The hottest football cards right now include four Brock Purdy 2022 rookie cards—Donruss #374, Prizm #353, Optic #277, and Mosaic #367. Over the last 7 days, raw copies of these cards have sold over 350 times according to Marker Movers data. Other cards on the list include three Deion Sanders rookies from 1989 (Topps Traded, Pro Set, and Score), followed by another Brock Purdy 2022 Prizm PSA 10 (with 55 total sales over the last 7 days).
Please note: The information that follows is simply commentary on what football cards appear to be hot at the moment. In no way does the mention of a hot football card below serve as a recommendation to buy, nor am I saying these cards will increase in value.
And with that, football season is officially upon us! And while I haven’t felt that fall feel just yet (even forcing the issue with homemade chili last weekend), the football card market is certainly in full effect.
Here is the entire list of the 50 hottest football cards right now (based on number of sales), as of September 15, 2023:
Any surprises? The fact that the top four cards are a rookie quarterback shouldn’t be, but perhaps seeing “Coach Prime” filling in the next three cards is a bit of a head scratcher (that is, if you haven’t been following college football antics of late). It’s clear that cardboard pleasure transcends play on the field, as many have fallen in love for Sanders again after seeing what he has done in Colorado so far.
Beyond that, perhaps seeing the GOAT, Jerry Rice locked in at the #9 position with his 1986 Topps rookie card, with 50 total sales over the last 7 days (and increasing from $41.66 to an average of $49.80) is a bit surprising.
The first active receiver on the list is also from the 49ers, but no, not WR1 Deebo Samuels. Instead, it’s Brandon Aiyuk and his 2020 Optic Holo #169 who had the huge game as the downfield link for Purdy against the Steelers.
The next 8 positions on the list belong to quarterbacks including Trevor Lawrence, Tua, Purdy again, Elway, Justin Fields, and Jordan Love.
Beyond that, here is the takeaway—hot football cards are usually focused on young quarterback rookie cards; that’s just what the market loves. Yes, a couple of the game’s best young receivers are on the list, but just barely between Aiyuk and Justin Jefferson. And running backs? Nowhere to be found except for a few Barry Sanders. The only defensive player on the list besides Deion? Micah Parsons of course, with his 2021 Optic #245 selling over 20 times over the last week.
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