Emmitt Smith Cards, Rookie Cards Checklist and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Emmitt Smith

Date of Birth: 5/15/1969
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Investment Rating: 8.0


Rookie Cards

When it comes to football stars of the 1990s, few are as popular as Emmitt Smith. As the league's all-time rushing leader, Emmitt Smith cards and memorabilia continue to be very popular, even in retirement.

Emmitt Smith was the 17th overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. An All-American at the University of Florida, Smith made an immediate impact with the Dallas Cowboys and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

A cornerstone of the Cowboys' dynasty in the 1990s that won three Super Bowls, Smith was named the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP. His longevity and excellent teammates contributed to Smith surpassing Walter Payton as the NFL's all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards.

Smith's list of statistics and accomplishments are nothing short of legendary. He holds the NFL record for career rushing touchdowns (164) and NFL record for career 100+ yards rushing games (78). Smith was an eight-time Pro Bowl choice, four-time All-Pro selection, and is a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. Smith was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Since retiring, Smith has also made an impact on pop culture, winning the third season of the reality TV show, Dancing with the Stars.

Emmitt Smith's most valuable sports collectible is his signature, particularly when applied to such items as official league footballs and full-sized helmets. Tickets from his milestone games, and Super Bowl items also are popular. Unfortunately for collectors, Emmitt Smith rookie cards come from the height of the Junk Wax Era and are readily available for relatively low prices.

Emmitt Smith Rookie Cards

1990 Action Packed Rookie Update Emmitt Smith RC #34

1990 Action Packed Update Emmitt Smith 209x300 Image

This card, which features the traditional Action Packed embossing, can be found in high-grade conditions for less than half the cost of a new box of Topps Football.

1990 Fleer Update Emmitt Smith #U40

1990 Fleer Update Emmitt Smith 209x300 Image

The 1990 Fleer Update Emmitt Smith rookie card provides collectors with another affordable opportunity. This card, printed on the higher end stock Fleer used to differentiate themselves in the market, is a nice addition to any collection.

1990 Pro Set Emmitt Smith RC #685

1990 ProSet Emmitt Smith 214x300 Image

The highly over-produced Pro Set card, must be mentioned for the sake of thoroughness. Like most everything that has the Pro Set name, it was printed in huge numbers. Supply will always exceed demand.

1990 Score Supplemental Emmitt Smith RC #101T

1990 Score Supplemental Emmitt Smith 214x300 Image

Easily the most popular and valuable Emmitt Smith rookie card, it commands top-dollar in high-grade condition. The card features an in-game shot of Smith being pursued by the New York Giants. The dark borders make it a somewhat condition sensitive.

1990 Topps Traded Emmitt Smith RC #27T

1990 Topps Traded Emmitt Smith 210x300 Image

Featuring a young Smith taking a knee, this is one of Smith's most valuable rookie cards. High-grade copies can be found for an affordable price, typically under $50.

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1994 SP Holoviews, Insert #PB10, Emmitt Smith, l-1920
$7.95
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1996 Skybox Premium Close Up Foil #7 of 10 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Gators
$7.99
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Emmitt Smith 1997 Pacific Dynagon Prism Silver. BV $25.00
$9.99
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1997 Action Packed Crash Course #4 of 18 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys
$6.49
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Emmitt Smith 1997 Pacific Dynagon Prism Red card
$12.99
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Lot of 11 Emmitt Smith Cards 1993-2000; NM-Mint; Dallas Cowboys
$6.00
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Emmitt Smith 1997 Pacific Revolution Copper card
$6.99
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Action Packed 1990 Rookie Update Edition Factory Set, , Emmitt Smith RC
$17.75
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1999 SP SIGNATURE EMMITT SMITH GOLD AUTOGRAPH AUTO. DALLAS COWBOYS HOF
$539.95
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1991 ULTRA #165 EMMITT SMITH CARD GRADED 10
$40.00
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1990 Highland Mint Topps #27T Emmitt Smith Limited Edition Gold Rookie Card
$219.00
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1996 Proline CD III 1 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys PSA 9
$15.00
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1998 SP AUTHENTIC #SE27 EMMITT SMITH MAXIMUM IMPACT DALLAS COWBOYS HOF 3024
$5.35
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1997 Collector's Edge Extreme Fury, #15, Emmitt Smith, PSA-10, GEM MINT, (0586)
$109.00
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1999 Playoff Momentum SSD Star Gazing Insert #SG36 Emmitt Smith
$8.78
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1996 Pinnacle Team Pinnacle #5 EMMITT Smith CURTIS Martin *7082
$5.99
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Autograph Guide

Emmitt Smith Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Emmitt Smith's 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. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Emmitt Smith Cut Signature Exemplar

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Emmitt Smith Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Emmitt Smith signature autograph is very difficult to replicate and will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Smith's signature has been very consistent through the years, so regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Emmitt Smith Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature is very difficult to analyze as it is very unique, displaying a lot of individual flair.
  2. The signature is defined by a very flamboyant letter "E" exhibiting several fluid curves.
  3. The pen lifts very little translating to a fluid and evenly signed piece with no stops, starts or pauses.

Emmitt Smith Signed Football Pricing:

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Emmitt Smith Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Emmitt Smith Signed Photograph Pricing:

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COWBOYS EMMITT SMITH SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO EMMITT HOLO & PSA DNA #U51620
$249.99
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EMMITT SMITH signed COWBOYS Proline Helmet w EXACT FACEMASK--SB MVP--HOF - PSA
$889.00
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Emmitt Smith Signed Dallas Cowboys 2 Photo Collage Jsa Spence coa
$199.99
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EMMITT SMITH & JOE MONTANA DUAL AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$169.00
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EMMITT SMITH SIGNED FULL DALLAS COWBOYS JERSEY CUSTOM FRAMED TO 35X39 JSA COA
$318.99
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Emmitt Smith Signed Football - JSA LOA
$235.00
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DAN MARINO JERRY RICE EMMITT SMITH Signed FOOTBALL KINGS Framed 16x20
$599.99
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EMMITT SMITH signed Full-Size Dallas COWBOYS Proline Helmet w Tristar COA
$399.00
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EMMITT SMITH DALLAS COWBOYS,FLORIDA,HOF JSA COA SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO
$230.00
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Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys signed 8x10 photo GAI Cert# GV753271
$159.99
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Emmitt smith signed card limited autograph edition Signature with PSA COA
$150.00
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EMMITT SMITH Signed DALLAS COWBOYS 8x10 photo + JSA COA F80186
$125.00
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Emmitt Smith Framed Jersey Signed JSA COA Autographed Dallas Cowboys
$749.95
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Emmitt Smith signed autograph magazine JSA Dallas Cowboys
$115.00
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EMMITT SMITH & TROY AIKMAN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO DALLAS COWBOYS PSA DNA
$199.00
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COWBOYS EMMITT SMITH AUTHENTIC SIGNED 3.25X3.25 CUT AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA SLABBED
$129.99
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