Each rookie, every year, has their own unique rookie cards, rookie jersey cards, and even personally autographed cards. Now many players have a number of card production much more than others, and can have better values than other rookies. No matter how you look at it though, football card collectors are always rookie card hungry.
Many guys devote their collecting years to a certain favorite rookie player, or even the rookies that their respective team picked up in the draft. You can almost find a card of any rookie out there and that makes it a huge plus for most collectors.
Now with the big named guys like Mark Sanchez, Matt Stafford, and even Michael Crabtree, you already know their cards would be highly sought after. Each year there are a few premiere rookies who make collector’s eyes’ bug at the sight of the prices wanted for special cards of theirs. Some collectors are willing to shell out the big bucks for these guys, and it definitely gives them status in the card trading world.
Now other rookies can go under the radar. One I think who could have high card potential value would be a guy like Donald brown or Darius Hayward-Bay. Most of these guys cards don’t go for near as high on the selling market as the ones listed above. They both have been put into leadership roles, and I think Brown will surprise collectors much as Matt Forte and Chris Johnson did last year, and his market value in the card world will rise greatly. Again with Bay as well, he has the potential to bring about such buzz like a DeSean Jackson of last year’s class, making his value highly recognized and sought after among all collectors.
With those players you have a few sleepers, but then you get a few middle of the road type guys like an Aaron Curry or an Knowshown Mareno. They both were drafted in the top 15 picks of this year’s draft and each has proven themselves on their respective college teams to be tough workers, and play makers that are ultimately ready for that next level style of play. They have market buzz that is rather average and their prices have seemed accepted, and they do not do a lot of rising, and yet do not fall that low in pricing either. These two are definitely middle of the line type cards, but they both have that potential to put out so star talent. So I recommend picking up some of their stuff on the market.
You also have those defensive lineman and the offensive lineman. Now most of these guys like Tyson Jackson, B.J. Raji, and even Eric Wood have horrendous market value, but if you are not the one doing the selling, they do make fairly cheap auto pick-ups. You can find nearly all of their autos for under $8, and with how high each one was drafted, who says they couldn’t be a future HOF’er? I mean you never could find out the answer to that question and I highly suggest picking up a few of these cheap autos while they are still around.
Now another thing that can surprise you year after year is those guys who seem to carry on their college value to the card world. Now one of those guys is showing that his value is highly sought after, and he is none other than WVU graduate Pat White. You can’t go anywhere and find one of his autos for less than $25 and with the round he was drafted in, you got to think to yourself, how could one man create this much market buzz? Well there aren’t many simple answers to that question, but his prices have seemed to stay steadily high and show no signs of decrease. Also if he does become a performer on the NFL stage, look for these prices to sky rocket.
With the Class of ’09 all ready to settle in on each of their new NFL teams, we as collectors, can trade, buy/sell, or whatever it takes to get or hands on a piece of talent, and hope for the best.