Brett Favre Rookie Cards

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With the 33rd overall pick of the 2nd Round in the 1991 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected Brett Favre from Southern Miss University. He has eight official rookie cards and zero parallels.

Considering the Greatness of Brett Favre

Taking a closer look at the career numbers of Brett Favre one must take notice that he has over 6,000 passing completions for a total yardage of over 70,000. But most impressive is that he is the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 500 touchdowns!

For those who wish to point out that he also owns the record for most interceptions at 336 keep in mind that he also owns the record for most career sacks at 525. He has led teams to eight Division Championships, five NFC Championship Games, and two Super Bowl appearances winning one of them in XXXI.

Career, Stats & Accomplishments of Brett Favre

In his 20 year career he’s played for the Atlanta Falcons for 1 year, Green Bay Packers for 16 years, New York Jets for 1 year, and a 2-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings before retiring in 2010.

One statistic that is often overlooked and shouldn’t be, Brett Favre is the “Ironman” (Cal Ripken Jr) of the NFL. Between September 20, 1992, to January 20, 2008, he was the starting quarterback for 297 consecutive games (321 if you include playoffs), which to this day still remains the all-time record for consecutive starts in the NFL.

Stats: Games 302 | Yards 71,838 | Touchdowns 508 | Wins 186 | Losses 112 | Passing Completion 62%

Accomplishments: 11x Pro Bowl | 3x All-Pro | 1x Super Bowl Champion | 3x MVP | NFL 100 All-Time Team.

The Gunslinger ranks 3rd All-Time in Passing Completions, he ranks 4th All-Time in Passing Yards and 4th in Passing Touchdowns.


Rookie Cards of Hall of Famer

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1991 Action Packed Rookie Update, #21

This is an 84 card set released as a single series. Card fronts are embossed and this one displays a great action photo of our featured HOFer. The Card back gives us full college stats, color photo, player bio, and commentary, all the essentials of a solid card back but lacks in eye-appeal.

I remember having a hard time getting these into a top loader, because of the embossed technology the card stock was a lot thicker, most of the time I just left them in a penny sleeve.


1991 Pacific, #551

This was Pacific Trading Cards premier release for football. It’s a 660 card set split up into two series, 550 cards for series one and 110 cards for series two.

I came across a factory set at a yard sale a few years ago, I knew there was a Favre rookie but I didn’t know there was a series two, neither did the guy selling it. I’m thinking it’s a Pacific football set 550 cards, its the complete set. I purchased it thinking Favre’s rookie is in the bag. Wrong! Favre was card number 551 the first card of series two.

Pacific did an excellent job thinking outside the box. They came on the scene and was a step ahead of everyone else. Their chase cards (or insert cards) are highly sought after by collectors then and even more so now.

Card design I give this product an A+. Cards have a UV coating giving them that glossy veneer. Crisp photography. Brett’s name is placed vertically to the left side of the card in bold font and check out their brand emblem on the lower-left corner.

The card back – WOW! What is going on here? Unlike anything, we’ve ever seen on a card back. The design sits at a 45-degree angle. Love it! Player bio, commentary, and Draft Day Note wrap this beauty.


1991 Pro Set, #762

1991 Pro Set is split up into three series, 405 cards in series one, 407 cards for series two, and oddly enough 38 cards for series three. This whopping 850 card set is quite large for a football set. The reason? Because there are various themed subsets within this set. The first 20 cards are NFL Leaders, cards 27-31 are 1991 Hall of Fame Inductees, etc.

A very unique feature is the cards with specific moral messages to younger kids: “Stay in School” – cards 370-378, “Think About It” – cards 721-729. Each of these portrays an All-Star giving advice to kids, a concept, I think, we should see more of.

Great action photo on this. There are no borders and I like the brand logo in the upper left corner and the 2nd Round Draft Choice in the lower-left indicating to us that this is a rookie. The back really falls short for me not much design, really dull and too much commentary.


1991 Pro Set Platinum, #290

This 315 card set premiered in 1991 and was discontinued in 1992. It was split up into two series, 150 cards for series one and 165 cards for series two.

Not much distraction on the front of these. Just a zoomed-in, borderless action photo with a Pro Set Platinum logo. The card backs are really cool too. Another large action photo, player name, and a little bit of commentary.


1991 Score, #611

Oddly enough a 686 card set split into two series, 345 and 341 cards for series two. A very nice looking card overall, the card front has a multi-colored border and a great action photo of the Gun Slinger.

The card back is split in half, right side giving us a close-up photo and the left side text box giving us decent player commentary, player bio, but lacks in stats. It’s saving grace is the gold-colored border but may cause heartache trying to find one that is not chipped along the edges.


1991 Stadium Club, #94

Stadium Club is a 500 card set released as a single series. The set followed suit with its baseball counterpart. Tagged as Topps first premium product release because of its amazing photography, borderless photos and glossy card stock make it a hobby grand slam.

The card back is decent with a background that mimics a football stadium. The purpose of the photo to the right is to show collectors the rookie card of the featured player. Decent player commentary, and player bio. However, this one too lacks in player stats.

There is one looming error, an uncorrected error, I’ll let you try to find it… did you catch it? His name is misspelled in the front and back of the card.


1991 Ultra, #283

1991 Ultra is a 300 card set released as a single series. The set has earned my respect. I have always appreciated this premier issue of Fleer’s Ultra brand. It offered a quality product, with quality photography, for a decent price, giving collectors the best of everything.

Action photo with the background blurred out really brings Favre to the forefront. A big, proud Ultra brand emblem at the top left and gray borders only at the top and bottom of the card. The bottom border is meant to be bigger than the top.

The card back has an interesting color scheme. Lots of player commentary and a close up photo in the shape of the Ultra emblem. However, it does lack the player bio and stats.


1991 Upper Deck, #13

This 700 card set is split up into two series. 500 cards for series one and 200 cards for series two. It’s also a 1991 football card premier.

Upper Deck raised the bar giving football cards a much-needed facelift. Probably the most undervalued set of the year, to this day sets can be purchased for less than 20 dollars. Pretty reasonable when you factor in product quality.

The card photo is not my favorite. Plus there is this random guy in the background giving him a hug or a massage I’m not sure. It sits on white borders with a very nice Star Rookie logo at the bottom right. Card back gives us a lot of commentary and that about wraps it up. No close-up photo, no player bio, and again no stats.


 Sources:
Brett Favre. Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site. http://www.profootballhof.com/players/brett-favre/ (accessed January 17, 2017).
Brett Favre Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/F/FavrBr00.htm (accessed January 17, 2017).
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