Randy Moss Rookie Cards

Randy “Super Freak” Moss never suffered from low self-esteem. His perspective was that he was the best ever. He proclaimed it with such conviction and passion that he reminded me of a modern-day Cassius Clay who often proclaimed publicly, “I must be the greatest!” Call it arrogant, cocky, or just confident here’s what we need to keep in mind when considering Hall of Famer Randy Moss.

What you need to realize about Moss is that he was a multi-sport athlete his entire life. Where ever he played; pee-wee league, high school, or college he had success and that continued even at the NFL level. Moss had immediate impact in the NFL and dominated the 1998 season. Without debate he won the 1998 Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Why did he have the nickname Super Freak? Because the position of wide receiver needs these characteristics: height, speed, leaping ability, and good hands. The majority of wide receivers in his era typically had two or three of these abilities. Randy Moss had all four physical abilities and he did them with ease. Some say that he had the greatest vertical game in the history of the NFL.

His play making abilities impacted games for years. The NFL had never seen nothing like it. He did things that had never been done by a wide-receiver before. He was the type of player you had to give an account for on every down. He was quick at the line of scrimmage and if he made it to the secondary in second gear the defense was in trouble. Double teams didn’t matter and his one-handed catches made weekly highlight reels.

Moss played 8yrs with the Vikings, 4yrs with the Patriots, 2yrs with the Raiders, half season with the Titans and finally retired in 2012 with San Francisco 49er’s. His career stats read: Receptions 982 | Receiving Yards per Reception 15.6 | Yards 15,292 | Touchdowns 156 | 6x Pro Bowler.

To bottom line this thing one can say this about Randy Moss. There are good players, there are great players but then there’s elite players – that was Randy Moss.

ROOKIE CARDS OF HALL OF FAMER RANDY MOSS


1998 Absolute Hobby, Card No. 40 (shop eBay)

Looking at Moss’s cards in alphabetical order we start with this one offered to collectors in hobby packs of Absolute. I like the paint brush stroke background and the plastic, viewfinder like portrait photo that can be seen on both sides of card. However, not real impressed with back of card and the white, unbalanced text box. Silver parallels were inserted but are not serial numbered. Gold foil parallels inserted too and are serial numbered to 25.


1998 Absolute Retail, Card No. 40 (shop eBay)

Absolute’s retail version has me scratching my head a bit. Not sure why this has a die-cut corner nor the second head shot of him at upper right corner. More of same on back as I notice overuse of photo and lack of design. Green and red parallels exist in this set they are not serial numbered and the biggest difference is found in foil lettering on card front.


1998 Aurora, Card No. 94 (shop eBay)

I’m not a fan of practice photography but I’ve got to give this design a lot of credit for thinking outside the box on creativity. This is not your typical design. Lots of color, shapes, and lines. Back of card is equally busy and even gives us a fun fact about former Vikings Wide Receiver, Sammy White. There are no parallels for the base set.


1998 Black Diamond Rookies, Card No. 97 (shop eBay)

This beautiful sleek design is one of my favorite Moss rookie cards. Upper Deck, the manufacturer, considers this technology Light FX foil. Inside the black bar on bottom of card you’ll find a foil black diamond, depending on which parallel you pulled you would see multiple diamonds. Speaking of parallels: Doubles – have red Light FX foil and are #’d /2500; Triples have gold foil technology and are #’d /1000. Quadruples with green foil and are #’d /100.


1998 Bowman, Card No. 182 (shop eBay)

Had to be careful with these. The thin card stock and that thick black border towards the bottom would easily show chipping and dog-eared corners. Great photography, outlined in blue along with blue football at lower left indicates the color for rookies. The veterans were outlined in red. Card back has a spectacular design and gives many extras. Parallels include the tough to pull “Bowman 50th Anniversary” cards #’d /50 and the one per pack Interstate parallel which highlights the state player is from and the card back has a custom vanity plate of the featured state. These Interstate parallels have become collector favorites over the years for their creative design.


1998 Bowman Chrome, Card No. 182 (shop eBay)

This premium product mimics the Bowman set but with Chromium technology. Also, slightly different are the parallels. Let’s start with the ever popular Refractors they are found one in twelve packs and collectors love the shiny refractive technology. The “Bowman 50th Anniversary” parallel is #’d /50 and the refractor parallel is #’d /5. Also, the popular Interstate parallels are 1:4 packs and those refractors are 1:24 packs.


1998 Bowman’s Best, Card No. 109 (shop eBay)

These highly silver foiled cards are hard to photograph. Bowman continues it’s over the top card designs with another premium product. Not only do we have epic card design front and back but the parallels in this product are pretty special too. Refractors are inserted in 1:25 packs and are #’d /400. Atomic Refractors are inserted 1:103 packs and are #’d /100.


1998 CE Supreme Season Review, Card No. 101A (shop eBay)

This borderless action photo captures Moss doing what he did best, running through defenders. Card back looks like a back drop for a Marvel movie. Gold Ingot parallels were inserted as well.


1998 Collector’s Edge Advantage, Card No. 196 (shop eBay)

This was considered a premium product but the $5.99 per pack retail price is not justified. Not a very attractive card to demand such a hefty price tag. Not sure what’s going on with the shadows on both front and back of this card but I found nothing about this product attractive. Silver parallels are the only one for this product and they are not serial numbered.


1998 Collector’s Edge First Place, Card No. 157 (shop eBay)

Beautiful aperture photography given to collectors here. These large borderless action photos are common throughout the whole set. Really nice foil “1st Place” logo on upper left corner of card. The back has a great color scheme, great player info but lacks photo. Parallels include: First Place 50-Point, cards are printed on 50pt. card stock and extra UV coating. First Place 50-Point Silvers, same concept except you’ll have silver foil lettering. Lastly, the extremely rare Gold One-of-Ones.


1998 Collectors Edge Masters, Card No. 95 (shop eBay)

Full action photo with silver foil highlights. Card back has more of an early 90’s feel to it, the only thing to really brag about is the serial numbered to /5000. Parallels are plentiful with this one: 50-Point one in every pack cards were printed on 50pt. card stock and are #’d to 3000. 50-Point Gold are inserted 1:20 packs and are serial #’d /150. HoloGold are inserted 1:300 packs and are serial #’d /10. Gold Redemption 500 were complete factory sets distributed via a redemption card inserted 1:6000 packs and were serial #’d /500. Gold Redemption 100 has the same concept except cards are #’d to 100.


1998 Collector’s Edge Odyssey, Card No. 80 (shop eBay)

More aperture photography and borderless action photos. Set is split up by quarters. Cards 1-150 are considered 1st Quarter which is where the Moss rookie is placed. Card back is well balanced, nice lines and colors, gives us great player info but lacks photo. Parallels include: Level 1 Galvanized, found 1:3 packs with a transparent border on card front and the letter “G” on card back upper right corner. Level 2 HoloGold, found 1:34 packs with a gold transparent border on card front and letter “H” on card back upper right corner, also serial #’d /150. Single Edge, red border front serial #’d 1/1.


1998 Crown Royale, Card No. 75 (shop eBay)

This epic die-cut design was ahead of it’s time. Card front gives us silver and gold foil to create a kings crown, absolutely amazing. Card back is just as stunning but lacks player bio and stats. One parallel exist in this set, Limited Series and it’s serial #’d to only /99.


1998 E-X2001, Card No. 55 (shop eBay)

Only 60 cards in this set. Not a fan of the photo because it’s a practice uniform. Card front design is really interesting because cards are not made out of traditional cardboard instead they used clear plastic allowing you to see through a portion of the card. I like the silver / purple swoosh. However, not a fan of the card back seems like they sacrificed a lot to get the affect they wanted.

Parallels are stunning but get a little dicey too: I’ll start with Essential Credentials Future, these are serial numbered opposite to card number. So card no. 60 would be serial numbered to one. Card no. 59 would be serial numbered to two, etc. etc. Moss is card no. 55 so this parallel would be serial numbered to… if you guessed six you got it correct. There is also Essential Credentials Now, these are serial numbered in sequential order. Again Moss being card no. 55 means that this parallel is serial #’d /55. I hope that helped, I need an aspirin.


1998 Finest, Card No. 135 (shop eBay)

This is perhaps my favorite Moss rookie card. Look at this thing! Great action photo, background has a purple-ish tint to it. Big bold lettering for “ROOKIE” what is there not to love. Card back is really solid too. Another action photo occupying the upper half and everything a card back should have: player bio, stats, and commentary.

Parallels include: Refractors – known for their rainbow refracting technology that causes the colors to bounce especially in the light, inserted 1:12 packs. No Protectors is another parallel within this set; silver foil was used front and back to create these beauties and as the name suggest it has no protective film attached to card front. No Protectors Refractors – inserted 1:24 packs this stunning card design refracts in the back of card as well.


1998 Flair Showcase Row 3, Card No. 5 (shop eBay)

Fleer’s Flair Showcase brand was a collector favorite for quality card stock and design and if  you’re a fan of parallels (a.k.a. Rainbow collectors) than this is your brand. To keep it short there are 11 other parallel versions of this card each slightly different then the last. The primary changes can be seen in the holographic foil fronts.

Another difference is in the theme; on the back of the card towards the bottom you will find a text box with a word, shown here is the “Showtime” theme. But you’ll also have Showstopper, Showdown, Showpiece and the Legacy Collection Masterpieces. The Row 0 cards are serial #’d /250 and #’d /100. This is an overly complicated set with many rabbit trails however, the Sec 2, Row 3, Seat 5 (pictured above) is considered the base set RC.


1998 Fleer Brilliants, Card No. 140 (shop eBay)

Background is a mirror foil and shows finger prints and scratches easily. However, clean copies look stunning. Card back has great colors and design as well. Parallels include: Fleer Brilliant Blue found 1:6 packs and feature a blue foil card stock. Other parallels include Gold #’d /99 and 24-Karat Gold that feature a 24kt gold stamped logo on card front and you guessed it #’d /24.


1998 Fleer Tradition, Card No. 237 (shop eBay)

Borderless full action photo showing Moss in his college uni. I really like that football with ROOKIE stamped across it. Card back falls a bit short for me, oversized helmet doesn’t work and player commentary, bio, and stats seem cluttered. Only one parallel in this one; Heritage features green foil stamps at card front and are serial #’d /125.


1998 Leaf Rookies & Stars, Card No. 199 (shop eBay)

Great action photo, beautiful colors and crisp clean card design. Card back is just as nice and stats can be found inside commentary. Parallels include: True Blue, which offers blue foil stamping on the cards front and is serial #’d to /500. Longevity, this one is printed on a holographic card stock and is serial #’d /50. Longevity Holofoil, the name explains these however, these are tough to find because these are 1-of-1.


1998 Metal Universe, Card No. 190 (shop eBay)

This one has grown on me over the years. Borderless action photo in outer space? Card back has vibrant colors and has lots of eye-appeal. Parallels include: Precious Metal Gems which offers etched design made of silver foil and are serial #’d /50. Also, Precious Metal Gems Masters are serial #’d 1-of-1’s.


1998 Pacific, Card No. 244 (shop eBay)

I really like this card. Borderless full action photo of Moss doing what he did best, leaping high in the air to make the catch. Card back is decent, giving collectors lots of color and everything a card back should have. Parallels include: Platinum Blue found 1:73 packs and highlight blue foil on card front. Red – display red foil on front and were found in retail packs.


1998 Playoff Momentum Hobby, Card No. 131 (shop eBay)

Card design is very dark and what gets me to scratch my head is the same dark design on card back which really clashes with Moss dark attire. Speaking of card back all we get is the photo and that’s it! No stats, commentary, nor player bio. Nothing. To their defense I will say this the parallels on this are decent. You have Red parallels found 1:4 packs and Gold serial #’d /25.


1998 Playoff Momentum Retail, Card No. 171 (shop eBay)

This one is unique because the card front is embossed to make it feel like a football. However, for me that about does it. Card back is a disaster as well. One parallel in this one; Red – found 1:4 packs and display red foil on card front (brutal).


1998 Playoff Prestige Hobby, Card No. 173 (shop eBay)

Action photo in college uniform and the silver foil highlights give off a design similar to the old school video game Q-bert. Card back gives us a full portrait photo but lacks in player commentary and full bio. Color themed parallels continue with: Red – found 1:3 packs and have a stunning deep red background. Gold – are serial #’d /25.


1998 Playoff Prestige Retail, Card No. 173 (shop eBay)

The retail version is printed on much thinner card stock and this will show chipping at lower portion of card due to the silver foil if you’re not careful. Parallels include: Green – offers green foil and the Red parallels were found 1:3 packs.


1998 Score, Card No. 235 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (B) I wonder what they were talking about. Clean card design.
  • Card Design Back: (C) Lacks photo and stats.
  • Card Overall Grade: (C)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $1.00-$3.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $4.00-$8.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $20.00-$40.00 range.


1998 Skybox Premium, Card No. 240 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Front Design: (A) Is that a purple haze? I like the fancy font lettering too.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Lacks stats but overall good design.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $4.00-$7.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $20.00-$40.00 range.


1998 Skybox Thunder, Card No. 242 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) Stunning psychedelic colors! I just wish it would’ve been in a Vikings uniform.
  • Card Design Back: (A) They went above and beyond here. Everything you need.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$5.00; graded mint (9’s) have no recent nor relevant pricing but gem mint (10’s) sell in the $30.00-$40.00 range.


1998 SP Authentic, Card No. 18 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (B) One third of this card is in black with an opacity action photo inside of it which you can barely see and spells nightmare for edges and corners.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Beautiful design, full player bio and serial numbered.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies have no recent nor relevant pricing. Graded mint (9’s) sell between $350.00-$500.00 and gem mint (10’s) sell in the $1,500.00-$2,000.00 range.


1998 SPx Finite, Card No. 239 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (B) Foil emblem window is notorious for chipping around the edges.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Well balanced and has serial numbered RC is a plus.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $17.00-$40.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $40.00-$75.00 and there is no gem mint (10’s) in existence for this card.


1998 Stadium Club, Card No. 189 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (A) Great action photo, high gloss and a clean design.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Two photos causes redundancy and clutter. Good on everything else though.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $3.00-$5.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $20.00-$35.00 range.


1998 Topps, Card No. 352 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) Great photography and design.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Don’t care for the photo used.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$4.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $25.00-$50.00 range.


1998 Topps Chrome, Card No. 35 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Great photography and design.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Don’t care for photo used.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $7.00-$10.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $40.00-$50.00 range.


1998 Topps Season Opener, Card No. 22 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) Great photography design and color.
  • Card Design Back: (B)
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$4.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $8.00-$15.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $20.00-$40.00 range.


1998 Topps Stars, Card No. 66 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (C) Kind of an odd cartoonish/artistic design.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Very cool design and rates his abilities with a star system and serial number is a bonus.
  • Card Overall Grade: (C)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$4.00; no recent nor relevant pricing found for graded copies.


1998 UD Choice, Card No. 200 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) Very nice card design. Love those colors too.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Gives collectors everything expected in a good card back.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies are selling for $1.00-$3.00; no recent nor relevant pricing found for graded copies.


1998 UD3, Card No. 197 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (A) Great photo, theme and design.
  • Card Design Back: (B) No player bio but great eye-appeal.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $3.00-$5.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $5.00-$10.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $140.00-$160.00 range.


1998 Ultra, Card No. 207 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (B) Clean card design lots of gloss. Notorious for chipped edges.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Great photo, career highlights, bio and stats.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $5.00-$12.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $40.00-$80.00 range.


1998 Upper Deck, Card No. 17 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) Nice design but hard to find centered copies.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Great photo. Nice design but lacks player bio.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$5.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$25.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $65.00-$85.00 range.


1998 Upper Deck Encore, Card No. 12 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (B) Nice design but redundant, not much difference.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Only difference is card number.
  • Card Overall Grade: (C)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $4.00-$8.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $40.00-$60.00 range.


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Sources:
Randy Moss’s Top 5 Wide Receivers. Digital Image. You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1DndmzEOkU (accessed April 2, 2018).
Wikipedia contributors, “Randy Moss,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,  https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Randy_Moss&oldid=836282538 (accessed April 2, 2018).
Randy Moss Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MossRa00.htm (accessed April 8, 2018).

 

 

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Victor Roman Sr

I've been collecting for over thirty years. My goal is to inform and inspire collectors of cardboard. I believe there is nothing that holds its value better than rookie cards of Hall of Famers, nor is there anything more rewarding than learning the history of the All-Time Greats. I summarize it this way- LEARN. COLLECT. ENJOY.

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