I needed a hook to bring people in and I figured what’s more outlandish than that right? I mean if you were to look at Painter’s cards on eBay right now, you would think that is what’s going to happen. I’ve seen some of his rookie autographed cards go for over $100. Let’s look at his career numbers as a starter so far:
13/30 – 281 yards, 2 TDs, 0 Int.
15/27 – 277 yards, 2TDs, O Int.
Both were losses, the first to the Steelers and the second to the lowly Chiefs. Now I won’t lie, he may play a full season in Indianapolis this year because Kerry Collins is old and Peyton is out the entire season. You would think the movement in his cards would indicate he was a rookie . . . WRONG! This is his third season and before this season his play was disastrous. I think the reason for his numbers is really simple, he has a strong receiving corp of receivers and tight ends. It’s virtually impossible for him not to throw for 200+ yards.
Plus you know if the Colts finish the season in last place there is a strong likelihood that they will draft for the future in Andrew Luck, even if they have Peyton, who might be a big hit away from a finished career in football. The absolute best that Painter could hope for is to keep his backup role in Indy.
Try telling that to collectors. If he has another 250+yard / 2 TD performance in his next game his cards might be running in the $150+ range which is ridiculous. It’s almost as though rich people have found eBay and just turned regular cards into super cards. Here is a look at past sales for Painter <link> . Can you believe some of these prices for a career backup?
Someone please tell me I’m off base and that his cards are worth as much as $150 signed. At least I would feel better. Remember though, you have to say that with a straight face. I’m not saying that Painter is completely talent less, because that would be wrong, but he is far from superstar status. In contrast I can get Peyton Manning’s autograph for LESS than some of Curtis Painter’s autograph <link>. That my friends is a travesty!