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Kevin Ogletree’s Top Rookie Cards Soaring to New Heights Following Giants Stunner

September 6, 2012

Many diehard Dallas Cowboys fans bemoaned the free-agent defection of wide receiver Laurent Robinson to the Jacksonville Jaguars this past offseason, apparently skeptical of the team’s pass-catching depth behind veteran tight end Jason Witten and the sometimes-fragile Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.

But all summer long, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo continued reiterating his confidence in seldom-used fourth-year pro Kevin Ogletree, who entered Wednesday night’s NFL season opener against the rival New York Giants with career numbers of 25 catches, 294 yards and exactly zero touchdowns.

All he did last night — in front of a national television audience — was reward Romo’s faith with a career performance that included 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Dallas’ stirring 24-17 victory.

Truth be told, Panini America officials know exactly how Romo feels. The company has been on the Ogletree bandwagon since 2009 when it produced the suddenly rising star’s only NFL-licensed Rookie Cards. All told, Panini America produced 13 different RCs of Ogletree across their roster of products in 2009. And in the hours since last night’s game, seemingly every last one of them has vaulted in value.

One of Ogletree’s best Rookie Cards — an autographed gem from 2009 Contenders Football — is currently valued at $20 by the pricing experts at Beckett Media; but as recently as late July, a copy of that card sold on eBay for just 99 cents. Last night, while Ogletree was lighting up prime time and stealing eyeballs away from the Democratic National Convention, a copy of that same card sold for $59.50, or almost three times current book value.

Other Ogletree Rookie Cards have shown similar meteoric jumps in value. His autographed 2009 Certified Gold card limited to just 25 copies(valued by Beckett Media at $15) sold last night for $70; just hours earlier, a copy of that same card sold on eBay for less than $19.

It’s another shining example of just how volatile, surprising and fun the sports card hobby can be. And it’s not likely to slow down any time soon, especially if these types of performances continue. In honor of Ogletree’s tremendous start to the 2012 season, here’s a must-see gallery of Ogletree’s best Panini America Rookie Cards.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2012 2:58 pm

    I love these kind of articles Tracy, it never ceases to amaze how quickly a guy can go from the bargain bin to meteoric heights. Thanks for this summary of the online action!

  2. gregmalloy permalink
    September 6, 2012 3:11 pm

    .99¢ that guy must no be to happy now

  3. Ernest Hebert permalink
    September 6, 2012 3:17 pm

    That is what happens at times and a main reason why I keep my auto’s……a player settles in or he becomes injury free …Ogletree had the game of his career last night against the Giants and looked very impressive it also did not look like it was a one time thing you can be sure other teams will have decent coverage on him in his next game…his stock has surely risen in my opinion good for him at times as an athlete you can never get a break ..looks like he is finally getting his…lets hope it continues..

    • John permalink
      September 6, 2012 6:13 pm

      Ever hear of Matt Flynn, Rob Johnson, Tony Banks, Brad Hoover, etc. etc. etc.??? Shall I name more ONE GAME WONDERS??? Add this clown to the list!

  4. September 6, 2012 4:07 pm

    For the first time ever…don’t like this gallery lol

    Cards are nice…could have done without this player on them lol

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  6. Ernest Hebert permalink
    September 7, 2012 12:30 pm

    You all can believe what you will but I can tell you if he is thrown to he will catch it….you guys kill me with your one game wonders comment…in my opinion Romo feels comfortable with him he WILL see plenty more passes …it is Ogletree’s big break and I feel he will make the best of it …Dallas is not the same team ….there are a lot more sticky targets…

  7. steve permalink
    September 7, 2012 3:06 pm

    How much FUN will it be for these people paying $50.50 now when his cards go back to 99 cents. My advice, get your cards on ebay before next weekend.

  8. Jonathan permalink
    September 7, 2012 3:30 pm

    Great cards and article Tracy!! Don’t worry Giant fans, there will a second chance to beat us, but it will end in the same result. Demarco Murray cards will sky rocket after he take the rushing title this yr. Love my Reebok patch from NT and cant thank Panini enough for making such a beauty. Kevin O deserved this, I dont know if anyone know how he had a very hard summer with his family and this isnt gonna take that away but sure does give the guy the credit he deserves. Football season has arrived, Loving life!!


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