Seems Pierre Garcon was catching more than just everything Peyton Manning threw his way in the Colts’ 30-17 victory over the Jets in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. He was also catching major hobby heat.
In a mostly breathtaking display of pass-catching prowess that at times looked recess easy, the second-year receiver of Haitian descent established an AFC Championship Game record with 11 catches for a career-high 151 yards and the Colts’ second touchdown.
And it’s obvious now that America’s football card collectors were every bit as impressed with Garcon as the Jets’ vaunted secondary was.
Late Sunday night and all day Monday, Garcon’s two autographed Rookie Cards – 2008 Playoff Contenders #216 and 2008 Playoff National Treasures #188 – were selling for as much as 85 percent above their current listed values.
Copies of Garcon’s more plentiful Contenders RCs, currently valued at $60, have been selling briskly in the $100 range. Meanwhile, the scant copies of his National Treasures RC, limited to just 49 copies, have sold for as much as $150 despite a current value of $80.
This time last year, both cards were valued at just $20 apiece.
The explosion in realized selling prices for Garcon’s top cards underscores just how influential shining on the NFL’s biggest stage can be for a player’s card values. It happened last year with Larry Fitzgerald, whose record-setting postseason sent his 2004 SP Authentic RC vaulting in value from $250 to $350 in a span of a few weeks.
It appears to be happening again with Garcon.
“Many of Garcon’s 57 total cards have been on a steady value incline for most of the season, ever since it became clear that he was going to be one of Peyton Manning’s top targets,” says Dan Hitt, Beckett Media Senior Market Analyst. “But his AFC Championship Game showing really has caused an explosion in interest and in value.
“Expect even faster upward movement in his best cards if he has another performance in Super Bowl XLIV even close to what he produced yesterday against the Jets.”
Both Playoff Contenders and National Treasures RCs ascended twice in value last month (to $30 and $50, respectively, on Dec. 2, and to $60 and $80, respectively, on Dec. 15).
Makes you wonder what they might jump to come February 8 or so.
— Tracy Hackler