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CENTURY SENSATIONS

RANKING THE TOP 100 NFL CARDS OF ALL TIME

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THE NFL PLAYED ITS FIRST OFFICIAL SEASON IN 1920. THIS YEAR MARKS THE LEAGUE’S 100TH SEASON, SO WE THOUGHT WE’D RANK THE TOP 100 NFL CARDS OF ALL-TIME. WE HAD ONE MAIN RULE: NO SETS. THE LIST DOES INCLUDE CARDS FROM THE AFL SINCE IT EVENTUALLY MERGED WITH THE NFL.

Ranking the Top 100 cards can be an ever-evolving process, sparking immense conversation and arguments. We want to select individual cards that matter most, the ones that have made the biggest impact, and cards that collectors are mostly likely to connect with or instantly recognize. Some cards are significant because of the legendary players on them. Some are worthy because they changed the way we collect. Others brought innovations to the hobby that were years ahead of their time.

Here is the list, ranked #100 to #1:

100. 1995 Select Certifi ed #126 Terrell Davis RC

$12

John Elway and the Broncos couldn’t win a Super Bowl until Terrell Davis arrived. This card was released in the popular Select Certifi ed set two years before Denver won back-to-back titles.

99. 1993 SP #6 Jerome Bettis RC

$20

“The Bus” rolled to more than 13,000 career rushing yards. The 1993 SP set was the fi rst in the brand’s long history. This card was one of the hottest of the mid-tolate-1990s.

98. 1996 Bowman’s Best #164 Ray Lewis RC

$40

One of the greatest linebackers of all-time has an af ordable Rookie Card that continued to rise in popularity as he closed out his Hall of Fame career. Ray Lewis retired with an NFL all-time record of 2,055 tackles.

97. 1989 Score Supplemental #384S Bo Jackson

$3

This card is valued at $3, but any collector who was around in the late 1980s or early 1990s instantly recognizes it. The shoulder pads and baseball bat perfectly illustrate Bo Jackson as the ultimate do-it-all athlete of the time.

96. 1983 Topps #294 Marcus Allen RC

$15

The Super Bowl XVIII MVP rushed for a record 191 yards in the title game, including a famous 74-yard touchdown run that is still regarded as one of the greatest Super Bowl plays of all time.

95. 1948 Bowman #12 Charley Conerly RC

$350

Charley Conerly quarterbacked some great New York Giants teams during the 1950s. His Rookie Card is one of the four most valuable cards in the iconic 1948 Bowman set.

94. 1988 Topps #327 Bo Jackson RC

$12

Bo Jackson’s Rookie Card released one year after his rst NFL season and right before the hobby exploded in popularity. It’s an easy pick-up but a key card of the ’80s.

93. 1976 Topps #220 Jack Lambert AP RC

$35

Jack Lambert epitomized Steeler football, and this card highlights his 1975 Pro Bowl season. It’s a great deal for one of the greatest linebackers of the mid-1970s through mid-1980s.

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