Will Brett Favre be dressed in something other than a Packers uniform on those 2008 football cards?
And so Brett Favre will join another exclusive club.
Like Johnny Unitas and Joe Namath and Joe Montana, the guy who personified his franchise for a generation is ready to put on a new uniform, consequences be damned. There’s no law against it, of course, and he probably wants to play just because he knows that at some point– even if it’s not until he’s in his early 40s– he will have to quit once and for all. It’s a great gig if you have the talent and the physical skills. But it’s not the way most fans and collectors pictured Favre leaving Green Bay.
It would seem that the story on our front page this weekend is accurate. A source said Favre wanted nothing to do with any commemorative cards or memorabilia showing him as ‘retired’. Such a request likely took place as the card companies made plans in the spring to honor his career. Clearly by that time, Favre had already been having second, (or more accurately third or fourth) thoughts.
So by the time the fall gets here, we will likely see our first Brett Favre football cards not picturing him in a Packer uniform since 1991, when he made his first appearances wearing Southern Miss colors–and then the red and black of the Atlanta Falcons. It will be strange indeed.
We’ll have autographed photos and helmets and jerseys of Brett Favre the Tampa Bay Buc or Baltimore Raven. The value of Favre cards and memorabilia will surely take a hit in Packer Nation, strange as that may be to fathom. But he’s about to gain a new following in another city–and the card companies are anxiously awaiting the first chance to get that image of #4 in something other than green and gold.
The quarterback who once moved more product than any player in the game isn’t quite finished yet.