WONDER LAKE – When Seth Kuhn found a Topps Golden Draft Ticket, he was guaranteed a football autographed by one of the top two picks in last year’s NFL draft – Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.
To the 7-year-old’s surprise, when he recently opened the package containing the prize, he not only found Luck’s and Griffin’s autographs on the limited-edition football but also eight other first-round draft picks.
“It made it so much more,” Seth said. “I hoped to get the RGIII signed football, but this is even better.”
The Wonder Lake boy was one of 10 people nationwide to find a Topps Golden Draft Ticket in a pack of football cards last year. Each ticket entitled the collector to an autographed football from either the Indianapolis Colts’ or Washington Redskins’ starting quarterback.
Although Seth didn’t win the grand prize – appearing on a 2013 Topps football trading card – the boy’s family was ecstatic about the autographed pigskin, which included other first-rounders Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon, Ryan Tannehill, Michael Floyd and Doug Martin.
“This was just overwhelming because we had no idea we’d get this many signatures,” said Evan Kuhn, the boy’s grandfather. “It wasn’t what we expected at all. This stunned us for sure.”
Seth Kuhn found the ticket inside a box of 2012 Topps football cards that his grandfather bought in August for about $125 from National Pastime Sports Cards Memorabilia and More in McHenry.
Other golden tickets were being sold for more than $1,500 on eBay.
Seth Kuhn is a student at Harrison Elementary School in Wonder Lake.