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Football Rookie Cards

A NFL player is designated a rookie at the time they declare their eligibility for the official NFL Draft and are pictured in their NFL uniform. Thus any football rookie cards that are produced prior to this point, including cards which depict the player in their NCAA uniforms, are not considered official rookie cards.

Skill position players such as quarterback and running back are typically more desirable due to the positions impact on the success or failure of the team. However in recent years even players holding defensive positions like safety, middle linebacker, and even defensive end have seen an increase in popularity as the NFL game as a whole has moved from an offensive to defensive sport as a whole.

High draft pick players in the first round typically garner the most initial attention, however, as is the case in other sports, a player’s on field maturity can later impact the value of their rookie cards significantly regardless of where they were originally drafted.

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