10 Most Valuable Downtown Football Cards

Ryan Barone
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The most valuable Downtown Football cards include 2018 Optic Josh Allen #DT14 ($2.41K average), 2018 Donruss Tom Brady #DT1 ($1.46K average), and 2020 Donruss Joe Burrow #D-JB ($1.18K average). This is based on average sales from the the past 365 days as reported by Market Movers.

The top 10 most valuable Downtown football cards:

  1. Josh Allen 2018 Optic #DT14 Downtown (SSP) Raw $2408.5
  2. Tom Brady 2018 Donruss #DT-1 Downtown (SSP) Raw $1455
  3. Joe Burrow 2020 Donruss #D-JB Downtown (SSP) Raw $1178
  4. Joe Burrow 2020 Optic #DT-40 Downtown (SSP) Raw $1167.45
  5. Brock Purdy 2022 Optic #DT-BP Downtown Raw $1116.64
  6. Justin Herbert 2020 Optic #DT-31 Downtown (SSP) Raw $1004.64
  7. Trevor Lawrence 2021 Optic #DT-33 Downtown Raw $952.89
  8. Jalen Hurts 2020 Optic #DT-34 Downtown (SSP) Raw $805.9
  9. Justin Fields 2021 Clearly Donruss #D-34 Downtown (SSP) Raw $800
  10. Patrick Mahomes II 2020 Optic #DT-29 Downtown (Super Bowl) (SSP) Raw $791.18

Why these? Well let’s face it—any Downtown card is desirable because they are relatively rare and the checklist is small. Besides that, remember the things that make a card valuable. We have rarity (as discussed), and with hot football cards, quarterbacks rule, which is exactly what we are seeing on this list. Add in that some of these are rookie cards (like Brock Purdy), and you have the perfect combination for a valuable.

Interestingly, these are all current players as well, with the exception of Brady (who isn’t that far removed, and let’s be honest, can probably come back into the league any day now!). Peyton Manning is at #60 (2022 Donruss #SBD-PM Downtown Super Bowl), Joe Montana at #78 (2019 Optic #DT-14 Downtown), and Ray Lewis is at #84 (2022 Donruss #SBD-RL Downtown Super Bowl). Even Santa comes in stronger (yes, Santa!):

Which of these are less valuable? Looking at the bottom of the longer list, we can see commonalities on the other end of the spectrum: mostly position players and “draft picks” versions:

  • Laviska Shenault Jr. 2020 Chronicles Draft Picks #D12 Downtown (SSP) Raw $41
  • Henry Ruggs III 2020 Chronicles Draft Picks #D17 Downtown (SSP) Raw $45
  • Jacob Eason 2020 Chronicles Draft Picks #D4 Downtown (SSP) Raw $50
  • Jalen Reagor 2020 Chronicles Draft Picks #D10 Downtown (SSP) Raw $52.5
  • KJ Hamler 2020 Chronicles Draft Picks #D14 Downtown (SSP) Raw $53
  • Cam Akers 2020 Chronicles Draft Picks #D16 Downtown (SSP) Raw $65
  • Carson Wentz 2018 Donruss #DT-14 Downtown (SSP) Raw $66.31
  • Josh Rosen 2018 Optic #DT13 Downtown (SSP) Raw $69.92
  • Henry Ruggs III 2020 Donruss #D-HR Downtown (SSP) Raw $73.6
  • D’Andre Swift 2020 Chronicles Draft Picks #D6 Downtown (SSP) Raw $79.4

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