Which Players Should You Be Collecting This NFL Postseason?
The most exciting time of year for NFL fans is upon us as the 2018 NFL Playoffs begin this weekend. So what does that mean for collectors? Which players should we be investing in before they explode in the playoffs? We have some ideas here.
Brady had another big season in 2017, passing for 32 touchdowns and over 4,500 passing yards. The Patriots are again the favorites to win the Super Bowl which would give Brady his sixth! He is also one of the favorites to win the regular season NFL MVP award. One key card of Brady to target is his 2000 Bowman Chrome Rookie in a BGS 9.5, which sells at eBay auction for $900. The card last season shortly after a Super Bowl victory sold at eBay auction for $1,100-1300 range, we could easily see a repeat of that this year as well.
Gurley had a monster 2017 season and is also an MVP candidate. He had 19 total touchdowns and 1,305 total rushing yards. He is pivotal to the success of the Rams moving forward in the playoffs. The Rams could be one of the surprise teams this postseason. One key card of Gurley to target is his 2015 Contenders Auto Rookie, which sells for $75-115 range. Gurley’s card offers tremendous upside if the Rams move forward or if he wins the regular season MVP award.
Hunt was one of the most explosive players during the regular season at the running back position. Despite a slower second half he still managed to win the rushing title and finished with 1,327 yards. Hunt has a number of different base autograph rookies that range from $35-65. One good example to target would be his Pen Pals Autograph rookie from 2017, which sells for $40-65 range at eBay auction. I expect Hunt to be heavily involved in the playoffs and a few big plays from him could make a huge impact in the Chiefs moving forward.
This dual threat quarterback is a key factor to the Titans making a run in the playoffs. The biggest question with Mariota is which version of the quarterback will show up: the exciting dual threat running and throwing QB or the inconsistent version who struggled the majority of the 2017 season and threw more INT’s than TD’s? One key card of Mariota to look for is his 2015 Contenders Rookie Autograph which sells for $125-150 ungraded and $175 in a BGS 9.5 at eBay auction. They’re becoming tougher to find yet they do offer a lot of upside if the Titans can make a run.
This kid has one of the coolest names in the NFL but he is not just a cool name and has quickly become one of the most important players on the Steelers. Smith-Schuster will have to make a big impact if Antonio Brown can’t get healthy in time for the playoffs, but, even if Brown plays, Smith-Schuster will still have a key role as the Steelers 2nd best receiving option and as a kick returner. The hype is real with this kid: early sales of his 2017 Contenders Rookie Autograph have sold for $90-150 range. He’s a great long-term investment because Schuster is the youngest player in the NFL and already becoming a star on one of the most popular teams in the league.
Fournette eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing and 10 total touchdowns in just 13 games during his rookie season. He’s one of the most powerful backs in the league and should only get better. The Jags rely on the run heavily and look for Fournette to make a big impact in the playoffs. Early sales of his 2017 Rookie Contenders Auto have already reached $85-100 range at eBay auction. The Jags could be a sleeper team led by their bell cow back in Fournette.
One of the most talented receivers in the league, Jones had what many experts would consider a down season statistically, only catching three total touchdowns. He did manage 1,444 receiving yards, though. If not for a Tom Brady Super Bowl comeback last season, we’d still be talking about the catch Jones made along the sidelines late in the game. His key card to target is his 2011 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Auto which sells in the $115-125 range. He’s capable of making a big catch at any moment during the playoffs and his cards offer tremendous upside if the Falcons make it back to the Super Bowl.
Perhaps the biggest surprise this season during the 2017 season was Keenum who threw 22 touchdowns and just 7 INT’s for the Vikings in 15 games. He was a big contributor to the Vikings success this season and that will have to continue if they want to make a run in the playoffs. Though Sam Bradford is back healthy, look for the Vikes to stick with Keenum. He offers a big uptick in value if the Vikings can make a run in the NFC playoffs. One key card of Keenum to target is his 2012 Contenders Auto which sells at $40 eBay auction. The card could easily double in value if the Vikings reach the Super Bowl.
Already projected as a possible #1 overall pick in 2018 fantasy football PPR format drafts next season, Kamara was one of the most exciting players to watch during the regular season. He totaled over 1,500 total receiving and rushing yards and had 14 total touchdowns for the Saints. He’s a huge part of the Saints offense and a matchup nightmare for defenses. One key card of Kamara to target is his Contenders Rookie Auto from 2017 which sells at eBay auction for $100-150 range. Look for Kamara in the playoffs to continue to build on his huge regular season and play a key role for the Saints.
The dual threat QB is back in the playoffs and will look to lead the Panthers deep into the playoffs. Newton relied heavily on his legs this season rushing for 754 yards, which is the most he’s had since his 2012 season. He will have to make plays with both his legs and big arm early and often if the Panthers have any chance of moving forward. One of his key cards to target is his 2011 Contenders Rookie Auto which sells at $125 at eBay auction. The card offers tremendous upside if the Panthers are able to reach the Super Bowl. Newton is capable of carrying the team on his back at any given moment.
Foles will have to play a key role for the Eagles during the playoffs if they want to make a run. He has a tough task of having to replace injured starter Carson Wentz. Foles will try to fill the void in the meantime and have to make big plays, which will be a tough but he can easily get the job done. One key card of Foles to target is his 2012 Contenders Auto, which sells for $25-35 range at eBay auction. This card could easily be a great buy low investment if the Eagles reach or the win the Super Bowl.
The Bills made the playoffs for the first time since 1999, and they are lead by their star running back Lesean Mccoy. He reached the 1,000 yard rushing mark again during the 2017 season. One key card of his to target is his 2009 SP Authentic Logo Patch Rookie /999, which sells for $25-40 range at eBay auction. If the Bills want to keep moving forward during the playoffs they will have to feed Mccoy early and often.