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Emmitt Smith Cards, Rookie Cards Checklist and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Emmitt Smith

Date of Birth: 5/15/1969
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Investment Rating: 8.0

Rookie Cards

When it comes to football stars of the 1990s, few are as popular as Emmitt Smith. As the league's all-time rushing leader, Emmitt Smith cards and memorabilia continue to be very popular, even in retirement.

Emmitt Smith was the 17th overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. An All-American at the University of Florida, Smith made an immediate impact with the Dallas Cowboys and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

A cornerstone of the Cowboys' dynasty in the 1990s that won three Super Bowls, Smith was named the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP. His longevity and excellent teammates contributed to Smith surpassing Walter Payton as the NFL's all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards.

Smith's list of statistics and accomplishments are nothing short of legendary. He holds the NFL record for career rushing touchdowns (164) and NFL record for career 100+ yards rushing games (78). Smith was an eight-time Pro Bowl choice, four-time All-Pro selection, and is a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. Smith was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Since retiring, Smith has also made an impact on pop culture, winning the third season of the reality TV show, Dancing with the Stars.

Emmitt Smith's most valuable sports collectible is his signature, particularly when applied to such items as official league footballs and full-sized helmets. Tickets from his milestone games, and Super Bowl items also are popular. Unfortunately for collectors, Emmitt Smith rookie cards come from the height of the Junk Wax Era and are readily available for relatively low prices.

Emmitt Smith Rookie Cards

1990 Action Packed Rookie Update Emmitt Smith RC #34

1990 Action Packed Update Emmitt Smith

This card, which features the traditional Action Packed embossing, can be found in high-grade conditions for less than half the cost of a new box of Topps Football.

1990 Fleer Update Emmitt Smith #U40

1990 Fleer Update Emmitt Smith

The 1990 Fleer Update Emmitt Smith rookie card provides collectors with another affordable opportunity. This card, printed on the higher end stock Fleer used to differentiate themselves in the market, is a nice addition to any collection.

1990 Pro Set Emmitt Smith RC #685

1990 ProSet Emmitt Smith

The highly over-produced Pro Set card, must be mentioned for the sake of thoroughness. Like most everything that has the Pro Set name, it was printed in huge numbers. Supply will always exceed demand.

1990 Score Supplemental Emmitt Smith RC #101T

1990 Score Supplemental Emmitt Smith

Easily the most popular and valuable Emmitt Smith rookie card, it commands top-dollar in high-grade condition. The card features an in-game shot of Smith being pursued by the New York Giants. The dark borders make it a somewhat condition sensitive.

1990 Topps Traded Emmitt Smith RC #27T

1990 Topps Traded Emmitt Smith

Featuring a young Smith taking a knee, this is one of Smith's most valuable rookie cards. High-grade copies can be found for an affordable price, typically under $50.

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Autograph Guide

Emmitt Smith Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Emmitt Smith's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Emmitt Smith Cut Signature Exemplar

Emmitt Smith Cut Signature Example

Emmitt Smith Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Emmitt Smith signature autograph is very difficult to replicate and will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Smith's signature has been very consistent through the years, so regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Emmitt Smith Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature is very difficult to analyze as it is very unique, displaying a lot of individual flair.
  2. The signature is defined by a very flamboyant letter "E" exhibiting several fluid curves.
  3. The pen lifts very little translating to a fluid and evenly signed piece with no stops, starts or pauses.

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I have a few obscure cards no one can tell me about. 1 – ACTION PACKED 1991 ROOKIE PROTOTYPE Emmitt Smith-RB card; 3 – ACTION PACKED 1993 PROTOTYPE Troy Aikman cards – #s TA1, TA2, TA3 1 – 1996(?) Upper Deck SP JOE MONTANA #SPX2, and 1 – 1996(?) Upper Deck SP DAN MARINO #SPX1. I have many other obscure cards on Marino, Smith, Aikman , but those are the few I have always been curious about. No one has seen them before. I have had them since they were new. Can you please tell me about these. Thank you

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