EXQUISITE BID: Football product has sort of lost its way to the eBay Top 10, save for the occasional Peyton Manning and Tom Brady piece, or Bronko Nagurski rookie, which never go out of style. This week, however, Upper Deck’s 2006 Exquisite set crashed the list, a full 135-card set closing well into the five figures. And why not? There were some great rookies (Marques Colston, Reggie Bush, Vince Young and Jay Cutler), as well as a full complement of superstars from Terrell Owens to Manning to Brett Favre to Brady and LaDanian. Non-rookie star autos came serial numbered to 150; the rookies (65 in all) came numbered in various series from 10 to 99.
NOT MARVELOUS: Will Marvin Harrison’s recent headlines – whether he was involved in a Philadelphia shooting, or he isn’t a part of it – affect his memorabilia prices? Who knows. First off, he’s a wide receiver, the least of the offensive “talent positions” and in some cases, lower than popular defensive stars like Brian Urlacher or Reggie White back in the day. But right now, his cards are taking a beating: his 1996 SP rookie, with its murderously hard to grade foil edges, is trading at $120-$150 in PSA 10 grades on eBay. His full-sized autographed helmets trade at about that, too, which is what the blank helmets cost on a good day. Even a 1/1 2007 Triple Threads Auto sold for $91. eBay bidders don’t treat good receivers that badly, let alone first-ballot hall of fame locks.
SANTANA’S REWARD: The Twins would not let Johan Santana go to the Mets until they forked over the right trade package, which would not get done without sensational center fielder Carlos Gomez. On eBay, fans agree the big, nimble center fielder’s got potential. This week, a Steiner game-used cap and jersey lot from his Mets debut last year on Mother’s Day topped $1,000, and a BGS 9.5 2006 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor closed at $450. While that’s not quite A-Rod money, it’s a lot more than bidders pay for other top players named Gomez, including Ruben, Vernon, and Lefty – and he doesn’t even have a full season under his belt yet.
QUICK QUIZ: Name the Stephen Drew item that nailed the highest bid ($220) this week: 1. 2005 SP Gold Auto, BGS 9.5 (numbered to 10); 2. 2005 Bowman Chrome Xfractor, BGS 9.5 (numbered to 250); 3. 2005 Bowman Chrome Refractor, BGS 9.5 (numbered to 500); 4. 2005 Ultimate Auto, PSA 10 (numbered to 99);
or 5. 2005 SP Auto, BGS 9.5 (numbered to 185).
If you guessed No. 1, you know way more about JD’s brother than anyone should. But, of course, you are correct.