Top 16 Bart Starr Football Cards: The Ultimate Collectors Guide
Bart Starr football cards have long been sought out by Packers fans and card collectors alike.
Especially his 1957 Topps rookie card...
Starr is nothing short of a football legend after leading the Packers to extreme dominance throughout the 1960's.
His postseason accolades have cemented his legacy and his cards are routinely amongst the keys of every set in which he appeared.
And in this guide we'll go into detail about each of his mainstream issues.
Let's jump right in!
1957 Topps #119 Bart Starr Rookie Card
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $8,500
The 1957 Topps #119 card is Starr's only recognized rookie card and one of the keys to the set. The Johnny Unitas card may be more expensive than this one but it can still go for thousands of dollars in top grade. I've always loved the 1957 Topps design with its dual-panel layout. Here we get a nice head shot of Starr alongside an image of him throwing the ball. Centering and print defects are two of the toughest challenges with this card.
1958 Topps #66
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $450
Topps switched to a vertical layout in 1958 and featured only one image of players encircled front and center. Bart Starr's name is printed in yellow lettering along a green background, a perfect combo for the Packers star. The Jim Brown card is by far and away the most sought after of the set but Starr is another one of the key cards.
1959 Topps #23
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $220
The 1959 Topps design was truly unique due to the color schemes that they used. In the case of Starr, he's shown atop a pink background dropping back for a pass. The alternating red and blue lettering was also an interesting concept. Centering can be a tough challenge with this card.
1960 Topps #51
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $100
On his 1960 Topps card, Starr is pictured in a close up head shot on a sunny day which really makes the card pop. His name, position and Packers affiliation are all enclosed in a football-shaped popout at the bottom right. That season was the first time Starr would be selected to the Pro Bowl. It was also his first postseason appearance, although the Packers would lose to the Eagles in that NFL Championship Game. That would be the only time out of ten total playoff appearances that he would lose, however.
1961 Fleer #88
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $120
Fleer created their own Bart Starr card in 1961 competing directly with Topps. In it, he is shown out of his uniform with a television film crew behind him in the distance. In the right hand corner is the Packers mascot atop an outline of the state of Wisconsin. It's a fairly straightforward design overall but I think its simplicity makes it appealing at the same time. Fleer also produced football cards in 1960, 1962 and 1963 but this is the only set in which Starr was included.
1961 Topps #39
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $95
Topps' 1961 issue is a bit more attractive than its Fleer counterpart, in my opinion. The bold red background really makes Starr standout. The black nameplate at the bottom with his name, team, and position info provides a nice anchor to the card. Centering and print defects are common issues with this card. Starr would again lead the Packers to the NFL Championship Game in 1961 as they went on to completely dismantle the New York Giants 37-0.
1962 Topps #63
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $550
Many collectors love the 1962 Topps set and I'm right there along with them. The triple panel design gives a nice summary of his info in the bottom left along with two great images of the legendary quarterback. The action shot of him in the upper left is truly a great touch to the card. But, those black borders present the biggest challenge as they can easily show wear and chipping. It's one of the tougher Starr issues to find in top grade, as a result.
1963 Topps #86
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $425
The 1963 Topps card took a slightly different aesthetic design, with a close up of Starr surrounded by a yellow and green border. The dual coloration can look odd on some cards in this set but I think it works well for Starr's card. Much like the 1962 issue, though, those colored borders are prone to showing wear and chipping easily. After appearing in three straight Pro Bowls, his production dipped a bit in 1963 and he was not selected again for that season.
1964 Philadelphia #79
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $100
In 1964 the Philadelphia Gum Company created their first NFL set and Starr was once again one of the key cards. It's one of his better-looking cards you can find as it displays a nice full color image of him on a bright sunny day. The blue sky and blue nameplate below really help with the eye appeal of this card.
1965 Philadelphia #81
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $85
The 1965 Philadelphia Starr card is a bit darker in tone than the year before but is also a great-looking card. The text box featuring his name, position, and team is black with white and green writing. The NFL logo adds a nice touch, too. Starr would lead the Packers to the NFL Championship that year over the Cleveland Browns. It would be their first of three championships in a row.
1966 Philadelphia #88
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $100
By now, you can get a good sense of what a Philadelphia design looks like as the company was very consistent from 1964-1966. This card again features a nice head shot of Starr with a blue sky in the background. The nameplate was positioned at the top of the card this time around. Starr earned his first and only NFL MVP honors in the 1966 season and his fourth and final Pro Bowl selection as well. And he'd also lead the Packers to the first Super Bowl victory.
1967 Philadelphia #82
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $165
Of the four Bart Starr Philadelphia cards, this is the most unique. The yellow borders add a nice aesthetic touch but as with any colored border, they do show chipping and wear more easily. This is probably my favorite of his Philadelphia cards due to the yellow/green border and nameplate color scheme, and great image of the Packers legend ready to throw a pass. He would again lead the Packers to winning the Super Bowl, making him the only quarterback to ever win three NFL championships in a row.
1968 Topps #1
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $150
Starr's 1968 Topps issue is quite interesting. Some collectors love it, others hate it. It's one of my favorite Bart Starr cards as it's truly unique. The image of Starr superimposed over a yellow cartoon of football action in the background really makes the card pop. Usually you would see Unitas as card #1 in a given Topps set of this era but not this time. Starr got the honor. And why shouldn't he? He just won three consecutive championships.
1969 Topps #215
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $80
I've always thought this card had a very similar look and feel to his 1961 Fleer issue, at least in the layout. Obviously the green background is much different but the bottom of the card, I think, seems quite similar. It's a great card but centering can be a challenge. The Packers would miss the playoffs for the second year in a row as their postseason dominance had come to an end.
1970 Topps #30
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $55
The 1970 Topps design is instantly recognizable due to its color scheme and encircled images of players. It's definitely not one of his more expensive cards but still one of the keys to this set packed with Hall of Famers and the O.J. Simpson rookie card. Visually, I think the card is one of his most appealing.
1971 Topps #200
Estimated PSA 8 Value: $75
The 1971 Topps card would be the final mainstream issue to feature Bart Starr. The blue borders are very condition sensitive, as you might imagine. His name in big block letters across the top and cartoon imagery on the nameplate at the bottom are great touches. Starr would appear in only four games that season as his legendary career finally came to a close.
Bart Starr's Legacy
Starr goes down in history as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.
And one of the most dominate players in the playoffs for sure.
He'd lead the Packers to incredible dominance throughout the 1960's and finish with five championships in total.
Some of his career accomplishments include:
- 5x NFL Champion (Including Super Bowl I and II)
- 4x Pro Bowler
- NFL MVP (1966)
- 5x NFL Passer Rating Leader
Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 and because of his legacy, his football cards will always be among the most sought after in the hobby.