What’s “Money Manziel” worth to you?




By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s edition of Topps Chrome has arrived for football fans, and it’s got a few surprises in store.

A notable one? Johnny Manziel autos — on multiple types of cards — with the added inscription “Money Manziel.”

Topps announced this inclusion 10 days ago — and now that it’s a reality pulled from packs by collectors there are some serious asking prices for these rarer cards.

Our question for you … what’s “Money” worth to you? Take our poll and sound off in the comments below …

What's Money Manziel worth to you?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.


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  1. David Johnson 29 November, 2014 at 09:33

    The added value really comes down to how many did he sign that way. If it turns out he signed 10% or less with the extra moniker then it will carry a decent premium, but if it turns out he signed more than 25% with the extra moniker than I would only expect a modest premium in value.

  2. Tom 1 December, 2014 at 09:58

    As a long time collector of the Cleveland Browns, quarterback cards like Otto Graham, Frank Ryan, Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar are worth owning. Graham played for ten years, took his team to ten straight championship games and won seven of those ten between 1946-1949 (4 AAFC championships) and 1950-1955 (3 NFL championships).

    Rookies that are excessively hyped, including their own self-promotion not just the media’s over-promotion, are worth having a base card of.

    I am a little surprised that your question assumed that this self-appointed moniker had to add value to the card. While I would not mind owning a Manziel auto (and have a few base cards already), I would pay 25% to 50% less for the extra hyperbole. “Value reduction” should have been a choice among eligible answers.

  3. Tom 1 December, 2014 at 12:53

    I read this inscription again. It says “Mower Manziel”. I think this is a reference to the play this past weekend where he dropped the shotgun snap and ended up being mowed over on the turf by the Bills defenders.

  4. Mike Pereira 2 December, 2014 at 20:09

    This year’s Topps Chrome is awful because unlike last year there is no limit we know of on the base autos. Last year it was limited to 600 or less so we had as good as chance of hitting a Le’Veon Bell as hitting a Tyler Wilson. Now who knows how many Johnny Manziels are available while we keep getting multiples of players like Mike Davis in a single case. Without auto limits who’s to know that Manziel only signed 100 base autos while Davis signed 1000. Collectors have a worse chance of pulling something they want when the product is stacked with fillers. Topps is stacking the product with cheap filler player autos and hiding exactly how many are available for each player so they can make more cases and therefore make more money as collectors continue to open more product looking for players they want. And unlike last year if you take the stated Refractor total you are really only getting two numbered refractors since Topps is counting the three that everyone gets in a box that aren’t numbered (blue wave, pulsar, and green) and then three base reflectors. Leaving collectors only two total numbered cards per box instead of eight.

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