Barry Sanders Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Barry Sanders

Date of Birth: 7/16/1968
Rookie Card Year: 1989
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Barry Sanders was a rare talent who took the NFL by storm, becoming one of football's greatest running backs of all-time. He then shocked everyone when he walked away from the game at the height of his ability and popularity. Now a Hall of Fame player, Barry Sanders cards and memorabilia remain in high demand.

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Lightly recruited out of high school due to size concerns that were leveled at him throughout his career, Sanders accepted a football scholarship to play at Oklahoma State. Showing the incredible depth the team had at running back, Sanders spent two years as Thurman Thomas' backup before getting his chance to handle the majority of the carries. Although he only played one season before declaring for the draft, Sanders made the most of it by setting 34 college records and leaving with the Heisman Trophy.

Despite the aforementioned size concerns, the Detroit Lions took the 5'8" running back with the third pick overall of the 1989 NFL Draft. Barry Sanders was the first running back selected in the draft which featured multiple elite players, including Troy Aikman, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders. Barry Sanders made an immediate impact with the Lions and was awarded the 1989 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The ten-year veteran was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in every season and never rushed for less than 1,100 yards in any of those years. Sanders retired in 1998, one year removed from his best season where he ran for 2,053 yards and 14 touchdowns. He retired less than 1,500 yards away from breaking Walter Payton's all-time rushing record and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2004.

For years, Sanders would not publicly acknowledge why he left the sport, but eventually let it be known that the strain of losing had ruined his competitive spirit. Barry Sanders is one of the greatest running backs and football players of all-time and his rookie card deserves a place in any football card collection.

In spite of Sanders' amazing ability and NFL contributions, his rookie cards are very reasonably priced. All three Barry Sanders football rookie cards are highlighted below. The cards were part of the huge print runs of the late-1980's, so prices are generally cheap outside of Gem Mint copies.

Barry Sanders Rookie Cards

1989 Pro Set Barry Sanders RC #494

Another common rookie, the card shows the only action shot of the group and the image is from Sanders' college days. The borderline-obnoxious, orange/red boarder almost matches the main color of his alma mater, Oklahoma State. The lined sides give the card a choppy look and make it easy to spot the centering issue that a lot of these cards have.

1989 Pro Set Barry Sanders RC 494  214x300 Image

1989 Score Barry Sanders RC #25

Barry Sanders' 1989 Score card is the pinnacle of his rookie cards. The close-up image of Sanders shows a young player who looks more suited for a high school classroom than an NFL field. It would not be long until he was one of the most-feared running backs in the NFL. Overall, the card has a classic feel but the green boarder tends to dominate the card.

1989 Score Football Barry Sanders 211x300 Image

1989 Topps Traded Barry Sanders RC #83T

Barry Sanders' Topps Traded card has a nice and simple layout. This card is the only one that shows Sanders in his Lions' uniform and offers collectors the best rookie image of the three.

1989 Topps Traded Barry Sanders 211x300 Image

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BARRY SANDERS 2013 FLEER RETRO SKYBOX Z FORCE RAVE REVIEW #RR-7 1:180 PACKS RARE
$16.20
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BARRY SANDERS 2014 SPX FOOTBALL FINITE LEGENDS CARD 999
$6.99
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BARRY SANDERS FOOTBALL PLAQUE!!
$15.99
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96 Score-Dream Team-Barry Sanders
$6.00
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12 Panini Momentum Barry Sanders Jersey Card Lions 199
$5.00
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1999 UPPER DECK HIGHLIGHT ZONE QUANTUM SILVER #Z11 BARRY SANDERS-NM-SN 056 100
$30.00
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BARRY SANDERS 1998 PLAYOFF MOMENTUM HOBBY #82 BCCG 10 Mint
$8.10
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BARRY SANDERS 1997 ZENITH Z-TEAM PROMOS #ZT14 BCCG 10
$7.65
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Barry Sanders 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Card # 52 36 99 Detroit Lions
$10.00
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Barry Sanders 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Card # 51 65 99 Detroit Lions
$10.00
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Barry Sanders 1997 Donruss Elite Silver Series 5000 #6 Lions
$5.99
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1998 Destination Honolulu Barry Sanders 1:720 Lions
$75.00
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BARRY SANDERS 1999 UD CENTURY LEGENDS-TOUR DE FORCE #A8
$8.99
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1995 Stadium Club Members Only #190 BARRY SANDERS Lions Nrmt+
$7.99
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2008 Exquisite Barry Sanders Game Used Jersey Super Swatch GU HOF #41 50
$44.00
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Detroit Lions Barry Sanders 1997 Pinnacle Action Packed #16 Gold Impressions
$29.95
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Autograph Guide

Barry Sanders Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Barry Sanders' authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. 

Barry Sanders Cut Signature Exemplar

Barry Sanders Cut Signature Image

Barry Sanders Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Barry Sanders signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:

  1. Barry Sanders' signature is not as consistent as other signers. It can vary greatly between legible and messy, but still exhibits the same general look.
  2. The signature begins with a large "B" that does not connect at the bottom, and loops around back to the remainder of the signature.
  3. The pen lifts and then starts with the "a" and moves quickly to the "y" with a slight squiggle to imply the "r-r".
  4. The last name starts with a large "S" that resembles a figure eight.
  5. Again, the "a" is legible but only the "d" is clear among the remaining letters.
  6. The signatures ends with an outward line that loops and comes back.

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Barry Sanders Signed Lions 8x10 Photo Authentic Autograph PSA DNA #W46968
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Barry Sanders Signed Lions 8x10 Photo Authentic Autograph PSA DNA #W46969
$119.99
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Barry Sanders Signed Lions 8x10 Photo Authentic Autograph PSA DNA #W46970
$119.99
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Barry Sanders Signed Lions 8x10 Photo Authentic Autograph PSA DNA #W46971
$119.99
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BARRY SANDERS HAND SIGNED DETROIT LIONS FULL SIZE AUTHENTIC PRO HELMET HOF PSA
$549.99
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Barry Sanders Signed Detroit Lions Jersey w PSA DNA cert
$215.00
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BARRY SANDERS DETROIT LIONS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET TRISTAR COA
$79.99
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Barry Sanders Signed Autographed Full Size Helmet JSA LOA ROY HOF MVP OKST
$399.99
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Barry Sanders SIGNED Detroit Lions Replica Helmet - PSA DNA Witness AUTOGRAPH
$349.99
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BARRY SANDERS SIGNED NFL DETROIT LIONS INSCRIBED "89 ROY" JERSEY PSA JSA LOA
$289.00
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BARRY SANDERS SIGNED FRAMED DETROIT LIONS LION KING JERSEY PSA COA
$489.00
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Barry Sanders Detroit Lions Signed Football Helmet Authentic PSA
$315.00
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Barry Sanders Signed Detroit Lions Autographed Stat Jersey NFL JSA
$36.06
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LIONS BARRY SANDERS AUTHENTIC SIGNED FULL SIZE REP HELMET AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA
$339.99
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Barry Sanders Signed Autographed Detroit Lions F S Helmet JSA Witness
$325.00
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BARRY SANDERS SIGNED FRAMED DETROIT LIONS LION KING JERSEY PSA COA
$449.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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