Tim Tebow's remarkable ascent this season amid the thin Rocky Mountain air to the top of the NFL universe has been unbelievably breathtaking. In leading the Denver Broncos to seven wins in his first eight starts, the omnipresent Tebow has added a new word to the English language and helped change the fortunes of an entire franchise.
And with every hair-raising, fingernail-gnawing, Tebowing-tinged finish, the kid continues elevating the fortunes being paid for his 2010 National Treasures Rookie Card, not surprisingly one of the single hottest commodities on the sports collectibles market right now.
The card -- produced by Panini America and released last January -- is limited to just 99 total copies, is blessed with Tebow's carefully-scrawled, highly-coveted autograph and is embedded with a piece of jersey Tebow wore during the 2010 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere.
Add it all up -- the scarcity, the sullied swatch and the scribbled signature from a true superhero southpaw -- and it's easy to see why collectors in recent days have paid as much as $921 for a football card that the pricing experts at Beckett Media currently value at $500. Other copies of the appropriately named national treasure have sold in the last week for $810 and $699, respectively.