Football Cards of the Awesome80s
By Patrick Mondout
While Topps football card sets in the Super70s
got larger in size and gained somewhat in popularity, the Awesome80s saw a
decline in interest to the point where a 1984 Dan
Marino (or John Elway) rookie could still be had for well under $5 in
The cases did not sell out year after year and that is why you can find
so many wax boxes from this era today that have large black Xs written on
the top of them. In fact, the only sets of football cards that generated
any real interest up to that point was the 1986
McDonald's set, although interest in the initial
USFL set started after the league folded.
Things started to change dramatically in 1989 when
two other companies entered the market. The marketplace of one vendor
making largely ignored sets of football cards year after year was
unimaginable by the mid 1990s.
Football cards of the Awesome80s may have been underappreciated in
their time, but they can bring in hundreds of dollars today. Rookie cards
of NFL legends Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Eric Dickerson, Lawrence Taylor,
Marcus Allen, Warren Moon, Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman, and
the aforementioned Elway and Marino were all released during the decade.
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