Starting his college football career as a backup quarterback for Notre Dame in the 70s, it took injuries to both the starting and first backup quarterback to present Montana his window of opportunity. Montana capitalized and led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a National Championship in 1977, introducing the "The Comeback Kid" moniker he would carry with himself for the rest of his career. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Joe Montana in the 3rd round of the 1979 NFL Draft. Like his playing days at Notre Dame, Montana didn't emerge as the 49ers’ starting quarterback until midway through the 1980 season, gradually rising to stardom as one of the NFL's all-time greats.
Today Joe Montana is a football legend. As the greatest quarterback of his generation, Montana dominated in the NFL, winning all 4 Super Bowls he played in, earning 3 Super Bowl MVP awards in the process. He is often credited with changing the way football is played and is known for his uncanny accuracy and clutch performances. In 2000, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, cementing his legacy among the all-time greats. Today, nearly three decades after his retirement, Montana is still widely considered the second greatest quarterback of all time behind Tom Brady.
This card is considered to be Joe Montana’s only recognized rookie card. Additionally, the card is graded a PSA 10. Only 109 cards (0.6% of the total population presented to PSA) have received that grade.