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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John Elway faced with trying to retain five key Broncos before March
SportsGlory, December 16th

Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway has a long list of soon-to-be free agents to try and re-sign, but he's happy his first target will remain with the team for five more seasons. Elway...Read more

John Elway hopes Chris Harris Jr.'s deal is the first of several
ESPN (blog), December 16th

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In many ways John Elway hopes Chris Harris Jr. is the first domino, the one that knocks over a few more. As the Denver Broncos' chief football decision-maker, Elway will face plenty of decisions in the coming offseason, with a list...Read more

Chris Harris impressed John Elway, Broncos from the start
The Denver Post, December 15th

As Chris Harris stepped up to the podium as the Broncos' new $42.5 million man, he looked out and saw the reasons he was there. His wife, Leah, and 2-month-old daughter, Aria, were sitting in the front row. Sure, money was a factor. When Harris first...Read more

Broncos VP John Elway comments on Chris Harris' contract extension
Mile High Report (blog), December 12th

Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway commented on the transaction. "Chris is a young, ascending player who has consistently performed at a high level during his first four years in the NFL," Elway said in a ...Read more

Harris agrees to 5-year contract extension
DenverBroncos.com (blog), December 12th

“Chris is a young, ascending player who has consistently performed at a high level during his first four years in the NFL,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. “He joined the Broncos as a college free agent...Read more

Tom Brady, John Elway, Dan Marino Baseball Cards in 2014 Topps Five Star
The Cardboard Connection, December 9th

The hobby has a number of stars from one sport crossing over into another. 1991 Upper Deck Baseball Michael Jordan SP1, 1990 Score Rookie/Traded Baseball Eric Lindros, and 2014 Bowman Russell Wilson are just a couple that come to mind. And then ...Read more

The Loss to the St. Louis Rams Forced John Elway to Act
Mile High Maniac, December 4th

Sometimes a loss turns into a good thing and that appears to be happening for the Denver Broncos. The unquestioned low point of the season was a 22-7 loss to the St. Louis Rams. In that game, the Broncos only ran the ball only nine times and their...Read more

Video: Arrowhead Flusters John Elway, Ref Threatens To Penalize Chiefs For ...
Arrowhead Addict, November 25th

To this day, John Elway remains the poster boy for the rivalry between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. If you think otherwise, the following video would like two minutes for rebuttal. Redittor ChromaticKs, who uploaded the footage, dates...Read more