Top 10 Rarest Football Cards

While football cards are not as widely collected at the older and more valuable baseball cards, they are still valuable and worthwhile as sports collectables.  The value of a card is largely dependent on the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) or other grading; judged on a 1 to 10 scale with 10 being the best.

Number Ten: 1957 Topps Rookie card of Johnny Unitas with a PSA of 9.  This card features the legendary Colt’s quarterback in his first year in the pros.  In mint condition this card is worth a nice $19,000 dollars.

Number Nine:   1948 Leaf of Roy Steiner in the red jersey.  Roy “the Rebel” Steiner is by no means a household name from professional football, but his 1948 card is a valuable item, worth more than $19,000 dollars with a PSA rating of at least 9.

Number Eight: 1951 Bowman of Tom Landry.  Landry is no doubt better known as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. This 1951 card in PSA 10 condition is worth more than $19,500 dollars.

Number Seven: 1976 Topps card of Walter Payton. The Bear’s Hall of Fame running back is the newest card in the top ten.  In top condition this card is worth over $28,000 dollars.

Number Six: The 1952 Large Bowman of Jim Lansford. Offensive lineman Lansford is pictured in an aggressive pose in this card.  Difficult to find in the “large” size this card is excellent condition reaches the $30,000 dollar mark.

Number Five: 1948 Leaf of Bob Waterfield.  Waterfield the Hall of Famer played with the Rams and is shown ready to throw another long bomb, with a PSA of over eight this card is valued at more than $31,500 dollars.

Number Four: The 1948 Leaf of “Slingin’” Sammy Baugh. Another entry from the fabled ’48 Leaf set features the groundbreaking quarterback and punter about to throw another touchdown.  This card in excellent condition is worth $38,000.

Number Three: The 1948 Leaf of Charles “Chuck” Bednarik with the yellow background.  Again from the 1948 Leaf set this card features the bruising defensive player Bednarik. This card with a PSA rating of 8 or better is valued at $38,600 dollars.

Number Two: The 1948 Leaf of Sid Luckman with the yellow background.  Picturing the greatest Bear’s quarterback of all time is very rare and valuable, a card with a PSA rating of 8 or better this card will top $71,000 dollars.

Number One: The 1935 National Chicle of Bronco Nagurski.  The oldest card in the set is also the most valuable, worth more than $200,000 dollars in good condition. If one can be found for sale, that is.


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