Americans have long used pro football trading cards as a way to remember and idolize their favorite players. Millions of people collect cards hoping that one day they will be worth loads of money, and also to remember all of the wonderful times they had watching games with friends and family long ago. The first football cards were sold in the 1890’s as promotional tools for tobacco companies, as they were included with a pack of cigarettes. Because the NFL was not yet existent, the cards featured the 35 best players from the top college football schools of the era, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.
Pro football cards are similar to those of other sports in that the player’s picture, usually in an action symbolic of his position, is on the front, with the back including their statistics and career achievements. There are several things that contribute to a card’s value, including a player’s popularity, his overall level of success, and the card’s condition. If a player wins a Super Bowl, MVP, is selected for a Pro Bowl, or is in his “rookie” season, the card can become much more valuable.