Joe Montana Opens Box of 1981 Topps Football Cards Looking for Rookie

NFL Legend Hunts for His Own Pack-Fresh Rookie Card
  • February 18, 2023

Joe Montana sat down with a full wax box of 1981 Topps football cards, all 36 packs, and started opening to see if he could pull his own rookie card. How did Joe Cool do? Check out the video!

We could fill up this entire article with Montana's accolades, and we still wouldn't have enough space. A National Championship, four Super Bowl titles, two NFL MVPs and a trip to the Hall of Fame are under Montana's belt. His 1981 Topps rookie card is an iconic piece in the hobby. 1981 Topps football has a total of 528 cards, There are big-name players that anchor the set such as Terry Bradshaw, and Walter Payton. All eyes on card #216, though -Joe Montana's rookie. Armed with a full wax box of 36 packs, 15 cards per pack, and those delicious (were they, though?) sticks of gum from over four decades ago, Montana looked to pull his own rookie card fresh from a pack! Montana sat down with our friend, Ken Goldin, for this special moment. Let's see how Joe Cool did!


Joe Montana pulling his own rookie card is truly a special moment! The big question - did Ken let Joe keep the card?!

Just Collect is buying Joe Montana rookie cards and sealed 1981 Topps football boxes. We are always buying!  


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If you can make the trip here like the son from my hometown did for this collection- we can make a deal at the office. We once met a father-son duo that drove eight hours from Virginia to meet us to sell a Michael Jordan rookie card stored in Tupperware since 1986 - great read here

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We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.

Whether you have vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 


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