Before the 1983 draft, Stanford All-American quarterback John Elway publicly stated that if the Baltimore Colts drafted him, he’d probably just quit football and try his hand at baseball. The Colts drafted him anyway, trading him almost immediately to the Denver Broncos, who enjoyed 16 years of Elway’s service, the most by any Bronco.

Despite being sacked a record 516 times in his career, Elway threw for more than 50,000 yards and guided his team to five Super Bowls, the last two of which, Super Bowls XXII and XXIII, went to the Broncos. Elway was named the MVP of that last Super Bowl, which, as it turned out, was the last game of his illustrious career. Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

John Elway began his career in an era when football cards were printed in large numbers, so his 1984 Topps rookie card is in demand, but not nearly as collectible as rookie cards of players who began their careers in the 1970s, ’60s, or ’50s.

Dan Marino’s rookie card was issued the same year, which may be why in 2007, Topps produced a limited edition, autographed card featuring photos and signatures of both Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Signed Riddell John Elway football helmets are popular, as are signed Wilson NFL footballs. And because he played a couple of summers in the minor leagues for the New York Yankees, Elway fans can even collect signed baseballs.


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BaltimoreRavens.com, July 24th

Schlereth was a linebacker in the league for 12 seasons, and five of those years were with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. Schlereth had a front-row seat to Elway's leadership style, which was fully established by the time the two former Broncos...Read more

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CBS News, July 24th

Professional football stars rarely show any vulnerability or raw emotion, but John Elway did just that after Pat Bowlen announced his resignation as Denver Broncos owner. It was a sign of how much Bowlen means not only to Elway, but to the rest of the...Read more

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KRDO, July 23rd

Community Calendar · CO State Parks Info · CO Ski Resorts · Entertainment · On The Red Carpet · Real Estate Essentials · Home; / News. Video: Pat Bowlen and John Elway's Relationship. POSTED: 06:00 PM MDT Jul 23, 2014 UPDATED: 09:44 AM MDT Jul ...Read more

John Elway cries talking about Broncos owner Pat Bowlen
Yahoo Sports (blog), July 23rd

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – John Elway sat down to talk about Pat Bowlen, and after a few opening words there was silence. Elway looked down, trying to compose himself. After a long pause he finally exhaled loudly. It never got easier. On Wednesday the ...Read more

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Monroe News Star, July 23rd

John Elway, left, stands with Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen during the celebration after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. / Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports...Read more

John Elway takes on John Lynch in BMW Championship golf exhibition
Denver Business Journal, July 22nd

(From left) Matt Ginella of the Golf Channel interviews Zach Johnson, last year's BMW Championship winner, John Elway, Charlie Rymer (also of the Golf Channel) and former Bronco John Lynch before the BMW Championship exhibition for charity at Cherry ...Read more

Broncos boss John Elway still working on deals for Demaryius Thomas, Julius ...
USA TODAY, July 16th

The Denver Broncos have made contract offers to star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas and will continue negotiating with both players after training camp opens July 24, Broncos general manager John Elway said Wednesday...Read more

Broncos' John Elway and John Fox to compete in American Century golf ...
The Denver Post (blog), July 16th

Broncos training camp is just a week away, but GM John Elway, coach John Fox and punter Britton Colquitt are gearing up for a different kind of competition – on the golf course. The Denver trio is set to play in the American Century golf tournament in...Read more