Valuable Assets: The 1990s Top Football Rookie Cards

1990s Top Football Rookie Cards
Written by Ben Davis

Everyone hopes to find a “rookie” card under their bed somewhere in an old shoe box, or maybe in their closet. But, few ever do. If you do happen to find one, consider yourself lucky. Here’s what you’ll want to know about these gems from the 1990s.

1995 Select Certified Terrell Davis

Some of the hottest football cards can be found online, but good luck getting your hands on them — like the 1995 select certified Terrell Davis card. There might be other cards more valuable, but in its heyday, this card was a staple in every collector’s sports card collection. David had the best four-year stretch to start his career in history. It was capped by winning the 1997 Super Bowl MVP and then becoming one of only a handful of players to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.

Today, he’s on the outside looking in, but it’s awesome that he’s got a chance to make Hall of Fame for such a short career. The card still commands an impressive $75 for a GM MT 10.

Randy Moss Rookie 1998 Upper Deck

Authentic Randy Moss is the highlight of the 1990s. In 2 short years, he accounted for many of the highlights in the 90s at a very young age. He made an immediate impact on the league from the wide receiver position. This is not very common. While he does have a few other cards out there with more value, the 1998 SP Authentic stands out as a staple.

He’s earned a place amongst the greats and will likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame once he retires.

1991 Topps Stadium Club Brett Favre

This card is as annoying as his retirement antics toward the end of his career. You couldn’t get rid of him. From that moment, Favre burst onto the scene with the Packers, this card was suddenly “everywhere.” It’s always been in strong demand, too. Whether you were opening packs in the 1990s or buying graded cards in the 2000s, Favre’s 1991 Stadium Club card was traded everywhere.

1990 Score Supplemental Emmitt Smith

Thankfully, the supplemental set is a thing, because otherwise, we’d be stuck without a decent card for Emmitt Smith. A PSA 10 Emmitt Smith 1990 Score Supplement can fetch between $250 and $350. That’s really something for a card from the early 1990s. Regardless of the number of copies that exist out there, and whatever else happens to him, there’s only one Smith and he’ll always be a Cowboy.

1998 SP Authentic Peyton Manning

This card might be one of the best of all-time. Peyton’s resurrection in Denver proves what we already knew: he’s a legend. For now, the card is worth a stunning $1,000, and $2,500 for a mint condition BGS 9.5


There are a lot of cards out there that don’t make the list. That doesn’t mean they’re worthless, but they’re also not as iconic. Regardless, if you have any of these cards, you probably know their worth. Now, tuck them back into their sleeve and return them to the fireproof safe you have buried in the back yard.

Joel Austin has always been into playing sports, soccer, baseball, golf; at various times he’s tried them all. More recently he has discovered a hidden passion for collectibles, and is sharing his new-found hobby with an online audience.


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