Top Lionel Messi Cards to Collect

Top Lionel Messi Cards to Collect

Lionel Messi is arguably the biggest current name in soccer. The speedy Argentinean forward is a fan favorite and despite somewhat limited cardboard options, remains one of the top choices for soccer collecting, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Pelé. The only thing that keeps him from staking his claim as the top player of all-time is his lack of World Cup success. If he can lead Argentina to the ultimate soccer prize, collectors can expect Lionel Messi cards to surge even higher.

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Despite already having a rather lengthy professional career, which began in 2003 with Barcelona, collectors looking for Lionel Messi cards will not find that many options. Values remain strong for key cards and collectors naturally gravitate to the earliest Lionel Messi cards, which were released in 2004-05 products, as well as his low-numbered options and autographed cards.

Pack-pulled and certified autographs still remain elusive, but 2013 Icons Messi and 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup both boast signed cards for the scoring machine. Like his certified autographs, event and game-worn jersey cards for Messi remain sparse. Collectors can find Lionel Messi jersey cards in several editions of Futera, as well as 2013 Icons Limited Messi Collection.

For a detailed look at key early cards for Lionel Messi, as well as an apparel guide, view our Lionel Messi profile here.

Top Lionel Messi Cards

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2004-05 Panini Mega Cracks Lionel Messi #71

Easily the most valuable of the Lionel Messi rookie cards, 2004-05 Mega Cracks has seen a tremendous increase in value. Versions that are graded BGS 9 have been selling for $350 and up.

2004-05 Panini Mega Cracks Lionel Messi #71

2004-05 Panini Este Sticker Lionel Messi

While stickers are normally less valuable and less popular, especially with modern cards, Lionel Messi's 2004-05 Panini Este sticker is considerably more rare than most of his other first-year cards. Collectors have certainly taken notice of this and a BGS 9.5 sold for $440 in May of 2014.

2004-05 Panini Este Sticker Lionel Messi

2013 Icons Limited Messi Collection Lionel Messi Autograph (Multiple versions)

The first major release of a certified, pack-pulled autograph for Lionel Messi came in 2013 Icons Messi Collection. Broken into two versions, the limited edition boxes offer autographs and game-worn  and event-worn jersey cards, while the basic retail version only includes base cards.

The rare premium product was only available in Japan and Lionel Messi autographs fall about one per case. Despite several unimpressive card designs, the main draw is the large on-card signature. In total, there are five different Lionel Messi signed cards found in the product.

2013 Icons Limited Messi Collection Lionel Messi Autograph

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Parallels Lionel Messi

Refractor-mania is nothing new for North American collectors, but Prizm World Cup is among the first products to bring an extensive checklist of the shiny parallels to international soccer. The full group includes 11 different parallels, and collectors have shown a considerable interest in the rarest options, including Green Crystal Prizm (#/25), Gold Prizm (#/10), Gold Power Prizm (#/5) and Black Prizm (1/1).

Because Messi is featured in multiple inserts (Net Finders, Matchups, Stars) and the base set, there are actually 48 different Lionel Messi cards to collect, including the non-Prizm versions of each card. If you include the Team Photos inserts for Argentina, that adds 12 more cards, for a total of 60 different Lionel Messi cards.

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Base Lionel Messi Gold Prizm2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars Lionel Messi Green Crystal Prizm

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Matchups Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Green Crystal Prizm2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Net Finders Lionel Messi Gold Prizm

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures Lionel Messi #S-LME

While it is not the first certified Lionel Messi signed card to emerge from a pack, the Lionel Messi autograph is one of the most popular cards in the entire Prizm World Cup product. In a perfect world, this would be signed on-card, but other than that, this is an awesome card. Rare Prizm parallels add further intrigue and are numbered to just 25.

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Autographs Lionel Messi

Top eBay Listings

2004 LA LIGA MUNDICROMO BARCELONA Lionel Messi RC Rookie #617
$39.99

LIONEL MESSI 2014 PRIZM FIFA PRIZMS REFRACTOR SP
$11.99

2004-05 Panini La Liga Collecciones Lionel Messi Rookie RC BGS 9.5
$1,299.99

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Net Finders Prizms Blue Red Wave #2 Lionel Messi
$15.00

Lionel Messi 2004 Panini Barca Campio Graded Beckett 9 Mint!
$49.99

LIONEL MESSI 2004 UK Traditions Argentina Rookie Card PGI 10
$18.99

2004 Lionel Messi Uk Traditions Rookie Gem Mint 10
$14.99

1 x ROOKIE CARD LIONEL MESSI AUTOGRAF Nº 89 BARCA CAMPO PANINI 2004 - 2005
$149.00

1 x ROOKIE CARD LIONEL MESSI Nº 617 Mundicromo 2004 - 2005
$30.00

2014 PANINI PRIZM -- LIONEL MESSI -- ** NET FINDERS ** -- RED YELLOW PULSAR!!
$10.00

2014 PANINI PRIZM -- LIONEL MESSI -- WORLD CUP STARS ** RED WHITE BLUE WAVE **
$15.00

LIONEL MESSI 2015 FUTERA UNIQUE TRIPLE MEMOSTARS PATCH 01 17 UNUSED CODE 1 OF 1
$267.26

2014 Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Prizm Yellow Red Pulsar Card Gem Mint 10 #19
$27.89

2014 Panini Football League PFL 05 Living Legend Lionel Messi Refractor Scarce !
$49.99

2013 ICONS OFFICIAL CARD COLLECTION JERSEY BARCA LOGO [ LIONEL MESSI ] NO FUTERA
$349.99

2013 ICONS OFFICIAL CARD COLLECTION JERSEY 2clr LOGO [ LIONEL MESSI ] NO FUTERA
$159.99
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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+.

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