Brett Favre Rookie Cards: The Ultimate Collector’s Guide

Most Valuable Brett Favre Rookie Cards

With so many Brett Favre rookie cards to choose from, it should come as no surprise that there is a wide range of design styles and price ranges to collect.

Some of the designs are rather boring but some are just as flashy as the legendary Favre himself was…

If you ever watched Favre play, you know exactly what I’m talking about…

If there’s anything Favre wasn’t afraid of doing, it was taking a chance against tight coverage when many other quarterbacks would have hesitated.

That style of play could lead to frustration for fans when it didn’t work but luckily for them, it paid off more often than not.

Favre’s legendary status in Green Bay and throughout the NFL have earned him a place as one of the game’s greatest.

And in this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know about his different rookie cards.

Let’s jump right in!

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1991 Action Packed #21 Brett Favre Rookie Card

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

At the time, the design of the 1991 Action Packed cards had an advanced look and feel to them with the gold foil and rounded corners. The Rookie Update set featured 84 players in total and Favre is by far and away the key. The "R" in the football helmet in the upper left corner adds a nice touch in design to note the rookie card status.

1991 Action Packed #21 Bret Favre Football Card

1991 Classic #30

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $10

1991 Classic was produced as a factory set and contained 50 cards in total. The design is very straight forward with the thick borders and early 1990's style graphics. The image of Favre on the bench isn't exactly the most appealing choice but it's a decent card overall. Additionally, it's one of his cheapest rookie cards you can own.

1991 Classic #30 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Classic 4 Sport #129

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

Classic also released another set in 1991 that featured not only football cards but hockey, baseball and basketball as well. The design of this card is much better than the regular Classic issue as it features a pretty good action shot of Favre dropping back in the pocket. The marble-colored borders are also a bit more appealing to the eye.

1991 Classic 4 Sport #129 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Pacific #551

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

This Brett Favre rookie is probably one of the weirder ones in terms of design. The grey/white color scheme of the borders along with the pink  name plate looks odd and out of place. But, hey, it was the early 1990's and card companies were experimenting trying to stand out from the field. A young Favre looks extremely focused with his arm cocked and ready to launch the ball.

1991 Pacific #551 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Pro Set #762

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

Pro Set was a company out of Dallas that owner Ludwell Denny founded in 1988 once he gained a license from the NFL to be their official producer of football cards. Hence, the "Official NFL Card" shown at the top of this Favre rookie. To me, this is one of the better looking Favre rookie cards as it features a great action shot and balanced design elements that aren't too over the top.

1991 Pro Set #762 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Pro Set Platinum #290

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

Pro Set also released a premium "Platinum" set that year that featured 315 different cards in total. There isn't much to the design really, except for the logo in the lower left corner. Despite it being an upscale version of the regular Pro Set, the price premium really isn't there.

1991 Pro Set Platinum #290 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Score #611

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Many collectors don't really like the design of this card too much but I kind of like it. I've always liked the late 1980's and early 1990's score cards in general. You can instantly recognize a Score design when you see one and this is no exception with those two-tone pink and purple borders. A great action shot of Favre rounds out a simple but somehow exciting card.

1991 Score #611 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Stadium Club #94

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $100

Notice anything unusual about this card? While  his last name is pronounced "Farve", it certainly isn't spelled that way as the "V" has always preceded the "R" for some reason. That error is forgivable, however, as this is a great-looking card with imagery that pops and nice design elements along the bottom. This one is among his more expensive rookies.

1991 Stadium Club #94 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Stadium Club Super Bowl XXVI #94

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $700

The price premium on this "Super Bowl XXVI" parallel of the base version is quite substantial. Pristine examples can go for hundreds of dollars. These were issued in much smaller quantities and released at the NFL Experience in Minneapolis in 1992. The design is pretty much the same as the base except you'll notice a very subtle Super Bowl XXVI mark in the upper right hand corner.

1991 Stadium Club Super Bowl XXVI #94 Brett Favre Rookie Card

1991 Star Pics Autograph #65

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $350

Seeing as how this card contains Brett Favre's autograph on the reverse side, I would have thought it would have been worth more than it is. Don't get me wrong, top grade examples can still go for hundreds of dollars, I was just expecting a bit more. The football-laden borders on the front are an interesting choice but it's a decent-looking card nonetheless.

One thing I've never understood is why so many of the autographs had the sticker of authenticity placed directly on top of them. That kind of takes away from the signature a bit.

I like the blurb at the bottom about lack of mobility and inconsistency. Favre never really got over those two things but I think the inconsistency more than anything is what made him so exciting to watch. He wasn't scared to take chances and throw downfield into tight coverage and more often than not, it paid off very well for him.

1991 Star Pics Autograph #65 Brett Favre Football Card
1991 Star Pics Autograph #65 Brett Favre Football Card Reverse Side With Autograph

1991 Ultra #283

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

The 1991 Ultra Brett Favre football card can appear a bit bland to many collectors. Despite the drab gray borders and rather plain look and feel, I personally like this card a lot. I've never been a huge fan of over-the-top flashy designs so this one looks just fine to me. The image of Favre ready to pass against a blurry crowd backdrop does a great job of presenting the young gunslinger in action.

1991 Ultra #283 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Ultra Update #1

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

The Ultra Update card features a young Favre in his Falcons jersey and cap. Who knows what might have been had he not been sent to Green Bay? Luckily for Packers fans he made the switch and went on to become one of their most beloved players of all-time. Adding to the sweetness of this card is the fact that he was chosen to be card #1 in the set.

1991 Ultra Update #1 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Upper Deck #18

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

Upper Deck has always been known for producing quality cards with great imagery and designs. I wish they had been able to choose a better image for Favre than one of him on the bench but oh well. This is one of his more popular rookie cards and it can be had for relatively cheap.

1991 Upper Deck #18 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Upper Deck #647

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

Favre also appeared in Upper Deck's "Rookie Force" subset in their 1991 release. This time we see him in more of an action pose as if he has just taken a snap and started to drop back for a pass. Of his two Upper Deck rookie cards, I'd have to say I probably like this one a bit more based on the imagery. This one can be had for around $15 - $20 in top condition as well.

1991 Upper Deck #647 Brett Favre Football Card

1991 Wild Card College Draft Picks #119

Estimated PSA 10 Value (1000 Stripe): $8,000

Estimated PSA 10 Value (100 Stripe): $1,500

Estimated PSA 10 Value (50 Stripe): $700

Estimated PSA 10 Value (20 Stripe): $450

Estimated PSA 10 Value (10 Stripe): $200

Estimated PSA 10 Value (5 Stripe): $100

Estimated PSA 10 Value (Base): $15

These are some of the most expensive Brett Favre rookies you will ever come across. The 1991 Wild Card Stripes offered collectors a base version "1st Edition" as well as parallels that had a stripe in the lower left corner with either a 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, or 1,000 on it.

The stripe cards were meant to be redemptions that collectors could send in for base versions of each player totaling up to the amount listed on a particular card's stripe.

Sounds kind of odd, I know.

The stripe parallels typically sell from between $100 for the 5 stripe version all the way up to thousands of dollars for the super rare 1000 stripe version.

The design of these cards screams 1990's but I think the concept of these cards was a fun thing to try.

1991 Wild Card College Draft Picks #119 1000 Stripe Brett Favre Football Card

Brett Favres' Legacy

Brett Favre was hands down one of the most exciting quarterbacks to ever play the game.

The guy had no fear and wouldn't hesitate to throw it downfield into coverage. That style of play earned him a reputation as a gunslinger.

Sometimes that aggressiveness would result in interceptions or other turnovers but more often than not, it worked out well for the legendary quarterback.

He goes down as one of the greatest NFL players of all time and is nothing short of a legend to Green Bay Packers fans.

Along the way, he would record a list of amazing achievements that included but are not limited to:

  • Super Bowl Champion (XXXI)
  • 3x NFL MVP (1995-1997)
  • 11x Pro Bowler
  • 3x First Team All-Pro
  • 4x NFL Passing Touchdowns Leader (1995-1997,2003)

Again, those are just some of a huge list of accomplishments throughout his storied career.

He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2016.

Ross Uitts
 

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