Wes Welker Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Wes Welker

Date of Birth: 5/1/1981
Rookie Card Year: 2004
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

Wes Welker is an unlikely star wide receiver in the NFL. He is not blessed with considerable size or speed, which is normally a prerequisite for the NFL. However, he has developed a reputation as a security blanket for elite quarterbacks, based on his ability to get open and his dependability. His speciality is catching short passes and lots of them. While he will never be a great investment because his natural ability is limited and he is considered a niche player, Welker has considerable respect in the league and hobby and his cards remain a popular option for collectors.

Although Wes Welker put up big numbers in high school, college offers were not rolling in for the 5'9" athlete. A last-second offer from Texas Tech came about because a recruit backed out on his scholarship, opening a spot for Welker. Welker would go on to put up huge numbers at Texas Tech, and was known for his big catches and abilities as a punt returner. Despite this college success, Welker was not selected in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Wes Welker joined the San Diego Chargers training camp and made the final roster as an undrafted free agent. However, he was cut after the first game. After going through waivers, Welker signed with the Miami Dolphins as a backup wide receiver and special teams player. He slowly worked his way up the roster and was the top producing wide receiver on the team during the 2006 season. In 2007, it was revealed that the New England Patriots were interested in Welker and they soon worked out a trade with the Dolphins.

New England was Wes Welker's breakout period. He immediately developed a strong rapport with quarterback, Tom Brady, and caught over 110 passes in five of the six seasons he was with the team. Welker was also named to five straight Pro Bowls during his time there. Although he was a vital part of the offense and a favorite of Tom Brady, the team could not reach an agreement with Welker once he became a free agent. He accepted a contract offer with the Denver Broncos, joining another future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning.

As Wes Welker pushes further into his thirties, a regression is inevitable. Plus, the Broncos already feature a stable of talented receivers, so there may not be enough passes to go around. Despite this, Welker has been doubted his entire career, and injuries are the only thing that has slowed him down so far. With Manning at the helm, the Broncos are among the favorites for the Super Bowl and Welker figures to be a key part of that possibility. An NFL Championship would provide a boost to Wes Welker cards, as he never won a Super Bowl in New England.

Since Wes Welker went undrafted, there are not a lot of rookie cards for the veteran receiver. With only 11 total cards and one autographed option, picking his top rookie is a simple decision.

Top Wes Welker Rookie Card

2004 Playoff Contenders Wes Welker RC #193 Autograph

When it come to Wes Welker cards, there is one clear favorite. The popular Contenders product was the only rookie option for Welker to include a signature and it remains his most valuable rookie card. Although the print run was not released, it has been selling well.

2004 Playoff Contenders Wes Welker RC 210x300 Image

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Wes Welker 2010 Finest Xfractor card #'d 005 399 Broncos Patriots football
$5.95
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2013 Topps PSA 9 Wes Welker #340! MINT! POP 3!
$12.95
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2013 PANINI PRIZM PURPLE PULSAR PRIZMS WES WELKER, #79, 29 40, BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$12.99
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2004 Bowman Chrome Wes Welker rc rookie #179 *42374
$20.99
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(20) COUNT LOT 2013 PANINI CONTENDERS CARD #16 WES WELKER FREE SHIP
$8.00
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2010 (34 55) 2012 (08 57) TOPPS WES WELKER Black Border Parallel PATS RARE
$8.99
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2014 Donruss Elite #30 Wes Welker Diecut 14 25 NM
$7.00
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WES WELKER 5 Card SP INSERT Lot w #'d 250 , 499 , 999 , Chrome REFRACTORS ++
$5.99
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2010 WES WELKER UPPERDECK EXQUISITE TRIPLE PATCH 27 75
$9.65
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WES WELKER 08 BOWMAN CHROME GOLD REFRACTOR CARD #42 50!
$20.00
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2010 National Treasures Prime Jersey WES WELKER 16 35 Patriots
$7.99
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2010 National Treasures Prime Jersey WES WELKER 24 25 Patriots Broncos
$7.99
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2013 NATIONAL TREASURES PEYTON MANNING WES WELKER THOMAS MORENO 99 JERSEY QUAD
$13.50
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2010 Rookies & Stars Wes Welker 3clr prime patch #D38 50 #89 *43607
$10.99
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2009 ROOKIES & STARS GOLD STARS WES WELKER PATRIOTS JERSEY CARD #ED 58 299
$9.99
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WES WELKER BRONCOS 2013 ( TOPPS) "MUSEUM COLLECTION " No. 83 (43 99)
$11.99
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Rookie Cards

Wes Welker Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2004 Sweet Spot Wes Welker RC 217x300 Image


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2004 Bowman Chrome Wes Welker rc rookie #179 *42374
$20.99
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2004 LEAF ROOKIES & STARS #185 WES WELKER RC 40 75 plus 3 bonus cards
$49.99
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WES WELKER 2004 BOWMAN ROOKIE
$7.00
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2004 Bowman Chrome WES WELKER Xfractor RC 250 *Chargers* PSA 10
$115.00
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2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars Longevity Rookie #185 Wes Welker Denver Broncos 999
$14.99
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GRADED GEM MINT 10 2004 LEAF ROOKIES & STARS WES WELKER ROOKIE #185 BRONCOS!
$14.99
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WES WELKER 2004 BOWMAN ROOKIE
$7.00
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2004 bowman chrome refractors #179 WES WELKER rookie BGS BCCG 10
$49.00
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2004 UD FINITE WES WELKER ROOKIE RC 81 275
$34.16
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2004 Bowman #212 Wes Welker RC + Decker , Thomas , Moreno , Osweiler , Hillman
$17.50
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WES WELKER 2004 04 UD SWEET SPOT RC ROOKIE SP 1299
$39.99
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WES WELKER 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars ROOKIE #d 39 99 GOLD LONGEVITY "Rare" BV$40
$18.00
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WES WELKER 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars ROOKIE #d 43 99 GOLD LONGEVITY "Rare" BV$40
$12.99
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2004 LEAF ROOKIES AND STARS # 185 WES WELKER RC DENVER BRONCOS
$12.99
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2004 Wes Welker Upper Deck Finite HG #250 Rookie Card RC Serial #179 275
$19.99
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WES WELKER 2004 BOWMAN CHROME ROOKIE
$15.00
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Autograph Guide

Wes Welker Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Wes Welker'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, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Russell Wilson also has his own authentication hologram stickers. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Wes Welker Signature Exemplar

Wes Welker Signature Image

Wes Welker Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Wes Welker signature autograph  will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the item being signed or the time period in which it was signed, look for the following signature features:

Wes Welker Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature s written on an even horizontal plane, with just a slight rise
  2. The letter "W" is tall, with small curlycues at the tops of the end lines, the middle line is just shorter than the end lines
  3. The letter "e" is closed with no loop and the "s" is implied by a simple and short up-down stroke
  4. The "W" repeats again with similar characteristics and again the "e" is small with no loop
  5. The "l" is legible but is devoid of any loop
  6. The "k" is written with a loop on the horizontal line
  7. The letters "e-r" are implied with a slight rise and extension of a horizontal line coming off of the "k"

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Wes Welker Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Wes Welker Signed Nike Onfield Denver Broncos Jersey - JSA Authenticated
$219.99
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WES WELKER JULIUS THOMAS DUAL SIGNED MINI HELMET BRONCO'S JSA CERTIFIED
$147.99
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Wes Welker Autographed signed Cleat - Welker JSA COA card
$65.00
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RARE BLACKOUT NWT JSA COA WES WELKER 83 SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BRONCOS NIKE JERSEY!!
$198.88
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WES WELKER Denver Broncos #83 Signed Custom Orange Jersey - Autographed JSA COA
$229.99
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Wes Welker Signed Patriots Jersey Sportsworld COA - PSA DNA
$169.99
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WES WELKER Autographed DENVER BRONCOS 2 TONE JERSEY JSA COA NFL SIGNED AUTO
$299.99
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WES WELKER SIGNED TEXAS TECH RAIDERS MINI HELMET JSA
$149.95
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Wes Welker signed 8 x 10, New England Patriots, Red Raiders, PSA DNA
$84.98
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WES WELKER Denver Broncos #83 Signed Custom Split Jersey - Autographed JSA COA
$229.99
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WES WELKER SIGNED JERSEY AUTOGRAPH NFL JERSEY JSA COA ORANGE DENVER BRONCOS
$324.95
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Autographed College Wes Welker Signed Football - Mounted Memories COA
$259.95
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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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