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
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.
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.
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.
Football Card Hobby Boxes Under $175
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.
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.
Combining 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.
Football Card Hobby Boxes Over $175
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.
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.
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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