Terrell Owens Rookie Cards

Typically when I write about any player I do not like to focus on the drama that individuals allegedly have had in their lives. If you look at my “About This Blog” statement you will notice that I decided long ago that this website is to educate and inspire collectors to gain a greater respect and appreciation for the featured Hall of Famer. Terrell Eldorado Owens also known as T.O. has challenged my optimism!

Watching his career unfold over the years and the hours of research I put in, I noticed something, constant drama surrounded the playing career of T.O. It didn’t matter which of the five teams he played for, trouble just seemed to follow him.

He’s been accused of causing division within the team. Of being arrogant and selfish. Disrespectful. I’m sure there are other adjectives but you get the picture. Folks these are documented accusations and I understand why people would feel this way because T.O. constantly made statements like:

“I just love me some me!” (one of his favorite replies)

“Who can make a play? I can!” (he would ask multiple team mates)

“I told you they love to hate me!” (then grinned with his big smile)

However, laying all the accusations, cockiness and flamboyant touchdown celebrations aside one must consider the facts. I know I’m asking a lot but hear me out.

Terrell Owens played for 15 years and he accumulated 15,934 career receiving yards and that ranks him second all-time! And his 153 receiving touchdowns ranks him third all-time! Emphasis on all-time, he ranks in the top three wide-receivers in NFL history!

He is also known for having football savvy, on field intelligence and a great physical specimen. He out ran, out jumped, out muscled any defender that dared to line up against him. He captivated America. You can not tell the story of the NFL between 1996-2016 without mentioning Terrell Owens, he was just that good.

Feelings aside we must consider these two important facts: 1) his antics and controversy never effected his productivity and 2) he is not the first flamboyant football player and he won’t be the last.

OFFICIAL ROOKIE CARDS OF HOF TERRELL OWENS


1996 Bowman’s Best, Card No. 147 (shop eBay)

Great action photograph on card front but a terrible design. Is that a football field or a reel of film? Card back is well balanced and thought out, giving us a different narrative with Resume, Skills and Up Close. Parallels include Atomic Refractors and the more common Refractors variant.

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $3.00-$8.00; graded mint copies (9’s) sell between $10.00-$20.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $20.00- $40.00 range.


1996 Collector’s Choice Update, Card No. U59 (shop eBay)

Clean card design for this basic Upper Deck product. This 200 card update set was released in packs. Great image of T.O. mingling with fans. Card back is a bit choppy and unbalanced. No parallels we’re included in this one.

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $1.00-$2.00; no recent nor relevant pricing for graded copies found.


1996 Crown Royale, Card No. 39 (shop eBay)

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Pacific released this beauty of a set for a second consecutive year. Their niche. All die-cut design in the shape of a crown, a card design simply ahead of its time. Card front gives us action photo and plenty of gold foil. Card back has a shield with player commentary but lacks in player bio and stats. Parallels are included; Crown Royale Blue found in hobby packs only come with blue foil highlights replacing the gold. Crown Royale Silver are found in retail packs.

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $3.00-$6.00; graded mint copies (9’s) sell for $8.00-$15.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $15.00-$25.00 range.


1996 Donruss, Card No. 237 (shop eBay)

Personally I don’t like photos in practice gear but I can’t deny the swag this borderless action photo design gives collectors. the big ROOKIE star emblem inside of a football is epic. The card back gives us more awesomeness, well balanced design and great color scheme matching 49er’s colors. There is one parallel, Donruss Press Proof with gold foil highlights and a print run of only 2000 copies.

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.


1996 Topps Finest, Card No. 338 (shop eBay)

This classic Topps Finest design was a collector favorite. Big bold font, dark brown borders and that protective film make it hard not to love this design. The card back will have you reaching for your sunglasses. There is one parallel included, the popular Refractor variant for your collecting pleasure.

As of the date of this post raw copies sell for $3.00-$5.00; graded mint copies (9’s) sell for $10.00-$25.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $40.00-$85.00 range.


1996 Pacific, Card No. 381 (shop eBay)

Senior Bowl uniform works for some collectors. Great action photo and lots of gold foil encompasses the card front. Card back doesn’t make much sense to me, design seems like broken glass and doesn’t go with the overall theme of card. Parallels include: Pacific Blue found in hobby packs and offers blue foil front instead of gold foil. Red – found in retail packs and Silver – found only in retail also.

As of the date of this post raw copies can purchased for $1.00-$3.00; gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $10.00-$20.00 range.


1996 Pacific Invincible, Card No. 132 (shop eBay)

Fantastic design for a 1996 product, Pacific called it “Cel” technology. Back of card lacks bio and stats. Photography seems a bit generic. I would like this card a lot more if it wasn’t for the college uniforms. However, the parallels in these look amazing: Bronze parallels are found in hobby packs only at a rate of 1:6 packs. Silvers were found in retail packs only and are also 1:6 packs. Platinum Blue parallel was found in both hobby and retail packs but at a much harder 1:25 packs.

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $8.00-$15.00; no recent nor relevant pricing for graded copies found.


1996 Skybox Impact Rookies, Card No. 62 (shop eBay)

This one has fantastic action photo! Borderless front limits distractions, which is good because we don’t need anything taking away from photo. I was a little confused with Owens name in the background. Seems blurred, I thought my eyes were going bad. Photo on back of card is really nice too. It gives us player bio and commentary but lacks in player stats. There are no parallels in this set.

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$4.00; graded gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $15.00-$25.00 range.


1996 Upper Deck SP, Card No. 7 (shop eBay)

Look at this thing! Can anyone say bad ass! I’m thinking stealth mode. Classy. Muscle Card. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this one has fantastic eye appeal. More of the same on card back and it gives collectors extended statistical information. This high end product was an absolute hit with collectors! There are no parallels in this set.

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased $5.00-$10.00; graded mint copies (9’s) sell between $40.00-$60.00 and gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $200.00-$280.00 range.


1996 Stadium Club, Card No. 342 (shop eBay)

It appears that the defender shown in this photo featuring Terrell Owens doesn’t have a chance. An obvious size advantage goes to our featured HOF. This is a very creative design with photo sitting inside of a goal post design. That’s different. Card back is well balanced with multiple font colors. Overall a great card.

There is one parallel of this card “Stadium Club Members Only” however, it is not considered a rookie card because of its limited print run and distribution method.

As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $2.00-$4.00; gem mint copies (10’s) sell in the $30.00-$40.00 range.


Sources:
Terrell Owens Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/O/OwenTe00.htm (accessed April 5, 2018).
terrell-owens. Digital Image. Ms. Drama TV. http://msdramatv.com/tag/terrell-owens/ (accessed April 5, 2018).
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