Straight Cash, Homey! Top Randy Moss Football Cards
While his attitude and off-field antics occasionally overshadowed his greatness, it is hard to question the athletic ability and on-field success of Randy Moss. Collectors have not forgotten the controversial receiver, making Randy Moss cards a popular option for many.
Best remembered for his time with the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots, Randy Moss also had less memorable stints with the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers. Nevertheless, in his prime, few could match Moss' ability. In addition to seven Pro Bowl selections and the 1998 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, Randy Moss holds the record for most touchdown receptions in a season (23), and accumulated the third-most receiving yards in NFL history.
Although collectors have plenty of options from throughout his career, the early Randy Moss cards remain the top draw. Outside of the obvious preference for rookie cards, another reason for this is that Randy Moss autograph cards were regularly included in products during the early part of his career, but have been very limited since then. This has resulted in increased interest for his autographs found between 1998-2000 products.
Top Randy Moss Cards of All-Time
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The first of several popular parallels from Randy Moss' rookie season, the unique look of E-X2001 has made it a collecting favorite across several sports. The base versions can be found for relatively inexpensive amounts, but the Essential Credentials parallels are where the top values are found. Randy Moss actually has two options, including Essential Credentials Future (#/6) and the Essential Credentials Now card that is next to the base version.
Next up, Flair Showcase consists of four tiers, or Rows, each with a different image and layout for Randy Moss. There are also Legacy Collection parallels, numbered to 100, for all four card versions. Three of these rare Randy Moss parallel cards can be seen below.
Arguably the top overall card for Randy Moss collectors, 1998 Playoff Contenders was the start of the Rookie Ticket cards that have become a prominent fixture in football collection. The reported print run for the Moss autograph is 300 copies.
Showcasing Randy Moss during his time with Marshall University, Autographics were available across all the 1998 Skybox football products. In addition to the base version with black ink, there is also a blue ink parallel, numbered to 50.
One of the top Randy Moss rookie cards, the Future Watch subset in 1998 SP Authentic inlcudes dual images of Moss and is serial numbered to 2,000. A limited die-cut parallel brings the print run down to 500 copies.
Also available in 1998 SP Authentic, the Player's Ink Randy Moss autograph offers a sizable green signing area and is a top rookie-year autograph. There is also a silver version, hand-numbered to 100.
1998 SPx Finite presents another quality base rookie card for Randy Moss and is also one of the more affordable cards on the list. The main version is numbered to 1,998 copies, and there is a Radiance (#/1700) and Spectrum parallel (#/325). The primary SPx Finite set also includes two other Randy Moss cards, which are both shown below.
One of the more plentiful Randy Moss autographs from his rookie year, the simple design is limited to a narrow football border on the right. Like all the early autographs for Randy Moss, the big draw is the on-card signature.
Passing the Torch remains a popular insert line with collectors, and for good reason. In 1999 and 2000 Donruss Elite, Moss was paired with two receiving greats. The 1999 combo included Cris Carter and Randy Moss and although the print run is 1,500 copies, only the first 100 cards were signed. 2000 Donruss Elite followed that up with a Jerry Rice and Randy Moss combo. The listed print run is 500, but only the first 50 cards were signed. A suitable image for the 2000 card was not available, so the two single-player autographs from the same set each are shown below.
The only non-Vikings card to make the list, 2008 Bowman Sterling brought collectors a dual card with Tom Brady and Randy Moss. The two put up some impressive numbers together, but were unable to win a Super Bowl before Moss was let go. Still, the card is very significant to collectors. The two were also paired in 2008 Finest and 2009 Topps.
1998 Absolute Retail #40 Randy Moss RC Vikings B47573
1999 Score Numbers Game #24 Randy Moss 373 1313 B71627
1999 SP Authentic Athletic #A1 Randy Moss B71640
1999 UD Ionix Power F X #P2 Randy Moss x2 B71658