Jerry Rice Rookie Card Best of 1980s Crop

Jerry Rice was drafted 16th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 1985 and would quickly begin a historic NFL career. During nearly 20 years as an active player, he would set a huge number of NFL records and win three Super Bowl rings. Acknowledged as the greatest receiver of all time, Rice is an extremely popular player, and his cards are equally desired. His 1986 Topps rookie card is the most popular, and it continues to demand fairly high prices despite the fact that it was produced in an era when millions of cards were distributed and few thrown away. The price stability that accompanies the popularity and success makes the 1986 Topps Jerry Rice rookie card a very stable and potentially rewarding investment.

There have been over 14,000 of these cards graded by PSA alone. Of these 14,000, however, less than 650 have received a grade of PSA 9. In 2012, a PSA 10 1986 Topps Rice sold at auction for upwards of $2,500. Examples graded at PSA 9 usually sell for between $200 and $250. Those graded at PSA 8 routinely sell for less than $50, meaning that cards graded below PSA 8 are more for collectors than investors. Because there are so many high grade examples of this card exist, they are worth far less than many other vintage cards and low grade examples are worth very little.

High grade examples of this card, however, can be a very stable investment.  The greatest asset to an owner of this card is time. The  Jerry Rice rookie card is one of the top ten rookie cards of the 1980s.  Condition sensitive because of the green borders, not every card pulled from a pack today will be 'mint'.  It's best to monitor prices from completed sales and find a price level that provides the best opportunity to own one.

1986 Jerry Rice Topps RC Rookie #161 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
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1986 Topps Jerry Rice #161 Rookie 49ers PSA 9
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1986 Topps Jerry Rice RC #161... Graded BGS 9 Mint
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1986 Topps Jerry Rice BGS 8.5 (9.5, 9, 8.5, 8.5) = PSA 9 INCREDIBLY NICE RC #161
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1986 TOPPS JERRY RICE ROOKIE BGS 8.5 WITH BECKETT 9 SUBGRADES 49ERS RC
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1986 Topps Jerry Rice Rookie PSA 9 Mint RC 49ers HOF #161 BGS 9.5 Crossover?
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1986 Topps Football #161 Jerry Rice Rookie PSA GEM MINT 10
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1986 Topps #161 Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers RC HOF SGC 96 MINT 9 CENTERED!!
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1986 Topps Football #161 JERRY RICE Rookie Card RC BGS 9.5 Gem Mint HOF POP 58
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1986 Topps #161 Jerry Rice PSA 9 MINT
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1986 Topps Football Jerry Rice #161 RC BGS 9 MINT - PSA 10? (PWCC-HE)
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JERRY RICE 1986 TOPPS 161 BGS 8.5 =PSA9?NM-Mint+ Rookie RC SF 49ers Centered!
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1986 TOPPS #161 JERRY RICE RC San Francisco 49ers, Raiders Football Card BGS 8
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1986 Topps Jerry Rice Rookie Card BGS 8.5 NM-MT+ 9.5 Centering and Surface #161
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(2) 1986 Topps #161 Jerry Rice RC Rookie PSA 9 Mint (Lot Of 2) BOTH SHARP
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1986 Topps Football PSA 10 Gem Mint Cello Pack Jerry Rice 49ers (Elway Back)
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1986 TOPPS #161 JERRY RICE PSA 9 49ERS HOF RC [422]
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1986 Topps Jerry Rice Rookie Lot PSA 9, 8.5, 8, 7.5, 7 RC LOOK
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1986 Topps Football #161 Jerry Rice Rookie card BGS 9 Mint! San Francisco 49ers!
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1986 Topps Football Set 1-396 BGS Jerry Rice RC Steve Young,White,Smith,Reed.
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