By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden appeared like he was going to have a bad day when he threw for just 118 yards and four interceptions on Sunday, but when his Browns fell just short in their 17-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles it might not have felt as bad as it could have.
The real question now, though is how will it affect his oldest and perhaps hottest Rookie Card?
Of course, that’s not any of his 2012 NFL releases — it’s his 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft autograph, a baseball card that shows him in his former sporting life — a pitching prospect for the New York Yankees.
That card, which is not serial-numbered, has typically sold for $30 or less while his priciest 2012 RC is his 2012 Elite card, which is limited to 699 copies and sells for $10 or less. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.)
In five minor-league seasons, Weeden never got past advanced Class-A ball, recording a 19-26 record with a 5.02 ERA in 108 games before he opted to head back to school and became a star football player for Oklahoma State.
Looking at his baseball cards, most are selling within the typical price guide range on eBay — a Refractor version of his 2002 card sold for $28 this morning, for example, while the card typically sells for somewhere between $15 and $40. Meanwhile, a PSA 9 copy of the standard card sold for $44.44 heading into this weekend where he was one of five rookie starters in the NFL.
Meanwhile, a Gold Refractor limited to just 50 copies did not sell on the auction site in late August at $79.99, perhaps showing that the novelty of a decade-old signature might not trump today’s limited releases showing him in his current uniform. A 2012 Finest 1/1 autograph with an NFL shield from a Rookie Premiere football embedded into it sold for $400 today, while other rare versions have fetched as much as $1,000 for certain cards (all too rare to have a published price range on Beckett.com).
Overall, Weeden appears on 417 total cards valued at little over $7,174. He already appears on 211 different certified autograph cards and 93 memorabilia cards.
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