Looking Back at 3 of 1989 Score Football’s Best Cards – Beckett Pricing Insider


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2019 Score Football marks the 30th anniversary of the brand. I feel old just typing that. 1989 Score is instantly recognizable with its green borders. It also has some of the most iconic cards of an amazing rookie class. Let’s take a look back.

1989 Score Football Barry Sanders RC #257

When someone mentions 1989 Score, I am willing to be that this is the card that comes to mind. The third overall pick in the draft had a tremendous career that he cut short with early retirement. Sanders is third all-time on the rushing yards list and probably would have broken the record had he not walked away from the game when he did. This card has a high book value of $30 but with a high professionally graded versions like a BGS 9.5 can be significantly higher.

1989 Score Barry Sanders RC

1989 Score Football Troy Aikman RC #270

This was the Dallas Cowboys first overall pick in the draft and he proved to be a great one for the team. In his career, Aikman won three Super Bowls as a member of the Cowboys including being named Super Bowl XXVII MVP.

1989 Score Troy Aikman RC

1989 Score Football Cris Carter RC #72

Even though he was drafted in the 1987 supplemental draft, Carter didn’t get a card until 1989. The Eagles may have originally taken him but Carter made his mark with the Minnesota Vikings. He finished his career second on the all-time touchdowns and receptions list, although he has been passed by a few players since.


Justin Grunert

Justin Grunert has been the football and racing analyst at Beckett since 2013. He has been collecting cards for 25 years and mainly collects baseball cards, football cards and movie memorabilia. Justin recently got a degree in Digital Video Production from Collin College in North Texas. His favorite sports teams are the Texas Rangers and the Green Bay Packers.

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