A look at NFL Week 1 card losers

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor | Commentary

The first week of the football season came with a look at cardboard winners. But there is another side to the needle.

There are also losers to Week 1, guys who didn’t perform well and whose card values have or will take a hit if these types of performances continue.

Usually these players are first- or second-year guys. They are athletes who still have a lot to prove and whose weekly performances can shape how their cards sell.

John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals: Skelton didn’t do well against the Seattle Seahawks – but his team did manage a win. He completed 14-of-28 passes for 149 yards and an interception. No touchdowns. However, when he got hurt Kevin Kolb came in and drove the Cardinals to victory culminating the series with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts.

Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns: The 28-year-old rookie played like, well, a rookie. Weeden threw four interceptions – and yet still nearly won against the Philadelphia Eagles because Michael Vick was just as bad. But Weeden’s card values had more to lose. Over the last couple of days, many of his Rookie Cards or parallels have gone unsold and even a 2012 Finest autograph/jersey card numbered to 75 sold for $26.85. Before his start, similar cards sold for about double.

David Wilson, New York Giants: There were high hopes for the rookie running back coming into the season. But so much changed Wednesday night in New York’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He had two rushing attempts, one of which led to a fumble and maybe Wilson cried on the sidelines afterward. Giants coach Tom Coughlin never put him back in. His autograph cards are currently selling in the $10-$20 range. That means it’s either time to sell your cards and recoup any money, or pick up his cards if you think he’s bound for something better.

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Football magazine. You can email Susan here with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. bill johnson
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    i know weedon has some baseball stuff, but id hardly call a 28 year old a rookie. an with the way football has been going with injuries and concussions, hes a little to dangerous for me to put money into. rgiii is my pick for rookie of the year, but i really like tannehill and russell as well. only time will tell, but those 3 are younger then the 28 year old rookie weedon.

  2. David Johnson
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I like this addition to the winners list that is put out on Monday. I wouldn’t mind seeing an additional list of winners and losers on Tuesday from the Monday night game.

  3. Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Another player that needs to be added to the list… Russell Wilson, and this is coming from a life-long Seahawks fan.

    He may have outperformed (barely) Skelton but when the game was his to win he showed that he is not ready. I am hoping that this was just jitters, but based only on Week 1 results he is deserving to be on this list.

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