With all the recent drama that has surrounded former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, now’s the time to intercept his collectibles.
Every NFL off-season, there are always a few stories that capture fans’ interest for the long summer months leading up to the next season. Unquestionably, the main story of this past year revolved around NFL legend Brett Favre. On March 4, 2008, Favre tearfully announced his retirement from football.
Just a few short months later, it was reported that Favre had changed his mind and that he was interested in coming back to play for the Packers. Unfortunately, the Packers had already groomed Aaron Rodgers to take over the role of starting quarterback. For several weeks, the Brett Favre saga unfolded before our eyes. It dominated sports talk shows.
On August 7, 2008, the Green Bay Packers traded the future Hall of Fame quarterback to the New York Jets. For the first time since 1992, Favre would be on a new team. To many, it just doesn’t seem right that Favre would end his career in anything but a Green Bay Packers jersey. He was Green Bay. No other player has ever been as widely identified with a single franchise.
As the 2008 season kicked off, the world was watching Favre take the field against the Miami Dolphins. To add to the soap opera, the Dolphins were being led by Chad Pennington, who had been the Jets quarterback until . . . As for me, I’m watching Brett Favre’s collectibles. Here are a few of my favorites.
• Brett Favre Rookie Card—In general, football cards aren’t worth as much as baseball cards. Due to overproduction, Brett Favre rookie cards can be found for a very affordable price. For less than $20, you can find eight different rookie cards of the legend. Perhaps the most famous of these is his Stadium Club rookie that incorrectly spells his last name as “Farve.”
• Favre Signed Packers Helmet—As I mentioned earlier, Brett Favre will always be known as a Green Bay Packer. All of his amazing accomplishments came with that team. His three MVP awards, Super Bowl championship and laundry list of passing records were all achieved as a Packer. For this reason, I think a Green Bay Packers helmet autographed by Favre is essential for any football fan’s collection. These collectibles tend to sell for at least $600.
• Brett Favre Signed Official NFL Football—Obviously, Favre is best known for his work with the football. His laser-beam passes have cemented his standing as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Favre holds several passing records (most career yards, most career passing TDs, most completions and a whole lot more). An autographed Favre football makes for a great collectible. Since he’s still playing, they can be found at a relatively affordable price of $400. This price is sure to increase when he enters the Hall of Fame in several years.
Don’t wait. Score some Brett Favre collectibles soon.
P.S. The Jets beat the Dolphins 20-14.