Johnny Manziel Cards, Rookie Cards, Key Early Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Johnny Manziel

Date of Birth: 12/6/1992
Rookie Card Year: 2014
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Few players in the NFL or collecting world have received the hype and media-focus bestowed on Johnny Manziel. The most polarizing NFL figure since Tim Tebow, Manziel headlines a strong rookie class and has collectors clamoring for 2014 products after a lackluster 2013 rookie class.

Johnny Manziel emerged from relative anonymity as a mid-level quarterback recruit to take college football by storm. During his first college season, Manziel put up huge numbers, helped Texas A&M upset the defending NCAA National Champions, the University of Alabama, and became the first Freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Expectations are huge for the young quarterback from Texas A&M, and the collectible market for Johnny Manziel cards and autographs is equally large as he enters the NFL.

"Johnny Football" followed up his Heisman season with another great year, but was dogged by allegations that he broke NCAA rules by accepting money for signing autographs. Although there were fears that he might lose his eligibility, Manziel was only suspended for one half. While the team's title aspirations were eventually dashed, the Aggies and Manziel finished on a high note, winning a shoot-out against Duke in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl.

Soon after, Johnny Manziel announced that he would forego his Junior year and declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. The gunslinger continued to make headlines leading up the draft, with most expecting him to be taken in the first round. While he was not the first quarterback taken, Manziel was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the first round. Although many people feel he will not be the immediate starter, Manziel will compete with Brian Hoyer for the top spot in Cleveland.

In an interesting development, the NFL was not the only league to draft Johnny Manziel. In addition to Cleveland, he also heard his name called by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the 2014 MLB Draft and the Harlem Globetrotters also selected him in their annual draft.

Although the majority of his current autographed memorabilia options are Texas A&M items, it is fair to expect a rapid increase in signed NFL merchandise for Johnny Manziel. Collectors should be aware that Manziel signed an exclusive with Panini Authentics, so that is the best place to start the search for any of his Cleveland Browns autographed memorabilia.

Johnny Manziel cards from college-themed and prospect products can be seen on the next tab. Leaf was the first major producer to get on the Johnny Football bandwagon, producing cut signature cards while he was still in college.

The following list includes all the official Johnny Manziel base rookie cards from Panini and Topps that are currently available. The many inserts available for Manziel are not included in this guide. The list will be updated as more products are released throughout the year.

Johnny Manziel Rookie Cards

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2014 Bowman Johnny Manziel RC #9

Another early option for collectors, 2014 Bowman goes with the air-brushed look, but the action shot gives the card a better overall appearance. Like previous Bowman products, the various parallels are among the the most appealing options for collectors. Both the base rookie and Rainbow Foil Refractor version for Johnny Manziel are shown below.

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2014 Panini Elite Johnny Manziel RC #151 #/499

Heavy foil and a mid-level print run make this Johnny Manziel rookie card in 2014 Elite Football an intriguing options for collectors that don't want or need an autograph. Multiple parallels, including die-cuts, add an additional chase.

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2014 Panini Hot Rookies Johnny Manziel RC #387 

Virtually identical to Johnny Manziel's Score rookie card, the only  real difference for this 2014 Panini Hot Rookies card is the brand logo.

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2014 Panini Prestige Johnny Manziel RC #253

With a re-used image and generic feel, this base 2014 Prestige rookie card for Manziel  is not likely to wow anyone. Collectors have  shown more interest in the base rookie variation, which shows Manizel in his NFL gear.

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2014 Panini Rookies & Stars Johnny Manziel #153

Another low-end base card, 2014 Panini Rookies & Stars presents a solid and largely unremarkable rookie card for Johnny Manziel. One appealing aspect is that is it is one of the first products to include a common Manziel rookie card in his NFL gear. There is also a short print that includes a subtle image variation.

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2014 Panini Score Johnny Manziel RC #387

A popular low-end release, 2014 Score is a great way for budget collectors to obtain a simple rookie card for Johnny Manziel. Purists may be turned off by the unlicensed look and the fact that it is the third base rookie from Panini to showcase the exact same image, but it gives anxious collectors an early chance to collect their favorite players. There is also a Preview version that was exclusively found in 2014 Panini Draft packs.

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2014 Topps Inception Rookie Autographs Magenta Johnny Manziel #1 #/50

With a distinct look and on-card signature, 2014 Topps Inception brings collectors a popular autographed rookie card. Although the majority of the cards have a non-numbered base version, as well as various numbered parallels, it appears that several players, including Manziel, are short prints. The most common card for Johnny Manziel is his Magenta parallel, numbered to 50.

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2014 Panini Rookies and Stars Johnny Manziel RC Jersey Card #24 Colts
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2014 Panini Prestige JOHNNY MANZIEL NFL PASSPORT ON-CARD AUTO SSP BROWNS ROOKIE
$109.99
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Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns 2014 Score Hot Rookie Insert Texas A
$15.00
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JOHNNY MANZIEL AUTOGRAPHED ROOKIE CARD CLEVELAND BROWNS #071 150 2014 TOPPS
$149.99
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Johnny Manziel RC Patch # 99 Panini National 2014
$19.99
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2014 PANINI R&S JOHNNY MANZIEL ROOKIE RELIC MINT
$9.99
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2014 Bowman Chrome Johnny Manziel XFRACTOR Auto 1 1 #10 10 BGS Gem Mint 9.5
$1,300.00
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2014 Bowman Johnny Manziel mini on card auto 77 99 Rookie RC Browns BGS 9.5 10
$349.99
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2014 Panini rookies & stars Johnny Manziel crusade insert! Browns rookie!! RARE!
$14.99
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2014 BOWMAN JOHNNY MANZIEL
$7.99
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2014 TOPPS INCEPTION JOHNNY MANZIEL RED , AUTOGRAPH RC SSP 25
$300.00
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Johnny Manziel 2014 Panini Elite Clear Acetate Rookie Card RC EBay 1 1Cleveland
$39.99
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2014 Panini Prestige Football JOHNNY MANZIEL #7 Draft Picks RC JUMBO SP Browns
$10.00
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2014 Panini National VIP Johnny Manziel RC 200
$19.95
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Johnny Manziel RC 2014 Topps Football 1985 Topps RC Autograph 089 150
$86.00
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2014 TOPPS INCEPTION JOHNNY MANZIEL 2 COL GU PATCH RC 75 BROWNS !!
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College/Pre-Rookie Cards

Johnny Manziel College Cards

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2014 SPx Rookie Autograph Jersey Johnny Manziel #83 #/125

A solid jersey piece and colorful layout make this an appealing card for Johnny Manziel. As one of the short prints in 2014 SPx, this early Manziel card is numbered to 125. An on-card autograph would have taken this card to the next level, but the sticker is subtle and nicely incorporated into the card design.

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2014 UD Goodwin Champions Johnny Manziel #68

While it is unlikely to appeal to all collectors, this offbeat Johnny Manziel card from 2014 Goodwin Champions presents an interesting alternative for those searching for something different. The art-like look and plain clothing make it a little tougher to immediately identify Manziel.

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2014 Upper Deck Star Rookies Johnny Manziel #80

The very first Johnny Manziel card from the major brands, this 2014 Upper Deck card allows collectors to obtain an NCAA licensed card before Manziel is even drafted. Also, the various Johnny Manziel autographs in the product are receiving considerable interest.

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2014 Upper Deck Star Rookies SP Hobby Variation Johnny Manziel #251

Dropping only two per case, these rare short prints from 2014 Upper Deck offer a chase element for Johnny Manziel collectors. Technically part of the base set, they are easy to distinguish from the base card because of the uniform. Although it is not an exact match, it is possible to see something similar to a Heisman pose in this Johnny Football card.

2014 Upper Deck Football Star Rookies Hobby Photo Variation Johnny Manziel 251 213x300 Image

2013 Exquisite Collection 2014 Preview Rookie Signatures Johnny Manziel #ER-JM #/49

Technically a 2013 card despite dropping in 2014, the late-releasing Exquisite Collection Football product from Upper Deck included preview cards for some of the biggest names found in the 2014 rookie class. Originally inserted as redemptions, live cards for Johnny Manziel have emerged and are numbered to 49. Although the the college theme may turn away some collectors, the Exquisite name, on-card autograph and limited run will make this a a very valuable card for the foreseeable future.

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Johnny Manziel Pre-Rookie Cards

2014 Leaf Draft Johnny Manziel #JM1

Basically Leaf Metal Draft, minus the Metal, these 2014 Leaf Draft Johnny Manziel cards are found in retail blasters. The boxes also promise random Manziel autographs.

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2014 Leaf Metal Draft Johnny Manziel #BA-JM2 Base Autograph SSSP

2014 Leaf Metal Draft is an on-card autograph-only product with a Chrome look. The Johnny Manziel base autograph is not numbered, but Leaf revealed that it is a SSSP, or super duper short print, with a print run of 25% or less than the rest of the regular print run. Manziel has multiple base colored parallels and two additional signed cards in the product.

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2014 Leaf Draft Predictor Johnny Manziel

Although predictor cards are not a new concept, Leaf takes things to another level with this direct standalone offering. Issued in one-card packs, fans of each NFL team can get in on the Manziel excitement with specific cards for every team. The 2014 Leaf Draft Predictor cards are randomly packed and only 41 cards are available for each team, with a total run of 1,312 cards when accounting for all 32 teams. Adding to the intrigue, collectors holding the version featuring the Cleveland Browns can redeem it for an autograph.

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2014 Leaf Originals Johnny Manziel #JM1 Base Autograph

Another Leaf product with only autographs, 2014 Leaf Originals goes the more classic route with simple designs and only a few different cards. Paying homage to vintage Leaf products, the Johnny Manziel cards are slightly undersized and feature on-card sigantures.

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2014 Leaf Pop Century Autographs Johnny Manziel #BA-JM1

Likely not the first place collectors will expect to find a Johnny Manziel signature, 2014 Pop Century is an autograph-only product from Leaf that covers a wide variety of stars from various fields. The sticker autograph and plain design give it the appearance of a base Leaf autograph.

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2014 Leaf Valiant Base Autographs Johnny Manziel #BA-JM2

Offering only autographs, 2014 Leaf Valiant has proven to be a very popular release for football collectors. The on-card signature and limited print run makes it an intriguing option for collectors. The Orange parallel is shown below.

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2014 Leaf Trinity Johnny Manziel Autographs

With only three different possible card designs and all on-card autographs, it can be hard to decide which is the "base" card for Johnny Manziel in 2014 Leaf Trinity. The glass-like Pure Autographs might be the most popular, but the Inscriptions and Autographed Patches are equally impressive early cards for Manziel.

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2014 Press Pass Johnny Manziel #30

Also getting in on the pre-draft fun, 2014 Press Pass opted for a close-up shot of Johnny Manziel on their base card. There are also several Johnny Manziel cards that include on-card autographs.

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2014 Press Pass Gameday Gallery Signatures Johnny Manziel #GG-JM

Another autograph-only release from Press Pass, 2014 Press Pass Gameday Gallery Signatures applies an art-like design and horizontal layout to this on-card autograph for Johnny Manziel. The base Bronze versions is not numbered, and multiple parallels apply a subtle foil change and increased rarity.

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2014 Press Pass Showbound Signatures Johnny Manziel #SM-JM

Unlike most products, 2014 Press Pass Showbound Signatures features the gold design for the base autographs, and a variety of other colorful parallels add to the totals. Playing on the popular Chrome-look, the autograph-only product is headlined by on-card autographs for Manziel.

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2013 Sports Illustrated for Kids Johnny Manziel #210

Sports Illustrated for Kids has a long-standing tradition of including a nine-player card sheet with perforated edges in each magazine issue. Johnny Manziel received the SI for Kids card treatment in the March, 2013 edition. While they are generally thought of as a novelty, don't forget about the Tiger Woods rookie card that can command thousands of dollars. Normally sold as individual cards, Johnny Manziel is joined on the uncut sheet by several other star players, including David Price, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, Buster Posey, Alfred Morris and Rory McIlroy.

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2013 Leaf Johnny Manziel Original Art Signature Cut Autographs

Leaf made waves in 2013 when it was announced that their "Mystery" redemptions would be for cut signature art cards from Johnny Manziel. They were able to get around the licensing and likeness issues because each card is an original art piece and the autograph was obtained by adding cut signatures from authenticated photos. The redemptions can be found in 2013 Leaf Metal Draft and 2013 Leaf Valiant Football.

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{{ JOHNNY MANZIEL }} RC's 2014 Leaf Draft #1 Gold Version Graded "10" GEM MT
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Starter? JOHNNY MANZIEL RC's 2014 Leaf Draft #1 Gold Version Graded 10 GEM MT
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2014 Press Pass Johnny Manziel Reflectors 169 199
$15.00
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2014 Leaf Valiant Johnny Manziel Honor Guard Yellow Auto 08 10
$350.00
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2014 Leaf Draft #JMI Johnny Manziel Rookie Card (Texas A&M Aggies) RC
$6.00
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Johnny Manziel Auto 2 Color Patch - 2014 Leaf Trinity - Browns - Rookie - HOT!!!
$113.49
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1 1 BGS 9.5 JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 UPPER DECK SPX 1997 STYLE INSERT RARE RC *POP 1*
$12.62
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Johnny Manziel, 2014 Upper Deck #80
$5.99
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2014 Leaf Valiant Johnny Manziel Purple"On Target Signatures" On-Card Auto #d15!
$69.00
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2014 UPPER DECK STAR ROOKIES JM 9,JOHNNY MANZIEL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS + 17,20,23,24
$9.99
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Pristine 10 JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 LEAF DRAFT DAY GOLD Gem Graded NFL ROOKIE CARD
$16.99
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$29.99
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2014 Leaf Trinity Johnny Manziel Auto On-Card Jumbo Patch Rc Cleveland Browns
$224.95
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2014 PRESS PASS #GG-JM JOHNNY MANZIEL "GAMEDAY GALLERY" AUTOGRAPH RC, TEXAS A
$129.95
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JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 Leaf Valiant AUTO Parallel? 1 1? Autograph BROWNS RC Rookie
$47.00
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2014 Leaf Trinity Johnny Manziel A&M Super AUTHENTIC Patch Autograph 25 Browns
$570.00
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Autograph Guide

Johnny Manziel Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Johnny Manziel's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Johnny Manziel Cut Signature Exemplar

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Johnny Manziel Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Johnny Manziel signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features. However, it will be interesting to see how and if his signing habits change as his career progresses.

  1. Manziel's signature is relatively consistent and incredibly unique.
  2. The letter "J" is over-sized in nature with and angular, triangle-like shape forming the top loop and an oval forming the bottom.
  3. The letter "o" is large and oval shaped.
  4. What looks like a "7" runs through the bottom portion of the "J".
  5. An odd character resembling a number "8" with a dot and a circle attached with a line.
  6. Usually inscribed is his jersey number "#2".

Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Authentic Replica Jersey

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Johnny Manziel Signed Helmet

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JOHNNY MANZIEL TEXAS A&M AGGIES SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO W JSA COA #3
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Johnny Manziel Signed Texas A&M Aggies Mini Helmet AUTO PSA DNA COA
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Johnny Manziel Signed Auto 8x10 Psa Dna Certified Authentic
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Johnny Manziel Signed Auto 8x10 Psa Dna Certified Authentic
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Johnny Manziel Autographed Custom Signed Stats Jersey Texas A&M PSA DNA
$299.99
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Johnny Manziel Autographed Signed Jersey Cleveland Browns Texas A
$299.99
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Johnny Manziel Signed Autographed 8x10 Texas A&M PSA DNA JSA GAI Heisman Framed
$149.99
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Johnny Manziel Signed Autographed 8x10 Texas A&M Cleveland Browns JSA
$139.99
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$199.99
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Johnny Manziel Signed Autographed Jersey Number Cleveland Browns 18x24 PSA DNA
$299.99
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Johnny Manziel Signed Autographed Jersey Number Texas A&M 16x24 PSA DNA rookie
$279.99
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Johnny Manziel Signed Autographed 16x20 Texas A&M Framed 20x28 JSA
$249.99
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Johnny Manziel Autographed Signed Full Size Helmet Texas A&M PSA DNA JSA GAI GA
$600.00
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JOHNNY MANZIEL SIGNED TEXAS A&M 11X14 PHOTO PSA DNA AUTHENTIC COA ROOKIE GRAPH
$179.99
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JOHNNY MANZIEL SIGNED AUTOGRAPH BROWNS JERSEY CUSTOM FRAMED TO 25X35 PSA DNA COA
$334.99
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Johnny Manziel Signed Autographed 11x14 Texas A&M Cleveland Browns PSA DNA JSA
$129.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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