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.

ROOKIE CARDS OF HALL OF FAMER TERRELL OWENS


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. 


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

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (D) Weak photography. Background is a football field? Or reel of film?
  • Card Design Back: (A) Well balanced. Giving us Resume, Skills and Up Close is a plus.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

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)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (A) Great photography showing T.O. mingling with fans.
  • Card Design Back: (C) Weak player photo, player bio.
  • Card Grade Overall: (B)

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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  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Pacific’s all die-cut release. Simply ahead of its time.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Crown swag continues but lacks player bio and stats.
  • Card Grade Overall: (A) One of my favorite mid-90’s release so I’m biased.

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)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (A) Borderless action photo and cool Rookie Star emblem.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Well balanced. Beautiful color scheme and full action photo.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

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)

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (B) Background seems to have rays of light. Dark border danger.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Well balanced with everything a card back needs.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

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)

  • Card Quality: Regular
  • Card Design Front: (C) Senior Bowl uniform and too much gold foil.
  • Card Design Back: (D) Ugly. Looks like broken glass which doesn’t match overall theme.
  • Card Overall Grade: (F)

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)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (A) Technical card design known as “cel” gives it a great effect.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Lots of color, great photo but lacks player bio and stats.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

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)

  • Card Quality: Mid-Grade
  • Card Design Front: (B) Great borderless action photo. Name is blurred.
  • Card Design Back: (B) Lacks stats.
  • Card Overall Grade: (B)

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)

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Look at this thing. Stealth mode. Classy. Muscle Card.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Great eye appeal. Extended statistical information.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A+)

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)

  • Card Quality: Premium
  • Card Design Front: (A) Great photography inside of a goal post design.
  • Card Design Back: (A) Well balanced. Multi-font colors. Scouting Report.
  • Card Overall Grade: (A)

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.


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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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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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