Given up for done in 2015, he would pull off one of the best comeback stories ever and return to the Super Bowl where he led the Denver Broncos to a championship and walked away a winner. His was one of the first hot rookie cards that sent buyers scurrying to find Peyton Manning cards on eBay; a relatively new website at the time. In the next 18 years, Manning became one of the most sought after players on the NFL trading card market–and he’s still in demand.
Having debuted in an era where every player had dozens of cards in the first few months of their pro careers, the good news is you can still find a Manning rookie card for a few bucks if you’re not fussy about scarcity. Our favorite? The 1998 Skybox Premium in which he displays epically groomed hair from his youth. It won’t cost much.
Manning’s most expensive rookie card is his 1998 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph. Numbered to just 200, any offered for auction usually generate strong attention. A red version, numbered to just 21, is rarely offered.
In all there are more than three dozen Peyton Manning rookie cards from which to pick.
His Bowman, Topps, Topps Chrome, SPx Finite and SP Authentic rookie cards are also popular with collectors. Don’t discount the #1 card in the 1998 Upper Deck set, which is a posed portrait of Manning and is a single print.
Yet Manning’s long career means there are many cards beyond those 1998 gems for collectors to chase. From autographed cards to relics to hard-to-find base and parallel cards, Manning was in virtually every football card set issued between 1998 and 2016. From high-end products to high-grade common rookie cards, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Below is a real-time list of the current ‘most watched’ Peyton Manning cards on eBay.