Whether you label him a late bloomer or just lucky, he seems to have found a home and those collectors who didn’t dump the best Case Keenum rookie cards for a buck or two prior to the 2017 season suddenly find them in demand…at least a little.
Keenum, the record-setting college quarterback who bounced from the Texans to the Rams, back to the Texans and back to the Rams before finally settling in Minnesota, is suddenly the toast of the Twin Cities, the author of a play pro football fans will never forget–and maybe a Super Bowl quarterback.
Regardless of your opinion of him, it’s hard not to call his 2017 season anything but a breakout campaign. In 15 games (14 starts), he threw for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Keenum won his first NFL Player of the Month award in November.
Lower End Case Keenum Rookies
Keenum’s football cards have been sitting in common boxes for the last few seasons and while demand has perked up during his amazing revival, his rookie cards are still downright cheap. Even now, just days away from the NFC Championship Game, Keenum rookie autos in products like 2012 Topps Strata and Magic, Panini Score, Rookies & Stars and Elite, Press Pass and others can be found for under $30. In fact, the average price for a Keenum rookie autograph card over the past six months is about $35. Bulk lots of unsigned rookies can be had for the price of a fast food lunch.
Higher End Keenum Rookies
He’s got autographed 2012 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket autos–typically some of the most sought after rookie cards for any star player–and high-grade examples have mostly sold for $200-$275, even during his recent renaissance.
About the only Keenum rookie card selling for significant amounts is the autographed Contenders Cracked Ice version. Several of the 20 cards issued have netted sellers $500-$1,000 this month. The most expensive Keenum rookie has been the 2012 Contenders Championship Ticket 1/1. Graded 9.5, it sold on January 3 for $2,500.
At 29, it’s unlikely Keenum will become a Hall of Fame quarterback. Plenty of doubters remain. His overall body of work is still plagued by those five journeyman seasons. However, if he’s truly found a permanent starting gig he can keep and becomes a consistent winner with solid numbers, it’s not hard to imagine card prices rising. And if he brings Viking fans their first Super Bowl victory, the days of cheap Case Keenum rookie cards may be a fond recollection from the past.
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