10 Football Cards to Celebrate the Career of Troy Polamalu
Big hits and even bigger hair, Troy Polamalu was a larger-than-life figure for the Pittsburgh Steelers, on and off the field. Although injuries slowed him in recent years, most feel Polamalu is a lock for the Hall of Fame and he will always be a beloved player for Steelers Nation and football fans in general.
Troy Polamalu officially retired from the NFL in 2015 after 12 seasons in the league. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he won two Super Bowl titles and was named the 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year.
Debuting on cardboard in 2003 following his time at USC, there is no shortage of NFL cards for Troy Polamalu. Highlights include several rookie cards and a few of his autographed cards. Although he was a moderate signer during his career, on-card autographs remain in the minority.
Top Troy Polamalu Football Cards
2003 Finest Troy Polamalu RC #61
A flashback to an early image of Troy Polamalu, the 2003 Finest rookie card feels clean and modern. Popular parallels, including Refractors (#/199), Xfractors (#/175) and Gold Refractors (#/50), present additional rarity and value.
2003 Leaf Rookies and Stars Rookie Autographs Troy Polamalu #250 #/750
Technically a signed parallel, the Rookies and Stars card is one of just a few Troy Polamalu autographs released during his rookie season and is still a top option with collectors. Additionally, there is a Longevity parallel, numbered to 25.
2003 Playoff Contenders Troy Polamalu RC Autograph #190 (PR=989)
As his only signed rookie card, Troy Polamalu's Contenders autograph has added significance for collectors. While the sticker autograph is not numbered, the announced print run is 989 copes. This is the most popular Troy Polamalu card among all the current options.
2003 SkyBox LE Troy Polamalu RC #71 #/99
Although his Contenders rookie tops the list for most collectors, the overall rarest Troy Polamalu rookie card is found in 2003 Skybox LE. With only 99 copies, LE appropriately lives up to its limited edition billing. The cards do not surface very often and the one-of-one Executive Proof parallel is shown below.
2003 SP Authentic Troy Polamalu RC #120 #/2200
On the flip side., 2003 AP Authentic offers collectors one of the more common Troy Polamalu rookie cards. Despite this, values are solid and the appealing design and brand power help increase the interest.
2003 SPx Toy Polamalu RC #184 #/1500
Not normally a brand to keep things simple, the 2003 SPx rookie card stands out from the rest due to the wild design. While the higher print run keeps values in check, there is a Spectrum parallel that is numbered to 50.
2003 Topps Chrome Troy Polamalu RC #274
Topps Chrome has made its legacy by simply adding chromium technology to the base Topps football design. The end result is unlikely to wow, but interest remains strong for this 2003 rookie card. There are also Gold Xfractor (#/101) and Black Refractor (#/100) parallels.
2010 Crown Royale Royalty Materials Autographs Troy Polamalu #14 #/25
Troy Polamalu autographs are not as common as other top players, but they are still usually not tough to track down. However, his autographed relics are much less available. The 2010 Royalty Materials Autograph insert from Crown Royale was one of the first signed jersey cards for Polamalu and the dark scheme works well with the Steelers' colors.
2014 Topps Five Star Golden Graphs Troy Polamalu #FSGG-TP #/60
Marking one of the final releases before Troy Polamalu's retirement, collectors can find a hard-signed Golden Graphs card for Polamalu in 2014 Topps Five Star. Boasting gold ink and a black-centric design, the base version is numbered to 60. Several low-numbered parallels, including the blue version below, add to the totals.
2014 Topps Museum Collection Silver Framed Autographs Troy Polamalu #FA-TP #/25
Similar to the Golden Graphs, 2014 Museum Collection Framed Autographs include an on-card signature for Troy Polamalu featuring a thick paint pen. The ornate design is highlighted by a metal frame and a print run of just 25 for the silver and ten for the gold..
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