Rookie Card Year: 1998
Investment Rating: 7.5
Peyton Manning is one of the most consistent players in NFL history. His strong play and accomplishments over the years have made him an elite option for collectors and one of the most pursued quarterbacks in the league today. As such, Peyton Manning cards and memorabilia command premium sales prices on the secondary market.
Up until the 2011 season, Peyton Manning cards were one of the safest investments a football collector could make. However, a neck injury resulted in a lost season, plenty of uncertainty, and ultimately, a change of scenery. After missing the entire 2011 season, Manning got a fresh start with the Denver Broncos where expectations were high. A Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks did not diminish the expectations, but given his age, the window is closing for Peyton Manning.
The move from Indianapolis to Denver has given a great deal of renewed life to Peyton Manning cards and memorabilia. And considering he has already earned a guaranteed spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, Peyton Manning cards are a great investment option for the long haul even if he is unable to add another Super Bowl title to his amazing list of accomplishments.
Key Peyton Manning rookie cards are noted below and a full checklist can be viewed using the tab above.
Top Peyton Manning Rookie Cards
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1998 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs Peyton Manning RC #87
Peyton Manning's Playoff Contenders Ticket autograph is easily his most sought after first-year card thanks to the on-card autograph and low print run of 200 copies. If you are looking for the crown jewel of Peyton Manning cards to add to your collection, look no further. But expect to pay a hefty sum if you are able to find one of these rare gems.
Showcasing his youthful appearance, Manning's 1998 SP Authentic rookie card is a perfect reminder of how long he has been in the league. The portrait shot shows Manning patiently waiting for his chance to take the league by storm. The base card is numbered out of 2000 and there is also a die-cut parallel that is numbered out of 500.
This is probably the most recognizable of all Peyton Manning cards. And it doesn't hurt that its got the SP Authentic brand name behind it, which has long been a collecting favorite.
Another one of the most sought-after serial numbered Peyton Manning cards, it was made all the more valuable because of how rare numbered cards were back in the 90s. At the time, it naturally helped distinguish the more elite brands. The SPx Finite card portrays a common profile action shot and the glossy finish makes smudges and chipping more obvious.
Peyton Manning Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 1998 Absolute Retail #165
- 1998 CE Supreme Season Review #74
- 1998 Collector's Edge Advantage #189
- 1998 Collector's Edge First Place #135
- 1998 Metal Universe #189
- 1998 Pacific #181
- 1998 Pacific Omega #101
- 1998 Playoff Momentum Retail #146
- 1998 Playoff Prestige Retail #165
- 1998 Score #233
- 1998 SkyBox Thunder #239
- 1998 Stadium Club #195
- 1998 Topps #360
- 1998 UD Choice #193
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 1998 Absolute Hobby #165
- 1998 Aurora #71
- 1998 Black Diamond Rookies #91
- 1998 Bowman's Best #112
- 1998 Bowman #1
- 1998 Collector's Edge Masters #73 #/5000
- 1998 Collector's Edge Odyssey #60
- 1998 Crown Royale #54
- 1998 E-X2001 #54
- 1998 Flair Showcase Row 3 #3
- 1998 Fleer Brilliants #120
- 1998 Fleer Tradition #235
- 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars #233
- 1998 Playoff Momentum Hobby #98
- 1998 Playoff Prestige Hobby #165
- 1998 Revolution #58
- 1998 SkyBox Premium #231
- 1998 Topps Gold Label Class 1 #20
- 1998 Topps Season Opener #1
- 1998 Topps Stars #67 #/8799
- 1998 UD3 #181
- 1998 Ultra #201
- 1998 Upper Deck #1
- 1998 Upper Deck Encore #1
Premium Rookie Cards
Peyton Manning Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Peyton Manning autograph 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, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Cut Signature Exemplar
Peyton Manning Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Peyton Manning signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- Over-sized letter "P", not always closed
- Loop of the letter "y" flows into the start of the letter "t" which is always crossed
- Complete letter "M", appears to be lower-case
- Letter "g" is not itself distinguishable other than the exaggerated and elongated loop
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Peyton Manning Fan Shop Apparel and Souvenir Guide
Whether you are a collector or just a fan, Peyton Manning has a wide range of jerseys and other NFL licensed apparel available. In addition, fan shop items ranging from bobble heads to home and office decor make great gifts, with something for every budget. Manning has played with just two NFL teams, the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. He played his college years at the University of Tennessee. Jerseys and other items can be found for all the teams that he has played for in his career.
Jerseys and Apparel
Manufacturers: Nike, Reebok, Adidas
Nike is currently the licensed provider of NFL jerseys. However, the league has also had licenses with Reebok and Adidas. Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts jersey's were made by Reebok, while his collegiate jersey from Tennesse was made by Adidas.
The current Nike jerseys are available in three styles each with lightweight and moisture-resistant fabric. Nike's Game jersey has numbers that are screen printed and is perfect for everyday wear. The Nike Limited jersey is a higher quality design, with a tailored fit and twill numbers. Nike's Elite jersey is the closest thing you can find to what the pros wear every game. With features that include twill numbers, airflow ventilation, and a durable, stretch-resistant material, you'll look like a pro.
Bobbleheads and Figures
Through the years, Peyton Manning has had numerous bobbleheads, figures, and toys cast of his likeness with some of the more popular being his bobbleheads by Forever Collectibles and Fanatics along with his SportsPick action figures from McFarlane.
Manufacturers: Forever Collectibles, Fanatics, McFarlane SportsPicks, Oyo, Starting Lineups, Upper Deck
Photographs, Framed Pieces and Posters
The most important thing to keep in mind when buying any kind of NFL photographic piece is that it be officially licensed by the league. This can, typically, be determined by whether or not the image comes with an NFL hologram. Some of the more notable rights holders are listed below.
Rights Holders: PhotoFile, ProLook, Highland Mint
Don't miss our other Peyton Manning card and memorabilia guides:
- Top 10 Peyton Manning Rookie Cards
- Top 10 Peyton Manning Autograph Cards
- 50 Hottest Peyton Manning Cards
- 1998 Contenders Peyton Manning Guide
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