How Much Does an NFL Football Cost?

Last Updated on March 13, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

The usual NFL football will cost between $20 and $500. This price is influenced by several factors including the place where you get the ball, its type and its quality. So for example, if you were to buy a synthetic leather ball, which is the cheaper version, expect to spend around $50 on it. More expensive balls that are made of genuine leather on the other hand can reach prices of $250.

This article will give you all the information you need to know exactly how much you will spend on an NFL football. It should be a great ice-breaker topic for any NFL fan.

How Much Does an Official NFL Football Cost?

As said above, expect to spend somewhere between $50 and $250 for a new NFL Football. The most important factors that will dictate its price will be the quality of the ball and where you buy it from. Expect to find a quality ball at the cost of roughly $100.

If you’re the type of individual that is always looking for bargains, then you might be able to snatch a cheaper NFL football at sporting goods stores or even online, in the on-sale category. It is important to remember, that the cheaper the ball will be, the lower its quality is likely to get. So although the price is important for most people, when buying an NFL football, make sure you also consider the quality you’re getting, and not only the amount of money you’re paying.

Variations in pricing for an NFL football

So as you might expect, there are some variations you should consider when it comes to the price of NFL footballs, depending on the ball itself and what type it actually is. So for example, if you were to buy a replica ball, it will cost less than one that is an official game ball and will be available in sporting goods stores. There is also a variation in price between NFL footballs of different sizes. So for example, a full-size football will cost considerably more than a mini-football.

So depending on the actual type of ball you will get, you will spend more or less, which means that it is very important to do proper research before making the final decision on which type of ball works best for you in terms of both quality and price. In the end, regardless of how much you end up paying for an NFL football, it will be a very nice gift for someone that is a big fan of the sport.

You might also like our articles on the cost of a soccer goal, a football helmet, or a golf ball.

Let’s go over some other types of balls and their prices.

Unofficial Footballs

Of course, there is no better option than the official NFL footballs, when looking for a ball of the right weight and size as the ones used by professional players. But if you are looking for a cheaper alternative, you can always opt for an unofficial football, which shouldn’t cost more than $20 to $50.

Although an unofficial football will more or less look exactly like the official version, they will most likely differ in size or weight. These aren’t meant for official games. Instead, they should be used for practice or backyard games with your family.

Leather Footballs

Among the footballs considered to have the highest quality are those made of real leather. These will usually be found for prices between $90 and $250. The brand and size of the real leather football will ultimately dictate its price.

Generally speaking, you will find the most expensive leather footballs on the official NFL website, or those having an NFL logo or team logo printed on them. Leather footballs have as their main advantage the fact that they offer better control and grip, being made to also last longer than other types of footballs. The leather material is also known to resist better to wear and tear, making your football stay in its best shape for years.

Custom Footballs Cost

Many teams use custom footballs to evidentiate the great team spirit as well as their personalized colors, lettering, and complete logos. These are likely to cost anywhere between $120 and $300, depending on their type or size, which makes them slightly more expensive than normal balls. The higher quality of the leather, as well as the certificate of authenticity that you are likely to get from these official NFL footballs, are what makes them more expensive than other types of footballs.

The price is also likely to depend on how many prints and the complexity of the design you want to add to the ball. It is very important to do your research, shop around and compare the prices provided by different stores, if you want to get the best deal for these balls.

Autographed Footballs

Signed NFL FootballAutographed footballs are a way for players to offer their lifelong fans a memory they are likely to never forget. Real NFL footballs that have the autograph of one or more of the players can cost anywhere between $100 and $500, or even more, depending on the players that signed them and the number of signed balls available.

Autographed footballs are likely to be the best gift for any real fan, but the actual price will depend on the player or players that signed it, as well as the condition of the ball. So if you need to find a gift for someone that really likes to watch the NFL games, then an autographed football might be a unique and thoughtful one.

Where can you purchase an NFL football?

NFL footballs can be purchased from several different places. You can go the official route and get one from the official NFL website, or you can just go to your local sporting goods store and buy a ball. There are also a plethora of online sports websites that sell all kinds of sports equipment and memorabilia, including official NFL footballs. Depending on the place from where you purchase the football and whether it is an official NFL one or not, the prices will likely differ.

How to clean your football

Not cleaning your American football properly and using good products, might cause it unnecessary damage. So here are the most important tips to consider when cleaning your football:

  • For leather balls that start to look worn out, try using leather conditioner to help them get into shape again.
  • Always clean your ball by rinsing it with clean water and drying it with a soft towel.
  • You can also use warm water in combination with mild soap to clean the ball, but you will have to make sure you’re not getting the inside of the ball wet.
  • After playing with it, make sure you wipe down the surface of the ball using a damp cloth as a way of removing any debris and dirt.
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