Quarterbacks on the Move in 2011 and What it Means for their Football Cards
FINALLY! The NFL lockout ended Monday and it's back to business for NFL teams and players. With a shortened off-season, rosters are going to be turning over at a rapid pace with trades, roster cuts and free agents signing with new teams. No position is more important and gets as much hobby love from collectors as quarterbacks do. For those who have a collection or key rookie cards for these players, now is the time to dust them off and start selling. Of course, if you like the player more than the team he plays for, you may soon be in for a pleasant surprise or two.
Collectors and fans will want key football rookie cards and 2011 autographs featuring the players in their new uniforms. Here are the top quarterbacks that are likely to be headed elsewhere this season:
Possibly the most desired player of the off season and rumored to be heading to Arizona for what seems like a year now. The Eagles are going to want a ransom to trade Kolb and collectors have been pretty big on Kolb since he was drafted as the Eagles quarterback of the future. Look for his cards to spike when he is traded as speculation on his abilities to lead a team with a weapon such as Larry Fitzgerald. The running game and a second receiver are going to have to step up to help Kolb showcase his talents and help Arizona win games. Kolb's cards already command a pretty penny so it might be the time to sell if he starts well with Arizona.
McNabb seemed to get the boot from Philadelphia after the 2009 playoffs, with Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick waiting to take his place. His one season in Washington was the worst statistically of his career and he has to be ready to get out of town. There is a pending trade that will send McNabb to Minnesota, where collector's can watch for a career rebound and his cards to go up in value, much like what happened for Brett Favre.
McNabb will be surrounded with a solid running game and very talented group of receivers. McNabb also has a young Christian Ponder to mentor, and Ponder will eventually takeover the starting role. It's time to sell his rookie cards and Eagles uniform autos, especially if the Vikings start out hot. He should be in Minnesota for 2-3 seasons.
Orton has to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL. He has had successful statistical years for both Chicago and Denver but his stats haven't always translated to his teams having a winning record. Most of his career, Orton has been on the trade block or been given added pressure of not been a coach's first choice for his position. The Broncos have announced Tim Tebow will be given the starting job in 2011. Look for Orton to end up in Miami or another quarterback-hungry team. Personally, I think if Orton is surrounded with enough weapons and given a chance by his coach, he could produce decent numbers and wins for a team. Depending on where he lands it might be time to buy some of his key rookies.
Palmer has told the Bengals he will retire if not traded before the season starts. So far the team isn't budging and the Bengals stubborn approach of not trading him will hurt the team in the long run, as they could easily get two nice draft picks or a pick/player combo for Palmer. I would expect one of the parties to go back on their decision, but if not, dump Palmer's cards quick as his stats and demand will tank if he never plays again.
Cincinnati drafted Andy Dalton in the second round of April's draft and the former TCU star will gladly take over. With Chad Johnson, AJ Green and Jordan Shipley to throw to, it should be pretty hard for a quarterback not to do well.
Hasselbeck ends his tenure as the starting QB for Seattle. While his numbers have been on the slide for a couple years, he still has a little bit left in his tank. The Titans also have one of the best running games to help keep the pressure off the veteran. His autograph cards are very affordable and should have a small jump if he bounces back to his 2007 numbers. He is also tasked with having a young high draft pick under his wing in Jake Locker, and will be a short term fix in Tennessee.
The former Heisman winner never seemed to get along with his coaches in Arizona. He was eventually released after not being able to win the starting job in 2010. Considering he was selected as the #10 overall pick in 2006, he has been a monumental bust.
After the Cardinals gave him walking papers Leinart signed with Houston as a backup to Matt Schaub, but he wants a chance to earn a starting job in 2011 so look for him to be released after training camp. It was rumored that he was going to reunite with college coach Pete Carroll, but you would think he would have gone to Seattle if he was wanted there. Dump his cards unless he signs someplace where he can realistically become a starter before the end of the year.
It's great to have the NFL season back on, as I couldn't imagine my Sundays without a game or three. Look for more changes throughout the next few weeks as teams are still playing catch-up, have to sign their draft picks and dump salaries to stay under the cap. As far as your card collection goes, if you're looking to clear some space, take notes from your team's GM and sell those players who have been cut or traded. If they do well then you should make some profit and if they tank well better to sell early than late.