The Miami Dolphins drafted Dan Marino (9/15/61) with the 27th pick in the 1st round of the 1983 NFL Draft (home of the draft that features John Elway as the number one pick). The 1983 NFL Draft was loaded with 7 Hall of Famers in the first round alone.
Marino adapted quickly to the league tossing 20 touchdown passes in his first year to go along with a mind-blowing Quarterback Rating of 96.0. In only his second year, he threw for a personal best 5084 passing yards with 48 touchdown passes and a 108.9 QB Rating. It was quickly apparent this kid had some serious talent.
He threw a total of 420 touchdowns to go along with 61,361 passing yards.
Dan was also known for being a bit of a savage back in his day with unconfirmed rumors of skiing in Pittsburgh and then take a look at this hilarious video…
The only blemish on his otherwise stellar career was the lack of a Superbowl ring which will forever haunt him in his dreams.
When it comes to his football card there is a real lack of not only Dan Marino rookie cards but Marino football cards in general.
Below is the one rookie card worth owning for Dan Marino fanboys.
1984 Dan Marino Topps Football Rookie Card #123
This 1984 Topps Marino rookie card features “Dan The Man” taking the field preparing to onslaught his opponent with an aerial brocade.
Numbered #123, the reverse of the card reads, “Dan is a classic drop-back Quarterback with a rifle arm and a quick release. He was accorded all-pro recognition last season and was named to the pro-football weekly all-rookie team. Dan is adept at reading blitz and picking up defenses“.
Somewhat underpriced at high grades, considering it is his only rookie card.
Other Key Cards
- 1985 Topps Dan Marino #314
- 1986 Topps Dan Marino #45
- 1998 Upper Deck Encore US Authentics Dan Marino #DM-2
- 1998 Peyton Manning & Dan Marino Topps Stadium Club Co-Signers Dual Auto #CO9
- 2019 Dan Marino Panini Flawless 3-Color Jersey Patch #P2
Dan Marino Rookie Card Value
Since there is only one Dan Marino rookie card worth buying, this card will see a decent uptick year in year out.
If you have a Dan Marino football card you would like us to take a look at, please email us a couple of photos of the card (back and front) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Marino Rookie Card Checklist
- 1984 Topps #123
Buyers Rating and Investment Outlook
The Dan Marino rookie and football cards are not priced high for various reasons. One, they are printed back in the day of mass production, and two, he never won a Superbowl.
We do not own any of his cards and have no plans to pick any up soon.
If you are determined to own a Marino rookie card (Marino FANBOY?), the 84 Topps card is not a terrible option at current price levels.