Best Kansas City Chiefs Cards Every Fan Needs

The Kansas City Chiefs have become a dynasty before our eyes. Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and head coach Andy Reid will be taking part in their fourth Super Bowl in the past five years when they face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. Thanks to their dominance and popularity — and who they’re dating — rookie cards featuring Mahomes and Kelce have become must-have collectibles for every Chiefs fan. However, outside of those two, there are several other cards Chiefs fans should add to their collection.

HobbyListings has put together a list of the best Chiefs cards every fan needs. Did one of your favorites not make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

The List: Best Kansas City Chiefs Cards

1. 2017 National Treasures Patrick Mahomes Rookie Patch Autograph Card (#161)

2017 National Treasures PATRICK MAHOMES #17/25 Silver Rookie Patch Auto
2017 National Treasures Patrick Mahomes #17/25 Silver Rookie Patch Auto. (credit: eBay)

Patrick Mahomes is a generational talent, and his rookie card represents the start of a legendary career. Since becoming the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, Mahomes has won NFL MVP, led the team to multiple AFC Championship appearances, and secured two Super Bowl victories.

2. 1963 Fleer Len Dawson Rookie Card (#47)

1963 Fleer Len Dawson rookie card
1963 Fleer Len Dawson rookie card. (credit: eBay)

Len Dawson was the first true star of the Kansas City Chiefs and led the team to victory in Super Bowl IV. Dawson was a seven-time Pro Bowler, NFL MVP, and Super Bowl MVP. He’s a bonafide Chiefs legend.

3. 1989 Score Derrick Thomas Rookie Card (#258)

1989 Score Derrick Thomas rookie card
1989 Score Derrick Thomas rookie card. (credit: eBay)

Derrick Thomas was one of the most feared pass rushers in NFL history and a beloved Chiefs player. Thomas recorded an incredible 126.5 sacks during his career and was a nine-time Pro Bowler.

4. 1997 Topps Chrome Tony Gonzalez Rookie Card (#24)

1997 Topps Chrome Tony Gonzalez rookie card
1997 Topps Chrome Tony Gonzalez rookie card. (credit: eBay)

Tony Gonzalez revolutionized the tight end position and became one of the NFL’s all-time greats. Gonzalez was a 14-time Pro Bowler and is the NFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards for a tight end.

5. 2013 Panini Prizm Travis Kelce Autograph Rookie Card (#292)

2013 Panini Prizm Travis Kelce Rookie Autograph
2013 Panini Prizm Travis Kelce Rookie Autograph. (credit: eBay)

Another Chiefs tight end on the list, Travis Kelce has become one of the greatest of all-time at his position and a key part of the Chiefs’ recent success. Kelce is a multiple-time Pro Bowler and has set numerous records for receiving yards by a tight end.

6. 1971 Topps Willie Lanier Rookie Card (#114)

1971 Topps Willie Lanier Rookie Card
1971 Topps Willie Lanier Rookie Card. (credit: eBay)

Willie Lanier was a Hall of Fame linebacker and a defensive stalwart for the Chiefs. Lanier was an eight-time Pro Bowler, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and a key part of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl IV victory.

7. 2016 National Treasures Tyreek Hill Rookie Patch Autograph Card (#RMSTH)

2016 National Treasures Tyreek Hill RPA
2016 National Treasures Tyreek Hill RPA. (credit: eBay)

Tyreek Hill, known as the “Cheetah,” is one of the NFL’s fastest and most exciting players. Hill is a multi-dimensional threat, known for his blazing speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field. Even though he’s on the Miami Dolphins now, this card is still a must-have for any Chiefs fan.

8. 1964 Topps Bobby Bell Rookie Card (#90)

1964 Topps Bobby Bell rookie card
1964 Topps Bobby Bell rookie card. (credit: eBay)

Bobby Bell was a versatile and dominant defender for the Chiefs. Bell was a nine-time Pro Bowler, NFL champion, and part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

History of the Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs is one of the more prominent franchises in NFL history, as their storied past and current dominance play a vital role in the league today. Hobby Listings takes a brief overview of the history of the Chiefs.

Early Years

  • Founded in 1960: Originally known as the Dallas Texans, the team was established by Lamar Hunt as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL).
  • Relocation to Kansas City in 1963: The team moved to Kansas City and was renamed the Chiefs in honor of Mayor H. Roe Bartle, whose nickname was “The Chief.”

Key Achievements

  • AFL Championships: The Chiefs won three AFL Championships in 1962, 1966, and 1969.
  • Super Bowl IV (1970): Under the guidance of Coach Hank Stram, the Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings, securing their first Super Bowl victory.
  • Super Bowl LIV (2020): A pivotal moment came when the Chiefs, led by Coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, won Super Bowl LIV, marking their first Super Bowl win in 50 years, when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Super Bowl LVII (2023): Mahomes led the Chiefs to another Super Bowl victory, this time over the Philadelphia Eagles, in a thrilling championship matchup.

Notable Players

  • Len Dawson: A Hall of Fame quarterback, Dawson was instrumental in the Chiefs’ early success, including their victory in Super Bowl IV.
  • Derrick Thomas: Known for his exceptional pass-rushing skills, Thomas remains one of the most revered figures in Chiefs history.
  • Travis Kelce: Often regarded as one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, Kelce is having an illustrious career with the Chiefs. He is also dating megastar Taylor Swift.
  • Patrick Mahomes: A key player in the past decade, Mahomes has been pivotal in the Chiefs’ recent successes, including their Super Bowl LIV and LVII victories.

Matt Higgins contributed to this report.

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