One of the most interesting aspects of sports is crunching the numbers. Stats can be compiled and arranged in a seemingly infinite number of ways. But there's really only one stat that matters: wins. In that regard, is there anyone more compelling in sports right now than Tim Tebow? After another dramatic Broncos win Thursday night against the New York Jets, collectors seem to be taking the polarizing quarterback to the next level. Tim Tebow cards are hot.
With 58 seconds remaining, Tebow ran the ball in for a touchdown, giving the Broncos a stunning 17-13 win. Before the winning drive, the Denver offense was brutal, being forced to punt on eight consecutive possessions. On the night, Tebow's numbers weren't overly impressive, completing nine of 20 passes for 104 yards.
However, this is the third time in a month that the Heisman winner has brought the Broncos back. Tebow is 4-1 since taking over from Kyle Orton as starting QB. More importantly, Denver has clawed their way back to playoff contention, bringing their record to 5-5. They're currently sitting a half game behind Oakland in the AFC West. Imagine what Tim Tebow cards will do if he pulls off some postseason dramatics.
Here's a look at recent eBay results of some of the key first-year Tim Tebow cards:
- November 17 (9:00 PM): $139.99 (Best Offer)
- November 17 (8:55 PM): $109.99 (Buy It Now)
- November 17 (5:25 PM): $86.00
- November 16 (9:30 PM): $76.00
- November 16 (6:20 PM): $68.76
Prior to this, ungraded copies ranged from $65 to $80. It should be noted that there are two different versions of this card. Both are limited to 400 copies and are considered to hold equal values.
- November 17 (8:32 PM): $95.99 (Best Offer)
- November 17 (8:31 PM): $67.25 (Buy It Now)
- November 14 (5:30 PM): $48.76
- November 13 (3:25 PM): $79.88
- November 14 (4:30 PM): $196.50
- November 13 (6:00 PM): $152.50
- November 10 (1:35 PM): $118.01
- November 8 (8:35 AM): $145.00
Although there have been no closed auctions since the end of the game, a couple of current listings look like they should top recent listings. Three have heavy bidding with prices over $150.
This is just a small sampling of early Tim Tebow cards. Check out our Tim Tebow buying guide for a complete rookie card checklist.
The trends definitely show upward movement over even a couple of weeks ago. The dramatics surrounding his wins are finally getting people beyond his rabid fanbase to take notice. Should he have a strong complete game or two, look for prices of Tim Tebow cards to soar even further as he tries to prove himself beyond the win.
Is Tim Tebow making a believer out of you yet?