Football cards can vary in value. How much an individual item is worth will depend on rarity, condition, and whether other collectors find the item to be of interest. Regardless of value, many people find that this is a fun hobby and there are collectors all over the world.
Some people will specialize in a specific type of signed item. Trading cards are some of the most common and collectible. Football cards were some of the first types on the scene. These first came into popularity in the late 1940s. Most football cards feature National Football League players, and were popularly produced by Bowman and Topps. Later on, bubble gum companies used these cards to get people interested in buying their products. In 1933, these types began to issue football player images with biographical information about them on the back. As time went by, other companies issued similar products and people often sought to get their favorite player to sign “his” card.
Today football card values will sometimes be determined by condition. There are ten formal classifications ranging from poor to pristine, but there are other types of systems that are used by professional grading companies. The rating system has to do with wear to the edges, scuffing, scratches and whether or not there is any gloss left to the image. Corners that are rounded, missing or bent will also have an impact on the value.
People that are interested in collecting these items will have to decide what classifications are the most appealing to them. In addition to cards, there are people that collect balls, jerseys, books and other items. One of the least expensive types is simple index cards. One of the most interesting can be a document of some kind. As with all collectibles, condition is everything with items that are in their original condition being the most desirable.
There are options to collect baseball, basketball and football autographs but people may not want to overlook professional wrestling, boxing or car racing. There are people that get a variety of different kinds as well as people that specialize in only one kind.
Many collectors have started very modestly as children and wind up having quite a few desirable examples later in life. Because it is not always possible to know what types will appreciate the most, people may tend to get a variety of different kinds. Most people that collect sports autographs will try to get several of the same kind if possible for trading.
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The 2013 Rookies & Stars football cards from Panini was released in early August of 2013. These base cards include 140 veterans and 100 Rookie cards! These cards feature a full bleed photo on the front which is a departure from previous Rookies & Stars designs which typically featured a distinct colored background. Including all the inserts and parallels there are over 80 different sets and over 5,000 unique cards which is a bit much for the average collector to collect them all but the sheer number of sets and cards ensures that Rookies & Stars will have some appeal to almost every collector.
One feature that always set Rookies & Stars apart from most of the other brands were the short printed rookies. The rookies from the base set are NOT serial numbered but they are short printed or produced in much smaller quantities than the veterans from the base set. This can create quite a bit of hype surrounding some of the more obscure rookies from the set especially if they break out and become an NFL Superstar a few years down the road!
The Dallas Cowboys 2013 Rookies and Stars base set includes:
There are 259 total cowboy cards from the 2013 Rookies & Stars brand when you include all the inserts and Parallels. Not surprising that its the 3 Rookies that lead the way with over 60 unique cards each.
The Rookies and Stars base cards look like so:
The Parallels of the base set look like so:
Some of the inserts:
The 2013 Topps Finest football brand hit the market in late August shortly after its parent brand Topps was released. Topps Finest has been around for over 20 years now and has always been widely regarded as one of the better high end brands. The 2013 Topps Finest brand contains 150 cards in the base set broken down to 100 veterans and 50 rookie cards! These cards feature a silver metallic like finish on the front with an action photograph jumping out at the collector. The players name, position and team logo can be found along the bottom and the Finest logo along the top. The back has a glossy finish with no picture. The back does however contain a player profile, 2012 and career stats along with a 2012 Finest Moment highlight paragraph.
There are several different colored parallels of the base set that are noted as refractors. Aside from the Finest Moment insert set which includes Demarco Murray all the other insert cards include only the 3 Cowboy rookies from the Finest brand (Williams, Randle and Escobar). The insert sets are Autographs, Relics and in most cases both.
Including the base set, parallels and inserts, there are 182 total Dallas Cowboy cards from the 2013 Topps Finest football brand.
The 2013 Topps Finest Dallas Cowboys Base set looks like this:
4 – DeMarco Murray
26 – Jason Witten
31 – Dez Bryant
96 – Tony Romo
111 – Terrance Williams (RC)
117 – Joseph Randle (RC)
133 – Gavin Escobar (RC)
Here is what the base cards look like:
Here is what the base Parallel cards look like:
Here is what some of the inserts cards look like:
The much anticipated 2013 Topps football card brand hit the streets in late August. Topps is a favorite among collector’s mainly because of its name. Topps has been in the football trading card game longer than any other brand since the late 1950s and continues to produce some of the best base cards in the hobby. 2013 is no different as Topps produced 497 cards for their base set which included 109 total Rookie cards! Topps is a great brand to collect for team collectors as each team gets a dozen or more base cards including 3 or more Rookies!
Topps generally produces several parallels of the base set including Gold, Black and Platinum but has just recently starting producing their Pink Parallel to bring attention to breast cancer and their Camo Parallel to show support for the United States military personal. Each parallel set comes in varying serial numbers. What was unique about the Topps football brand this year was the sheer number of insert cards. Topps generally produces a couple of Relic and Autographed inserts but this year they seemed to pull a Panini by producing too many parallels of their inserts. Another note is that many of these inserts are relic but not game used relics but rather manufactured relics which are nice but no where near as nice and in demand as a game used relic such as a jersey swatch.
Including the base set, parallels and inserts, there are 211 total Dallas Cowboy cards from the 2013 Topps football brand. The base cowboy cards looks like this:
94 – Morris Claiborne
98 – Team Card
114 – Joseph Randle (RC)
127 – Anthony Spencer
194 – Demarcus Ware
217 – DeMarco Murray
249 – Travis Frederick (RC)
353 – Brandon Carr
375 – Dez Bryant
384 – Tony Romo
395 – Gavin Escobar (RC)
398 – Jason Witten
413 – Miles Austin
428 – Terrance Williams (RC)
There were 2 Short Print photograph variations from the base set, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten:
Some of the 2013 Topps Parallels:
Some of the 2013 Topps Inserts:
This is the third year in a row that Topps has produced their high end Inception brand. The 2013 Topps Inception football trading card brand features 130 football cards in the base set. 40 of these base set football cards are autographed rookie cards! There are 2290 total cards when you include all the inserts and parallels. Green Bay Packers Rookie Eddie Lacy leads the way with 37 total cards. These cards are high end cards that use thick card stock and feature a full bleed action photo on the front. The font also contains a slight texture feel. Each 2013 Rookie included in the Inception football card brand, whether its a base rookie or an insert, is either autographed, relic or both. Most of the insert sets are made up of 2013 NFL Rookies. The base set is paralleled with different colors and different serial numbers a few times.
The total number of Dallas Cowboy football cards from the Topps Inception brand when you include the base set, parallels and inserts adds up to 133 total cards with the majority of those cards coming from the 3 2013 Cowboy Rookies (Williams, Randle and Escobar).
The Cowboy cards from this base set include:
The 2013 Panini Momentum football trading card brand features high quality cards on thick white card stock. The Momentum brand first appeared in the football trading card market in the late 1990s under the Playoff brand name. The brand disappeared for about a decade only to return in 2012 under the Panini brand to make a big splash in the football trading card market! 2013 Momentum is a great addition to the Panini brand and the football card market. The sheer number of relic cards, autographed cards and low numbered cards are sure to please the current avid football card collector!
There are several low numbered parallels of the 2013 Momentum base set but every insert set is either game used relic, autographed cards or in some cases, both!
The Cowboys cards base set checklist is as follows:
There are 178 Total Dallas Cowboys football trading cards from the 2013 Panini Momentum football trading card brand when you include all the parallel sets and insert cards. Besides the veteran players Rookie cards from the base set, current stars Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten are also included in this brand among the insert sets. Retired Dallas Cowboys stars Jay Novacek and Deion Sanders are included in this brand among the insert sets!
Despite loosing their license to produce NFL products a few years back, Upper Deck has continued to produce football cards using the NCAA brand. SPx is a high end brand from Upper Deck and has a reputation for producing some of the highest quality inserts including game used jersey swatches as well as autographed cards. 2013 is no exception as Upper Deck SPx once again has produced a quality product with some great looking cards. Only 2 Cowboy rookies appear in the 2013 UD Spx brand and 1 veteran (Herschel Walker). There are a few retired veterans that played briefly for the Cowboys but would be recognized for other teams vs the Cowboys so I do not including them in my checklist!
The 2013 Upper Deck SPx base (Cowboys) checklist
Joseph Randle (11 cards)
Terrance Williams (16 cards)
Herschel Walker (3 cards)
The 2013 Elite football card brand from Panini are now available at cowboycards.com! Elite has long been a standard brand from Donruss, now Panini and the 2013 set is no exception. These cards are of high quality and features loads of inserts, parallels, game used and autographed cards.
2013 Elite Cowboys base cards:
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The NFL season is fast approaching and preseason starts in just a week. Hall of Fame weekend the Dallas Cowboys are taking on the Miami Dolphins late Friday night at home. As you begin to plan your kickoff parties and weekly watching gatherings you remember your awesome collection of Dallas Cowboys football cards. They make a great conversation piece at any football party.
Trading cards have a long and colorful history. Back in the late 1800s cigarette companies would print trade cards, not to be confused with trading cards, to advertise their product and to stiffen the packaging to protect its contents. Children would wait outside stores waiting for customers to ask them if they could have the cards. By 1900, there were thousands of tobacco card sets manufactured by over 300 companies. Following the success of the tobacco trade cards other companies and industries decided to follow suit and began to produce trade cards to go in their packaging. Unfortunately, the advent of World War II halted the production of trade cards due to a shortage of paper.
Cigarette trade cards never made a comeback following the war, but collectors took to collecting tea cards in the UK and bubblegum cards in the US. The first trading cards were baseball cards which sprung up around the same time that Baseball became a professional sport. In 1948, football cards started to be printed in the US and Canada where the sport was popular. The cards usually have a picture of an NFL player and their statistics.
Getting into collecting football trading cards is an endeavor, just like collecting anything. If you are looking for a 2013 limited moniker autographed card of Tyrone Crawford you could pick one up from Cowboy Cards! After you pick up some cards, and have spent a small fortune, how are you going to watch every game of the season? Every host of any football party needs DirectTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket. Check it out at www.direct.tv. You can keep up with all the guys on your fantasy team and there is never a bye week when the whole league is at your fingertips. It sounds like you’re amazing collection of Dallas Cowboys football cards won’t be the only talk of the party, but hopefully they won’t get jealous.
Make sure to check out the wide variety and new arrivals of Cowboys cards in the card shop and don’t forget to get all the supplies you might need to protect and store you new found addiction. Once the cards are in order, it is time to tap the keg and invite the guys over to show off your new purchases and amazing NFL collectables.
The Score football card brand has been a main stay with football card collectors since they produced their first set back in 1989. Score football cards have always focused on team collectors by including more veterans and Rookies in each base set than any other brand aside from Topps. 2013 is no different, Score has released its 2013 base set and it includes 411 total base cards with 111 of those base cards being Rookies. The Veterans and Rookies are easily distinguishable this year because the 2 designs are radically different. The base veteran cards include an action photo on the front with a traditional white border around the edges. The players name, position, team and the Score logo are found under the player photograph along the bottom of the card. The back contains a team helmet logo along with a short player bio, a yearly and career stat line as well as a player profile, unlike the higher end brands, there is not a player photo on the back of these cards. These cards also feature a glossy finish on the font and back. In celebration and tribute to the 25th anniversary of Score’s inaugural brand in 1989, each of the 2013 Score base rookie cards are designed exactly like the 1989 Score base rookies were designed with a large player portrait and a green border. The players name is printed along the bottom in yellow ink inside the green border. The players new NFL team helmet is also located along the bottom. The Score logo is located along the top along with the words: 2013 * ROOKIE. The back contains 2013 Rookie in LARGE FONT around the NFL Team helmet logo. The players name and profile along with a short bio are also included on the back. The back also contains the words: ***25th ANNIVERSARY*** vertically printed in a blue box across the middle of the card. Unlike the 1989 Score brand, the 2013 Score brand includes several parallels as well as relic and autographed insert cards.
Cowboycards.com has several 2013 cards in stock including the entire team set. Please visit this page to purchase your 2013 Score Cowboy cards!