'Blind Side' heats up Oher's football cards

Sun, Mar 7
Michael Oher
Courtesy of Panini America

It's not often that The Academy Awards can influence the world of sports cards -- after all, Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh and Pedro Cerrano don't have baseball cards -- but the Oscar presence of "The Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw just might.

The film, which is a Best Picture nominee, examines the life of former Ole Miss offensive lineman Michael Oher and his journey to becoming an NFL rookie with the Baltimore Ravens -- and it already has sparked interest in his football cards.

In the weeks following the movie's theatrical release last November, collectors typically paid double the going rate for Oher's various autographed and memorabilia cards (cards with a small slice of his clothing embedded into them). These days, his cards -- he has more than 150 different ones -- typically sell for between $2 and $150. The most expensive is an autographed Playoff Contenders card limited to just 99 copies.

That's saying something for an offensive lineman as Hall of Famer John Hannah's 1973 Topps rookie card is worth just $15 and Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz's 1982 Topps RC is just $8.

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