As part of the unending pre-Super Bowl coverage, fans will inevitably hear more about a guy who’s not been seen on cardboard much in recent years.
It’s Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher — the subject of The Blind Side, an Oscar-nominated film from 2009 that starred Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw as his adopted parents.
Oher was a first-round pick out of Ole Miss in 2009 and was a member of the 2013 Baltimore Ravens, which won it all. But since then he’s battled injuries and was released by the Tennessee Titans before the Panthers came calling. His story being revisited could spark added interest in his football cards.
Leigh Anne Tuohy spoke to ABC News about her son’s journey this week.
“I will be bawling because that’s my child first of all — to see your child live out a dream is wonderful — but every time he comes out there it represents hope to me,” she said. “The Panthers gave my son a chance and I’m forever grateful. That’s part of being a mother.”
His journey hasn’t been documented all that much when it comes to football cards.
He’s got about 200 different football cards for collectors to chase and about 50 of those are certified autographs — that’s a lot for an offensive lineman. However, he’s not had any cards since 2013 when Panini America had him on five cards in Prizm and Score and when Leaf Trading Cards paired him with Quinton Aaron, who played him in the movie, in Pop Century.
A heavy majority of his certified autos are from his rookie year of 2009 and more than one-fourth of his overall cardboard total comes from Upper Deck brands. Since there aren’t a lot of autographs, they can get pricey. However, the extra spotlight from Super Bowl Sunday may get added non-collectors considering a buy — so, win or lose, there’s extra potential with his cards.
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