So Many Awesome 1998 Playoff Contenders Peyton Manning Rookie Cards

So Many Awesome 1998 Playoff Contenders Peyton Manning Rookie Cards

The 1998 Playoff Contenders Peyton Manning Rookie Ticket Autograph is one of the crown jewels of the modern hobby. It's the lone autographed rookie card of one of football's greatest quarterbacks of all-time. It's also extremely pricey, which means a lot of collectors can only dream of owning one. However, it's not the only Peyton Manning card in the set.

1998 Playoff Contenders Football has several Peyton Manning inserts that are much more affordable to the average collector. Not only are they more affordable, but they come with some unique designs.

Ultimate 1998 Playoff Contenders Peyton Manning Rookie Cards Guide

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1998 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph Peyton Manning #87

To most, this is the ultimate Peyton Manning card. Besides being the only signed Manning rookie, it's limited to just 200 copies.

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1998 Playoff Contenders Base Rookie Ticket Peyton Manning #87

In addition to the regular Rookie Ticket Autograph, there are a couple of unsigned parallels that can be found in packs. The Red version is the most common and worth significantly less. A Gold version is numbered to 25 and doesn't show up very often. Because of the print run, it commands very strong prices.

Red

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Gold

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1998 Playoff Contenders Leather Peyton Manning #37

This is one of several die-cut Peyton Manning inserts from 1998 Playoff Contenders Football. Not only is it cut in the shape of a football, but it mimics the texture of one as well. Like the Rookie Ticket, there are Red and Gold (#/36) parallels that have different colored lettering.

Leather

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Leather Gold #/36

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Leather Red

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1998 Playoff Contenders Pennants Peyton Manning #42

Another die-cur insert, Pennants come in several versions. Most are based on the color of the felt. These felt versions all sell for similar amounts. They're actually very affordable for a rookie-year Peyton Manning insert. The Gold Pennant is numbered to 98 is the notable exception and sells for several hundred dollars.

Blue Felt

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Grey Felt

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Red Felt

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Gold

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Green Felt

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Orange Felt

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Yellow Felt

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1998 Playoff Contenders Jumbo Checklist Peyton Manning #12

Every 1998 Playoff Contenders Football hobby box has one of 30 different over-sized checklists. Each team in the NFL is represented in the set, usually with a superstar veteran. That put Manning in good company considering he was a rookie.

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1998 Playoff Contenders Rookie of the Year Contenders Peyton Manning #4

Inserted 1:55 packs, this is one of the toughest inserts in 1998 Playoff Contenders Football. At 12 cards, the checklist isn't huge but this is still a relatively tough card to find. And it looks pretty cool, too. The die-cut design is intended to mimic a plaque. Gold and blue foil further add to its look.

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1998 Playoff Contenders Rookie Stallions Peyton Manning #6

What's this? An insert from Contenders that isn't die-cut? That doesn't stop the Rookie Stallions Peyton Manning card from looking distinct. The bright red foil background has a definite Precious Metal Gems vibe to it. All that said, the cool look hasn't translated into big values. This is one of the most affordable Manning cards in the set.

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1998 Playoff Contenders Touchdown Tandems #18 Peyton Manning with Marshall Faulk

This is the least desirable of the Peyton Manning cards in 1998 Playoff Contenders and it can still be found for low prices.

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1998 Playoff Contenders Registered Exchange Cards

To help encourage collectors to build sets, Playoff has a special exchange program to go the release. Very few took them up on the offer. Registered Exchange cards are available for the Rookie Ticket Autograph (#/8), Leather (#/51) and Pennants (#/51) cards. They're essentially the regular card but with a gold serial number on the back. Given their extreme rarity, don't expect to see them up for sale very often.

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1998 Playoff Contenders Proof Set

A master set of 1998 Playoff Contenders Football were stamped on the front as a "Proof Set" and auctioned off at the 1999 Kit Young Hawaii Trade Conference. Every Proof Set card is a one-of-one so it's unlikely you're going to see the Rookie Ticket Autograph surface more than once or twice (if ever).

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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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