Sports card collectors come in many types and we all usually collect something a little different. But there is one thing that we all have in common. We love a bargain. Whether it’s spending countless hours searching the internet or rummaging thru stacks of cards at flea markets, yard sales, or card shows, collectors are always out trying to find the best deal possible. Finding deals on single cards to add or complete a collection is great, but if you’re like me, you love to find deals on boxes. In a recent post, I talked about the differences between retail and hobby boxes. but this article is just for football card hobby boxes. I enjoy buying blaster boxes, but sometimes I like to treat myself to a hobby box for the higher chances of scoring better cards. As a budget collector, I’m always looking online to find the best bargain for hobby boxes. There’s actually some good bargains out there. Some are just a few bucks more than a blaster box, but there’s even a couple that are even cheaper or similar in price. Listed below are nine football hobby boxes that you can currently buy for under thirty dollars shipped to your door.
2011 Upper Deck USA Football – $15
45 Card Base Set
2 Game-Used Cards
48 Total Cards Per Box
Bottom Line: This is a very good value for the price. The 45 card set included will appeal to set collectors along with gaining the bonus of three “hit” cards. There’s not many big named players in this set, but for a box that goes cheaper than most retail blaster boxes, it certainly would be worth buying a box and trying your luck. You at least get a base set out of it.
2013 Upper Deck USA Football – $23
Box Breakdown: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack,
1 Autographed Patch Card Numbered to 49 or less
2-3 Additional Autograph Cards
2-3 Additional Memorabilia Cards
120 Total Cards Per Box
Bottom Line: This box is good for anyone that likes to chase prospects. Some of these guys just came out while others are still in school. You’ll receive six “hit” cards in this box with three autographed cards guaranteed. The value here is by far better than any retail box on the market.
2012 Upper Deck USA Football – $25Box Breakdown:
50 Card Base Set
1 Patch Card
1-2 Autographed Cards
5 Game-Used Memorabilia Cards
58 Total Cards Per Box
Bottom Line: This is my favorite box to buy when I have a little extra cash. The set has it’s fair share of stars with the biggest headliners being Jameis Winston and Todd Gurley. It’s the perfect box for super collectors and it’s also a decent option if you’re chasing autos.
2001 Topps XFL – $27
24 Packs Per Box, 8 Cards Per Pack
192 Cards Per Box
Bottom Line: If there is a hobby box I should exclude in this list, this is it. There are autograph and memorabilia cards in circulation more in the hobby box, but you’re not guaranteed to hit anything in each box. XFL cards may not be valuable, but this is still a pretty nice set.
1999 Bowman – $27
24 Packs Per Box, 10 Cards Per Pack
240 Cards Per Box
Bottom Line: This is another box where no “hit” cards are guaranteed, but it does have some great cards in this set. Autograph cards in this set feature the likes of Randy Moss, Torry Holt, and Champ Bailey among many others. It’s a 220 card base set so it would be a relatively cheap set to complete given it’s current box price.
2006 Topps Draft Picks and Prospects – $28
24 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
2 Relic Cards or 1 Relic and 1 Autograph Card Per Box
120 Cards Per Box
Bottom Line: This is another box that I love to buy, mainly because I love collecting players in their college uniform. If you buy a box trying to make a profit off of selling the singles, then it’s probably not a going to be a good value for you. There’s a lot of cards in circulation so I wouldn’t doubt that if every box was at least a decent box for this price.
2014 Upper Deck USA Football- $28
18 Packs Per Box, 12 Cards Per Pack
2 Game-Worn Jersey Cards
1 Game-Used Patch Card
216 Total Cards
Bottom Line: This will be the next box that I purchase. There’s a lot of prospects and a lot of “hit” cards included in this box. Fourteen hits for only $28 is a low risk in itself so this box is definitely a great value. Especially when a lot of players in this set are still in school so the sky’s the limit.
2003 Pacific CFL – $29
30 Cards Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
2 Game-Worn Memorabilia Cards Per Pack ( On Average)
150 Cards Per Box
Bottom Line: This is a perfect box for Canadian football card enthusiasts. While many of the memorabilia cards doesn’t have much value, each box is loaded with plenty of parallels, inserts, and rookie cards. This will be another set on my list to work on down the road.
2015 Panini Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks – $29
12 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
1 Stained Glass Insert
3 Additional Inserts
4 Prizm Parallels
24 Draft Picks
60 Cards Per Box
Bottom Line: This box is very popular around many collectors. Not only is it cheaper, but you seem to get really good value. While I prefer Topps Chrome refractors over Prizm, they’re still a good looking card and there is many variations as well. Overall, I’ve been very satisfied with these boxes and I will buy a few more (to complete my sets) in the future.