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Big Ben or Kurt: Who Wins Collectibles Bowl?

by Eric Brantner (01/30/09).

If six months ago you predicted Arizona Cardinals would be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, raise your hand. I’m guessing your hand isn’t raised. Neither is mine. Let’s face it—no one saw this Super Bowl coming, and that’s what makes it so exciting. This isn’t the predictable clash of the titans. It’s a battle of two teams who refused to give up.

As much as anything, this is a match-up between two quarterbacks. Remember, it was just a few weeks ago that Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of a game with a concussion. No one was sure how he’d perform when he came back for the playoffs. Many wrote the Steelers off, saying he wouldn’t be ready to lead them to the Super Bowl. And they were wrong.

On the other side of the coin, we have Kurt Warner. At 37, Warner is essentially an antique in a league of young men. Time and time again, so-called experts wrote Warner off saying the gunslinger was far past his prime. And they were wrong.

So, what does this mean for the world of sports collectibles? It means one of these quarterbacks is about to have his demand and value shoot through the roof. Let’s not forget that both Roethlisberger and Warner have each won a Super Bowl. So, at the end of Super Bowl night, there will be a quarterback with two rings and who is several steps closer to being in the Hall of Fame.

Ben Roethlisberger Collectibles

If you’re the type of person who likes to get the collectibles before everyone else, you might want to go out on a limb and get some Roethlisberger pieces. Even if he doesn’t win this Super Bowl, he’s still young (26), and he has a great chance of being in this position a few more times in his career.

• Autographed Jersey—Autographed jerseys are always popular collectibles. They tend to hold their value well, and they’re great pieces to display on your wall. Right now, a Ben Roethlisberger autographed jersey goes for about $500-$600. Rest assured, if he leads his team to another Super Bowl, that price will shoot up rather quickly.

• Super Bowl Champs Helmet—Another popular Roethlisberger collectible is the signed Super Bowl Champs helmet. This is a full-size helmet with the Steelers logo on one side and Super Bowl XL Champions on the other. It sells for around $700 currently. Again, another Super Bowl win could change that.

• Autographed Football—This is a fairly common collectible. People like signed footballs because they’re easy to display and they’re usually less expensive than helmets and jerseys. Right now, you can find Big Ben-signed footballs for just more than $400.

Kurt Warner Collectibles

If Kurt Warner wins the Super Bowl, he’ll be the first starting quarterback to win two Super Bowls on two different teams. That’s the kind of thing that could get him in the Hall of Fame. As it stands now, the Cardinals are 6 ½-point underdogs. But this isn’t the first time they’ve been the underdog. In fact, it seems to be a role Kurt Warner enjoys.

• Autographed Football—Due to Warner’s performances over recent years, the value of his collectibles dropped. People assumed his best days were behind him. That’s why it’s a good time to pick up his pieces. For example, an autographed Kurt Warner football sells for well less than $300.

• Signed Super Bowl Photo—Can you believe it’s been nearly 10 years since Kurt Warner’s Super Bowl win in St. Louis? This signed photo captures the quarterback hoisting the trophy after the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans. You can find it in various sports-memorabilia shops for around $150.

The bottom line is this—Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks are always a hot commodity. Just the title of “Super Bowl winning” can make a quarterback an instant legend. If you’re thinking of buying some Super Bowl collectibles, you can’t go wrong with either of these great quarterbacks.

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