The Five Rookie Cards Every Cowboys Fan Should Own

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Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs for a touchdown after making a catch pass during the game against New Orleans Saints safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs for a touchdown after making a catch pass during the game against New Orleans Saints safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The popularity of the NFL is at an all-time high. And the Dallas Cowboys sit atop the league in that popularity. Unfortunately,  the same cannot be said for the hobby of sports card collecting. In fact, what was once a “grab a pack at the gas station”  addiction for a lot of the older Cowboys fans has now turned into a high-priced niche’ market. Focusing more on autographs and memorabilia instead of the base cards and sets. Still, there is a certain nostalgia for most fans when it comes to the rookie cards of our particular eras.

When it comes to collecting Cowboy superstars, there is really too many to name. Obviously, today’s players like quarterback Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten and former Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware come to mind. But it’s hard not to include the various legends of our beloved franchise. Players like Bob Lilly, Bob Hayes, Drew Pearson, Randy White, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Bill Bates, and even the Playmaker himself, Michael Irvin. All of whom have earned a special place in the hearts of every die-hard Cowboys fan.

Still, even in a class of legends, there are elites. And for those who bleed blue and silver, there are five rookie cards that should be in every die-hard Cowboys fan’s shoebox in the closet or safe deposit box at the bank. And we’ll start with number five…

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant Emmitt Smith Roger Staubach Tony Dorsett Troy Aikman

  • Old Frog

    I would have picked differently: Tom Landry (even though he was a Giant at the time), Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, and Randy White. The newer cards after 1981 or so: Aikman, Smith, and Bryant have too many available.

  • Steve

    Agree with the previous poster regarding the modern day cards and being over produced. I would stick with some of the vintage Cowboys cards as there are many, many fewer cards that have survived in high grades (oh, if I was going to buy these cards, I would buy them graded from PSA or SGC):

    1) 1963 Topps Bob Lilly – Ring of Honor, Hall of Fame, Mr. Cowboy. NFL 75th Anniversary Team. NFL All Decade team of the 1960′s. NFL All Decade team of the 1970′s. 11x Pro Bowl. 1st pick of the Cowboys in the Draft. 1st Cowboys player in the Right of Honor. 1st Cowboys player in the Hall of Fame. Seriously, how could he possibly not be on this list?!? And it’s a SHORT PRINT card to boot.
    2) 1965 Philadelphia Gum Mel Renfro – Ring of Honor, Hall of Fame. 10x Pro Bowl. Cowboys record 52 career interceptions.
    3) 1972 Topps Roger Staubach – Ring of Honor, Hall of Fame. Captain America. No more needs to be said…
    4) 1966 Philadelphia Gum Bob Hayes – Ring of Honor, Hall of Fame. Changed the way defense was played in the NFL forcing the introduction of the zone defense to combat his speed.
    5) 1961 Fleer Don Meredith – Dandy Don – 1966 NFL MVP.

    Sure, I’m a big fan of Emmitt, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Troy Aikman, Irvin, Witten, Ware – but if I’m going to spend my hard earned money on paste board, give me vintage cards in high grades that are 50 years old any day of the week over modern cards.