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Lambeau Leaf: Ryan Grant’s First Autograph Cards Finally Arrive by Tracy Hackler

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In a stellar-so-far two-year career as Green Bay’s gritty, grinding backfield force, Ryan Grant has collected 500 carries, more than 2,100 yards and 13 total touchdowns. Beginning this week, Packers fans who’ve been with him every step of the way will at long last have a chance to collect an honest-to-goodness Grant autograph.

Panini America today began delivering to patient collectors what are believed to be Grant’s first live certified autograph cards, finally fulfilled redemptions from a handful of 2008 products – Donruss Gridiron Gear, Donruss Classics, Leaf Limited and Leaf Rookies & Stars.

Grant’s entire certified autograph checklist consists of just 23 cards, all redemptions from 2008 and most of which are unpriced due to scarcity. In addition to his autos in the aforementioned Panini brands, Grant also was included in SP Authentic, Stadium Club, Topps Rookie Progression and Upper Deck Heroes.

The most “plentiful” Grant autograph to date (2008 Leaf Limited Material Monikers Jersey Number #36) is limited to 50 copies and carries a current Beckett value of $30; the average value of his eight priced autograph cards is $66.25.

The former Notre Dame running back first appeared on trading cards in 2005; but as a relative unknown with the New York Giants at the time, Grant was featured on just two Rookie Cards (Playoff Honors #191 and Sweet Spot #177), both valued at $200 but neither of which are autographed.

Judging by the relative scarcity of Grant’s ‘graphs, it’s safe to assume that card companies and collectors now know what most defenses in the NFC North do: No. 25 is tough to track down.  

— Tracy Hackler

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