Texas QB Arch Manning Autographed Card Sells For Record Amount

Texas Longhorns (backup) quarterback Arch Manning’s first ever NIL deal sure seems to be a smashing success.

His partnership with the trading card company, Panini America, saw an exclusive autographed Manning card auction for a Panini-record $102,500.

In a true credit to Manning, he had a unique condition attached to the auction. As it turns out, all proceeds are going directly to charity – (St. David’s Foundation, one of the largest health foundations in the U.S. which supports a five-county area surrounding Austin.)

The auction package also included an exclusive meet-and-greet with Manning and an opportunity for the winning bidder to catch passes on the field alongside the football phenom.

The news of the deal came as a surprise to many, as his family had initially stated that he would not sign any NIL deals until he became the starting quarterback for the Longhorns.

However, with the partnership benefiting charity, it’s clear that this is far from your typical NIL deal.

Manning, who is regarded as one of the top high school recruits of the past decade, enrolled in Austin in January to get a head start on his preparations with the Longhorns.

Gearing up for his first season, the pressure to live up to his esteemed family legacy as the son of Cooper Manning, nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning, and grandson of Archie Manning, is undeniable.

With Quinn Ewers expected to be the starting quarterback, Manning may very well redshirt this season. However, judging by the price-tag his autograph card fetched, the Manning hype train is riding full-steam ahead.

“Getting my first Panini trading card is something I couldn’t have imagined growing up,” Manning said in a statement, expressing his excitement and gratitude for the unique opportunity.

“Working with Panini to have my first trading card benefit the larger community is special. Helping children live healthy and fulfilling lives is something that has always been important to my family.”

Despite being the latest football sensation and having the potential to become one of the most valuable trading cards in history, Manning humbly chose to use the proceeds for a charitable cause, aligning with his family’s values and commitment to making a positive impact on the community.

The identity of the auction winner remains unknown, but they will have the honor of participating in the check presentation for Manning’s generous donation.

Although this particular card is truly one-of-a-kind, Manning’s collaboration with Panini America is set to continue, promising more exciting trading card products in the future.

It’s totally unfair to even ask at this juncture, but do you think Arch has any shot to be as good as his famous uncles?

Or do you think he’s overrated based on his last name?