Football Card Holiday Gift Buying Guide
Football card collectors love opening boxes. Every pack is like another gift, another set of surprises, more to add to their collection. If you're looking for holiday shopping ideas, a fresh hobby box is likely at the top of any collector's wishlist.
Almost always, hobby boxes are the way to go. These are the boxes sold at card shops and through dealers. Often, they're packed with more of most desirable cards that come with autographs and memorabilia pieces. Retail packs and boxes, the ones sold at places like Walmart and Target, have longer odds and don't pack as much punch.
If you don't have a hobby shop nearby, hobby shops are still an option. eBay is loaded with dealers and sellers, offering some of the best prices. Their Buyer Protection Program ensures that buyers are protected as well.
When it comes to picking boxes for presents, the number of options can be daunting. Our handy gift guide includes popular choices across several price ranges.
Football Card Hobby Boxes Under $75
Although it may not be licensed, every box of 2012 Press Pass Sports Town Football delivers four autographs. The focus is on this year's rookies, making Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III signatures a possibility. All cards come serial numbered, ensuring they're limited. No cards have a print run higher than 199. What 2012 Press Pass Sports Town lacks in logos, it makes up for in value.
Perfect for the casual collector, 2012 Score Football hobby boxes give collectors a ton of cards for a low price. The base set has all the big rookies. Every pack has a glossy card and most have another insert. While autographs are possible, they're extremely rare and not the focus. This is an ideal box for those simply wanting to sort through some cards and have some fun.
There's a reason why 2012 Topps Football is one of the year's most popular sets. The cards look great, all the top rookies are here and there's a chance at some very valuable cards. 2012 Topps Football cards pack a ton of info, which make them a great teaching tool for new fans to the game. Besides lots of inserts, every hobby box comes with an autograph or memorabilia card.
Football Card Hobby Boxes Under $150
Like most of the year's sets, 2012 Panini Rookies & Stars Football focuses heavily on first-year superstars. Top rookie cards have both an autograph and a player-worn jersey swatch. Some of the most attractive rookie cards of the year, they're also serial numbered. Hobby boxes deliver a total of four autograph and memorabilia cards plus a ton of other inserts.
A high-end chromium look, rookies galore, autographs and colorful Refractor inserts combine for one of the hottest sets of the year. 2012 Topps Chrome Football mixes classic designs with new ones. Many collectors are chasing rare cards with different-colored borders as well as autographs of Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Doug Martin and more. Every hobby box has an autograph and more than ten additional inserts.
For less than $100, 2012 Topps Prime Football hobby boxes offer an autograph, an autographed relic and two additional relic cards. The big chase in the set is many levels of autographed rookie relics that come with up to four pieces of memorabilia. The overall design of the set has also been extremely popular with collectors.
Football Card Hobby Boxes Over $150
2012 Leaf Best of Football isn't your traditional set of cards. Boxes come with one old card that is either graded or autographed. Many of these cards are high-grade classic rookie cards, popular inserts and high-end autographs. It's a great way to take a chance on getting a great card from the past that might be too expensive buy separately. Each box also has an additional autograph or a sketch card featuring original art done directly on the card.
Every pack of 2012 Panini Momentum Football has either an autograph of memorabilia card. With ten packs in a box, that's a lot of hits. Among the most popular cards in the set are rookie cards that come with an autograph, player-worn jersey swatches, low numbering and a bold design.
There's a reason why 2012 Topps Triple Threads is one of the most popular high-end brands of the year. Rookie cards come autographed with multiple memorabilia swatches and are limited to just 99 copies. Every box comes with one autographed triple relic, an autographed rookie relic, a jumbo rookie relic and an additional triple relic card. Low numbering and a deep checklist make Triple Threads stand out even more.