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Surprises & more in store from NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere by Chris Olds


The 13th annual NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere photo shoot begins Thursday in Los Angeles with a select crop of NFL rookies in attendance to pose for photographs in their new uniforms for football cards and sign more than a few autographs that will end up in collectors’ hands.

Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck will be there for the photographs, the autographs and for coverage. Panini is promising live updates from the event regarding Playoff Prestige short prints as well as player interviews, pictures and live interviews from the event. All of this and more can be found on the Panini/Donruss fan page on Facebook.

“This is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together some of the top rookies in the 2009 class for the first time,” said NFL PLAYERS Chief Operating Officer Andrew Feffer. “It is a unique opportunity to showcase these players to our partners as interesting and compelling personalities, features that are at the core of the NFL PLAYERS brand.”

Upper Deck recently collected inscription ideas from Beckett Media readers which will be approved by the NFL and signed by some of the players for inclusion in packs. Panini America has some surprises in store for Beckett readers as well — some which will be announced right here later this week. (Want a hint? The Matt Stafford card above is one.)

The list of players attending the event also was released on Monday.

Here’s a rundown of those who will be there (subject to change):

Last Name, First Name, College, NFL Team, Pos. Rd/Pick

Barden, Ramses
Cal Poly New York Giants WR 3/85
Bomar, Rhett Sam Houston State New York Giants QB 5/151
Britt, Kenny Rutgers Tennessee WR 1/30
Brown, Andre North Carolina State New York Giants RB 4/129
Brown, Donald Connecticut Indianapolis RB 1/27
Butler, Deon Penn State Seattle WR 3/91
Coffee, Glen Alabama San Francisco RB 3/74
Crabtree, Michael Texas Tech San Francisco WR 1/10
Curry, Aaron Wake Forest Seattle LB 1/4
Davis, Nate Ball State San Francisco QB 5/171
Freeman, Josh Kansas State Tampa Bay QB 1/17
Greene, Shonn Iowa New York Jets RB 3/65
Harvin, Percy Florida Minnesota WR 1/22
Heyward-Bey, Darrius Maryland Oakland WR 1/7
Iglesias, Juaquin Oklahoma  Chicago WR 3/99
Jackson, Tyson LSU Kansas City DE 1/3
Maclin, Jeremy Missouri Philadelphia WR 1/19
Massaquoi, Mohamed Georgia Cleveland WR 2/50
McCoy, LeSean Pittsburgh Philadelphia RB 2/53
McGee, Stephen Texas A&M Dallas QB 4/101
Moreno, Knowshon Georgia Denver RB 1/12
Nicks, Hakeem North Carolina New York Giants WR 1/29
Pettigrew, Brandon Oklahoma State Detroit TE 1/20
Ringer, Javon Michigan State Tennessee RB 5/173
Robiskie, Brian Ohio State Cleveland WR 2/36
Sanchez, Mark USC New York Jets QB 1/5
Smith, Jason Baylor St. Louis OT 1/2
Stafford, Matthew Georgia Detroit QB 1/1
Tate, Brandon North Carolina New England WR 3/83
Thomas, Mike Arizona Jacksonville WR 4/107
Turner, Patrick USC Miami WR 3/87
Wallace, Mike Mississippi Pittsburgh WR 3/84
Wells, Chris Ohio State Arizona RB 1/31
White, Pat West Virginia Miami QB 2/44
Williams, Derrick Penn State Detroit WR 3/82

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at


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