Football Card Holiday Gift Buying Guide

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 $80

2013 Score Football Jumbo Box 260x234 Image2013 Score Football

Perfect for the casual collector, 2013 Score Football jumbo boxes give collectors a ton of cards for a reasonable price. The base set has all the big rookies and the new pack format provides some solid hits. Jumbo boxes have ten packs of 50 cards and promise at least two autographs.

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2013 Topps Football Hobby Box 183x300 Image2013 Topps Football

There's a reason why 2013 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. 2013 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. For those who want a full base set and little else, there's also the 2013 Topps Football factory set.

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2013 Topps Chrome Football Hobby Box 182x300 Image2013 Topps Chrome Football

Last year, Topps Chrome was pushing $100 per box thanks to the loaded rookie crop of Andrew Luck, RG3, Russell Wilson and more. This year is a different story. Still very popular, the weaker rookie selection in 2013 Topps Chrome Football has helped keep prices in check. Boxes include one autograph and lots of inserts. Colorful Refractors are among the set's most coveted cards.

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Football Card Hobby Boxes Under $175

2013 Panini Playbook Football Hobby Box 205x300 Image2013 Panini Playbook Football

Switching from a season-ending release to a mid-season set, 2013 Panini Playbook Football has a lot of high-end appeal at a mid-range price. Boxes are small, delivering four cards. But all of them are hits. Two are book cards that fold out to reveal combination of autographs and/or memorabilia swatches. There's also another autograph in the mix.

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2013 SPx Hobby Box 260x177 Image2013 SPx Football

2013 SPx Football packs a lot of punch and potential given the moderate price tag. Boxes of the college-themed set have a Rookie Auto Jersey card, two more autographs and one additional memorabilia card. While rookies are most common when it comes to autographs, there is the potential to land some high-end signatures from elite stars like Aaron Rodgers, Jerry Rice and Joe Namath.

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2013 Topps Inception Football

2013 Topps Inception Box 260x165 ImageCombining rookie autographs and a bold design, 2013 Topps Inception Football certainly stands out. The promise of on-card autographs is a big one. For well under $100, boxes include a pair of signed cards, a jumbo memorabilia card and more.

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Football Card Hobby Boxes Over $175

2013 Leaf Best of Football Box 260x178 Image2013 Leaf Best of Football

2013 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 a one-of-one sketch card with original artwork done directly on the card.

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2012 Panini National Treasures Box 260x242 Image2012 Panini National Treasures Football

A lot of collectors are still busy chasing the outstanding 2012 rookie crop, especially when it comes to high-end sets. 2012 Panini National Treasures Football is pricey, but it has some of the best rookie cards of Luck, Griffin, Wilson and more. Boxes have six hits including three autographs.

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2012 Topps Five Star Football Box 260x142 Image2012 Topps Five Star Football

2012 Topps Five Star Football is in a similar spot as National Treasures. Extremely limited and very high-end, it pretty much all about the on-card autographs and patch cards. Rookie cards don't command quite the values that National Treasures does, but box prices reflect that as well. This is one of the key sets when it comes to the stacked 2012 rookie class.

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2013 TOPPS PLATINUM HOBBY FOOTBALL 2 BOX LOT - 6 AUTOGRAPHS !
$129.00
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2013 TOPPS CHROME HOBBY FOOTBALL BOX
$65.00
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2013 Upper Deck Football HOBBY Box 3 AUTOS NEW NIB 20CT
$74.99
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2013 PANINI PRIZM FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX [2 AUTOS BOX]
$90.00
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2013 PRESS PASS FANFARE HOBBY FOOTBALL - 10 BOX CASE
$365.00
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2013 PRESS PASS FANFARE HOBBY FOOTBALL - 20 BOX CASE
$698.00
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2013 LEAF VALIANT FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX NEW FACTORY SEALED 5 AUTOGRAPHS PER BOX
$75.99
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2013 PANINI TOTALLY CERTIFIED FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX FACTORY SEALED NEW
$63.99
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2013 TOPPS STRATA FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX NEW FACTORY SEALED
$48.74
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2013 LEAF METAL DRAFT FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX NEW FACTORY SEALED 5 AUTOGRAPHS PER BOX
$76.99
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2013 TOPPS FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX NEW FACTORY SEALED 1 AUTOGRAPH OR RELIC PER BOX
$51.99
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2013 Press Pass Football Card Hobby Box NEW 12 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
$30.00
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2013 TOPPS STRATA HOBBY FOOTBALL - 6 BOX LOT
$295.00
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2013 Upper Deck SP Authentic Football Hobby Box
$69.95
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2013 TOPPS FOOTBALL ARCHIVES HOBBY BOX FACTORY SEALED!
$59.99
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2013 Sage Hit Football Sealed Hobby Box 30 Packs 6 Autos
$34.79
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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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