Huard, Gordon Cut NIL Deals, have their own collectible cards
It’s not clear whether Sam Huard and Kyler Gordon were collectible card enthusiasts as children – imagine them joking, “I’m going to trade you one Russell Wilson for two Richard Shermans” – but they do. are now.
The University of Washington freshman quarterback and sophomore cornerback are part of an 80-90 varsity top-card set soon to be released by Onyx Authenticated in Orlando, Florida.
As collectible cards experience another boom for collectors and the NCAA allows athletes to make money, Huard and Gordon will be compensated for undisclosed amounts through name, image and name agreements. resemblance (NIL) concluded with Onyx.
Quarterbacks Bryce Young of Alabama, Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma, DJ Uiagalelei of Clemson and Matt Corral of Mississippi are among the headliners, with each being selected based on football’s performance or potential.
“We work with different agencies, agents and scouts and these are guys they’ve evaluated who will go high in the draft, and not just next year, but the year after,” said Lance Fischer, president. Onyx. “Our list is not yet 100% complete, but we think college football fans will appreciate having the biggest stars in a set.”
Fischer, who founded his company 13 years ago, worked at one point as a recruiting assistant for a Florida State University football program run by Bobby Bowden.
Huard’s inclusion in the Onyx set is based solely on his football promise. He has yet to appear in a match at UW, although that may change soon. The first-year player from Bellevue, Wash., Has asked a representative to get him the card.
“With his 5-star status and potential, Sam was a no-brainer for us,” Fischer said of the left-hander quarterback. “We think this kid is going to be awesome. We’re really excited to have him. I think he’ll definitely be a first-round NFL player someday.”
Gordon, who comes from Mukilteo, Wash., And started a three-season game in Husky high school, is also building a football profile that has made him marketable for NIL deals.
“He is highly regarded, not only by the Scouts, but by the agency that represents him,” Fischer said. “He’s going to be a good one. Whether or not he’s a first-round player, we’ll see. But he’s definitely got a knack for being one of the top three-round picks.”
The Onyx Card Game is slated for release in November, and with the cost of NIL deals and the huge popularity of card collecting again, it’s a bit pricey.
The company will wrap four cards at a time, two of them autographed, and sell them for $ 40 to $ 45 at hobby stores. Individual cards will be available through special offers on Twitter. All cards, of course, will eventually arrive on eBay.
“It’s crazy how it picked up, it was the perfect storm,” Fischer said. “Because of COVID, people took their old cards out of the closet. Before that, there was a lot of investor interest, new money. When you put it all together, now you have a demand. so high, basically manufacturers cannot produce enough.
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