After a short start with the Atlanta Falcons, it was in Green Bay that Brett Favre emerged as an elite quarterback. He helped lead the team back to regular playoff contention and took them to two Super Bowl appearances, including a win in Super Bowl XXXI to end the 1996 season. Later in his career, retirement speculation became a yearly tradition and eventually Brett Favre retired in 2008. This would be the first of several retirements and would result in additional stints with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. His final retirement came following the 2010 season.
While they came during the overproduced era of 1990s football cards, Brett Favre rookie cards remain a top option for collectors. There are eight official cards from 1991 and all are fairly easy to find. Prices are kept in check by the high print runs, but gem mint copies still command a considerable premium. In addition, several other options from 1991 and 1992 have caught the attention of collectors. View all the Brett Favre rookie cards using the tab above.
Obviously, there are tons of other football cards for Brett Favre and ten of his best are covered in our detailed guide.
1994 SP HOLOVIEW DIE CUT BRETT FAVRE PSA 9 1 8
1996 SELECT CERT MIRROR RED BRETT FAVRE PSA 9 1 5
1996 PREMIUM STOCK SS BRETT FAVRE #117 BGS 9.5 1 3
1998 LEAF R&S CRUSADE GREEN BRETT FAVRE BGS 9.5 POP 1 6
The following guide features all the Brett Favre rookie cards from 1991. Other key first and second-year cards are showcased below that.
Brett Favre Rookie Cards Checklist and Gallery
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1991 Action Packed may not wow anyone these days, but the gold foil and rounded edges helped set it apart in 1991. It is still weird seeing Favre in a Falcons jersey. His earliest Action Packed card is part of the Rookie Update set.
1991 Pacific is a good reminder of how bad card designs were during this time. The pink shading and unfortunate text choice for the name is still overshadowed by the bizarre facial expression captured in the image of Brett Favre. This puts it high on the list of the worst Brett Favre rookie cards.
Pro Set is "THE OFFICIAL NFL CARD." In case you ever forget this, they have conveniently placed that information on the front of the card. Outside of that and the text box at the bottom, this is a very plain card. There is also a Spanish version, which looks virtually the same as the regular card except it is written in Spanish and features a different number (#262).
As simple as the Pro Set card looks, the Pro Set Platinum cards take that even further. Without a text box, these Brett Favre rookie cards are one silver circle logo away from being just a photo. If it were not for the "4" jersey and familiar stance, you might not even know it was Brett Favre's rookie card.
Giving the Pacific card a run for worst design, 1991 Score showcases a college image of Brett Favre with a faded purple border and yellow/gold and black text box.
It is easy to forget that Brett Favre was relatively unknown outside of the Gulf Coast region in 1991. While his name is pronounced "Farve," it is actually spelled "Favre." 1991 Stadium Club never got that memo and this error card still carries the misspelled name. The base card does maintain solid value, but the Super Bowl XXVI parallel represents a premium collectible. The partial parallel cards were distributed at the 1992 NFL Experience in Minneapolis. The card is identical to the regular card except for an embossed Super Bowl XXVI logo in the top corner.
1991 Ultra is perhaps the most boring Brett Favre rookie card available. The blurred background, Photoshopped college image, and light gray border make for a very unappealing card, quite similar to the Score rookie. He was also included as the first card (#U1) in the 1991 Ultra Update set with a Falcons image.
While the image shown may not be a fan favorite, 1991 Upper Deck provides the most accurate picture of Brett Favre's rookie season. Of course, he would go on to do great things when he finally got off the bench. Along with the Stadium Club card, this Upper Deck release is among the top Brett Favre rookie cards. Favre has another card in the Upper Deck set (#647) as part of the Rookie Force subset and it is also a non-action shot.
Other Notable Early Brett Favre Cards
Collectors are not just limited to the eight official Brett Favre rookie cards that are covered above. While they are not all NFL licensed, several additional first year cards are available and have proven to be popular with collectors. Two of the top options are noted below as well as an NFL licensed, second-year card.
Issued as factory set, Favre was part of the 50-card football release from Classic. A very cheap option for collectors, the large marble-like frame design screams early 1990s. There is also a standard multi-sport release from Classic (Four Sport) that includes Favre (#129).
Although it was not an NFL licensed card, 1991 Star Pics has the distinction of being the very first Brett Favre autograph card. Favre elected to sign many of the cards on the back, possibly to make sure collectors noticed his awesome headshot. It is important to note that the only thing that distinguished autographed cards from the base versions is the signature and the sticker. Because of this, it is not uncommon for stickers to be removed from other cards and added to a forged Brett Favre card.
1991 Wild Card Stripes brought collectors one of the most captivating early card concepts. While the base card had an icon that was titled "1st Edition," Stripe parallel cards included a literal stripe with a specific number, including 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 1,000 stripe versions. Collectors could redeem the Stripe cards for base versions of the player, totaling the amount listed on the card. While the redemption aspect has long expired, the cards still hold value, with the rare 1,000 version selling for insane amounts whenever it surfaces.
Second-year cards do not normally hold much value, but when talking about Brett Favre cards, 1992 Stadium Club is the exception. The main reason for this is the that 1992 Stadium Club was issued in three series. Although the first two releases each included 300 cards and a normal print run, the final release was a 100-card high series. Brett Favre was included in this final series, which featured a much lower print run.
As an added bonus for collectors, the card shows Brett Favre in the familiar green of the Packers color scheme, and this time, Stadium Club even got his name right. Because of this, the 1992 Stadium Club trumps even the official Brett Favre rookie cards.
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