Football cards are heating up
Football cards are heating up

Every Sunday, I sit at home playing backgammon, while eating caviar and sipping Crystal. All right, I am watching football, eating stale Funyuns and drinking a vintage bottle of Tab. Yes, it's that time again. Time for 250-pound monsters to crash into each other for four brutalizing quarters as the pot-bellied, armchair quarterbacks tell their TV's that everyone sucks.

For the collectors out there, it's time to buy, sell, and trade in hopes of acquiring that next big superstar. Will he be the next Jerry Rice? Will that guy be the next Dan Marino? Will that other guy be the next Ryan Leaf? Oops!

Predicting the next superstar in football is as tough as any other sport and, perhaps, even tougher due to the short 16-game schedule and the chance for career ending injury. The gamble is great, but it seems as if the NFL is primed and ready for a new crop of superstars to emerge from the line of scrimmage.

It was just a few years back when the superstar names of Marino, Montana, Elway, and Aikman could still be found in the papers and collectors were clamoring for rookie cards of their favorite quarterback. That time is gone but a new era awaits us. Football fans were somewhat spoiled during the 80's and 90's with such a great group of star players, especially at the quarterback position. Today, the NFL is still waiting for the youngsters to mature and replace, at least to some degree, the marquee draw that is long gone.

There's Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, Daunte Culpepper, Randy Moss, veteran running back Emmitt Smith, and a host of others, trying to do their part for the game and collectors are taking notice. Most sports go in cycles when it comes to the league's talent level but energy is building in the hobby; collectors can feel the dawn of a new age.

Football cards have always been overlooked in comparison to their baseball counterparts. I have to admit, I am a diehard baseball fan but, truth be told, vintage football cards are amongst the most visually appealing cards ever produced and key cards, from both the vintage and the modern era, seem grossly undervalued in comparison to baseball's leading cardboard.

Key rookie cards like those of Jim Brown, Joe Namath, and Johnny Unitas can be had for a fraction of the cost of a comparable player in baseball cards. It's astonishing in some cases, but you wonder how much longer a good value can remain a secret. Trends, in the sports collectibles market, change faster than a politician's promises to the voting public.

So grab your pizza and your beer, your Sports Market Report, and your remote. It's time for football; get those gems while you can!

Natex Auction Holds Strong after Terrorist Attacks

Only days after the horrific events of September 11th, Natex Investments held a high-grade PSA card auction. Planned weeks in advance, no one could have imagined the events that eventually shook our nation. The auction seemed doomed but, incredibly, the auction performed well across the board. The auction even included a 1955 Topps Harmon Killebrew rookie card in PSA Mint 9 that sold for $8,662. Here is a list of auction highlights:

Card
Grade
Price Realized
1933 Goudey Monte Weaver
9
$1,331
1933 Goudey Oswald Bluege
9
$1,463
1933 Goudey Walter Stewart
9
$1,463
1933 Goudey Leroy Parmelee
9
$1,610
1950 Bowman Robin Roberts
8
$660
1950 Bowman Gil Hodges
8
$423
1953 Bowman Color Enos Slaughter
8
$412
1953 Bowman Color Del Ennis
8
$1,512
1953 Bowman Color Luke Easter
8
$484
1954 Bowman Pee Wee Reese
9
$1,288
1954 Bowman Eddie Mathews
9
$1,286
1954 Red Heart Stan Musial
9
$7,678
1955 Topps Harmon Killebrew
9
$8,662
1955 Topps Duke Snider
8
$5,153
1956 Topps Andy Seminick
9
$209
1957 Topps Al Kaline
9
$1,560
1958 Topps Minnie Minoso
9
$275
1960 Topps Mickey Mantle
8
$1,198
1961 Topps Dodger Team
9
$349
1962 Topps Jim Kaat
9
$121
1962 Topps Hank Aaron
8
$757
1962 Topps Lou Brock
9
$2,750
1962 Topps Brooks Robinson All-Star
9
$264
1962 Topps Elston Howard All-Star
9
$133
1963 Topps Boog Powell
9
$205
1964 Topps NL Pitching Leaders
9
$1,585
1964 Topps Carl Yastrzemski
9
$515
1964 Topps Rocky Colavito
9
$133
1964 Topps Ron Santo
9
$436
1964 Topps Whitey Ford
9
$660
1964 Topps Orlando Cepeda
9
$385
1964 Topps Bob Gibson
9
$484
1965 Topps AL Bating Leaders
9
$1,452
1965 Topps AL RBI Leaders
9
$1,364
1965 Topps NL RBI Leaders
9
$550
1965 Topps AL ERA Leaders
9
$293
1965 Topps AL Pitching Leaders
9
$220
1965 Topps AL Strikeout Leaders
9
$220
1965 Topps NL Strikeout Leaders
9
$357
1965 Topps Casey Stengel
9
$230
1965 Topps Pete Rose
8
$731
1965 Topps Billy Williams
9
$532
1965 Topps Sandy Koufax
9
$2,928
1965 Topps Whitey Ford
9
$665
1965 Topps Willie Stargell
9
$535
1965 Topps Rocky Colavito
9
$302
1965 Topps Johnny Podres
9
$273
1965 Topps Harmon Killebrew
9
$495
1965 Topps Phil Niekro
9
$519
1965 Topps Ernie Banks
9
$1113
1965 Topps Bob Uecker
9
$161
1967 Topps Bob Gibson
9
$532
1968 Topps Luis Aparicio
9
$146
1968 Topps Roberto Clemente
9
$814
1969 Topps Super Pete Rose
10
$1,948
1969 Topps Billy Williams
9
$354
1970 Topps Lou Brock
9
$234
1970 Topps Pete Rose
9
$966
1972 Topps Dave Kingman
9
$206
1972 Topps 1971 WS Game 1 (Clemente)
9
$423
1972 Topps Jim Palmer
9
$212
1972 Topps Willie McCovey
9
$266
1972 Topps Hank Aaron
9
$965
1972 Topps Roberto Clemente IA
9
$324
1972 Topps Johnny Bench IA
9
$528
1972 Topps Billy Williams IA
9
$242
1972 Topps Thurman Munson
9
$444
1972 Topps Al Kaline
9
$355
1972 Topps Steve Garvey
9
$372
1972 Topps Rod Carew IA
9
$703
1972 Topps Frank Robinson Traded
9
$319
1973 Topps Roberto Clemente
9
$643
1973 Topps Tom Seaver
9
$302
1974 Topps Pete Rose
9
$544
1974 Topps Thurman Munson
9
$199
1976 Topps Lou Gehrig All Time All-Stars
10
$638
1977 Topps Nolan Ryan
9
$385

Superior Set For October 11th Auction

Just as a reminder to all of you out there who collect high-quality cards, get ready for Superior's next big auction. Never before have so many high-grade PSA cards been assembled in one sale; the selection is truly amazing. Due to events that took place September 11th, Superior decided to postpone their auction (originally scheduled for September 27th) until October 11th. Some of the highlights include: a high-grade run of 1915 Cracker Jacks, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8, an elusive 1955 Bowman Willie Mays PSA MINT 9, numerous high-grade Ruth, Williams, Gehrig, Aaron, Koufax, Clemente, Mays, and Mantle cards from Pre-War to 1970s material and much, much more. The quality is astonishing!


Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last fourteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release.
When was the last time you saw this card in Mint 9
When was the last time you saw this card in Mint 9
This 1965 Koufax sold for $2,928
This 1965 Koufax sold for $2,928