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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 1 by danhitt

Well it’s finally here the start of the NFL season – the best time of the year. It is at least for serious football card collectors like us. And with the new season comes our take on the weekend’s top on-field performances from the perspective of a collector. So every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll pick a rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week. Here are our selections for NFL Week 1.

By Dan Hitt

Breakout Player of the Week:
Arian Foster, RB, Texans
(231 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns)

Foster was many a fantasy football player’s sleeper pick this season and the Texans are considered a sleeper as a team. Put them together and you get great opening-game performances from both as the Texans defeat the divisional team they’re bound to be chasing in the Colts. Foster’s 231 yards on the ground is the second-most in NFL history for Week 1 and his three touchdowns the most for a single player this week.
Collectors have already taken notice of the card bargains bearing Foster’s likeness. In the past few weeks, his best 2009 Rookie Cards have moved up in value slightly, but with a very small number of autographed cards on the market (Foster signed for just six 2009 products), his signatures have nearly doubled. Watch for those to go even higher this week following the Texans huge win over the rival Colts, thanks to Foster’s triple-TD day.

Cards to Grab:
2009 Bowman Draft Rookie Autographs #183 ($30)
2009 Bowman Sterling #115 AU/599 RC ($40)
2009 Press Pass Autographs Bronze #AF ($20)

Rookie of The Week

Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
(253 yards passing, 1 touchdown)

While the three picks that Bradford threw on Sunday may indicate that he’s not quite ready for prime time, the rest of his performance says otherwise. Bradford showed great poise and made numerous accurate throws from the pocket and on the run. He tossed his first touchdown pass and the Rams even had a chance to win the game against a solid Cardinals team. The No. 1 draft pick is off and running and collectors are ready for more.

Cards to Grab:
2010 Donruss Elite Turn of the Century Autos #163 ($120)
2010 Rookies and Stars #296 AU/202 RC ($120)
2010 Topps Rookie Premiere Autographs/90 #RPASB ($200)

Veteran of the Week:
Wes Welker, WR, Patriots
(6 catches, 64 yards, 2 touchdowns)

There was plenty of concern in New England this off-season about Welker’s leg. Knee surgery sometimes ends a career but quite often at least slows down the performance of a receiver. But he looked fine on Sunday. His pair of touchdowns was the difference for the Patriots who sent a signal to the league that they’re not finished quite yet.
Some collectors thought they may be and, considering Welker’s injury, began dumping some of their Patriots cards during the off-season. Welker’s top cards have been cold and soft enough to find priced at, or even below, LO book value in recent weeks. Might be considered bargained priced now if both he and the Patriots play this well all season.

Cards to Grab:
2004 Bowman Chrome #179 RC ($10)
2004 Playoff Contenders #193 AU RC ($80)
2004 SP Authentic #135 RC/1199 ($20)

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