designs. Lansford isn’t the most well-known player on the list but it’s the difficulty of finding this card in high grade that makes it so expensive. Set builders looking to complete this popular set will have a tough run with Lansford’s card as it is the last in the set at #144. That makes it not only a short print but also more prone to damage given its position on the printing sheet.

1952 Bowman Large Jim Lansford Rookie Card

1935 National Chicle Knute Rockne

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $22,000

Knute Rockne is on the short list of greatest football coaches of all-time having won six national championships at Notre Dame. He likely would have won even more had he not been killed in a plane crash in 1930 at the young age of 43. Most will remember Rockne for his locker room speeches and ability to motivate–his famous “win one for the Gipper” halftime speech to propel Notre Dame to a comeback win against Army. His 1935 National Chicle card faces serious centering issues and is a key to an overall tough set in general.

1935 National Chicle Knute Rockne Football Card

1957 Topps Dick “Night Train” Lane Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $19,600

Dick “Night Train” Lane was arguably one of the most feared tacklers to ever play defensive secondary in the NFL. He would flat out thump opposing offensive players with punishing hits. His 1957 Topps rookie card is one of several key cards from this legendary set. The seven-time Pro Bowler is shown on the right side of the card doing what he did best: intercepting the football. Lane still holds the record for most interceptions in a single season with 14–a feat he accomplished as a rookie in 1952 with the Los Angeles Rams.

1957 Topps Dick Lane Rookie Card

1950 Topps Felt Backs Joe Paterno Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $17,500

Controversy rapidly overtook Paterno late in his coaching career at Penn State but his 1950 Topps Felt Backs rookie is still incredibly valuable. It’s the only trading card to depict Paterno as a player and measures only 7/8″ by 1 7/16″. The back side of each of the tiny cards in this rare set of collegiate players show a small felt pennant from each player’s school.

1950 Topps Felt Backs Joe Paterno Rookie Card

1971 Topps Terry Bradshaw Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $18,500

Bradshaw goes down in history as one of the winningest and most successful postseason players in football history. Over the course of his career he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to eight AFC Championships and four Super Bowls. When it comes to sports cards there is perhaps no bigger threat to condition and eye appeal than colored borders. The red borders surrounding Bradshaw’s image on this card make it a beautiful card but much more prone to wear and chipping along the edges and corners. Find a Terry Bradshaw rookie card in mint condition and you’ve got a pricey rookie card of an NFL legend on your hands.

1971 Topps #156 Terry Bradshaw Rookie Card

1986 Topps Steve Young Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $13,500

Collectors either love or hate the 1986 Topps football card design. The green borders with white stripes meant to represent a football field can be great for some but odd for others. Although the Jerry Rice rookie card in this same set is no doubt the most popular and sought after, PSA 10 Gem Mint examples of the Steve Young rookie card can actually cost you more. It’s card #374 placing it at the back end of the 396-card set making it a bit tougher to locate in PSA 10 condition.

1986 Topps Steve Young Rookie Card

1948 Leaf Sammy Baugh Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $17,500

Although Sammy Baugh actually has another recognized rookie card to his name, his 1948 Bowman issue, its the 1948 Leaf issues that is the more desirable of the two. It’s also one of the keys to this very popular football card set. Known for his accuracy, Baugh led the league in passer rating a record six times. He’d also take the Washington Redskins to two NFL Championship victories in 1937 and 1942. Amazingly, he also played defensive back and punted. He actually still holds the record for yards per punt at 51.4 yards which he accomplished in 1940. Baugh had a heck of a career.

1948 Leaf Sammy Baugh Rookie Card

1957 Topps Paul Hornung Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $22,500

The last 1957 Topps card on our list is the Paul Hornung rookie card. A high number card in a legendary set, this card of the famous back is also high on many collectors’ want lists. While he played running back for the Packers, he is shown dropping back for a pass on the card. Hornung was known for his incredible versatility and could throw well, but he didn’t have to since that was Bart Starr’s job. Hornung is one of only a few players to have won both the Heisman Trophy and NFL MVP awards.

1957 Topps Paul Hornung Rookie Card

2000 SP Authentic Tom Brady Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $17,500

The second Brady rookie card on this list, this one is from the 2000 SP Authentic set but doesn’t come with his autograph. That drops its price compared to his other autographed card on this list but collectors still will pay high prices for this one. It’s rare for modern cards to be so valuable but how can you argue given the career Brady has had?

2000 SP Authentic Tom Brady Rookie Card

1979 Topps Ozzie Newsome Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $16,000

This one may be one of the biggest surprises on the list but scarcity is key here with this Hall of Famer’s rookie card. Newsome had a standout career as a tight end for the Browns and helped lead them to three AFC Championship games in the late 1980’s. The bright yellow background gives the card some nice pop. With only two PSA 10 copies currently in circulation, don’t be surprised if you see them top $15,000 if they even come up for sale at all.

1979 Topps Ozzie Newsome Rookie Card

1950 Bowman Otto Graham Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $13,500

Graham only played ten years but he made them count while leading the Cleveland Browns to six division and three NFL Championship titles from 1946 to 1955. A true offensive force, Graham could attack both through the air and on the ground. Staining on the reverse side and centering tend to be the biggest condition obstacles for collectors of this card. It’s a key to the 1950 Bowman set and the only one to make this list.

1950 Bowman Otto Graham Rookie Card

1962 Topps Mike Ditka Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35,000

When you think of football players who just looked flat out tough and mean, Ditka is surely high on the list. After refining the tight end position as a player, Ditka also went on to a successful coaching career with the Bears. The 1962 Topps design is creative in its layout but the black borders leave it prone to easily showing chipping and wear. Ditka has made enormous contributions to the game both on and off the field and his rookie card is a great one to collect.

1962 Topps Mike Ditka Rookie Card

1976 Topps Walter Payton Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $16,000

I remember watching a Sports Illustrated documentary on Walter Payton as a kid that spoke about how relentless and tough Payton was. Rather than run out of bounds on a play he’d make sure and cut back to try and run over a defender for at least one more yard. It’s amazing that he played in 186 consecutive games from his rookie season on with that running style. Payton goes down as one of the best running backs of all time and a fan favorite. If you can find his 1976 Topps rookie card centered with sharp corners, then you’ve got a very valuable asset on your hands.

1976 Topps #148 Walter Payton Rookie Card

1948 Leaf Doak Walker Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $15,000

One of several Hall of Famer rookie cards in the set, Doak Walker’s is yet another 1948 Leaf football card to make the list. It packs the same vibrant punch as many cards in the set with its sharp yellow background and clean image of Doak dropping back for the pass. Unlike other cards in the set, this is the only variation you’ll find of the former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time NFL champion. Since 1990, the “Doak Walker Award” has been given to the NCAA’s most outstanding running back. Print quality and centering are typical challenges for this card.

1948 Leaf Doak Walker Rookie Card

1948 Leaf Bob Waterfield Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $15,000

Bob Waterfield’s 1948 Leaf rookie card can be found with his name in either black or white lettering. The white letter card is far more scarce than the black version. The Hall of Fame quarterback led the Rams to NFL Championships in 1945 and 1951. Another highly sought after card in the ever popular 1948 Leaf set.

1948 Leaf Bob Waterfield Rookie Card

1948 Leaf Leo Nomellini Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $15,000

The 1948 Leaf Leo Nomellini rookie card features the ten-time 49er Pro Bowl defensive tackle in either a maroon or red jersey atop a blue background. The red jersey variation is the more rare of the two. Amazingly, Nomellini would also wrestle professionally in the off-season as Leo “The Lion”. His rookie card shows a great action shot of him charging in for a tackle.

1948 Leaf Leo Nomellini Rookie Card

1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Harry Beecher

Estimated PSA 7 Value: $15,000

The 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions cards came with Old Judge and Gypsy Queen cigarettes and featured athletes from a variety of sports. Harry Beecher’s card is the only football card in the set technically making it the oldest known football card in the hobby. The card measures roughly 1 1/2″ by 2 5/8″ and remains a must-have for the high-end pre-War collector of sports cards in general.

1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Harry Beecher Football Card

1981 Topps Joe Montatna Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $12,500

Many quarterbacks have been faster on their feet and possessed far stronger throwing arms than Joe Montana. But what Montana did perhaps better than anyone in the history of the sport was command the game. His football IQ was off the charts and he used it to lead the 49ers to four Super Bowl victories in his career. Centering is the biggest challenge for this card in an otherwise modest set. The value of 1981 Topps Joe Montana rookie card is driven largely due to how popular he was as the set itself is relatively inexpensive to put together.

1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana Rookie Card

1935 National Chicle Bill Tosi

Estimated PSA 8 Value: $15,000

Considered to be one of the most difficult of any of the 1935 National Chile football cards to find in any grade, a high grade Bill “Bull” Tosi will cost you a pretty penny. The set’s art deco design really shines through on Tosi’s card with its pastel coloration. The set is considered to be the first true football card set in the hobby since it featured football players only. Typical print and centering challenges are the biggest hurdles for collectors of this card.

1935 National Chile Bill Tosi Football Card

1935 National Chicle Luke Johnsos (Johnson)

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $14,000

Another card from the legendary 1935 National Chicle set, this scarce high number card is another case of a card’s value being driven based on a printing error. If you look at the bottom right corner of the card, you’ll notice that Luke Johnson’s last name is actually spelled “Johnsos”. Nevertheless, the card still possesses great imagery and plenty of action.

1948 Leaf Steve Van Buren Rookie Card (Green jersey and blue socks)

1948 Leaf Charlie Conerly Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $12,500

Charlie Conerly played quarterback for the New York Giants from 1948 to 1961 earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1948, MVP honors in 1959, and a Super Bowl championship in 1956. Despite his impressive career, he never quite made it into the NFL Hall of Fame. His 1948 Leaf rookie card is part of the scarce high number second series print run in the set making it a very valuable football card.

1948 Leaf Charlie Conerly Rookie Card

1960 Topps Johnny Unitas

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $12,000

This card has always seemed odd to me just because of the weird look on Unitas’ face. He looks like he’s staring into the camera rather than the typical smile we’d see. Imagery aside, the card is still pricey and other than Tom Brady he’s the only player to appear on this list twice. 1960 was a standout season for Unitas as he put up over 3,000 yards in one season for the first time in his career finishing with a career single season best yards per game average of 258.3.

1960 Topps #1 Johnny Unitas football card

1973 Topps Franco Harris Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $12,000

Harris was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1972 and didn’t look back. He’d go on to put up an impressive 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh winning four Super Bowls with them during that time. Most recognize Harris for the “Immaculate Reception”, a deflected pass that Harris caught and ran for a touchdown during the 1972 AFC divisional playoff game versus the Oakland Raiders. Centering and print quality are the toughest challenges for this rookie card of the famous Pittsburgh Steeler.

1973 Topps Franco Harris Rookie Card

1962 Topps Fran Tarkenton Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $11,500

Another 1962 Topps rookie card to make this list is that of famed Viking passer Fran Tarkenton. Known as much for his ability to scramble as he was for passing, Tarkenton would lead the Vikes to three Super Bowl games in his career. Unfortunately, he never could quite come away with a championship. The Fran Tarkenton rookie card features great action and coloration overall. But like any card in this set, the black borders present collectors with many wear and chipping headaches.

1962 Topps Fran Tarkenton Rookie Card

1948 Leaf Steve Van Buren Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $11,500

The last 1948 Leaf football cards on this list is the Steve Van Buren rookie. You can actually find this card in five different variations: combinations of either blue jersey / green sock, green jersey/blue sock, green jersey/green sock, green jersey/yellow sock, or yellow jersey/yellow sock. That really speaks to the amount of printing issues this set faces better than any other 1948 Leaf card on this list. The famous Philadelphia Eagles back won four rushing titles and two Super Bowls in his eight-year career. A nice touch for collectors was the fact that Leaf slapped his “Big Boy” nickname on the front of the card, too.

1948 Leaf Steve Van Buren Rookie Card

1978 Topps Tony Dorsett Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $11,000

The 1977 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Tony Dorsett would have a standout career for the Dallas Cowboys on his way to four Pro Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl victory. Originally thought to be too small, Dorsett proved doubters wrong throughout his career demonstrating extreme versatility and explosiveness. The 1978 Topps design is fairly straightforward in appearance but nonetheless Dorsett’s rookie is a great-looking and important football card.

1966 Philadelphia Dick Butkus Rookie Card

1986 Topps Jerry Rice Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $13,500

Last but not least, we’ve got the 1986 Topps Jerry Rice rookie card. To be honest, this is probably my favorite card of any on this list regardless of value since Rice was one of my favorites growing up as a kid. Between his and Montana’s rookie card I don’t know which is my favorite. But that famous 1986 Topps design really makes this card pop although, again, those green borders can easily show wear and tear. An incredible football card and one of the most iconic of the 1980’s, the Jerry Rice rookie is a favorite of many collectors throughout the hobby.

1986 Topps Jerry Rice Rookie Card

Most Valuable Football Cards In Review

So, there you have it: the most expensive football cards that you’re ever likely to encounter.

If you’re lucky enough, that is!

Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Jim Brown, Bronco Nagurski, and Bart Starr are just several of the football greats that reside on this list of cardboard rarities. And their continued popularity and demand prove that football cards still do hold great value.

That is a fact not likely to end any time soon. Only a finite number of them still exist and as likely as it is that football will remain a very popular sport, collectors will do anything to get their hands on them.

The question is: where do you start on this list? With so many greats, how do you choose between them?

If you’re a collector, just stick to what you love and collect only what you love. With that strategy, you can never go wrong!

Ross Uitts

 

Ross is the founder of Old Sports Cards and has been collecting sports cards for over 30 years. He also loves to write about the hobby and has written for Beckett, Topps, SABR and of course, this website. Need help buying or selling cards or have a general question about the hobby? Contact him at [email protected]

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"I opened a pack of cards yesterday and the name's missing on the front. What's up with that? And what's it worth?"

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This is one something that's asked regularly.

One of the drawbacks of variations becoming commonplace in the hobby is that we're starting to question every little difference we notice in the off chance it's a piece of glossy cardboard treasure.

Today, the vast majority of variations are intentional. Even if there are mistakes, they're not usually corrected like they used to be. Sometimes variations are simple printing mistakes. The no-name on front "variation" is one such error. And while not common, they're not exactly rare either.

Cards are printed on sheets. If a couple of sheets stick together, things go wonky and foil can get missed. That's a lot of cards all at once. As a result, often, if you hit one no-name card in a pack or box, you'll find several.

Like anything else, no-name errors are worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. A lot of collectors see these as errors and want nothing to do with them. However, those that collect certain players and teams might pick them up as a novelty.

Big names and rookies can fetch decent amounts. A 2014 Topps Series 2 Baseball Masahiro Tanaka sold on eBay for nearly $120. A second was only about half that though. Although both are good amounts for a simple error, this shows there's likely not a broad appeal.

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There is one very major exception, the 1990 Topps Baseball Frank Thomas No Name on Front. That card has been accepted by the hobby as a legitimate error and in enough supply to draw lots of attention whenever one surfaces.

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Unless you have one of the Thomas cards, don't expect to get big bids for your printing errors very often. It still might be worth testing the waters. A dollar or two here and there can add up fast. And who knows, you might just luck out and run into a bidding war. Here's a completed eBay search that shows recent sales of cards with no foil or names on the front.

On the flip side, if you're working on building a set, these flawed cards might be holding you back. If this is the case, you may want to get in contact with the card maker to have the cards replaced. All major manufacturers have details for replacements on their sites. If this is the route you're going, be sure to save your receipts and wrappers in case they're needed.

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You would think a printing error on a sports card would decrease its value, but the so-called error card in the hobby can actually be worth many thousands.

It makes sense on second thought with some of these error cards being extremely rare. One has the wrong birth year on the card, another has a blank back.

And there are popular ones like the Billy Ripken error card with some NSFW language on it.

But we found the ones that are currently on sale listed by the seller for thousands. For most, it won’t ever be worth what it’s listed for but it’s interesting to see the different error cards available.

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