In the game of professional football, there are some individuals that make a name for themselves in a much more dynamic way than others. Jim Brown was one of those individuals. At more than 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing more than 250 pounds, he was definitely a force to be reckoned with. Considering the fact that he played during the 1950s and 60s, it only stands to reason that his trading cards are now worth a significant amount of money, especially if you have the right card and it's in good condition. Brown played fullback for the Cleveland Browns from 1957-1965. He was the sixth pick out of the first round, coming from the Syracuse football program where he played college ball. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1957. Throughout his career, he had 12,312 rushing yards, 502 yards per carry, 106 rushing touchdowns, 262 receptions, 2,499 receiving yards and 20 receiving touchdowns. He was named MVP three times, in 1957, 1958 and 1965. Brown was also named All-Pro eight times. Below are five of the most valuable Jim Brown football trading cards ever sold, ranked from least to most expensive.
5. 1958 Topps Jim Brown RC #62 PSA 7 ($1,025.00)
This is Brown's Iconic rookie card from 1958. It's important to take note of this card because you're going to see the very same card again on this list, in the number one slot. The difference between the two prices is in the condition of the card itself. As you’ve probably noticed, this particular card only ranked a 7 out of a possible 10. That's not great, although it could certainly be worse. Even though it's only a PSA 7, it still commanded more than $1,000. If you think about it in these terms, then you probably won't be surprised to see how much a card like this in mint condition is capable of netting the person who sells it.
4. 1962 Kahn’s Jim Brown PSA 7 ($1,695.00)
There are many things about this particular card that make it very unique, to say the least. First and foremost, it was released as part of a promotion for Kahn's Wieners. In fact, the cards were included with the food product, something that you really don't see much of these days. Furthermore, Khan’s only did this for four consecutive years. As a result, these particular cards are exceedingly rare. Having one means that you likely have something that you can sell for well over $1,000, even if it's not in the best condition. In fact, this example scored a 7 out of 10 and still commanded more than $1,600. The reason it's so hard to find any in good condition is because of the way they were packaged with the food product. If you happen to have one that managed to get a score of eight or nine out of 10, there's no telling how much it could potentially be worth.
3. 1959 Topps Jim Brown #10 PSA 8 ($2,500.00)
There are a couple of different things about this particular card that are worth noting, other than the fact that this particular example commanded $2,500. For starters, many collectors regard this as the best-looking card featuring Jim Brown that was ever produced. This is largely due to the various colors that were used when the card was manufactured. In addition, it's a favorite among collectors that are trying to build their collection on a budget because even though it's worth more than $2,000, it's far more affordable than his 1958 rookie card (provided it's in good condition) or even the 1959 Bazooka card that immediately follows this one on the list.
2. 1959 Bazooka Jim Brown ($15,000.00)
This is another card that is extremely difficult to find because it was never produced as part of a standard trading card package. As a matter of fact, it was actually something that could only be obtained on the back of Bazooka bubble gum packages. As you can imagine, this not only made it one of the most unique trading cards around, it also made it almost impossible to give it a solid PSA score because of the way it was packaged. Nevertheless, you can still make a significant amount of money if you have one. As you can see from this example, this is an ungraded card and it still commanded $15,000. As it turns out, there are currently several for sale online that are going for a similar asking price.
1. 1958 Topps Jim Brown #62 PSA 9 ($350,000.00)
This is the famed rookie card that so many people talk about. It's also the exact same card that landed in the number 5 slot on this list, with one major exception. This example received a PSA score of 9 out of 10 instead of the aforementioned 7 out of 10. As you can see, that solid score means a great deal. This particular card eventually sold for $350,000. Most experts agree that this was not an anomaly, either. In fact, the overwhelming majority of them fully expected the card to command somewhere between $300,000 and $350,000 before it was ever sold. There aren't any published estimates regarding the potential value of one of these cards if it were graded a 10 out of 10, but one would have to assume that it would easily command more than $400,000. This particular example serves to demonstrate how much difference the condition of a particular card can really make. After all, there is a huge difference between the value of the two cards on this list. The only difference between the card that landed in the number one slot and the one that made the number five position is the PSA score.
Written by Dana Hanson
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