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


NOTE: In an effort to minimize the length of this post, when featured player has multiple rookie cards, I will limit my commentary and assign a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. Please keep in mind that this report card is only my opinion.


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

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (B) I like the paint brush stroke background and viewfinder like portrait photo.
  • Card Design Back: (B) text box gives essentials needed for card back but lacks in design.
  • Card Overall Grade: (C)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $4.00-$8.00; no recent nor relevant pricing for graded copies found.


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

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (D) not sure why this has a die-cut corner nor the second head shot of him at upper right corner.
  • Card Design Back: (D) overuse of same photo and lacks design.
  • Card Overall Grade: (F)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $1.00-$3.00; graded gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $20.00-$30.00 range.


1998 Aurora, Card No. 94 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (B) great colors, great lines and photography.
  • Card Design Back: (A) lots of outside the box creativity going on here.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$5.00; no recent nor relevant pricing for graded copies found.


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

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (A) beautiful sleek design.
  • Card Design Back: (A) perfectly balanced well-informed card back.
  • Overall Card Design: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $5.00-$10.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $30.00-$40.00 range.


1998 Bowman, Card No. 182 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) great card design, clean with lots of eye appeal.
  • Card Design Back: (A) spectacular design with many extras.
  • 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 $5.00-$15.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $20.00-$40.00 range.


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

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Great Bowman product design with Chromium technology.
  • Card Design Back: (A) not your typically card back.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $5.00-$10.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $40.00-$75.00 range.


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

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (B) Great photo. Nice design but mirror chrome background picks up finger prints and scratches easily.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Great photography continues. Marble background and everything you’d expect of a card back.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $4.00-$6.00; 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 CE Supreme Season Review, Card No. 101A (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (B) borderless action photo.
  • Card Design Back: (A) love the background on this looks like something out of Marvel movie.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $3.00-$6.00; no recent nor relevant pricing for graded copies found.


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

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (D) Not very attractive for a premium product with a premium price tag.
  • Card Design Back: (D) not sure what’s going on with the shadows on both front and back of this card.
  • Card Overall Grade: (F)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $1.00-$3.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $6.00-$12.00 and there is no recent nor relevant pricing for gem mint (10’s).


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

  • Card Quality: Average
  • Card Design Front: (B) borderless action photo with just the right amount of foil.
  • Card Design Back: (B) nice color scheme, great player info but lacks a photo.
  • Overall Card Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $1.00-$3.00; graded mint (9’s) sell for $4.00-$8.00 and gem mint (10’s) sell in the $12.00-$25.00 range.


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

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (C) nothing to really complain about but nothing to brag about either.
  • Card Design Back: (D) Serial numbered to 5000 is cool but that’s about it.
  • Overall Card Grade: (D)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$5.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $8.00-$15.00 and there is no recent nor relevant pricing for gem mint (10’s).


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

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (C) Set split up by quarters. Cards 1-150 are 1st Quarter.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Well balanced, good player info but lacks a photo.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

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


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

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Epic die-cut design. Ahead of its time.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Lacks player bio and stats.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $5.00-$10.00; no recent nor relevant pricing for graded cards found.


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

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Lots of shine with a transparent right side.
  • Card Design Back: (C) not a fan of backside especially the transparent side.
  • Card Grade Overall: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $5.00-$10.00; no recent nor relevant pricing for graded mint copies (9’s) but gem mint copies (10’s) are selling in the $35.00-$45.00 range.


1998 Finest, Card No. 135 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Stunning action photo and overall card design.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Spectacular design and details. The perfect card back.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $5.00-$10.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $25.00-$35.00 range.


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

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Absolutely beautiful card design. Flair raised the bar.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Everything you could ask for on a card back.
  • 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-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $20.00-$30.00 range.


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

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Front Design: (C) Not a fan of photo nor background, mirror like background shows finger prints and scratches easily.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Bold font, nice photo and beautiful colors.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$5.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $6.00-$12.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $40.0-$50.00 range.


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

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) Borderless full action college photo.
  • Card Design Back: (C) Oversized helmet. Player info seems cluttered.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $3.00-$6.00; no recent nor relevant pricing for mint (9’s) but gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $30.00-$45.00 range.


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

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (A) Mid 90’s Leaf design’s are top-notch.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Stunning card back. Stats are inside the commentary.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $4.00-$10.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $13.00-$25.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $30.00-$40.00 range.


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

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (C) Not a fan of the outer space theme.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Lots of color and eye-appeal. Lacks commentary.
  • 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 $10.00-$13.00 and gem mint (10’s) sell in the $30.00-$40.00 range.


1998 Pacific, Card No. 244 (shop eBay)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) This borderless action photo showcases what Moss did best.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Lots of color and gives us: player bio, commentary & stats.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

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

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (C) To dark although the colored parallels of this card are great.
  • Card Design Back: (F) Not impressive at all.
  • Card Overall Grade: (F)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $5.00-$10.00; no recent nor relevant pricing found for graded copies.


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

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (B) Love the creativity here but looks more like an insert card.
  • Card Design Back: (D) No player bio or stats and really lacks in design.
  • Card Overall Grade: (C)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $3.00-$5.00; no recent nor relevant pricing found for graded copies.


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

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (B) Nice color but reminds of a video game called Q-bert.
  • Card Design Back: (C) Is Moss trying to watch his mouth? Maybe he’s trying to control himself because this card back lacks a lot.
  • Card Overall Design: (C)

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$5.00; graded mint (9’s) sell between $5.00-$15.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) has no recent nor relevant pricing.


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

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (C) Too much silver foil.
  • Card Design Back: (C) See comment on hobby version.
  • 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 $8.00-$12.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $100.00-$110.00 range.


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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I've been collecting for thirty years. My goal is to inform and inspire collectors of cardboard. I believe if you understand certain principles of collecting sports cards then the decisions you make on purchases will be good ones and that will make your collecting experience more enjoyable. All-Time Greats is for the novice, the returning or the seasoned collector!

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