When you are looking to get into cards, the first thing that always comes up is investments. I know a lot of people out there, still view cards as a worthwhile venture to place a marker, regardless of what the trends say. Although I dont believe that cards are worth staying into for the money, there are a few players that I think are a safe bet. The only issue is that many of them are near the ceiling of their potential.
Andrew Luck – QB, Colts
When the 2012 draft was approaching, I had never heard so much hype surrounding one guy. Luck was described as a generational talent, and one of those cant miss type of guys. The “cant miss” tag had been applied to a number of busts in the past, but everyone, including collectors thought he was the guy. So far, they have been right, with Luck showing that he has the skill and talent to be one of the elite guys. The problem is, its no secret, which means his value is sky high.
Here are some of his better cards:
2012 Topps Chrome Andew Luck Refractor Auto BGS 9.5
2012 Contenders Andrew Luck Auto Rookie Ticket
2012 Exquisite Andrew Luck Auto RC
Aaron Rodgers – QB, Packers
No matter how big the vaccuum of talent around him remains, he always finds a way to make his guys look like rock stars. He is easily one of the best in the league, if not THE best, and is on his way to a HOF career with a Super Bowl win under his belt. There are a few limiting factors though, mainly stemming from his lack of autographed cards in recent years. Because he doesnt sign much, his cards are sky high.
Here are the few choices, and you can see the numbers:
2005 SP Authentic Aaron Rodgers Auto Patch /99 BGS 9.5
2012 Topps Aaron Rodgers Ring of Honor Auto On Card
2005 Contenders Aaron Rodgers Auto Rookie Ticket
Tom Brady – QB, Patriots
There are very few individuals in the NFL with more than one super bowl ring, and even fewer with 3. Although Tom Brady hasnt exactly been incredible in the last year or two, he is a first ballot hall of famer who plays for a team that has a humongous fan base. Like Rodgers he has very few signatures in packs as of late, which means his top cards are going to cost huge money as a result.
Brady will be in the new Flawless set, interesting to see where they sell in comparison:
2000 Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket Auto
2013 National Treasures Tom Brady Auto /5
2002 Topps Tom Brady Ring of Honor Auto On Card
Peyton Manning – QB, Broncos
After the game tonight is complete, a record might fall that was once deemed “unbreakable” by a few people. Manning could pass Favre tonight, and barring a significant injury, will break it shortly if it isnt today. Unlike a lot of the other guys on this list, Manning signs a ton, and his autograph is easily one of the most affordable if you are looking to pick up one of those once in a lifetime type of players.
Manning’s cards may spike after the record is broken:
1998 Bowman Peyton Manning Auto RC
2013 National Treasures Peyton Manning Auto Patch Booklet
2013 Topps Supreme Peyton Manning Auto Patch
It should be painfully obvious right now that Quarterbacks are the only worthwhile players dumping money into, especially if they are rookies. The scary thing is, you used to have guys like Adrian Peterson who were well on their way to defining a generation of Running Backs, but we have found out that no one deserves to be put on a pedestal until its all said and done. His cards still sell, just not what they used to sell for.
This goes doubly so for rookies, as guys like Manziel, Bortles and Bridgewater have shown that it takes a lot of time to figure things out in the NFL. The cards just arent where they would have been years earlier. ther skill players that are having good years almost dont matter, because once the new rookie class comes in, the previous one is all but forgotten. Rookie classes like 2012 may be the best in recent memory, but they have also spoiled the collectors into thinking that every rookie needs to make the playoffs in their first year or its time to move on. Scary thought indeed.
I remain curious to find out how the football hobby will change in 2016 with Panini taking the reigns, as we have seen a diminished collecting base already take effect on card values.