These Are NOT Jerry Rice Rookie Cards

“Montana connects with Rice.” and “Young throws to Rice.” are phrases that NFL fans from the 80’s and 90’s fondly remember hearing.  Jerry Rice will go down in history as one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game.  Heck, he was so good many consider him to be one of the best NFL players of all-time period.

Jerry Rice is another player who has one unanimously recognized rookie card.  That card comes from the classic green bordered 1986 Topps Football set.  It continues to be atop many of collector’s must-have lists.  Raw examples can be purchased for $20-$50 and under, while high-grade copies can run into the thousands.

Outside of his ’86 Topps rookie, there are a handful of other cards that people sometimes try and pass off as the main card you should have.  They’re authentic cards, but the untrained collector could easily be mislead.

Six different cards come to mind that fit this mold.  The first two are from ’87 Topps.  His 1,000 Yard Club and Receiving Leaders cards both commemorate accomplishments made the previous year.  Just because the card celebrates an event that took place the year his most recognized rookie comes from, doesn’t make it a rookie too.

1987 Topps 1,000 Yard Club #2

1987 Topps Receiving Leaders #228

Second, are four cards released by McDonald’s in 1986.  These could only be obtained at certain McDonald’s restaurants in the San Francisco area for about four weeks.  Each week during this promotion a different colored tab was offered.  Scratching off the tab would unveil a coupon offer.  Regionally issued cards like these often aren’t considered to be true rookies.

1986 McDonald’s 49ers Black Tab #80

1986 McDonald’s 49ers Blue Tab #80

1986 McDonald’s 49ers Gold Tab #80

1986 McDonald’s 49ers Green Tab #80

Card of the Day: Jerry Rice 1986 Topps RC #161

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Card of the Day: Jerry Rice 1990 Score Hot Card #4

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Card of the Day: John Elway / Jerry Rice 2013 UD SPx Shadow Box Duos

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Card of the Day: Jerry Rice 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia #130

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Jim Rice Winner Announced

Congrats to LuckyLindy on being the lucky winner of the Jim Rice 2010 Panini Century Collection “Blast From The Past” Jersey Relic #’ed/250.  Once LuckyLindy sends me their mailing address I will ship out this card for free.

Thanks for reading everyone!!!

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Jim Rice Contest! – NOW CLOSED

I’m in rapid fire contest mode.  Its time to giveaway another card from my box of 2010 Century Collection.  Up for grabs is a Jim Rice “Blast From The Past” relic card #’ed/250.  Rice was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.  You Red Sox fans should really enjoy this one.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!