As with every nationally televised game, collectors will jump on the bandwagon for any player that stands out among the crowd. Last night, with the Cowboys winning the opening game of the NFL season, two players stood out to the point that their cards are going nuts today. Demarco Murray was already on the up and up after a handful of breakout games in 2011, and Kevin Ogletree showed that he is worthy of the #3 receiver spot in Dallas with a huge game.
Murray showed a ton of promise last year, setting Cowboys single game rushing records along the way. He was a part of the 2011 Rookie Premiere, so he has a number of autographs in every product released during the season. After his coming out party during the middle of the season, his cards jumped significantly to mirror the new potential he showed. After last night’s dominate performance, his cards are on the rise like they were last year, and being that he plays for the most popular team in the league, it’s a good situation.
Here are some of the top Murray cards available, and astronomical prices are not coming down:
Ogletree is a completely different story, and I am not as quick to say he is even worth a second look. He may have had a great game, but for a guy like him, with Bryant and Austin sharing the field, there is not enough passes to go around. This one game should end up being the exception to the rule instead of the rule itself, as its rare that guys like Ogletree and Victor Cruz carve out a name for themselves on a team with two big receivers already.
Additionally, because of his non-inclusion in the premiere during 2009, autographs for Ogletree are extremely limited, as they should be. He was an undrafted free agent out of UVA, and guys like him are not usually collector targets to the point of including them in products after their rookie year.
Check out some of these ridiculous prices people are paying right now:
I think its safe to say that after Sunday, stories like this will be commonplace, so keep focused on the players that actually have opportunity to be superstar. Murray is one of those guys, Ogletree, not so much. One game does not a season or career make, and in a hobby with serious relative value issues, I would be VERY careful investing on the penthouse level for some of the guys who will start the year strong.