It wasn’t the flashiest day in the NFL for rookies, but a slow-building superstar scenario might be happening with the New Orleans Saints with their recent trading of a future Hall of Famer.
Rookie RB Alvin Kamara put up his strongest game of the year so far in a 30-10 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday with 10 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown and six catches for 84 yards and a score.
He’s still sharing time with Mark Ingram — a seventh-year pro and former Heisman winner — but both have picked up steam since the Saints traded Adrian Peterson on Oct. 10. For the year, Kamara has 311 yards on 52 carries — Peterson had 37 on Sunday alone for the Cardinals — and 341 yards on 37 catches with a total of five TDs for the year.
On cardboard, this former Tennessee Volunteers star is plentiful with nearly 900 different cards made this year thanks in part to an appearance at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere. He’s pushing 500 different autographs and has cards in pretty much all brands made this year.
For those focusing on standard Rookie Cards, you can find them in Absolute, Certified, Certified Cuts, Classics, Donruss, Elite, Elite Draft, Immaculate College, Panini, Contenders Draft, Gold Standard, Impeccable, Majestic, Origins, Pantheon, Phoenix, Spectra, Unparalleled, XR, Prestige and Score.
On eBay he’s been a steady seller so far perhaps thanks to those fans of white and orange but asking prices are starting to grow. There also seems to be room for that growth as his priciest cards aren’t as steep as one might think when it comes to actual eBay sales. We all know that the Saints are definitely a Drew Brees-fueled pass-happy franchise — Ingram’s 1,000-yard rushing season last year was the Saints’ first since 2006 — but a second RB that can run the ball and catch passes could be a very potent piece for this team.
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