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Danny Woodhead’s cardboard drought will end soon — but don’t expect any autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

He’s a small-town guy from Nebraska who went to a small school — Chadron State — where he was the best player in the nation two years in a row as the winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy and destroyed the record books with 7,962 rushing yards and 109 touchdowns, both NCAA records.

He went undrafted in 2008 and toiled on the New York Jets practice squad before getting some playing time last season. He was cut earlier this year after getting attention on HBO’s Hard Knocks and featured treatment from Coach Rex Ryan‘s memorable mouth (“Look at that little *&^%$#$,” said Ryan, watching a preseason touchdown), only to sign on with the New England Patriots where he’s become a cult hero of sorts.

He’s a small-in-stature guy, just 5-foot-7 (though 200 pounds), who could probably blend in well behind the counter at your local fast food joint or working the shelves at Modell’s — after all, he has sold his own football jerseys in relative anonymity despite the fact that he scored six touchdowns this season while playing alongside the likes of Tom Brady and Wes Welker.

And worst of all? He has yet to appear on a single licensed NFL trading card released in pack form. (But that will soon change — keep reading.)

His name? Danny Woodhead.

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Sneak Peek: 2011 Upper Deck Football by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Upper Deck recently released a few (two to be exact), preview images of its 2011 football product. Set to release on April 12, the NFL newcomer-focused manufacturer announced that this set will deliver “the top 2011 rookies before the draft.”

After all, Upper Deck is the only company allowed to use NCAA team logos with its exclusive deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company.

In addition to the forthcoming football freshmen, league veterans and greats will be featured in what appears to be  a 1991 throwback design on some cards (see below). As the images indicate, Adrian Peterson and Dan Marino are amongst the many players pictured in their collegiate uniforms.

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Tampa Bay Bucs rookie Gerald McCoy rips into some Panini America football cards by Chris Olds

What happens when a Denver Broncos fan and a Tampa Bay Bucs rookie collide?

Boxes of football cards get opened, of course.

Join Panini America’s Tracy Hackler as he rips into a couple of NFL boxes with former Oklahoma Sooners standout Gerald McCoy … watch for the rookie’s reaction of finding a former teammate in a pack.

Classic stuff.

Oh, and should we mention that they pulled a 1/1 autograph?

Who was it? Watch and find out …

 



Four Cards I’m Thankful For by tolentinotown

 

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

In the interest of giving gratitude this week, I pulled four cards from my personal collection and gave them a hand turkey tribute. As a card-carrying Texas Ex, I can’t help but highlight players who have donned the burnt orange. Even though Vince Young and Cedric Benson have had their woes as pros, I am nonetheless thankful to have a few of their cards in my Longhorn shrine. If nothing else, our shared school colors are appropriately autumnal.

Below, you’ll find four cards for which I am very grateful. Since every collector has a few personal favorites, we’re interested in finding out which four cards land on your hand turkey finger feathers.

2007 Topps Draft Picks and Prospects Class of 2006 Unsigned #170 Vince Young

Although this isn’t the fanciest VY card in my personal collection, it earned a spot in the shadowbox because of its relative simplicity and nostalgic qualities. Despite the recent drama surrounding his career, I am still (and always will be) thankful for his epic national championship performance.

 

 

2006 Playoff National Treasures Helmets #9 Earl Campbell/9

Featured here in his Houston Oilers uniform, the living predecessor of many great Texas running backs motivated me to splurge on a  high-end product for the first time. This little piece of the legendary Longhorn’s helmet is a tangible connection to school pride.

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Upper Deck scraps 2010 Ultimate Collection Football; ups ante in 2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Upper Deck released a pair of statements to distributors about two forthcoming products on Monday, with one product getting the red light and the other one getting a green light for some higher-end autograph additions.

First, the company has decided to scrap its plans for a 2010 Ultimate Collection Football set, which would have been a college release under its exclusive deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company. The company cited the present state of the industry, which is crowded with many slow-moving, perhaps overproduced products at this time.

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Pulling with Everyday People: 2010 SPx Football by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

As mentioned in a previous post, Dallas Comedy House co-founder, Clay Barton dropped by Beckett headquarters to help us open a hobby box of 2010 SPX Football. Until last week, the improviser, instructor and business owner hadn’t opened a pack of cards since elementary school.

Take a look to see an admirably bearded Barton’s return to the hobby and his reaction to the modern sports card.



JoePa on top by himself; Reaches exclusive 400-win mark by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno reached 400 career wins today in dramatic fashion.

The Nittany Lions came back from a 21-point deficit to beat Northwestern 35-21 on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Paterno became the first major Division I coach to hit the 400-win plateau. Two offensive lineman carried Paterno as he smiled and waved to the crowd in Happy Valley. It only took 45 years to get there.

“People ask me why I’ve stayed here so long, and you know what, look around, look around,” Paterno said to a crowd of 100,000-plus. “Now that the celebration’s over, let’s go beat Ohio State!”

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