Can Stafford Live Up to Football Card Hype?

He hasn’t played a down that counts yet, but some collectors are already paying good money for Matthew Stafford cards.

The story of whether it was wise for the Detroit Lions to spend the number one pick in the 2009 NFL Draft on Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford won’t be written for a few years.

Plenty of college stars once thought to be can’t miss talents turned into retirees after a couple of seasons.

Stafford would seem to have the goods to stick–and collectors seem confident in his ability to turn them into wise prospectors. His arrival as the quarterback of the future in Detroit has generated a buzz, even though he might not be the team’s opening day starter.

The Detroit Free Press even delved into Stafford’s rookie cards to see how many were out there, what was selling and why.