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Johnny Manziel emerged from relative anonymity as a mid-level quarterback recruit to take college football by storm. During his first season, Manziel put up huge numbers, helped Texas A&M upset the defending and current 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.
Nicknamed "Johnny Football," the gunslinger has continued to make headlines since the end of his first season based on a celebrity lifestyle. High-profile events, famous friends and lots of partying have lead many to question his mindset heading into the new season.
Also making headline news is the large amount of autographs available for Johnny Manziel. Anytime college athletes are involved with high quantities of authenticated autographs, questions will soon arise. Despite his amateur status, a vast and valuable market exists for Johnny Manziel cards and autographs. While that could eventually result in a loss of eligibility, the demand for this dynamic player cannot be overstated.
Fellow college football star, Jadeveon Clowney, also has a considerable volume of authenticated autographs, even though he still plays for the University of South Carolina as a defensive end. However, the school has determined that no violations have occurred.
The following guide identifies the best options for Johnny Manziel cards and memorabilia. Obviously his autograph is the main draw, but there a few other options as well.
Johnny Manziel Cards
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.
Leaf made waves earlier 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.
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
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.
- Cobb's signature is relatively consistent and incredibly unique
- The letter "J" is over-sized in nature with and angular, triangle-like shape forming the top loop and an oval forming the bottom
- The letter "o" is large and oval shaped
- What looks like a "7" runs through the bottom portion of the "J"
- An odd character resembling a number "8" with a dot and a circle attached with a line
- Usually inscribed is his jersey number "#2"