Lesnar rookie card released
JON WALDMAN - SLAM! Wrestling
Next time you head to a sports collectibles store, don't be surprised if you
see a few WWE fans huddled around showcases.
Donruss/Playoff L.P. has issued the first football card of Brock Lesnar in
their Playoff Honors set. The set, which debuted this month, includes Lesnar
in its retail-stream release. Only 425 copies of the Lesnar rookie card are
available, with an additional 100 parallel cards available. Packs of Playoff
Honors carry an SRP of $6.00 USD.
Lesnar, who is a former WWE Heavyweight Champion, left wrestling following
Wrestlemania XX to pursue a career on the gridiron. He eventually landed a try-out
with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, but was unable to garner a spot on either
the main or practice squad. The potential remains, however, for Lesnar to make
his way onto the squad, or to gain some experience in NFL Europe.
This potential spurred Donruss/Playoff to include Lesnar in their products
this year. "With the comments (Viikngs Head Coach Mike) Tice made about
Lesnar's potential in the preseason, and the way he played when he got into
scrimmages and games, we felt it was worth leaving him in both Playoff Honors
and our upcoming Leaf Rookies & Stars subsets," said Nick Matijevich,
football brand manager for Donruss/Playoff. "Tice is also on the record
that it is a good possibility that Lesnar will be added to the Vikings practice
squad before the end of the year, and that there is a chance the team will ask
to go to the NFLE next year to try and gain experience and work on his raw technique."
Matijevich also points to Lesnar's wrestling following as a reason for his
inclusion in sets. "With his following from his days in the WWE and his
tremendous physical presence, it made sense to us to go ahead and make rookie
cards of him at this time," he said.
Lesnar was a standout in WWE from his debut with the company just after Wrestlemania
XVIII. Shortly after his debut, Lesnar, dubbed "The Next Big Thing"
by WWE, would win the final King of the Ring tournament, and would garner his
first WWE Heavyweight Championship title at Summerslam. He remained a top draw
for WWE for the remainder of his tenure with the Fed.
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