Owning a Jerry Rice rookie card has always been a goal of mine for one simple reason:
he was the greatest wide receiver of all-time. Maybe even the greatest overall player of all-time.
Rice was one of my childhood idols.
I loved watching him play. He was electric and clearly dominant at his position.
He still holds the NFL record for most receiving yards, most receiving touchdowns, and most receptions. Among many other records...
His performances skyrocketed his popularity and so his rookie card remains one of the most popular football cards in the hobby.
Rice's rookie is not only a key to the 1986 Topps set but it's one of the most valuable football cards of all-time.
That said, here is a comprehensive guide that covers the key things you should know before you buy.