Charles Woodson 2012 Absolute Hall Worthy Materials Autographs jersey auto (#09/10)
Much like 2013--and just about every year before that--I entered 2014 wanting a Charles Woodson autograph. I came pretty close a couple times to pulling the trigger on a couple prospects in December, but it wasn't meant to be. Which is great, because this month I had enough room in the budget to throw down the roughly $60 it took to grab what immediately becomes one of the top 10 cards in my collection. As in my entire collection of everything ever, not just the Michigan PC. I dunno, something about an auto/relic of one of the greatest college football players ever, who went on to star in the NFL and won a Super Bowl, just excites me that much for some reason. Let's just quickly review Mr. Woodson's credentials that make him "Hall Worthy," shall we? (stats through 2013):
- The 1997 Heisman trophy (plus a buttload of other honors), as the only primarily defensive player ever to win it
- Leader of the 1997 NCAA champion Wolverines
- Eight-time Pro Bowler
- Three-time All-Pro First Team
- 56 career interceptions (11 TDs) and 32 forced fumbles with 13 recoveries (two TDs)
- 2009 and 2011 season leader in interceptions (9 and 7), 2009 leader in interception return TDs (3)
- #2 in career interceptions among active players, #1 in career interception return TDs (11) (and #2 overall, one shy of Rod Woodson)
- 2010 Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers
I mentioned the price was about $60, which was even a bit less than I was willing to pay if necessary. I mean, did you notice this card is numbered out of 10? Most of Woodson's autographs are priced north of $100 due to their relative scarcity, although, like this one, there's a small number that creep under $80 or so each month. I had surprisingly little competition for this card: just the opening bidder who met the $50 mark, then bowed out after my final bid. As you can tell, I couldn't be happier. This is a fantastically designed signature card, with only a minor ding for the obvious sticker. I like the horizontal layout, the photo, and even the jersey swatch, which is a solid piece of Green Bay green. And the autograph is the icing on the cake, made better yet by the inclusion of Charles' #21, his jersey number for the duration of his Green Bay career.
This pickup has pretty much inspired me to create at least a Michigan Football PC top 10, if not such a list with an even wider scope. For now, I have no problem with it as the clear favorite of my eight Woodson hits. If you see me jumping for joy like this
a bunch in the next few months, now you'll know why. GO BLUE!