Diego Maradona Rookie Card and Apparel Guide

Diego Maradona

Date of Birth: 10/30/1960
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Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Outside of Pelé, few players have received as much praise and recognition from the soccer community as Diego Maradona. The Argentinian phenom was a magician on the field and remains one of the greatest soccer players in history, as well as one of the most infamous. Despite his up-and-down career, including his battles with drugs and several suspensions, most remember his on-field greatness and Diego Maradona cards and apparel continue to see considerable interest.

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Maradona played for multiple clubs during his career, setting several world record transfer fees along the way. He also was a main fixture for the Argentina National Team. Despite stints with storied franchises like Boca Juniors and Barcelona, Diego Maradona spent the majority of his career with Argentinos Juniors and Napoli. He also played in four World Cups, including 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994. Argentina claimed the 1986 World Cup Trophy and Maradona was immortalized with two goals against England in the quarterfinals that resulted in a 2-1 win for La Albiceleste.

His first score was the "Hand of God" goal where Maradona punched the ball into the goal, and the penalty was seemingly missed by the referees. His follow-up score in the same game was voted "The Goal of the Century" in 2002. The team came up just short four years later, as Argentina was the runner-up to West Germany in the 1990 World Cup.

Frequent comparisons are made between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. This is due to their similar playing styles, smaller size and shared Argentinian heritage.

Card collectors don't have a lot to work with in regards to Diego Maradona cards. Most are low-end stickers and cards and there still has not been a major release of pack-pulled autographs for the former great. While the reverence for rookie cards is not as strong in the soccer collecting world, two of his earliest cards claim that distinction and hold the most value among basic Diego Maradona cards.

Key Early Diego Maradona Cards

1978 Crack Campeonato Mundial De Futbol Diego Maradona

The first traditional Diego Maradona card came in the 1978 Figurita Crack Mundial. Maradona did not play in the 1978 World Cup because he was not included on the final roster, but the Argentinean version of the product still included him. The colorful sticker shows a young Maradona with an impressive head of hair. The "sticker" card has a blank back and like other cards from this era, actually needs to be glued into the album.

1978 Crack Campeonato Mundial De Futbol Diego Maradona

1979-80 Panini Calciatori Diego Maradona #312

Another early option for Diego Maradona, the 1979-80 release from Panini Calciatori is more common than the Crack card above. The sticker shows a much more serious Maradona and displays a more traditional look.

1979-80 Panini Calciatori Diego Maradona #312

Top eBay Listings

DIEGO MARADONA ARGENTINA 42 50 HERITAGE FUTERA 2016 FOOTBALL CARD NEW
$30.45

1978 Full Crack Sticker Complete Album Diego Maradona Argentina Rookie RC Rare!!
$799.99

DIEGO MARADONA 2017 Panini National Silver Pack Legend Rapture # 99 Argentina
$6.00

Diego Maradona 2017 Panini National Legends Escher Squares Parallel Card #06 25
$14.99

383 Diego Maradona Argentina Panini Football 88 Sticker
$10.81

RARE STICKERS PANINI WORLD CUP STORY DIEGO MARADONA
$12.00

BARCELONA DIEGO MARADONA ARGENTINA RARE FOREIGN FOOTBALL CARD 159
$16.24

1979 Diego Maradona ROOKIE RC # 306 BGS BVG 8.5 1979 80 Panini Calciatori Soccer
$372.16

1979-80 PANINI CALICIATORI STICKERS #312 DIEGO MARADONA RC BVG 7.5 Near Mint+
$145.00

2000´s CZECH Stadion #P004 GOLD MultiSport Card Diego MARADONA Argentina SOCCER
$6.00

#DIEGO MARADONA - FC. BARCELONA - FÚTBOL 84 - CROMOS CANO - CARD
$60.00

DIEGO MARADONA - FC. BARCELONA - EDICIONES ESTE 82 83 - INSERT CARD
$60.00

1979-80 Panini Caliciatori Diego Maradona Rookie Sticker RC BGS BVG 8 NM-MT
$329.00

BARCELONA DIEGO MARADONA ARGENTINA RARE FOREIGN FOOTBALL CARD 233
$16.24

WORLD CUP 2010 INTERNATIONAL LEGENDS MATCH ATTAX ENGLAND 10 HUNDRED CLUB LTD
$6.70

DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA ARGENTINA RARE VENEZUELA CARD #13 16 WC 2010 REYAUCA
$9.95
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Apparel Guide

Diego Maradona Apparel & Memorabilia Buying Guide

While there is not a ton of options among Diego Maradona apparel and memorabilia, collectors have some options. Check out the various apparel, jerseys, signed memorabilia and figures for Diego Maradona using the links below.

Active Listings for Diego Maradona Apparel

Diego Maradona T-shirt

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Diego Maradona Jersey

Active Listings for Signed Diego Maradona Memorabilia

Diego Maradona Signed Jersey

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Diego Maradona Figure

Top eBay Listings

DIEGO MARADONA MEYBA FC BARCELONA ORIGINAL 1982 SOCCER JERSEY M VINTAGE RARE!!!!
$249.00

Autographed Diego Maradona Mars Napoli Soccer Jersey W club flag (MENS S)
$199.99

Diego Maradona Team Argentina 8x10 frame
$81.86

DIEGO MARADONA Mi Mundial Mi Verdad Book Fifa World Cup 1986
$39.99

Diego MARADONA #10 Boca Juniors 90th Anniversary Football Shirt Jersey
$79.00

Diego Maradona SOCCER ARGENTINA Vintage jersey 1986 REPLICA
$39.99

Diego Maradona SOCCER ARGENTINA BLUE Vintage jersey 1986 - REPLICA
$39.99

Diego Maradona NAPOLI 1988 89 - MARS - Vintage jersey REPLICA
$89.99

Diego Maradona NAPOLI 1987 88 - BUITONI - Vintage jersey REPLICA
$89.99

SSC Napoli Macron Diego Maradona #10 2014 season blue home men jersey Size M L
$51.00

DIEGO MARADONA Debut ARGENTINOS JRS 1976 - Vintage JERSEY Cotton Replica
$114.99

Diego Maradona Team Argentina 8x10-inch Frame
$127.99

VTG REEBOK ARGENTINA DIEGO MARADONA #10 SOCCER JERSEY FOOTBALL SHIRT Size XL
$64.99

PUMA MODEL KING DIEGO MARADONA SOCCER SHOES ARGENTINA RARE MODEL
$70.00

DIEGO MARADONA RARE SPECIAL Big BOOK - Great Pictures
$37.99

SOCCER STICKERS Diego Maradona 1990 Andoni Zubizarretaimport Spanish futbol
$50.00
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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+.

User Comments

  1. There is actually one card issued earlier than the 1978 Crack: a disc-shaped card issued in 1977, when Maradona was just 16 and playing for Argentinos Juniors. The series was plainly named “Futbol”.

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