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Details are Sketchy for 2010 Topps Football . . . But You Could Win by Tracy Hackler

Equip an NFL superstar rookie with nothing more than a pen, a 2 1/2-by-by-3 1/2-inch blank cardboard canvas and his own imagination and the results can be amazing, amusing and absolutely revealing.

Indeed, just when you think you’ve seen it all in the envelope-pushing arena of sports trading cards, Topps brings its brilliantly simple, genuinely refreshing athletes-as-Sketch-Card-artists concept to 2010 Topps Football following a successful debut in 2009 Topps WWE earlier this year.

At last month’s NFL Players Rookie Premiere, Topps officials asked each of the 35 players in attendance to draw, doodle or jot down whatever they wanted (provided it was in good taste) on an authentic Topps sketch card; 26 of the players ended up taking Topps up on its unique request. As a result, the pad-clad Picassos hand-crafted some of the most memorable Sketch Cards to date.

(Actually, 27 players obliged but one artist’s proof was not necessarily appropriate for packout.)

“They liked the idea and some of them really got into it,” says Clay Luraschi, Topps’ Director of Product Development. “There were no parameters.  We let them draw whatever they wanted.”

That included, among other things, a version of Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, some entertaining self portraits, some captivating play calls and some simple scribbles that ended up being dead giveaways.

Each work of art is a personality-baring 1/1 masterpiece that includes the featured artist’s autograph on the reverse.

The cards’ inclusion in the late-August release of 2010 Topps Football is a hobby history-maker of sorts; it’s the first time players from one of the four major sports has penned their own Sketch Cards.

“Our job is to continue to offer unique and creative concepts for fans and collectors,” Luraschi says. “And whenever an athlete personally lends a hand to that concept, it makes it even more intriguing. Athlete’s sign thousands of autographs, but how often do you see artwork from them?”

Good question.

For now, you’ll see six exclusive pieces of artwork. Some of these are self-explanatory (especially a certain quarterback’s from Oklahoma) while others are bona fide head-scratchers.

In the August issue of Beckett Football (due out everywhere in early July) you’ll see the other 20. But there’s a catch: We’re not going to divulge just yet which player is responsible for which Sketch Card. Where’s the fun in that?

Instead, we want you to tell us which player doodled which sketch. (To help you out, here’s a list of the 35 players who attended the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere.) Thanks to Topps’ hospitality, we’re going to make it worth your while.

Simply comment below (by June 30) with your best guesses as to the artist responsible for each of these six Sketch Cards. The person who comes closest will win a box of 2010 Topps Football. In the event of a tie, a winner will be selected from all available entries.

And stay tuned for the next issue of Beckett Football, in which when we’ll run a second contest with the 20 remaining Sketch Card images. Topps gave us two boxes as prizes for that bad boy!

They say everyone’s a critic, right? Here’s your chance. Good luck.

Tracy Hackler is the editorial director for Beckett Media. Have a comment or question? Send an e-mail to him at thackler@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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6 Comments so far
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1. Spiller
2. Tebow
3. Bradford
4. Bryant
5. Clausen
6. McCoy

Comment by Bryon Pratt

1. Spiller 2. Tebow
3. Bradford 4. Gerhart
5. LaFell 6. McCoy

Let me know!

Comment by Pete Borini

1. Jimmy Clausen
2. Tim Tebow
3. Sam Bradford
4. Ryan Mathews
5. Golden Tate
6. Ndamukong Suh

Comment by Tom Bilkie

1. Jimmy Clausen
2. Tim Tebow
3. Sam Bradford
4. Ryan Matthews
5. Dexter McCluster
6. Dez Bryant

Matthew Kahn
mkkahn@loyola.edu

Comment by Matthew Kahn

1. Mardy Gilyard
2. Tim Tebow
3. Sam Bradford
4. Ryan Matthews
5. Rob Gronkowski
6. Ndamukong Suh

Josh Manning
majingogeta344@comcast.net

Comment by Josh Manning

1. Tate
2. Tebow
3. Bradford
4. Dez Bryant
5. Gronkowski
6. C. McCoy

Comment by Kent Chisler




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