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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Career in a Year photos: Denver QB John Elway finally wins a Super Bowl
Dallas Morning News (blog), January 25th

The game was exciting to shoot, and the big story was John Elway finally achieving the ultimate win in his 15th year as a player. It was a memorable, historic night. Please note: This is the 25th entry in a year long daily blog for 2015, chronicling...Read more

Pennock: John Elway continues to win the NFL offseason
The Coloradoan, January 24th

Since joining the ranks of NFL executives, John Elway has “won” the offseason every year. From signing the biggest free agent (Peyton Manning) in the NFL to firing a 12-4 coach (he who shall not be named), the Duke of Denver continues to keep the...Read more

Elway 'never even thought about' deflating footballs, January 22nd

"I never even thought about it," John Elway told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday afternoon. Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-general manager of the Denver Broncos, played in all sorts of weather conditions in his 16-year NFL career and dismissed ...Read more

John Elway: The man with the golden gut
Fortune, January 22nd

Odd Country, this land of the middle-aged. One day you're threading 65-yard passes off your back foot, and the next you've crossed some unseen border, and hair's falling out or sprouting from strange places. That first colonoscopy, 54-year-old John...Read more

John Elway maintains high hopes for quarterback Brock Osweiler
The Denver Post, January 20th

"We're excited about Brock's progress," general manager John Elway said Tuesday. "He's been here for three years, and he's done everything that's been asked of him. He's been a tremendous student, he's worked his tail off — he's worked his tail off...Read more

Hochman: Can Gary Kubiak live up to John Elway's expectations?
The Denver Post, January 20th

Or will his dear friend John Elway fire him? That's the reality, right? It was the smarmy sports agent Bob Sugar in "Jerry Maguire" who said: "It's not show friends. It's show business." The Elway-Kubiak friendship got the guy back in the building. Now...Read more

Kickin' it with Kiz: John Elway didn't get enough bang for his buck
The Denver Post, January 17th

Bad signs. It appears both Broncos coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio were on their way out the door, no matter which way the playoff game against Indianapolis went. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase and receiver Demaryius Thomas ...Read more

John Elway accidentally thanks John Elway for his service to the Broncos
USA TODAY, January 13th

Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports. One day after cutting ties with former head coach John Fox, Denver Broncos executive vice president John Elway held a press conference to address the future of the team. Elway began by thanking… John Elway?...Read more