You may recall that last September on Beckett.com (and on The Beckett Blog and in Beckett Football), we solicited submissions for a special 2009 NFL Season Preview card-investment contest. Essentially, we asked Beckett visitors how they would invest an imaginary $1,000 in at least five football cards for the 2009 season.
We selected 10 lucky respondents at random and announced that the one whose collection appreciates the most in value from the start of the season to the end of the Super Bowl would be crowned the winner and would receive a pigskin potpourri prize pack that includes an array of 2009 football products.
Well, at long last, the contest is over and the winner is . . . Arlington, Texas, collector David Sharp, who rode the 2009 value-increasing exploits of Ray Rice and Cedric Benson to victory. His hypothetical collection finished at a combined value of $1,130.
Sharp’s 2008 SP Authentic Ray Rice RC (#285) started the season at $60 and ended at $120; his 2005 SP Authentic Cedric Benson RC (#251) started at $60 and ended at $150.
Sharp’s reaction: “That’s awesome! Thanks to Ray Rice and Cedric Benson.”
For his value-minded prognostication, Sharp will receive a star-studded prize pack that looks a little something like . . .
Thanks to everyone who participated. We had so much fun with this contest we’re going to do it again for 2010. Until then, here’s a look at the final standings.
Collector Final Value
David Sharp $1,130
Larry Fassauer $1,110
Mark Grof $1,050
Nathan Bailey $1,015
Luis Leal $1,000
Steven Duran $995
Jonathan D. Pfeiffer $980
Jacob Feldman $975
Kory Fenton $945
Jeremy Stein $900
— Tracy Hackler