Rookie Card Year: 1998
Investment Rating: 7.5
Peyton Manning is one of the most consistent players in NFL history. His strong play and accomplishments over the years have made him an elite option for collectors and one of the most pursued quarterbacks in the league today. As such, Peyton Manning cards and memorabilia command premium sales prices on the secondary market.
Up until the 2011 season, Peyton Manning cards were one of the safest investments a football collector could make. However, the danger that now faces collectors is the uncertainty of the neck injury he sustained. Based on age, it is likely that Manning has already reached his peak.
After missing the entire 2011 season due to injury, Manning is getting a fresh start with the Denver Broncos where expectations are high. The move has given some renewed life in Peyton Manning cards and memorabilia. He's already earned a spot in the Hall of Fame. As such, Peyton Manning cards are a great investment option for the long haul regardless of if he makes a comeback or is forced to retire.
Top 5 Peyton Manning Cards
Although technically not a true rookie card, Manning's Playoff Contenders Ticket autograph is easily his most sought after first-year card thanks to the on-card autograph and low print run. If you are looking for the crown jewel of Peyton Manning cards to add to your collection, look no further. But expect to pay a hefty sum if you are able to find one of these rare gems.
Showcasing his youthful appearance, Manning's SP Authentic rookie card is a perfect reminder of how long he has been in the league. The portrait shot shows Manning patiently waiting for his chance to take the league by storm. The base card is numbered out of 2000 and there is also a die-cut parallel (pictured) numbered out of 500. This probably the most recognizable of all Peyton Manning cards. And it doesn't hurt that its got the SP Authentic brand name behind it, long considered by many collectors to be the football rookie card equivalent to Bowman's baseball card line (at least until Upper Deck's recent loss of the NFL licensing rights).
Another one of the most sought after serial numbered Peyton Manning cards, it was made all the more valuable because of how rare serial numbered cards was back in the 90's.. At the time, it naturally helped distinguish the more elite brands. The SPx Finite card portrays a common profile action shot and the glossy finish makes smudges and chipping more obvious.
1998 Bowman Rookie Autographs #A1
If you can't afford the Contenders Auto, this card is a great back up plan. Unfortunately, this card also isn't part of the base set, so it doesn't qualify as a true rookie. This would bother me a lot more if he did have a true rookie auto, as none of Manning's 1998 Auto's are part of a base set.
1998 Topps Autographs #A10B
If the 1998 Bowman Rookie Auto doesn't appeal to you, this is a great alternative. It tends to be a little cheaper.
Peyton Manning Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 1998 Absolute Retail #165
- 1998 CE Supreme Season Review #74B
- 1998 Collector's Edge Advantage #189
- 1998 Collector's Edge First Place #135
- 1998 Metal Universe #189
- 1998 Pacific #181
- 1998 Pacific Omega #101
- 1998 Playoff Momentum Retail #146
- 1998 Playoff Prestige Retail #165
- 1998 Score #233
- 1998 SkyBox Thunder #239
- 1998 Stadium Club #195
- 1998 Topps #360
- 1998 UD Choice #193
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 1998 Absolute Hobby #165
- 1998 Aurora #71
- 1998 Black Diamond Rookies #91
- 1998 Bowman's Best #112
- 1998 Bowman #1
- 1998 Collector's Edge Masters #73 (/5000)
- 1998 Collector's Edge Odyssey #60
- 1998 Crown Royale #54
- 1998 E-X2001 #54
- 1998 Flair Showcase Row 3 #3
- 1998 Fleer Brilliants #120
- 1998 Fleer Tradition #235
- 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars #233
- 1998 Playoff Momentum Hobby #98
- 1998 Playoff Prestige Hobby #165
- 1998 Revolution #58
- 1998 SkyBox Premium #231
- 1998 Topps Gold Label Class 1 #20
- 1998 Topps Season Opener #1
- 1998 Topps Stars #67 (#/8799)
- 1998 UD3 #181
- 1998 Ultra #201
- 1998 Upper Deck #1
- 1998 Upper Deck Encore #1
Premium Rookie Cards
Peyton Manning Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what an authentic Peyton Manning autograph 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.
Signed Football Pricing:
Average eBay Sales Price: $200
Lowest Amazon Price: $249.95
Signed Jersey Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $300
Lowest Amazon Price: $253.96
Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $125
Lowest Amazon Price: Lowest Amazon Price: $145
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