Diego Maradona Rookie Card and Apparel Guide

Diego Maradona

Date of Birth: 10/30/1960
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Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Outside of Pelé, few players have received as much praise and recognition from the soccer community as Diego Maradona. The Argentinian phenom was a magician on the field and remains one of the greatest soccer players in history, as well as one of the most infamous. Despite his up-and-down career, including his battles with drugs and several suspensions, most remember his on-field greatness and Diego Maradona cards and apparel continue to see considerable interest.

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Maradona played for multiple clubs during his career, setting several world record transfer fees along the way. He also was a main fixture for the Argentina National Team. Despite stints with storied franchises like Boca Juniors and Barcelona, Diego Maradona spent the majority of his career with Argentinos Juniors and Napoli. He also played in four World Cups, including 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994. Argentina claimed the 1986 World Cup Trophy and Maradona was immortalized with two goals against England in the quarterfinals that resulted in a 2-1 win for La Albiceleste.

His first score was the "Hand of God" goal where Maradona punched the ball into the goal, and the penalty was seemingly missed by the referees. His follow-up score in the same game was voted "The Goal of the Century" in 2002. The team came up just short four years later, as Argentina was the runner-up to West Germany in the 1990 World Cup.

Frequent comparisons are made between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. This is due to their similar playing styles, smaller size and shared Argentinian heritage.

Card collectors don't have a lot to work with in regards to Diego Maradona cards. Most are low-end stickers and cards and there still has not been a major release of pack-pulled autographs for the former great. While the reverence for rookie cards is not as strong in the soccer collecting world, two of his earliest cards claim that distinction and hold the most value among basic Diego Maradona cards.

Key Early Diego Maradona Cards

1978 Crack Campeonato Mundial De Futbol Diego Maradona

The first traditional Diego Maradona card came in the 1978 Figurita Crack Mundial. Maradona did not play in the 1978 World Cup because he was not included on the final roster, but the Argentinean version of the product still included him. The colorful sticker shows a young Maradona with an impressive head of hair. The "sticker" card has a blank back and like other cards from this era, actually needs to be glued into the album.

1978 Crack Campeonato Mundial De Futbol Diego Maradona

1979-80 Panini Calciatori Diego Maradona #312

Another early option for Diego Maradona, the 1979-80 release from Panini Calciatori is more common than the Crack card above. The sticker shows a much more serious Maradona and displays a more traditional look.

1979-80 Panini Calciatori Diego Maradona #312

Top eBay Listings

1979 Panini Calciatori #312 - Diego Maradona (RC) - PSA 6 -- Rookie (mikedenero)
$140.00

Diego Maradona Panini 1979 Rookie Soccer Card
$25.00

Diego Maradona Game Used Worn Jersey Ultimate Threads 1 1 Argentina Napoli FC
$17.10

Futera Unique 2015 Memorable MEM25. Diego Maradona Jersey card
$50.00

ULTRA RARE OLD CARD DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA ARGENTINA TEAM 1979!! UNIQUE!!
$49.99

ULTRA RARE OLD CARD DIEGO MARADONA ARGENTINOS JUNIORS 1979 UNIQUE!!
$99.99

LIMITED FUTERA UNIQUE 2015 DIEGO MARADONA JERSEY MEMO MEM25 100 105
$100.00

DIEGO MARADONA 1995 ARGENTINA Upper Deck Trading Card VINTAGE Soccer BOCA JRS
$7.99

DIEGO MARADONA 1995 ARGENTINA Upper Deck Trading Card VINTAGE Soccer BOCA JRS
$19.99

ULTRA RARE OLD CARD DIEGO MARADONA & FRANZ BECKENBAUER 1979 UNIQUE
$99.99

ULTRA RARE OLD CARD DIEGO MARADONA ARGENTINA TEAM 1979 UNIQUE!!
$99.99

Diego Maradona Argentinos Juniors Refractor - Only One Made - Serial #1 1
$9.97

ED.ESTADIO 1994 (SPAIN) DIEGO A. MARADONA (ARGENTINA) WORLD CUP USA 94 CARD RARE
$10.00

RARE OLD CARD DIEGO MARADONA SOCCER 1986
$19.99

RARE OLD VINTAGE CARD DIEGO MARADONA SOCCER 1986
$19.99

Diego Maradona Short Print Argentinos Juniors Card - Only Three Made - 1 3
$9.97
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Apparel Guide

Diego Maradona Apparel & Memorabilia Buying Guide

While there is not a ton of options among Diego Maradona apparel and memorabilia, collectors have some options. Check out the various apparel, jerseys, signed memorabilia and figures for Diego Maradona using the links below.

Active Listings for Diego Maradona Apparel

Diego Maradona T-shirt

Active Listings for Diego Maradona Jerseys

Diego Maradona Jersey

Active Listings for Signed Diego Maradona Memorabilia

Diego Maradona Signed Jersey

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Diego Maradona Figure

Top eBay Listings

Diego Maradona SOCCER ARGENTINA jersey 1990 Retro S, M, L, XL - REPLICA
$39.99

SOCCER STICKERS Diego Maradona 1990 Andoni Zubizarretaimport Spanish futbol
$50.00

vintage DIEGO MARADONA vinyl ARGENTINA Boca Jrs SQUEEZE DOLL Best Player EVER
$149.99

DIEGO MARADONA vinyl ARGENTINA Boca Jrs SQUEEZE vintage DOLL Best Player EVER
$149.99

Diego Maradona SOCCER ARGENTINA BLUE Vintage jersey 1986 - REPLICA
$36.99

ARGENTINA - Diego Armando Maradona- (Official #10 Jersey). LOWERED TO SELL 1200$
$1,200.00

DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA (Youth - LARGE) T-Shirt
$40.00

ORIGINAL PHOTO DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA WORLD CUP 1978 DAILY CLARIN ARGENTINA NEG
$156.24

Diego Maradona SOCCER Newell´s Vintage jersey REPLICA
$64.99

Diego Maradona Photo Book World Cup Mexico 1986 Napoli Boca Juniors FC Barcelona
$79.99

Diego Maradona SOCCER ARGENTINA Vintage jersey 1990 - REPLICA
$37.99

FIFA WORLD CUP 1979 Argentina Team Youngs RARE Magazine Poster DIEGO MARADONA
$33.99

DIEGO MARADONA ON COVER WORLD CUP USA 94 UNIQUE EXYU SPORT MAGAZINE
$49.99

Diego Maradona SOCCER ARGENTINA 1994 BLUE Vintage jersey size M L XL REPLICA
$58.99

BOCA JUNIORS Diego Maradona Vintage jersey 1981 REPLICA
$38.99

FIFA WORLD CUP 1982 GOLES Magazine Argentina vs BELGIUM - DIEGO MARADONA
$37.99
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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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

User Comments

  1. There is actually one card issued earlier than the 1978 Crack: a disc-shaped card issued in 1977, when Maradona was just 16 and playing for Argentinos Juniors. The series was plainly named “Futbol”.

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