The best thing about 1991 Topps football cards is that you didn’t have to work too hard to understand them.

I mean, these things might as well have been called “1991 Topps Baseball Cards – Extra Point Edition,” because the design was nearly identical. You know, modulo a baseball logo here and an “ALL PRO” designation there.

If you liked the 1991 Topps baseball design, you were in luck.

1991 Topps Football Cards unopened wax packs box

If not, well, at least there was plenty of 1991 football to go around.

And these most valuable of the 1991 Topps football cards hold enough Hall of Fame firepower to satisfy just about any gridiron taste.

(Prices culled from recent eBay sales of PSA 10 cards.)

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1991 Topps Joe Montana (#73)

1991 Topps Joe Montana

By the time this card was issued, Montana had only one start with the 49ers ahead of him … even if no one knew it.

A preseason elbow injury knocked him out all of 1991 and until the second half of the final regular-season game in 1992.

Joe suited up again the NFC Championship game, but he was the third-stringer behind Steve Young and Steve Bono.

Never mind that, though, because Montana was and is a football god and lines up here at $15 in PSA 10.

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1991 Topps Jerry Rice (#81)

1991 Topps Jerry Rice

Didn’t seem to matter much to Rice who was under center, because the NFL’s greatest receiver just kept grabbing balls and making everyone around him look good.

Rice holds just about every receiving record there is, won Super Bowls with both Montana and Young, and was about as easy of a Hall of Fame selection as there has ever been.

Jerry’s 1991 Topps card pushes $10 in perfect graded condition.

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1991 Topps Emmitt Smith Rookie Card (#360)

1991 Topps Emmitt Smith Rookie Card

Is Smith the greatest running back of all time?

The record book says yes, seeing as how Emmitt owns most of the career rushing marks that mean anything, and he’s second to only Rice in total yards from scrimmage.

Those three Super Bowl wins with the Cowboys don’t hurt anything either, and Smith’s RC sells for about $25 in PSA 10.

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1991 Topps Barry Sanders (#415)

1991 Topps Barry Sanders

If you don’t like Smith as the greatest RB ever, then how about Barry Sanders?

These two guys passed the rushing title trophy back and forth for years before Barry retired unexpectedly at age 30 in 1998.

Lions fans are still reeling from that decision, and the “what-if” factor keeps Sanders strong in the hobby.

This early-career card sells for around 20 bucks in PSA 10.

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1991 Topps John Elway (#125)

1991 Topps John Elway

Elway was just trudging along at this point in his career after three Super Bowl blowouts in his first seven seasons.

He was still throwing for big yards and tossing about as many touchdowns as interceptions, but his story had been told — great talent, couldn’t win the big game.

But then … he did, in 1997. And again in 1998.

And, yep, a stronger defense and guys like Shannon Sharpe and Terrell Davis made the wins possible, but the Broncos wouldn’t have been Super Bowl champs without Number 7.

Today, this Elway card from his “lost years” sells for about $5.

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1991 Topps Troy Aikman (#371)

1991 Topps Troy Aikman

Is there any position in sports more glamorous than quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys?

I mean, sure, long reliever for the Orioles is pretty heady, but … other than that?

Aikman played the role to the hilt, too, winning three titles in the 1990s and punching his card to Canton.

For that, his 1991 Topps is a $5 card in PSA 10.

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1991 Topps Thurman Thomas (#52)

1991 Topps Thurman Thomas

Thomas was one of the premier backs of the 1990s and he helped Buffalo pound their way to four consecutive Super Bowls.

Of course, they lost them all and became one of the most tired parts of the NFL … can’t somebody besides the Bills win the AFC? Please?

Thing is, those teams were pretty great, and so was Thomas.

Today, his 1991 Topps card is great enough to sell for $5 in PSA 10 condition.

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1991 Topps Warren Moon (#233)

1991 Topps Warren Moon

It took Moon a good long while to land in the NFL, but he made the jump at 28 in 1984 after several superstar seasons in the CFL.

And in the NFL? Well, Moon was a superstar there, too, becoming one of the most prolific passers of all-time.

Moon’s 1991 Topps card is a $5 buy these days (PSA 10).

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1991 Topps Lawrence Taylor (#16)

1991 Topps Lawrence Taylor

Best linebacker of all-time?

Taylor has to be high on that list, with guys like Ray Lewis, Dick Butkus, and Jack Lambert.

And Taylor certainly helped make the sack a thing … like, a real thing.

Five bucks for his 1991 Topps card in perfect slabbed condition is the reward for dominance here.

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1991 Topps Ottis Anderson (#20)

1991 Topps Ottis Anderson

Anderson ran for 1600 yards as a rookie for the Cardinals in 1979, then reeled off four more 1000-yard seasons in the next five.

Then … well, he didn’t top 500 from 1985 through 1988 and bottomed out with six — SIX — yards on two carries in 1987 with the Giants.

But as the Giants ramped up in the late 1980s, Anderson found his groove again and anchored the ground game to help the G-Men become contenders.

Anderson topped 1000 yards in 1989 and then, as the Giants pushed toward a Super Bowl victory, he picked up 784 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1990.

Oh, he also won Super Bowl MVP honors for good measure.

This card that shows Anderson during that championship season sells for about $5 in PSA 10 condition.

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