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How old does a card have to be to be vintage?
I would say roughly 30 years old
For football, I would say sometime around the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. So maybe 40 years old is reasonable for vintage.
I would venture to guess anything pre 1980 would qualify. Why are you asking? J
At least according to Beckett grading services, everything pre-1981 is considered vintage.

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Hope that helps.
A few of us came up with a Baseball time line chart:

Antique:: Pre WWII

Vintage:: WWII to 1955

Classic:: 1956 to 1975

Modern:: 1975 to 2k

New:: 2001 to date

Lol, hard to think that most of the cards we collect/have today Modern - New.

Hope this can help...
Vintage is widely considered to be 1979 and before.
(06-27-2013 12:53 AM)uwash97 Wrote: [ -> ]At least according to Beckett grading services, everything pre-1981 is considered vintage.

That's what I've always gone by, and you have a darn nice Payton, by the way.
I like the chart that radarblip posted, I think it's very accurate.
Some people tend to think of vintage (when talking sports cards) as being more of an era that had to do with when/how the cards were produced, cut, packaged, etc.. For instance, modern or new cards today are mostly laser cut which gives the cards smoother almost flawless edges but a long time ago the laser technology wasn't available and the cards were left with rough and jagged edges. Technology has gotten a lot better through the years which makes for nicer cards. But it's kind of hard for me to say a card from 1980 is vintage.
Just something to think about.
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