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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2013 MUSEUM COLLECTION #83 WES WELKER - DENVER BRONCOS 092414
$5.35
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Wes Welker # 199 2012 Totally Certified Stitches in Time #11
$10.38
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Wes Welker 2004 Bowman Chrome #179 PSA 10 Rookie Card
$100.00
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2014 Bowman Wes Welker Orange Ice #d 38 50 Broncos
$9.99
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WES WELKER 2009 UPPER DECK NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SB CHAMPION CARD WITH AN EXTRA
$22.50
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2011 Rookies and Stars Jersey Emerald Prime Longevity #91 Wes Welker 46 99
$11.99
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WES WELKER 2012 PANINI NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS STAR WIDE RECEIVR CARD WITH AN EXTRA
$23.50
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Wes Welker game worn jersey card rookie no reserve New England 1 day sale sp RC
$19.99
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2013 PANINI BLACK ONYX MATERIALS JUMBO #40 WES WELKER #40 99 DENVER BRONCOS
$12.00
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2004 Upper Deck Rookie Reflections Red Wes Welker 81 100 Texas Tech RARE
$29.97
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2004 Upper Deck Rookie Foundations Rookie Wes Welker 25 100 RARE PARALLEL RC
$24.97
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2004 Upper Deck Rookie Reflections Green Wes Welker 10 50 RARE PARALLEL
$34.97
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2004 Rookies & Stars Longevity Rookie Wes Welker 120 150 Texas Tech RARE
$29.97
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2004 Bowman Rookie Wes Welker 40 165 Texas Tech RARE RC ULTRA RARE PARALLEL
$24.97
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2009 Score Inscriptions Red Zone WES WELKER 23 30 Broncos Patriots
$8.00
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2014-topps prime lot of 54,Peyton Manning, Alex Smith, Wes Welker, Clay Matthews
$7.50
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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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Wes Welker 2004 Bowman Chrome #179 PSA 10 Rookie Card
$100.00
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2004 Upper Deck Rookie Reflections Red Wes Welker 81 100 Texas Tech RARE
$29.97
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2004 Upper Deck Rookie Foundations Rookie Wes Welker 25 100 RARE PARALLEL RC
$24.97
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2004 Upper Deck Rookie Reflections Green Wes Welker 10 50 RARE PARALLEL
$34.97
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2004 Rookies & Stars Longevity Rookie Wes Welker 120 150 Texas Tech RARE
$29.97
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2004 Bowman Rookie Wes Welker 40 165 Texas Tech RARE RC ULTRA RARE PARALLEL
$24.97
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2004 Bowman #212 Wes Welker RC Patriots Broncos Rookie Card
$6.99
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2004 PLAYOFF HONORS WES WELKER ROOKIE #165 SERIAL #135 425 NRMT-MT SP RC
$19.99
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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
$43.79
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2004 Donruss Playoff Rookies & Stars Wes Welker #185 Rookie Card Excellent Cond
$10.00
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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 LEAF ROOKIES & STARS RC ROOKIE SP
$11.24
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2004 Bowman Chrome #179 Wes Welker White Refractor Rookie RC MINT Condition
$29.99
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2004 Reflections Red 206 Wes Welker Rookie 27 100
$53.99
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WES WELKER 2004 BOWMAN ROOKIE
$7.00
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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 Nike Onfield Denver Broncos Jersey - JSA Authenticated
$209.99
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WES WELKER Denver Broncos #83 Signed Custom Orange Jersey - Autographed JSA COA
$229.99
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BRONCOS WES WELKER NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY SZ 52 JSA
$26.00
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DENVER BRONCOS WES WELKER NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SIGNED AUTO 11X14 PHOTO JSA L@@K
$9.99
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WES WELKER SIGNED TEXAS TECH RAIDERS MINI HELMET JSA
$149.95
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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 DENVER BRONCOS 2 TONE JERSEY JSA COA NFL SIGNED AUTO
$299.99
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Wes Welker signed 8 x 10, New England Patriots, Red Raiders, PSA DNA
$78.18
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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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Texas Tech Broncos Wes Welker signed autograph 16x20 framed photo. Mounted Holo
$349.99
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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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