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The Sports Card Bulletin




Football Cards, A real contender in the hobby!
by Clint Moody ( guest author)

Sports card collecting has been around since the early 1900's and beyond. These cards were originally promotional items put out by the tobacco companies. In the 1930's the tobacco was replaced by gum and companies like Goudey produced them, but not widely or frequently. It wasn't until Bowman's debut in 1948, then Topps in 1951, that cards were produced on a regular basis. Topps was the only card company from 1956 through 1980 after it acquired Bowman. Football cards were printed during this time, but with collectors and Topps alike, baseball was always the main focus. Times have changed!

Many vintage football cards are now realizing their potential, and so are collectors. The range is also very attractive to collectors as well. Very serious collectors can find must have vintage cards as high end as 1935 National chicle Bronco Nagurski, the great Bear's QB, which has reportedly sold as high as $240,000.00, and goes all the way to Bowman's Tom Brady RC which can be shopped out at around $50.00. This attracts collectors from all walks, interests, and ages. This is only one of the factors that have football cards dramatically increasing in value. The list goes on with the quality of manufacturers competing against each other, the rise in superstars, and record breaking performers in the NFL, the sky is the limit with football cards. NFL is the most watched, most profitable, and most recognizable sport in the world. Finally it is being reflected in the hobby, and sports card collectors are taking notice.

As with all sports cards, prior to 1980, rookies dominated the value. With the sports card industry now providing certified autos, inserts, and serial numbered cards, football cards are now becoming a huge focus among the sports card speculators. You have to be selective, and smart when deciding to take on your football collection. Football has a few more companies now that the hobby has veered it's way. You want to be careful with your pre rookie card companies like Press Pass and SAGE-HIT. These are reputable companies with quality products, and have produced some cards with a substantial return, but are definitely not comparable to the big boys such as Topps, Upper Deck, and Bowman. Many speculators will buy these cards in hopes of pulling next years #1 draft pick, or first rounder. The reality of the matter is even after they are picked, the big boys(Topps, Bowman) rookie cards, and autos will be of significantly more value almost every time.

Now with all the hype and excitement, the next question is usually " What cards should I buy ? ", which is a great question! The beauty of the hobby is that collectors like to collect different cards for different reasons. Some people like certain designs, themes, inserts, etc. Most collectors want to know one thing, What cards are worth the most, have the best autos, relics,etc. The card manufacturers do a good job of making this a pretty even draw. As in most cases, like in life, you get what you pay for. I have compiled a list of the best selling, and most anticipated cards for 2011, while you can't always guarantee a great pull, or expensive card, I think these will give you the best chance for your money.

1. 2011 Topps Inception
2. 2011 Topps Chrome (available Oct 26th)
3. 2011 Topps Finest
4. 2011 Topps

These cards are around the market value. If you can afford to, you should always invest in hobby boxes of whatever brand you decide. This greatly increases your chance at quality cards, and in most cases will guarantee an auto, relic, or substantial pull. Then you have the higher end cards which are usually the producers of high value stars, rookies, and limited cards. These cards are usually considerably more expensive, with fewer cards. These sets, although less cards, will usually yield the biggest hits. Here are recommendations for those sets based on sales and demand.

1. 2011 Bowman Sterling (available Dec 14th)
2. 2011 Panini Gold Standard (available Nov 9th)
3. 2011 Panini Crown Royale ( available Oct 19th)

Next time you head to your favorite hobby shop, online sports card store, or your regular trading board, don't forget to throw football in the mix. Now is a great time to speculate, trade, and purchase your favorite football players, Football cards are rapidly increasing in quality and value, and that always leads to popularity! The hobby is heating back up, the standards are higher, the players are better than ever. Football cards are making their mark. Good luck and happy collecting!


Football is the most popular spectator sport in the United States, and collecting football cards is a passion for many football fans.

Like baseball cards, football cards first appeared in the 1800's. The cards were inserted in various tobacco products as a means of advertising.

P.H. Mayo was the first company to produce a football card series in 1894. Of course there was no NFL back then, but there were several college football teams. The Mayo set consisted of 35 players from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

The information you need to start collecting football cards is essentially identical to collecting baseball cards. To learn more about how to collect football cards please visit our baseball card collecting pages. Here you will find information about the various types of football cards to collect.

Please take the time to learn how to store football cards so that all of your fun, hard work, and money don't go to waste. For some collectors, investing in football cards is a serious business, which type of collector are you? Once you've started collecting, you'll want to learn how to figure out the value of a football card. For those that are absolutely passionate about collecting you'll want to read about the possibility of a football card career.

As with all sports cards we believe that trading is an excellent way to add to your collection. While you are here have a look at our football card trading message board.

April 2010
25th - 2010 Sage Autographed Football Hobby Box
28th - 2010 Press Pass Portrait Edition Football Hobby Box

May 2010
11th - 2010 Panini Prestige Football Hobby Box

June 2010
2nd - 2010 Sage Squared Football Hobby Box
16th - 2010 Donruss Elite Football Hobby Box

July, 2010
7th - 2010 Score Football Box
28th  -
2010 Panini Classics Football Hobby Box
        -2010 TriStar Hidden Treasures Autographed Mini-Helmet Football Hobby Box

August 2010
17th - 2010 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Hobby Box
23rd - 2010 Topps Football Hobby Box

September 2010
1st - 2010 Upper Deck NCAA Sweet Spot Football Hobby Box
8th - 2010 Panini Threads Football Hobby Box
15th - 2010 Topps Platinum Football Hobby Box
22nd - 2010 Panini Epix Football Hobby Box
23 - 2010 Topps Finest Football Hobby Box

October 2010
4th -2010 Topps Factory Set Football Hobby Box
6th - 2010 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Football Hobby Box
13th - 2010 Topps Chrome Football Hobby Box

November 2010
3rd -2010 Panini Crown Royale Football Hobby Box
10th - 2010 Topps Triple Threads Football Hobby Box
16th - 2010 Upper Deck SPx Football Hobby Box
17th - 2010 Panini Certified Football Hobby Box
24th - 2010 Topps Unrivaled Football Hobby Box

December 2010
1st - 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Football Hobby Box
3rd - 2010 Topps Prime Football Hobby Box
15th - 2010 Panini Plates & Patches Football Hobby Box
27th - 2010 Bowman Sterling Football Hobby Box
27th - 2010 Topps Magic Football Hobby Box

January 2011
5th - 2010 Playoff Contenders Football Hobby Box
11th - 2010 Upper Deck SP Authentic Football Hobby Box
12th - 2010 Topps Supreme Football Hobby Box

February 2011
2nd - 2010 Topps Tribute Football Hobby Box


2009/2010 Football card release dates

Football Card News

Topps announces it will be adding its popular player sketch-cards as additional hits to the highly-anticipated Five Star Football Cards. Several gridiron stars have added their artistic skills including Tony Romo, Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Roddy White, Matthew Stafford, C.J. Spiller, Matt Ryan, Mike Williams, Tim Tebow, Aaron Hernandez and many more.

Each original 1 of 1 drawing features the artist/player’s signature on the card’s back.

The hobby exclusive Topps Five Star Football hits stores late February.

Topps Creates Exclusive Cards for Under Armor All American Game.  The first 5000 fans attending the 4th Annual Under Armour All-American Football Game ( January 5th – Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL), will receive 3 exclusive Topps cards featuring a 2011 All-American. There are 92 different cards in all.
Topps, the official trading card of the Under Armour All-American Football game, photographed the players on Friday and on Monday they were each presented with personal copies of their card. In addition, Topps had each player sign cards which will be shelved and used at a later date.

Vick gets most unusual autograph request from Cowboys Choice

Rookie Football Standouts McCoy, Best, Mathews and Spiller Provide Thoughtful Interviews for Upper Deck. Trading Card Company secured exclusive sound bites with the league’s much-touted rookies at the 2010 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere event. (read more)

Upper Deck Releases 2010 SPx Football Featuring Top Rookie Performers Tebow, Bradford and McCoy! Company’s latest gridiron launch includes four sought-after inserts per hobby box including at least one rookie autographed memorabilia card. (read more)

After last night’s stunning six-touchdown performance in the face of a $78 million Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick is becoming a serious comeback case. Reaffirming fortitude on the field, he might be on the verge of rebuilding his hobby following. (read more)

The 2010 football card market is enjoying a resurgence, both in sales and in interest, at least compared with recent years. This year’s product, at least so far, appears to be a hit both with the consumer/collector as well as within the hobby itself. (read more)

Demaryius Thomas is the Topps Rookie of the Week.
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is the Topps Rookie of the Week for Week 2. Thomas, the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 draft, had 8 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut.

Jahvid Best Kicks Off Topps Rookie of the Week Program

Upper Deck Launches 2010 NCAA Sweet Spot Football; Video Shows College Draft Picks Singing Fight Songs. Video shows 14 top college football draft picks battling for best rendition; winner earned a pair of autographed LeBron James shoes from Upper Deck!

2010 Topps Football arrives this week!

Panini America Selects Peyton Manning as Official NFL Spokesman and Trading Card Ambassador.

Panini Announces Exclusive Agreement with Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Topps Company, a leading creator and marketer of sports cards, today announced a multi-year trading card licensing agreement with the National Football League and NFL PLAYERS (the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA).

“We are excited to continue our deep, long standing partnership with the NFL and the NFLPA,” said Ryan O’Hara, CEO of The Topps Company. “Topps will bring innovative, exciting and fun products to the marketplace to serve consumers and customers well.”

Upper Deck Unveils 2009 Exquisite Collection Football. Bonus pack of one autographed memorabilia card included in every box!

Upper Deck Proudly Launches 2009 Ultimate Collection Football! One autograph or memorabilia card in every box; updated '97 Legends autographs fall at one per case!

Saints Alive: Upper Deck Unveils Super Bowl XLIV Box Set! Impressive 50-card collection spotlights key moments from Super Bowl 44 and includes oversized commemorative card!

Punt, Pass and Kick: Upper Deck Releases 2009 SP Authentic Football Card Set . Sports card leader unveils latest gridiron collection; once again, autographs are all hard-signed on cards!

In celebration of Super Bowl 44 in Miami, Panini, a leading manufacturer of licensed collectibles, NFL and NBA trading cards, put out a bounty valued at more than $1,500, for the collector who pulls the NFL Limited 2009 Pro Bowl Combo Materials card featuring Super Bowl quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees (sequentially numbered #44 of 100). With a week left before the offer expired, collector Dawn McNew of Lehigh Acres, Fla., contacted the Panini offices to let them know the card all of America was searching for was part of her 1,000+ card Peyton Manning card collection.

Panini, a leading manufacturer of licensed collectibles, is offering the collector who uncovers the NFL 2009 Limited Pro Bowl Combo Materials card featuring Super Bowl quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees (sequentially numbered #44 of 100), the chance to trade the card in for one box of every Panini NFL trading card released in 2010 and an exclusive Manning-Brees card sequentially numbered #1-of-1. Based upon the current production schedule, the collector will receive 10-15 products with a retail value of more than $1500.

2009 NFL Contenders Legendary Contenders Short-Prints. Officials at Panini America announced today the complete list of short-printed Legendary Contenders from 2009 Contenders football.

2009 NFL Contenders College Tickets Short-Prints. Officials at Panini America announced today the complete list of short-printed College Rookie Tickets from 2009 Contenders football.

2009 NFL Contenders Short-Prints. Officials at Panini America announced today the complete list of short-printed Rookie Cards for 2009 Contenders football.

Bengals WR Chris Henry dead at 26

Upper Deck Captures Michael Oher, Subject of ‘The Blind Side,’ on Many 2009 Football Cards! New movie showcases homeless youngster from a broken home who fulfills potential by becoming starting offensive lineman in the NFL

Pro Football Hall of Fame Unveils Super High-End football Card Set

Upper Deck is proud to present the 2009 NFL America's Team insert set paying homage to one of the greatest professional sports franchises of all-time. 2009 NFL America's Team - Collect the Dallas Cowboys like never before - Available in 2009 NFL Icons, 2009 NFL Upper Deck, 2009 NFL First Edition and 2009 NFL SP Signature Edition.

NFL Players Association opts not to renew Topps football card license.

Tattooed Colts’ Follower Matt Ellis Wins Upper Deck’s Ultimate NFL Fan Contest! Fanatical gridiron fan from Auburn, Indiana, proves worthy of grand-prize package

History has a way of repeating itself, and with the forthcoming release of 2009 Limited Football Panini America Inc. has return a hobby classic to its roots.

Christmas Arrives Early: Upper Deck Releases 2009 SP Threads Football Card Set. Extremely popular brand has been reconfigured to deliver the same high-end rookie cards at an even greater value!

Upper Deck Releases 2009 SP Threads Football Card Set. Extremely popular brand has been reconfigured to deliver the same high-end rookie cards at an even greater value!

Upper Deck Searches for the Ultimate NFL Fan! Sports card company to give away Ultimate VIP Fan Package to the most creative NFL fanatic via online promotion.

Panini Releases FIRST Brett Favre Vikings Certified Autograph Football Card - Officials at Panini America announced today that the company will be including the FIRST certified autograph trading card of Minnesota Viking's quarterback, Brett Favre, in its October 2009 hobby release Certified Football. Facing his former team Monday night, Favre completed 24 of 31 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers, 30-23 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Absolute Memorabilia Football Raises the Bar with Additional Hobby Hits.

Within days of a season-ending wrist injury, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher says he was written off by an autograph and sports memorabilia company.

Upper Deck Kicks Off ’09 Football Season by Launching New, Interactive Gridiron Website. Collectors will be treated to online contests, a revolutionary new rookie card management system and much more!

Sneak Peek Gallery: 2009 Playoff Absolute Football Cards

2009 Topps National Chicle Football cards coming this winter

2009 National Treasures Pen Pals.

NFL Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea and five other players have sued the NFL for using their names and images for profit without their permission.

Farve's First Donruss Threads Card Will Now Be Available at Target too

Panini Makes First Favre Vikings Football Card a Walmart Exclusive

Topps this afternoon revealed a card from the forthcoming 2009 Topps Finest Football, due out Sept. 15, sure to have a certain sect of purple people eating it up: Brett Favre’s first Minnesota Vikings card.

Lights, Camera, Action: Top NFL Rookies Discuss the Art of Autographs. Standouts like Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Percy Harvin, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Aaron Curry provide their take on signing for the fans!

Topps officials recently released preliminary information and images on the rookie-laden 2009 Bowman Chrome Football, a 165-card set featuring 55 rookies seeded one per pack.

Topps announces that there are several short-printed autographed cards and 50 base cards in the recently released 2009 Topps Magic Football.

Topps officials on Tuesday morning released preliminary details and images of 2009 Topps Mayo Football.

Panini America will be continuing the tradition of holding the wrapper redemption. Collectors bringing FIVE un-opened packs of any 2009 Panini hobby product (or box of any Retail product), will receive a one-three card pack. Included in the packs will be updated Donruss Elite rookie cards, basketball and even Americana cards.

* Back by popular demand, Upper Deck proudly presents its new, league-approved “Top 10 Touchdown Dance Challenge” video captured at this year’s NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The cream of the league’s rookie crop proved that they not only possess great skills on the football field but can also hold their own with the best of them out on the dance floor or – in this case – the end zone.

Bowman Sterling Football In a Class of Its Own. The collector-popular Bowman Sterling Football returns in 2009 featuring all the top rookies and super veterans for the upcoming NFL Season.

Panini America Brings Back 1989 Score Football Cards

Topps Chrome Football Returns with the Most Collectible 2009 NFL Rookie Cards! Every hobby box guarantees (1) autographed rookie card featuring names such as Mark Sanchez, Michael Crabtree and Matthew Stafford. Black Refractor (#’d to 25), Gold Refractor (#’d to 10) and SuperFractor (1 of 1) autograph parallels round out the assortment.

Record Breaker: Pristine Joe Montana Rookie Card Sells for $65K!

The Upper Deck 2009 NFL Rookie Touchdown Dance Challenge video

First look: 2009 Topps Chrome football

Panini Confirms Prestige Variations

The top picks from the 2009 NFL Draft, including the top three selections in Matthew Stafford, Jason Smith and Tyson Jackson, will headline a group of more than 30 NFL rookies who will make their professional debut at this weekend’s Reebok NFL Players Rookie Premiere presented by EA Sports and hosted by NFL Players.

Panini: 2009 Playoff Prestige will have zero redemptions

Press Pass announces 2009 football cards red ink, inscriptions list

McFarlane Toys unveils college football figures

* Upper Deck Soliciting Special Inscriptions for NFL’s Top Rookies

* Panini America's Draft Day Surprise

2008 UD Ultimate Collection Football Packs a Punch

Officials at Donruss recently released images for its first NFL set of 2009, Playoff Prestige. Set to hit streets May 13th (just two weeks after the NFL Draft), the rookie cards from Prestige are the first official trading cards on the market with updated team and draft information for the new rookie class.

Topps Mayo NFL / Short Prints Revealed - Topps announces that the recently-released and very popular 2008 Topps Mayo Football features a number of short printed cards including base cards, autographs and relics.

Donruss Produces Pro Bowl Trading Card Set

Stadium Club Football Super Teams….Prizes Announced

Donruss officials said they were extremely happy with the turnout at this year’s Super Bowl Card Show, the first held under the company’s sponsorship.

Playoff National Treasures 1 of 1's

Donruss has created a 440-card Super Bowl edition factory set that will be sold at the event. Produced under the Score name, each card will feature the official Super Bowl XLIII logo. As a free bonus, collectors purchasing the factory set will get an exclusive 18-card set of those participating in this year's Super Bowl. Nine cards will highlight the NFC's Arizona Cardinals and nine will highlight the AFC's Pittsburgh Steelers.

2008 Playoff Contenders Football Cards Part 2 of 2

Product Review: 2008 Playoff Contenders Football Cards

* Donruss Becomes the "Official Trading Card Sponsor of the NFL Experience"

* Topps announces the next etopps installment of its popular Allen & Ginter Super Bowl Champions collection.

Football cards - On card rookie autographs in 2008 Playoff National Treasures

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