10 Hot Football Cards Entering the 2021 NFL Season

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Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

As we transition into the start of the season, all 32 NFL teams have kicked off practices and training camp is in full swing. It’s an exciting time that always brings a lot of energy, content and talk around fantasy football, Super Bowl odds, MVP odds, roster construction, player injuries, and of course... sports cards!

Below we’ll take a look at the ten of the hottest football cards currently on the market. 

1. Justin Herbert 2020 Prizm Colorblast #14 PSA 10 | +$3,500


Justin Herbert’s Color Blast insert has a population of 21 copies in a PSA 10 grade and last sold for $12,600 on July 31st: 


The prior sale was for $9,100, a low for the card. 

In March, the card sold for $18,000. 

Herbert won Offensive Rookie of the Year and ranked 13th in QBR for the 2020 season. His rookie card prices have led the way for the 2020 class (his Prizm Silver PSA 10 is currently valued at $2,900 and his National Treasures RPA sold recently for $14,000 ungraded). 

2. Tom Brady 2018 Panini Kaboom! #TB PSA 10 | +$925

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Brady is fresh off of a Super Bowl win and his cards have set record prices throughout 2021. 

His 2018 Kaboom! increased by $925 since its last sale: 


The card sold for $7,225 after selling for $6,300 a week earlier. 

Brady is entering his 22nd season in the NFL and the Buccaneers have the 2nd best odds to win the Super Bowl. 

3. Jerry Rice Topps 1986 $161 PSA 9 | +$868


Jerry Rice is often ranked the best wide receiver of all time and his stats speak for themselves. 

This PSA 9 copy of his rookie card is a pop 1,028 and sold for $2,968 on July 31st:  


A week earlier, the card sold for $2,100. 

In February, this card sold for over $7,200, so in the bigger picture, this card is down overall, but has seen some upward movement since the start of training camp. 

4. Josh Allen 2018 Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph #105A BGS 9.5 | +$549.99

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Contenders football cards have a long history in the hobby as the brand has been around since 1993. It’s a staple product for football collectors and it’s not a surprise to see that Josh Allen’s contenders increased by $549.99 since its last sale. 

The Bills reached the AFC championship after a breakout year from the Quarterback and the Bills are the heavy favorite to win their division. 

The card is a pop 124 and last sold for $3,999.99: 


This represents an all-time record price for the card in a BGS 9.5 with a 10 auto grade. 

5. Tom Brady 2000 Bowman Chrome #236 PSA 10 | +$500

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Brady’s card prices peaked after his 7th Super Bowl victory in Tampa Bay but the higher-population, less rare rookies have seen some volatility since that win. 

His pop 1,081 Bowman Chrome PSA 10 recently sold for $15,500: 


A little over a week earlier, the card sold for $13,200. 

The card sold for $28,230 on February 8th, the day after Brady’s Super Bowl victory. 

6. Josh Allen 2018 Select Field Level Silver #207 PSA 10 | +$350

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This Josh Allen Select Field Level Rookie has a pop of 126 and sold for $2,450 on July 31st: 


The card hit an off-season low in June when it sold for $1,600, but has climbed ever since. 

The Select card set isn’t widely recognized as “the” rookie card of a player (Prizm holds that distinction) but the Field Level cards have a lower print run and have some built-in scarcity. The card hit a record high price of $2,635 in March and the latest sale is getting close to that mark. 

7. Kyler Murray 2019 Prizm Silver #301 PSA 9 | +$250


This Kyler Murray Prizm Silver PSA 9 is a pop 173 and sold for $690 on July 31st: 


Last September, this same card sold for $1,366.50. 

Murray is tied for sixth with Tom Brady in early MVP odds and after some off-season additions of JJ Watt, A.J. Green and others, the Cardinals look to take on a competitive division. 

The Cardinals currently have the 18th best odds to win a Super Bowl. 

8. Josh Allen 2018 Prizm Silver #205 PSA 9 | +$249

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Allen is lighting up this list and for good reason. The Bills rank 3rd in early Super Bowl odds and the quarterback has a chance to bring Buffalo its first ever Super Bowl victory. 

His Prizm Silver PSA 9 just sold for $2,849: 


The latest sale represents the all-time highest price paid for the card. During the 2019 season, this card sold for just $82.99! 

9. Tom Brady 2000 Bowman #236 BGS 9 | +$156.21

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Another Brady Bowman makes this list, this time a pop 1,387 with a current value of $2,000: 


This is a Tom Brady Bowman (not to be confused with Bowman Chrome) and sold for $4,100 the day after the Super Bowl. The card has been very volatile since with a lot of peaks and values and the last sale represents a $156 premium over the previous sale. 

10. Dan Marino 1984 Topps #123 PSA 10 | +$150


Dan Marino may be one of the best quarterbacks in history to never win a Super Bowl

Despite never winning a Superbowl, his PSA 10 Topps rookie card still commanded $4,900 in its latest sale: 


The card peaked at nearly $10,000 in February and despite another peak in May, has generally been trending down except for its most recent sales. 

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