Remember The SAGE Design-A-Card Contest?

SAGE releases a very small amount of product each year.  Their designs are as basic as you can get.  But they continue to be some of the first cards of the next NFL rookie class which draws momentary attention.  The attention doesn’t stick around that long, especially when other companies release their stuff.  SAGE products really take a dive in popularity when the licensed sets come out.

The set SAGE released in 2006 sticks in my memory the most for one reason.  SAGE held a Design-A-Card contest that allowed collectors to design an insert set.  The winner saw their design printed-up and placed within the product.  There was a strict set of guidelines which needed to be followed, but tons of collectors gave it a shot.  The contest was held on the forum site Trader Retreat.  Despite submitting an endless amount of design ideas, none of mine were chosen.  Adam Popovich came out the winner with his “Design For Success” idea.  SAGE even made autographed versions.

Its too bad that the 2006 rookie class didn’t pan out all that much.  Values of these cards are next to nothing.  Unless you come across a low-numbered autograph that a few player collectors might fight over.  At the time, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush were all the rage.  Sealed boxes are very affordable.  You’ll find (5) autographs, and (1) jersey card per box.

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