When Tom Brady takes the field against Peyton Manning today, the discussion about who’s the best will present itself for the umpteenth time.
Who’s No. 1? It’s a good argument on the field. It depends what you prefer — stats or rings. On cardboard, both are big, though Brady is definitely a pricier autograph simply because he doesn’t sign as much. Manning’s availability hurts values but helps collections. (Just like on the field, it’s a good debate of who’s better hobby-wise.)
Rewind the clock back 16 years, though, and it was obvious who the star was between these two. Manning had been the No. 1 overall pick a couple years before and walked into the NFL a star on cardboard after his time at Tennessee. And Brady? He wasn’t even in the discussions. He was just this guy from Michigan. >>>>>
The former Wolverine was so off-the-radar that it took a few years for this image to become Internet fodder. Brady’s cards took a bit of time to take off, too, but once he took over as the Patriots’ starter in 2001, NFL history was changed — just like his cardboard.
Brady’s journey is the more fascinating one to Buzz. Consider the list below showing the quarterbacks drafted ahead of Brady, who went 199th overall.
|2000 NFL Draft quarterbacks|
|1||18||Chad Pennington||Marshall||New York Jets|
|3||65||Giovanni Carmazzi||Hofstra||San Francisco 49ers|
|3||75||Chris Redman||Louisville||Baltimore Ravens|
|5||163||Tee Martin||Tennessee||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|6||168||Marc Bulger||West Virginia||New Orleans Saints|
|6||183||Spergon Wynn||Texas State||Cleveland Browns|
|6||199||Tom Brady||Michigan||New England Patriots|
|6||202||Todd Husak||Stanford||Washington Redskins|
|7||212||Tim Rattay||Louisiana Tech||San Francisco 49ers|
|7||214||Jarious Jackson||Notre Dame||Denver Broncos|
|7||234||Joe Hamilton||Georgia Tech||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
Need a Chad Pennington certified autograph? You can get it for the price of a pack — or less. Giovanni Carmazzi? Under $1 with some hunting. Same goes for Chris Redman and Tee Martin. Need a Spergon Wynn? He never even signed a deal for a certified autograph — that’s how far off the radar he was and he was taken a half-round ahead of Brady. Pennington had some NFL success as did Marc Bulger, but, again, his auto also falls into the $3 or less club on the low end.
Meanwhile, a Brady certified autograph will cost you more than $300 on the low-end and most newer ones will cost you $500 or more. Manning can be had for about $75 for his older autos — again because he’s been a steady signer for card companies for years. His newer autos are signed in lower volume, so they can be pricey as well.
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