No matter if you started following the NFL before the ‘Game of the Century’ or when Tom Brady started winning Super Bowls, the league has always had its premier superstars.
While Brady and Aaron Rodgers hail from an era when ‘rookie card’ is actually ‘rookie cards’, collectors of vintage football cards have a more focused view of the game and its biggest, most collectible stars.
The 1950’s gave us three major rookie cards in one set and the first card of perhaps the greatest running back ever. The ’60’s offered some of the NFL’s all-time tough guys making their debut. The ’70s brought us the era of the great back and the dawn of the game as we know it today. The ’80s? Maybe football’s best quarterback-receiver tandem in history–and the USFL rookie cards.
The NFL’s best rookie cards is a star studded list that’s open to debate but there’s a core group that’s hard to argue about.
Our sister site, Vintage Graded Football Cards.com, prepares you for the 2013 season with a look back at the most popular rookie cards of NFL Hall of Famers.