The first true Brady Quinn rookie cards came out after the rookie premiere May 19, 2007. The rookie premiere is put on by Reebok and is presented by EA Sports. It is held each year in May in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This is a mandatory event for many of the NFL’s top rookies. Not going can cause quite a bit of trouble. Some players skipped the 07 premiere to attend their mini-camps. It’s pretty bad when coaches don’t know their newly acquired players must attend this event per contract and they make the camp schedules conflict. Tony Dungy being one of them. The 2007 event wrapped up Sunday, May 20th after 32 top 2007 rookies gathered for four days of photo shoots, autograph signings and media sessions. This was the time they had their avatars made for the popular Madden football video games as well.
A lot of work goes on at this event. All the major card companies (Topps, Donruss, and Upper Deck, etc.) as well as Beckett Publications and major sportswear and equipment suppliers get the rookies to work. From signing hundreds of cards to million dollar contracts, this event sets the stage for buyers and sellers alike while all of it is covered by the media.
Adrian Peterson said he was honored that he was voted the top rookie to collect by the fans of Beckett Football. Investing in rookie cards is a gamble, but I am glad that collectors of Peterson is bound to pay off. But as for Brady….
Depending on how you look at it, collecting rookie cards is give and take; it can pay off immediately (like Peterson) or it may take awhile. Right now Brady’s rookie cards really are not worth much, but serious investors still caution about putting him at the bottom of the ‘washed up’ pile. I am still holding out for Brady to show his mettle; whether that be with the Browns (if they can get their organization straightened out) or with another team that has the arsenal Brady needs to deliver.
Each card company has their rookie card and, depending upon the popularity of the company itself, each comes with a different degree of desirability. Below is the front of Donruss’s Score 2007 rookie card (#371) of Brady Quinn. It was one of the first to come out followed soon by Topps and Upper Deck.
Looking at the back of the Score card I feel a little glum.
“The question isn’t whether Quinn will start for Cleveland, it’s when will he take the reigns? Once he does, barring injury, he’s expected to remain behind center for many years.”
Seems a little prophetic doesn’t it?
Still the companies would have no idea of Brady’s mismanagement with the Browns and that, to date, he has only started six consecutive games. They also don’t know they’ve used the wrong “reigns”.