Top 10 Most Expensive Football Cards in the World
While the most valuable football cards may not command the same prices as baseball or basketball cards, prices have soared during the last decade with collectors of vintage football cards coming on strong. Usually a non-partisan third-party grader grades the top cards since graded football cards generally command more money. Graded cards top the list of the most valuable football cards and these grades are shown where applicable. Here are the top 10 most expensive football cards:
10. Johnny Unitas – 1957 Topps PSA 9 $19,000
This card features the legendary Colt’s quarterback in his first year in the pros. Early Topps issues are gaining popularity amongst collectors and the very high grade of this rookie card means big bucks.
9. Roy Steiner – 1948 Leaf (red jersey) PSA 9 $19,200
Roy “the Rebel” Steiner is by no means a household name from professional football, but his 1948 card is a valuable item. Roy Rebel Steiner was a great Alabama player, but spent only two years in the NFL.
8. Tom Landry – 1951 Bowman PSA 10 $19,600
Landry is no doubt better known as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Depicted on the 1951 Bowman issue as a young quarterback, Landry went on to become one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.
7. Walter Payton – 1976 Topps BVG 10 $28,500
The Bear’s Hall of Fame running back is the newest card in the top ten. This graded football card was deemed a perfect 10 by Beckett and brought ‘Sweetness’ into the football elite.
6. Jim Lansford – 1952 Bowman (Large) SGC 92 $30,000
Offensive lineman Lansford is pictured in an aggressive pose in this card. The Large cards are more collectible and the offensive lineman Lansford depicted in a great pose has vaulted into the $30K club with this sale.
5. Bob Waterfield – 1948 Leaf PSA 8.5 $31,600
Waterfield the Hall of Famer played with the Rams and is shown ready to throw another long bomb. The simple design and bold colors make the 1948 Leaf set popular with collectors. Hall of Famer Waterfield is depicted ready to fire off another come-from-behind long pass for the Rams.
4. Sammy Baugh – 1948 Leaf SGC 96 $38,000
Another entry from the fabled ’48 Leaf set features the groundbreaking quarterback and punter about to throw another touchdown. The status of this legendary quarterback should move him up the list in the coming years.
3. Charles Bednarik – 1948 Leaf PSA 8 $38,600
Again from the 1948 Leaf set this card features the bruising defensive player Bednarik. Bednarik is a legend. One of the truly outstanding tacklers of all time. Bednarik is remembered mostly for the tackle on Frank Gifford which put him on the sidelines for over a year. Chuck is a member of both the college and pro Hall of Fame.
2. Sid Luckman – 1948 Leaf (yellow background) PSA 8 $71,800
Picturing the greatest Bear’s quarterback of all time is very rare and valuable. Luckman’s card was issued with multiple background colors and this yellow variety is the most difficult.
1. Bronco Nagurski – 1935 National Chicle SGC 96 $240,000
The oldest card in the set is also the most expensive football card. Bronco had a long illustrious career at several positions and was also a charter member of the Pro Hall of Fame. His cards have cross appeal as well, since Bronco had a long career as a wrestler, too. This card has tripled in value in the last decade.