Joe Webb: Story of the Ultimate Football Card Sleeper

Joe Webb: Story of the Ultimate Football Card Sleeper

HanksMNFDance ImageGoing into to the 2010 NFL Draft, former University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers quarterback Joe Webb thought his best shot at making the NFL would be at the Wide Receiver position, which figured to be the ideal position to take full advantage of his speed, strength, hands and insane vertical leap.

Tonight, Hank Williams Jr.'s legendary Monday Night Football intro could mark the beginning of a brilliant hobby career for the Vikings 6th rounder. Come Tuesday morning, the hobby world will know whether Joe Webb is rowdy enough to hang with 2010's top hobby rookies.

When it comes to hobby potential, the quarterback position is the undisputed king of the football card world. The half back and wide receiver position are a distant second and third to the field general. 

Many of Joe Webb's early 2010 football cards made the assumption that the Vikings 6th round pick would play wide receiver in the NFL. Tonight, the rookie will start at QB for the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium, the two year old outdoor home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, offering yet another chapter in the oddest season in Vikings history.

In under a year's time Joe Webb has gone from being a projected WR not worthy of receiving an invite to the rookie combine in Indianapolis to the starting QB of the Minnesota Vikings. During UAB's pro day, Webb recorded a 42.5" vertical, 11'5.5" long jump, and benched 21-reps of 225 lbs, all of which would have been combine bests for the WR position. Webb also ran a 4.43 40-yard dash for good measure.

WEBBvSKELTONS ImageWebb was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Vikings as WR, but the Vikings decided to keep Webb at QB after he proved to be a better QB prospect than WR during training camp. During Webb's 2009 senior season at UAB, he passed for 2,774 yards and rushed for 1,427 yards, which was the third highest rushing total for a QB in NCAA history.

Two things that have fascinated collectors since the beginning of cards has been potential and unworldly athleticism. Joe Webb may never pan out, but rest assured the 6'3", 225 lbs QB from UAB will be given a much larger window to succeed than your average sleeper rookie signal caller such as the Arizona Cardinals John Skelton.

COLLAPSINGVIKES ImageAnother thing that bodes well for Webb's football cards is that he could fail at quarterback and still find relevance elsewhere on a football field (KR, PR, WR). Being able to play multiple positions is one of the hobby's most under-appreciated multipliers of long term card value.

Tomorrow morning, Joe Webb could wake up as the next big thing in the world of football cards. Conversely, tomorrow the Vikings could wake up to the reality that Webb won't be the team's long term answer at QB. My gut tells me that at the very least, Webb's card will wake up Tuesday morning in better shape that the morning before.

Bottom line, one of the most physically gifted sleeper QB's in recent memory, who was originally drafted in the 6th round to play WR, will make his first professional start on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears in the Vikings first outdoor home game since 1981. To me, that sounds like the beginning of an intriguing hobby plot line.

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2010 SPx #158 Joe Webb AU /140 RC
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2010 Crown Royale #152 Joe Webb RC

2010 Absolute Memorabilia #152 Joe Webb /299 RC
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2010 Certified #224 Joe Webb /999 RC
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2010 Limited #179 Joe Webb /999 RC Image
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2010 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #C74 Joe Webb B

2010 Topps Prime Rookie Autographs #PARJW Joe Webb B

2010 Topps Platinum Rookie Autographs #102 Joe Webb/ 1099

2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Autographs Gold #206 Joe Webb/ 99 EXCH

2010 Press Pass Autographs Red Ink "Spider Man" Joe Webb Inscription Auto /5
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2011 Topps Game Day Autographs #GDAJW Joe Webb Auto
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2010 Topps Chrome RC Auto Joe Webb + Orange Refr.
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2010 Topps Chrome Rookie Auto #C74 Joe Webb

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User Comments

  1. UPDATE: It appears as though Brett Favre has gone from being ruled out to “Questionable” for tonight’s game. Also, there is currently 5+ inches of snow and growing outside my window, which is 5-10 miles from TCF Bank Stadium.

  2. dude you were so right it is sick! $40 per auto. You had an article months ago telling people to collect when they were at $5 per auto. I only picked up 1 – was collecting tony pike instead :( More articles like this!

  3. @Cody: Sure, I’ll think of some similar articles to write in the coming weeks, if there’s any other articles you would like to see more of just let me know, sometimes it’s hard to gauge how readers are responding to certain articles. thanks for the input, it’s much appreciated man.

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