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Old 10-13-2009, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Austin Miles-2006 FB Rookie Class

Frequent-Flyer Miles

More than 24 hours later, Miles Austin’s out-of-nowhere, videogame afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs still boggles the mind.

In the first start of his four-year NFL career, Austin caught 10 passes for a Dallas Cowboys’ franchise-record 250 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 60-yarder in overtime. Not bad for an undrafted free agent from Monmouth University who entered Sunday’s game with lifetime totals of 23 receptions, 435 yards and four touchdowns.

“I never saw a day like today coming,” Austin said afterward, presumably speaking for every football collector in the country. ”I was ready to play, but you can never expect to have a day like this.”

Austin’s flashed glimpses of his big-play potential before. Last year, during a 27-16 victory over Green Bay, the 6-3, 214-pound burner caught two passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. And he started this season with a 42-yard touchdown grab in a Week 1 win at Tampa Bay.

He’s averaged 39.7 yards per touchdown reception in the last two years, including a staggering 53.7 yards per scoring catch this season.

Still, it’s a safe assumption that precious few collectors, and certainly none outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area, had any upward expectations for Austin’s 14 2006 Rookie Cards prior to the start of the 2009 season.

Austin’s most valuable RC is a $50 National Treasures card (at least it was $50 yesterday) limited to 200 copies and autographed. He also has a $35 Playoff Contenders RC and $25 RCs from Donruss Classics and Donruss Threads (both autographed and numbered to 999).

In the hours following his Arrowhead outburst, the activity surrounding his key cards has been every bit as impressive as Austin’s performance itself. A pair of Contenders RCs sold for $79.95 and $74.95, respectively; a pair of Donruss Threads RCs sold for $44.99 and $29.79, respectively.

Much of those inflated prices can be attributed to Dallas-area collectors (or Austin family members) caught up in the heat of the moment. But even those prices will seem like bargains if Austin produces a few more games like Sunday’s.

– Tracy Hackler

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