When the No. 2 LSU Tigers took on the fourth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night, it was supposed to be a showcase game for the Tigers’ Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette, who has been a dominating presence this season with more than 1,300 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
What it turned into after a convincing 30-16 Crimson Tide victory over the previously unbeaten Tigers was, potentially, the national arrival of Alabama RB Derrick Henry.
Henry ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries in the victory to Fournette’s 31 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. No matter where you stand on the Heisman, the junior out of Yulee, Fla., already has the edge when it comes to cardboard.
There, the score is Henry 24, Fournette 0, thanks to Leaf Trading Cards and its 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl releases. Henry already appears on 23 different certified autographs and seven memorabilia cards thanks to his part in the high school showcase game.
Henry’s been a well-known player in the past — so his cards have been watched closely by college football fans — but a game like this one could generate even more buzz for his autographs, which have topped the $100 mark on eBay. Asking prices for his premium cards are routinely $50 and up on the auction site when it comes to active auctions.
Boxes of the 2013 Leaf Army All-American set include 12 autographed cards so they aren’t cheap, nor are they plentiful. They typically sell for more than $100 if available. Henry also appears on cards in the 2013 Leaf Metal Draft release, which is also not the easiest box to find.
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