Wes Welker Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Wes Welker

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


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.

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2010 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #C63 Wes Welker 199 New England Patriots 5i8

2010 Panini Threads WES WELKER (3 Color) Patch #89 - - PATRIOTS - - 24 50

2010 Topps Prime Blue parallel Wes Welker #50 50 PATRIOTS


2014 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor #26 Wes Welker 50 Denver Broncos Card 0d4

2010 Topps Tribute Black Rainbow 75 Wes Welker 75 New England Patriots Card 3j2

2014 Panini National Treasures Timeline Materials Names TM-WW Wes Welker 25 0c3

2015 Topps Inception Orange #94 Wes Welker 50 Denver Broncos Football Card 0c6

2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Longevity Parallel Platinum #33 Wes Welker 25 0b2


2009 Donruss Classics Monday Night Heroes 2 Color Jersey Patch Wes Welker 34 50

2014 Topps Fire Gold #91 Wes Welker 50 Denver Broncos Football Card 0w0

2014 Panini Limited Silver Spotlight #34 Wes Welker 49 Denver Broncos Card 0t6

2014 Bowman Orange Ice #39 Wes Welker 50 Denver Broncos Football Card 0v0

2014 Panini Limited Star Factor Triple Materials #SF-WW Wes Welker 99 Card 0c6

New England Patriots Wes Welker Card Wall Plaque Upper Deck Football Heroes
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Rookie Cards

Wes Welker Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

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2004 Wes Welker Borman Chrome Rookie Gem Mint 10 #179

2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars #185 Rookie Wes Welker Miami Dolphins RC Card 0p7

2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars #185 Rookie Wes Welker Miami Dolphins RC Card 0c6

WES WELKER Texas Tech 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars #185 SP RC Patriots BRONCOS HOF

2004 Leaf R&S Wes Welker Longevity Emerald RC 03 75


2004 Rookies & Stars #185 Wes Welker Rookie! BCCG Graded 9! $20 BV

BGS 9.5 2004 Bowman Football Wes Welker (Patriots Broncos) Rookie Card #212

2004 Bowman Chrome 179 Wes Welker San Diego Chargers RC Rookie Football Card 2r5


Wes Welker, 2004 Rookie & Stars Longevity, ROOKIE!!!, Gem Mint 10, 390 of 999


2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars #185 Rookie Wes Welker Miami Dolphins RC Card 0k0

2004 Bowman #212 Wes Welker San Diego Chargers RC Rookie Football Card 0k0

2004 Bowman Chrome 179 Wes Welker San Diego Chargers RC Rookie Football Card 0b7

2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars #185 Rookie Wes Welker Miami Dolphins RC Card 0u3
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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 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 On Field Denver Broncos Jersey - JSA Authenticated

Texas Tech Broncos Wes Welker signed autograph 16x20 framed photo. Mounted Holo

Wes Welker Signed New England Patriots 8x10 Photo JSA

Wes Welker Signed Broncos Jersey JSA COA

Wes Welker Signed Denver Broncos Logo Football JSA

Wes Welker Signed Golf Ticket PSA DNA Encapsulated

Wes Welker Hand Signed 8x10 Autographed Patriots JSA


WES WELKER Denver Broncos #83 Signed Custom Orange Jersey - Autographed JSA COA

Wes Welker Signed 11x14 Patriots in person. JSA CERTIFIED

WES WELKER Denver Broncos Signed Autographed Orange Home Jersey - JSA COA

Wes Welker Signed 11x14 Patriots in person. JSA CERTIFIED
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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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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