The world is officially crazy about Cam Newton


By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor | Commentary


As the eBay bidding closed at $7,956 for a one-of-one autographed Superfractor, one thing became very clear to me. The world has officially gone bonkers for Cam Newton.

From time to time in the hobby, we’ve seen current baseball and hockey players commanding ridiculous cash. And of course, there are a handful of vintage auctions that end in lottery-like numbers. But as far as modern football cards go, the sale of this particular Superfractor is freaking insane.

With such a spectacular first season, Newton will likely (and rightfully) walk away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award — and if by some bizarre anomaly he doesn’t, he can still put this auction on his resumé. Never mind those loose arguments about his lack of wins. The fact that somebody would spend nearly $8,000 for a piece of cardboard (albeit a shiny one) with his signature should lead us to one conclusion.

People respect what Newton has done and they believe in his potential. That, or the person with the winning bid sleeps on a pile of money in a house made of gold and drives a car made of diamonds.

Realistically, someone with that much money would actually have a chauffeur to drive said diamond-mobile, so we’ll go with the first scenario. Despite the win column, No. 1 pick Newton was quick to convince this season, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be trending down any time soon.

He easily emerged as a top rookie passer and sealed the deal with his record-breaking 13th rushing touchdown in Week 13. If he keeps it up and puts the Panthers on a steady victory march, Newton’s rarer cards could reach double-digit insanity.          

But is it really all that crazy for a card to sell for that much? For the extravagant gazillionaire who used it as a toothpick, maybe. For the seller who just woke up because he fainted 10 seconds before the auction closed, also maybe. But to an outsider who just believes that much in Newton’s potential?

Probably not.

As much as critics enjoy a love-hate relationship with No. 1 draft picks, it’s should be no surprise that the head of this year’s rookie class is still on top. Still in the early stages of his career, Newton has a long way before he can be called a legend, but there’s no denying that his potential is legendary.

If this Superfractor super sale is a sign of things to come, the hobby is in for a wild ride with the prolific Panther and the other pleasant rookie surprises featured in the coming issue of Beckett Football.


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  1. Nick Tegeler 9 December, 2011 at 00:01

    I have to say that I didn’t have a lot of high expectations of him this year. Not that I thought he couldn’t play ball, I knew he could. I just thought there were some glimpses of immaturity right after his last college season that would follow him to the NFL along with the high expectations, hype, controversy, and other things a rookie QB faces his first year in the NFL (especially if he is taken 1 overall). However he seems quit the opposite, he has handled it all quite well and actually seems like he has his stuff together. And his college troubles seemed to fizzle out. So with that being said I am impressed and pleasantly surprised. I think if he stays consistent the Panthers are just 1-2 players away from being contenders. Which with the record they have this year, they shouldn’t have any problems clearing some of that up in next year’s draft.

  2. PANTHER FAN 4 LIFE 9 December, 2013 at 09:03

    Well,well,well! Its’s Cam’s 3rd season and, after watching his first season, I just knew that the panthers had this miracle worker that was gonna blow are minds with victory after victory, but that’s not the case! Please don’t you dare get me wrong, he is fantastic and I love that he’s on my favorite team and their has not been another player in the NFL that I like as much as him! Im just saying I dont think he’s gonna be that guy thats gonna take us to a super bowl anytime soon, but will he do it in the near future? You better believe it! I haven’t ever paid 8 grand 4 a card, but i have invested alot of money the past 3 years on Cam Newton cards and memorabilia only to see the value of said items plummet! And i bet you 8 grand that whoever paid that kind of cash for that superfractor could not get even half that back now! Since Cam has matured, he’s not that risk taking, high flying, action packed, stunt man that made his cards and memorabilia soar through the roof, which has definitely disappointed myself and other collectors in the hobby! Still gotcha back Cam!!! GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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