Besides his draft stock, value of a Wentz trading card also going up
FARGO -- The hype began to surface sometime last fall when Carson Wentz was starting to be referred to as a possible first-round NFL draft pick. It escalated during the Senior Bowl when he began getting top 10 looks.It's an all-out storm now, wit...
FARGO - The hype began to surface sometime last fall when Carson Wentz was starting to be referred to as a possible first-round NFL draft pick. It escalated during the Senior Bowl when he began getting top 10 looks.
It’s an all-out storm now, with the Cleveland Browns holding their No. 2 overall pick and showing extensive interest in the North Dakota State quarterback. Some pre-draft talk even has the Philadelphia Eagles trading up to the No. 1 spot and taking Wentz. The Eagles reportedly held a private workout for Wentz on Wednesday.
Accordingly, his football trading cards are also a hot commodity.
It’s so scorching that prices for a couple of his autograph cards are at unheard of levels for an FCS player.
“Really, really unique,” said Mike Zier, the head football coach at Beach High School who has been a card collector for years. “As we progress through the year, there will be more valuable cards coming out. What is intriguing about this is these (pre-draft) cards are typically not the most sought-after and already they’re reaching those numbers.”
One autographed card of Wentz recently sold for $201.50 while the same card model of Cal quarterback Jared Goff went for $122.50. Wentz and Goff are widely considered the top two quarterbacks in the draft and the fact an FCS player is garnering that much more than a player from the Pac-12 Conference is rare.
Josh Wolters from Big Nick’s Sports Cards in the West Acres Mall in Fargo said he’s seen a Panini (a trading card company) autographed card that carries the NDSU logo go for close to $250. One on eBay on Wednesday had 28 bids and went for $164.01. Another one a day earlier had 38 bids and went for $157.50.
The non-autographed base cards from Panini and Leaf Metal range from $5 to $20, Wolters said, but a signature obviously hikes the value.
Typically, players begin signing memorabilia after signing with a sports agency, and Wolters said the card companies usually pay players anywhere from $2 to $5 per card or just pay him a flat fee. Big Nick’s is hosting a card show in the community room in the lower level of West Acres on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wolters said a good day for a Wentz card is moving 40 to 50 a day.
Once he gets drafted, and Wentz has an NFL franchise, the value will most likely go up.
“His most valuable card hasn’t been made yet,” Zier said.
Panini has exclusive rights to collegiate licensing and is the only company that can release a card in his Bison uniform. There are other companies that have a contract with the Wentz agency that, for instance, have a card with the NDSU logo air brushed out.
Zier is thinking a flawless Wentz rookie card will go for around $500.
“Typically with these rookies, they go up and then they go down,” he said. “The thing is, what will the ceiling be? The key will be who drafts him.”