The Price (Guide) is Right
by Randy Snow
Originally posted on OurSports Central.com, Tuesday, March 6, 2007
The second edition of The Official Indoor and Arena Football Trading Card Guide by BM Publishing is now on sale. The first edition was published last year.
Included in the guide are cards from as far back as the 1992 Cleveland Thunderbolts of the Arena Football League and as recent as the 2006 Lehigh Valley Outlaws of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League. The guide also includes cards from teams in arenafootball2, the Intense Football League, the National Indoor Football League, the America Indoor Football League and United Indoor Football.
Some of the higher valued cards in the guide do not always involve players. For example, a 1995 Iowa Barnstormers card of quarterback Curt Warner is valued at $60.00 and a 1998 Iowa Barnstormers card of quarterback Aaron Garcia is valued at $30.00. The 1992 Cleveland Thunderbolts set includes a card of quarterback Major Harris, which is valued at $40.00. But if you own a 2005 Upper Deck Arena Football duel autographed card featuring Colorado Crush co-owner John Elway and Crush Wide Receiver Damian Harrell, that one is valued at $200.00. Another duel autographed card from the same 2005 Upper Deck AFL set featuring Nashville Kats co-owner and country music singer Tim McGraw and AFL Commissioner David Baker. That one is valued at $125.00, according to the guide.
I recently received my copy of the guide in the mail and, being one of the first 50 people to order it, I received a free autographed 2003 Jeff Foley AFL Albany Firebirds card along with the guide. Foley, a writer from Albany, New York, wrote the book, "War on the Floor." In his book, Foley tells how he played Offensive Specialist in three games for the Firebirds over the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He accumulated a grand total of one reception for -2 yards.
I have acquired a number of Indoor and Arena football cards myself over the years. I have Upper Deck Arena Football League cards from 2005 and 2006 as well as some lesser known cards including a 10-card AFL Grand Rapids Rampage set from 2003 and two other sets from the Fort Wayne Freedom. One set is from 2003 when the Freedom were members of the National Indoor Football League and the other is from 2005 when the team was a member of United Indoor Football.
To me, the best thing about the guide is that it documents what cards have been produced over the years. It is great to know what the cards are valued at, but I look at the guide as more of a database of little known football players as well as defunct teams and leagues, like the 1998 Professional Indoor Football League and the 1999-2000 Indoor Football League.
The guide sells for $12.95 plus shipping. Everyone who purchases the second edition of the price guide is also entered into a contest for a trip for two to ArenaBowl XXI in New Orleans on Sunday, July 29. A winner will be drawn at random on June 30 and will receive two airline tickets, hotel accommodations and two tickets to the game.
You can order your own copy of the price guide at www.bm-publishing.com.