It was a good day to own Robert Griffin III rookie cards. The NFL’s #2 overall draft pick had a debut quarterbacks only dream about on Sunday, leading the Washington Redskins to a win over the New Orleans Saints and leading eBay sellers straight to their computers. Dozens, perhaps hundreds of Griffin cards sold from a point Sunday afternoon when it became obvious he was worthy of the hype until late Sunday evening as collectors and fans scrambled for a piece of a possible future NFL superstar.
The former Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history with a perfect 158.3 passer rating in the first half. He finished the day 19 of 26 for 320 yards, directing an offense that debuted several new wrinkles aimed at maximizing his versatility.
A mountain of RGIII rookie cards have already been issued in anticipation of a rookie-centric season in the NFL and all but the most common cards were selling. From base cards to relics, parallels to autographs, anything with the ‘Skins’ new sensation on it was a good bet to get bids. A Topps Platinum base card sold for $15.50.
The question faced by those who held them was whether to sell quickly and cash in on the rush that always erupts after a breakout game, or hold and hope the magic continues throughout the season and prices rise.
We posed the question on Twitter and Beckett’s Chris Olds was among those who responded that most would decide on the former. “Because more are coming,” he wrote.
Despite the increasing interest, Griffin rookie autographed cards are still somewhat reasonable in some forms. Non-NFL licensed cards were the way to go , far less than what Griffin would command on the autograph circuit should he choose to do that after the season. A Leaf Metal Refractor Parallel auto, numbered to 99, went for $141.38. A SAGE Signature auto relic brought just $102.50.
On the other end of the spectrum, a 2012 Topps Finest Pulsar Auto Refractor sold Sunday night for $1,525, a 2012 Topps autographed 1965-style tall boy went for an unconfirmed $799.99 and another for $600. A Donruss Elite Rookie Inscriptions card, carrying a BGS 9.5 grade with an autograph grade of 10, sold for $355.
A 2012 Topps Finest Triple Auto Relic featuring Griffin, Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill cost the buyer $556.
For at least one week, there’s no doubt who the premier player in that trio is.