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|Lesnar card a rarity|
The more Brock Lesnar's Mixed Martial Arts career blossoms, the more valuable his NFL Rookie Cards will become.
All four of them.
I put in a call to Topps and was re-directed to Beckett.
Tracy Hackler of Beckett relayed how much Lesnar's NFL rookie cards are worth. I must admit I was surprised. Not that I was expecting some Honus Wagner type of deal, but I was thinking in the triple digits.
Rigth now, Lesnar's 2004 Playoff Honors (No. 173) sells for $30.
The 2004 Sweet Spot (No. 203) sells for $25.
The 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars Longevity (No. 155) sells for $12.
The 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars (No. 155) sells for $10.
Hackler said Lesnar's Topps UFC cards are among the hottest in that sport.
Lesnar wore No. 69 at Minnesota, which would later be taken over by Jared Allen.
I think Allen has had a little better football career than Lesnar.
And even though the Viking All-Pro is quite a showman, he doesn't hold a candle to Lesnar.
After all, Lesnar worked for Vince McMahon.
Allen works for Brad Childress.
In 2004, following Wrestlemania XX, Lesnar, the current UFC heavyweight Champion, gave pro football a shot.
Lesnar competed in wrestling at the University of Minnesota in the late '90's,
During his brief stint as an NFL defensive end, Lesnar was well received by football fans, but fellow football players were not thrilled at some yahoo coming in with a lot of publicity without paying the price.
Lesnar's intensity led to several intrasquad and practice scrimmage fights.
During a scrimmage against the Kansas City Chiefs, Lesnar nearly caused an all out brawl after laying out Chiefs' quarterback Damon Huard.
Allen was a rookie defensive end on that very same Chiefs team, having been taken in the fourth Round out of Idaho State in 2004 Draft.
After briefly playing in the preseason, the 6-foot-4, 290 pound Lesnar was cut by the Vikings, ending his NFL career. He was later offered a chance to continue playing in NFL Europe, but turned it down because it would take him too far away from Minnesota.
Several years later, the decorated NCAA and WWE wrestler would reappear in a sport known as Mixed Martial Arts.
Actually, I would have to get my son, Jake, to run down Lesnar's UFC highlights. He has a weekly MMA column in the Nicholls Worth and a UFC pay-for-view bill that rivals his college tuition.
Lesnar is ranked the No. 1 Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and MMA Weekly.
I did look up Lesnar memorabilia and found a Brock Lesnar wastebasket sells for $30, a Brock Lesnar UFC action figure sells for $12.99 and a Brock Lesnar UFC Standup (which looks like something from Star Wars) sells for $34.95.
There are plenty of wrestling videos, as well.
Lesnar may not have survived the pro football cut, but four of his football rookie cards did.
And those are real hidden treasures.
OK, maybe not treasures yet. But something tells me they will be as Lesnar's legend continues to grow.
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