I’ve kept a watchful eye on QB Jimmy Garoppolo since his college days at Eastern Illinois University. Sadly he was drafted by my least favorite team: the Patriots. There was rumors of him being traded to the Bears but nothing ever came of it. Garoppolo was born in Arlington Heights, IL which would have been quite the homecoming had he made it to the Bears. Thankfully he got traded to the 49ers who I think will really turn things around next year with Jimmy running things.
I am mainly interested in collecting him because he went to Eastern Illinois University which is my alma mater. Other notable football players from EIU are Sean Payton (currently the head coach of the Saints) and Tony Romo (former Cowboys QB and now TV analyst). Not bad company! I figured I’d better get a few of his cards before they skyrocket. I searched around eBay and a lot of stuff was way out of my budget especially the graded cards. I ended up bidding on a 9-card lot of ungraded 2014 cards and eventually won the auction.
I really like the cards where he’s in his Eastern Illinois uniform. I will have to pick up a few more of them down the road.
Cards in this order:
2014 Bowman #105 Jimmy Garoppolo RC New England Patriots
2014 Press Pass #20 Jimmy Garoppolo
2014 Prestige #252 Jimmy Garoppolo RC New England Patriots
2014 SAGE HIT #10 Jimmy Garoppolo
2014 SAGE HIT #60 Jimmy Garoppolo NL
2014 Topps #432 Jimmy Garoppolo RC New England Patriots
2014 Topps Strata #141 Jimmy Garoppolo RC (Passing) New England Patriots
2014 Upper Deck #62 Jimmy Garoppolo
2014 Upper Deck Star Rookies #15 Jimmy Garoppolo