It's been a quiet start to Tim Tebow's professional football career.
Two rushing attempts; two yards. That's it so far for one of the most heralded college football players of all time. In fact, last weekend, he was inactive for the Denver Broncos' third game of the season, a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Brady Quinn was designated the number two quarterback behind Kyle Orton based on what the coaching staff saw in practice.
Tebow wasn't expected to be an instant NFL star, but the Broncos thought enough of him to use a high draft pick last April.
Fans and football card collectors apparently haven't wavered in their backing of Tebow's potential. Either that, or they just like what he stands for. Maybe it's a combination of both that has kept his autographed rookie cards on the hot list for the last several months.
Tebow rookie cards are still among the hottest on the market in Florida, where his college exploits created a huge fan base.
"People look up to him," said Jacksonville card shop owner Frank Bray. "I think he'll prove himself in the NFL."
Rookie cards drive the new card market and despite the cool down in the Denver area, Fruitman calls Tebow landing in his area "a gift from above". If Tebow eventually has success, his All-American boy reputation could mean the sky's the limit. "He is still the most sought out player from the 2010 rookie class and it would be even better if we could acquire more of his singles," Fruitman stated with a sly tone. "If there are any collectors out there who are tired of looking at his cards, we would be glad to help them with their dilemma."
Three Topps Platinum rookie patch cards sold over the weekend on eBay for over $400 each.
Florida shops, too, are enjoying the rookie card ride--as long as it lasts.