There are some football players that find a way to make history, even when their backs seem to be up against the wall. These are typically the players that are best remembered and they're also the ones that usually end up with trading cards that can sell for potentially large sums of money. A perfect example is Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He's played his entire career with the team, being with them since 2004. During that time, he had 8,443 passing attempts along with an eye-popping 5,440 completions. This gives him a completion percentage of 64.4%, something that a lot of top-level players can only dream of. He's also recorded 418 touchdowns and 211 interceptions. He has a passer rating of 93.5%, having completed 64,088 passing yards. Thanks in large part to his enormous skill, he's been a Super Bowl champion twice, for Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII. He was also voted the most valuable player in his rookie year. Since then, he's been voted to the Pro Bowl six times, in both 2007 and 2011, as well as 2014 through 2017. As you might imagine, all of this means that the majority of his trading cards carry a fairly hefty price tag. Below are five of the most expensive Ben Roethlisberger football trading cards in history. They are ranked from number five to number one, so take a look and see what they are. Who knows, you might have one laying around somewhere.
5. 2004 Upper Deck Signature Series #US-BR Ben Roethlisberger Ungraded ($1,680.00)
There are a couple of things that stand out about this particular card, not the least of which is that it comes from his rookie year in 2004. It's also worth noting that it was part of a series of cards done by Upper Deck that had some of the sport's biggest names signing a select number of cards that would then be distributed to the public. Anyone who is lucky enough to get one almost knew that they were sitting on a future gold mine if they would just hold on to it long enough. The thing that really stands out here is that this particular card is ungraded and it's still worth more than $1,000. In fact, its selling price is much closer to $2,000. If you're fortunate enough to have one of these and it's graded in mint condition, there's no telling how much you could potentially sell it for.
4. 2004 Topps Chrome Refractor #166 Ben Roethlisberger PSA 9 ($2,200.00)
One of the reasons that this card is worth so much is because it marks his rookie year with the Steelers. As is typically the case, cards that denote the rookie years of exceptionally popular players have a tendency to be worth a lot of money because they celebrate the beginning of that particular person's career. As you can see, this is a card that can potentially be worth a great deal of money. Remember, the price listed here is for one that gets a score of 9 out of 10. If you just so happen to be lucky enough to have one that is in mint condition, you could potentially sell it for more than $6,000 according to most experts.
3. 2004 Bowman Chrome #111 Ben Roethlisberger Autographed PSA 10 ($4,500.00)
There are a couple of different reasons that this card right here is worth more than $4,000. For starters, it's also a card that comes from his rookie season with the Steelers, meaning that it's already likely to be worth more than cards from other years unless it's something special. In addition, this particular card is a Super Bowl card, and that automatically drives the price up a bit as well. Perhaps the biggest situation involving the value of the card in this particular case is the fact that it's autographed by the player. As is the case with trading cards or virtually any other type of celebrity merchandise or sports memorabilia, the price automatically goes up exponentially when there is a bona fide autograph. That is certainly the case here, as reflected by the price tag.
2. 2004 Bowman Chrome #111.2 Ben Roethlisberger PSA 9 ($5,024.43)
Once again, there are a number of things that make this card worthy of the $5,000 asking price. First and foremost, it’s signed by the player. In addition to that very important factor, it's also a very celebrated rookie card, one of the cards that fans of the player and collectors alike tend to have a tendency to snatch up whenever they can find one. That's especially true of a card like this that's in extremely good condition. The only reason it didn't fetch a bigger price tag is because it scored a 9 out of 10 as opposed to being scored in mint condition.
1. 2004 Topps Chrome Refractor #166 Ben Roethlisberger PSA 10 ($9,999.00)
As you might have noticed, this is a card that has already shown up on this list, although the one that sits in the number four slot is a PSA 9. That particular card sold for just over $2,000. As you can see, the condition of a card really can make all the difference in the world in some cases, as evidenced by this particular example. Here you have a card that is identical in every way to the card that's listed number four on this list, with one very important exception. It's in very good condition, but it's not quite mint condition. While that card was worth just over $2,000, this particular card that is listed in mint condition is worth just under $10,000.
Written by Dana Hanson
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