As would be expected, Peyton Manning football cards can reach significant heights in PSA 9 and PSA 10 conditions in the marketplace.
However, some collectors may be looking for a more affordable Manning card to add to their collection. Below are the top 6 Peyton Manning cards under $500 that budget collectors should look to target.
Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Dominating the league for 17 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.
He threw for 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns in his career, both good for 3rd most in NFL history. Manning’s most impressive achievement during his playing days was undoubtedly winning the NFL MVP award a record 5 times.
6. 1998 Topps Finest Peyton Manning Rookie Card #121
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $110
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $45
Probably the most affordable mainstream rookie card featuring Manning. The Topps Finest #121 card opts for a borderless frontal design.
It displays a standalone photo of Manning about to throw the ball from the pocket, on top of a football field background.
The bottom of the card contains a football graphic, on top of which Manning’s name, team, and position are all listed, along with an “R” to denote rookie.
The top right of the card contains the Topps Finest logo, while the word “Rookie” is displayed in a large, white faded-out font across the top.
In addition to listing his collegiate stats, the rear of the card notes many of Manning’s accomplishments, including the Maxwell and Davey O-Brien awards.
5. 1998 Topps Bowman Chrome Rookie Card #1
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $260
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $52.50
The 1998 Topps Bowman Chrome rookie card has an interesting, if not elaborate, border design on its front to say the least.
The top, right, and left sides all contain a white border, with the left-side border being about 3 times as thick as the top and right-side borders.
The bottom of the card contains a large, black border, roughly the thickness as the left-side border. 2 more borders, one black and another aqua outline a player photo of Manning holding the football in the pocket on a practice field amid a drop-back position.
The top left of the card displays the Colts logo. The bottom left lists Manning’s position. And the bottom right of the card displays the Bowman Chrome logo and Manning’s name.
The rear of the card lists his collegiate stats, a brief scouting report, and notes that Manning was the winner of the Davey O’Brien award in college.
4. 1998 Upper Deck Peyton Manning Rookie Card #1
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $300
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $55
The 1998 Upper Deck rookie card is a recent addition to the budget option list for collectors. Having previously sold consistently in the $500 to $800 in PSA 10 condition according to sportscardspro.com.
Its price has been falling closer to the $300 range in recent months. Arguably, this could be the best of our Peyton Manning cards to see a quick uplift in price to its previous levels.
Its front features a picture of a helmetless Manning holding the ball near his neck in the classic quarterback pose, on top of a splotchy/spongy brownish background.
The card contains a white border, with some of the brownish-colored design bleeding into it. The top left of the card displays the upper deck logo. The bottom of the card lists Manning’s name, number, position, and team name. And the right side of the card lists the phrase “NFL Star Rookie” horizontally.
As with many of the other cards on this list. The rear of the card contains both collegiate stats and accomplishments.
3. 1998 SkyBox Metal Universe Rookie Card #189
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $333
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $40
The 1998 SkyBox Metal Universe rookie card contains the coolest design of any card on this list, and perhaps any Peyton Manning sports card.
The background of the card’s front displays a picture of the earth in a silvery, metallic hue, beneath the darkened sky of outer space.
The player photo of Manning differs from most of his other rookie cards by:
1) Featuring him in his Tennessee Volunteers uniform.
2) Showing him scrambling with the football. Something he was not known for.
The top right of the card displays the Metal Universe logo. While the bottom lists Manning’s name, team, position, and an insert photo of Manning’s head in the darkened metallic design of the card’s background.
The rear of the card does not have a player bio of any kind but rather lists Manning’s collegiate stats and some general player information.
2. 1998 Topps Peyton Manning Rookie Card #360
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $400
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $70
The 1998 Topps Peyton Manning rookie card is arguably his most popular sports card. With well over a hundred sales in the last 3 months on eBay alone according to sportscardspro.com.
The front of the card has a relatively understated design. With a dark yellow border that is straight on 3 sides and curved on the right side. Inside the curved border on the right side is an aqua-colored border that contains Manning’s name.
The top right of the card displays the Topps brand name. While the bottom left displays the Colts team logo. The action shot of Manning pictures him backing up in the pocket, with the camera angle positioned from the ground looking upward. Giving Manning a larger-than-life perspective.
The rear of the card lists Manning’s collegiate stats and a very brief player bio.
1. 2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks On Campus Card #OC-PM
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $450
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $85
The only non-rookie card on this list. The 2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks card contains a unique and detailed design perfect for modern sports card collectors.
The front of the card displays several images from the University of Tennessee. Including the team mascot and school buildings, along with Peyton Manning. However, instead of featuring camera shots, all images are computer-generated photos with a comic book-style design.
The words “On Campus” are listed across the top of the card in large font. While Manning’s name, school, and the Panini Prizm brand logo are listed at the bottom.
The front of the card is enhanced even more by its beautiful refractor background. Helping to make the card a true work of art.
Instead of listing the usual stats or collegiate accomplishments, the rear of the card recounts Manning’s recruiting trip to Tennessee, which was marred by poor weather.