Football trading cards have been around since approximately 1894, when the very first set of trading cards were released by the Mayo Tobacco Company. The set featured 35 football players from one of three Ivy League schools. (Harvard, Princeton and Yale) Many of the players were the top All-American football players in the country at that time. One of the set's football cards had the player's name and school missing from it, making the card extremely rare. It is now believed Joe Dunlop from Harvard, is on the card. That particular trading card from the set, sold on eBay for $10, 101.51
Bronco Nagurski's 1935 National Chicle SGC 96 football trading card is hailed as the most expensive card to date, tripling in value over the last decade. He had a long football career playing various positions, as well as a wrestling career. The highly popular football trading card is priced at $240,000. Bronco's cards have a variety of collectors from both sports arenas.
Sid Luckman was the most famous Bears' quarterback of all time. Leaf sponsored this 1948 PSA 8 (yellow background) top condition, football trading card from a rare number one set. The card is valued at $71,800.
Sammy Baugh was a legendary quarterback, nic-named "slingin Sammy." The 1948 Leaf SGC 96 football trading card is a rare find, valued at $38,000 and rising in value.
Walter Payton is a legendary Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, who left his mark in the football arena. The 1976 Topps BVG 10 trading card is valued at $28,500.
Tom Landry was a young quarterback who went on to become one of the greatest football coaches in the history of NFL. He is fondly remembered on the Dallas Cowboy's sidelines. The 1951 Bowman PSA 10 card is valued at $19,600.
Many football trading cards are very valuable or rising in value. They are a popular hobby and nostalgic way to remember our football heroes of yesterday. You just might have a gold mine sitting in your attic or basement and not know it!
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