Wonder Lake boy on Topps of the world

WONDER LAKE – Seven-year-old Seth Kuhn’s face lights up when he thinks about the possibility of joining famous athletes whose mugs have graced a trading card.

Would he do the Heisman pose? Dress as his favorite football player? Maybe wear a suit and tie? The options are limitless.

The Wonder Lake boy is one of 10 people nationwide to find a Topps Golden Draft Ticket in a pack of football cards. Each ticket entitles the collector to an autographed football by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck or Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

And the grand prize – one person will appear on a 2013 Topps football trading card.

“This is my most prized possession,” Seth said. “I hope I get the RGIII signed football, and to have a card of myself would be amazing.”

The student at Harrison Elementary School in Wonder Lake found the ticket inside a box of 2012 Topps football cards that his grandfather purchased in August for about $125 from National Pastime Sports Cards Memorabilia and More in McHenry.

Other golden tickets can be purchased on eBay for as much as $1,500, according to the company’s website. Collectors also can try to find the golden tickets the traditional way – buying a pack or box of the cards.

“We were quite shocked to even see it,” said Kevin Shoemaker, who owns the McHenry store with his wife, Shawna. “It’s like finding Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket.”

Seth and his grandfather, Evan Kuhn, began collecting cards more than two years ago as a way to become closer.

“It started out as something for us to do,” Evan Kuhn said. “We never in a million years thought something like this would happen.”