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Tebow Rookie Cards Still Move Despite Lack of PT

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 rookie cardAs soon as his first rookie cards hit the market, collectors flocked to them.  That was a couple of months ago.  He’s still selling but in Colorado, sales have slowed a bit.

“With as hot as he was right after being drafted, it would have taken getting the starting job, a few 300+ passing games, some of his patented goal-line heroics and establishing Middle East peace to have kept him selling at that pace,” said Mike Fruitman of Mike’s Stadium Sports Cards in Aurora.

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.

Tim Tebow Topps Chrome autographed rookie cardFans 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.

“Beyond not starting, so many Tebow collectors were purchasing his singles because of the type of person he is off of the field,” Fruitman said.  “Unlike more traditional collectors who are going out and buying every card of a player, I can understand where these buyers would be more of the one and done variety.”

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.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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