He’s known for his accurate passing, his admirable mustache and a wardrobe that would put him right at home in the 1970s. A late night college hero on the west coast, he’s now on a bigger stage and enjoying every minute of it. While many collectors and fans had probably never seen him play until recently, Gardner Minshew rookie cards are now high on the hobby’s radar.
Coming out of Washington State, where he set records for yards and touchdowns for the school, Minshew was drafted in the sixth round of the 2019 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He earned the backup role and was immediately thrust into action after starter, Nick Foles, suffered a shoulder injury in the season opener. Minshew played remarkably well, completing the highest percentage of passes in NFL history for a player making his debut.
Minshew’s career path was about as the tongue-in-cheek Burt Reynolds-esque look that’s made him a favorite among young and old. He started his college career at East Carolina where he had to split time with another quarterback where he amassed just a 3-14 record.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in 2017, Minshew enrolled as a graduate student at Washington State. It was here that his stache, er, star began to shine. He led the FBS in completions, attempts, and passing yards per game. He led the Cougars to an 11-2 record, and finished fifth in Heisman voting. He treated fans, many of whom began wearing fake mustaches, to some of the most thrilling victories in Washington State history, including a seven touchdown performance against Arizona.
Gardner Minshew Rookie Cards Arrive
While most of the football card products issued prior to October picture Minshew and other 2019 rookies in their collegiate uniforms, those showing him in his Jacksonville jersey have begun to arrive. So far, collectors and investors have jumped on autographed Minshew cards from products like Contenders Draft Picks, Immaculate and Flawless Collegiate, Certified, XR and Legacy.
During his first couple of weeks as an NFL starter, there were several sales of low numbered autograph cards that reached $500 or more. He’s also been featured on Panini’s Instant print-to-order platform, giving collectors a low-priced option that shows him in NFL game action.
While Daniel Jones will likely command more attention thanks to his high-profile position with the New York Giants, Minshew could well see as many snaps as any quarterback in the 2019 NFL rookie class. If the excitement that surrounded him in college follows him to the NFL, he will become one of the most popular players the hobby.
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