Below are the top 5 Warren Moon football cards that collectors should look to target. We have also added some extra memorabilia items.
Warren Moon is one of the most underrated NFL quarterbacks of all time. Playing 17 years in the league, most notably with the Houston Oilers.
Initially starting his professional career in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Moon entered the NFL in 1984. He was named to 9 Pro Bowls, was named Second Team All-Pro in 1990, and was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1990 as well.
He was also the first African American quarterback named to the NFL Hall of Fame. An honor he received in 2006.
The rapidly resurgent sports card market has done wonders for the value of vintage cards, including those featuring Warren Moon.
5. 1986 Topps Warren Moon Football Card #350
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $275
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $35
The selling point of the 1986 Topps #350 card is the combination of the terrific card design and a great action photo of Moon on the card’s front.
The green frontal border surrounding the card is interspersed with white diagonal lines, resembling a football field. While some of the action photos of notable stars in the 1986 Topps football set aren’t exactly eye-catching, with Jerry Rice and Dan Marino coming to mind. The picture of Moon stands out as a great action shot.
Moon is shown backing up in the pocket in a 7-step drop during a game in the classic white 80s Houston Oilers jersey.
The top right of the card lists the Topps logo, while Moon’s name, position, and team are all listed at the bottom of the card.
The rear of the card displays a white insert positioned diagonally within a yellow background. The insert contains Moon’s stats from both the NFL and CFL, as well as some career accomplishments and bio information.
4. 2019 Panini Flawless 3-Color Jersey Patch Autograph #PA-WM
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $1000
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $250
The only modern card on this list, the 2019 Panini Flawless 3-Color Jersey Patch Autograph card is one of just 5 currently in existence.
It is arrayed in a horizontal layout, with a picture of Moon holding the ball in the pocket covering the left third of the card.
The right two-thirds of the card contains the jersey patch, centered near the middle of the card, with Moon’s signature listed directly below.
The Flawless logo design is displayed directly above the jersey patch in fancy, cursive font.
The rear of the card contains a brief story about why Moon chose to wear #1 as a football player.
It’s a nice change from many relic and/or autograph cards that usually do not include any player information on the card itself.
3. 1985 Topps Warren Moon Football Rookie Card #251
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $2,000
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $150
Probably the most desirable Warren Moon card for collectors. The 1985 Topps #251 rookie card is a great addition to any collection.
The card itself displays the unique 1985 Topps design of a horizontal frontal layout. With a picture of Moon in full uniform from the shoulders on up covering the left three-quarters of the card.
A black border outlines the card. While the Topps logo is displayed in white font at the top left of the card. The right quarter of the card lists Moon’s last name in large white block font. With his first name listed separately in black font in a rectangular box within his last name.
The Oilers’ team name is contained in black font amid a list blue border/banner at the far right of the card.
The rear of the card displays the classic Topps burnt orange background with player stats and bio information.
It notes that Moon broke the Oilers’ franchise record for passing yards during the 1984 season. The card also lists Moon’s CFL football stats from the 1978 to 1983 seasons.
2. Warren Moon 1983 Jogo CFL Limited – No Number
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $5,000
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $1,000
The earliest Warren Moon football cards in existence were produced by a small Canadian company called Jogo Novelties, Inc.
These cards were produced during Moon’s playing days in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and are becoming more rare.
The 1983 Jogo CFL Limited card featuring Moon pictures him handing the ball off during a game, sporting the classic green and yellow jersey of the Edmonton Eskimos.
The front of the card contains a white border, with a 2nd blue border inside of the white border outlining the photo. The bottom of the card lists the CFL Player’s Association logo along with Moon’s name, position, and team.
The back of the card displays a dark yellow/gold background, with a lengthy player bio detailing many of Moon’s impressive professional and collegiate accomplishments.
1. 1981 Warren Moon Jogo CFL Rookie Card #23
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $6,000
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $1,200
The #23 Jogo Warren Moon card is technically the first official sports card ever produced with his likeness.
It is extremely rare and will carry a hefty price tag in PSA 9 and PSA 10 conditions.
It is part of a 50-card set produced by Jogo, featuring different stars of the CFL.
The front of the card displays a very basic design, displaying a black and white photo of Moon scrambling in the pocket.
The card’s front also sports a white border, with an Edmonton Eskimos helmet logo and Moon’s name, team, and position listed across the bottom.
The back of the card displays a light blueish hue, amid a white border.
Only the most basic player information is listed. Along with the phrase “Stars of the Canadian Professional League” and the designation of being the 23rd of 50 cards produced in the set.
Warren Moon Memorabilia Items
Numerous memorabilia items featuring Warren Moon are available to collectors online. With an impressive selection on sportsmemorabilia.com.
Several autographed helmets are available for sale, both full-size and mini helmets. Most autographed mini helmets have a price tag of about $100, while full-size helmets range in price from $300 to $600.
An autographed Mitchell & Ness replica blue Oilers jersey can be purchased for a very reasonable $209.99.
Many great autographed action photos are also available, usually costing anywhere from $50 to $100.
Maybe the best signed photo of Moon, however, isn’t an action photo at all. But rather shows him sitting on a bench with the darkened Houston Astrodome in the background.
This 16-inch by 20-inch photo, available for $122.99, really captures the impressive architectural design of the Astrodome, where Moon played for a decade.