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Tim Tebow can’t get enough of Beckett Football by Chris Olds

Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Jon Gold will be at the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere this weekend with all sorts of things that will interest football card collectors.

But on Thursday night it was Beckett Football No. 234 and the buying habits of collectors that got the attention of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

You”ll never guess who’s No. 1 on the Hot List, Tim-mah

Look for more from Los Angeles later today and throughout the weekend right here.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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Contest Update: And the Winner Is . . . by Tracy Hackler

You may recall that last September on Beckett.com (and on The Beckett Blog and in Beckett Football), we solicited submissions for a special 2009 NFL Season Preview card-investment contest. Essentially, we asked Beckett visitors how they would invest an imaginary $1,000 in at least five football cards for the 2009 season.

We selected 10 lucky respondents at random and announced that the one whose collection appreciates the most in value from the start of the season to the end of the Super Bowl would be crowned the winner and would receive a pigskin potpourri prize pack that includes an array of 2009 football products.

Well, at long last, the contest is over and the winner is . . . Arlington, Texas, collector David Sharp, who rode the 2009 value-increasing exploits of Ray Rice and Cedric Benson to victory. His hypothetical collection finished at a combined value of $1,130.

Sharp’s 2008 SP Authentic Ray Rice RC (#285) started the season at $60 and ended at $120; his 2005 SP Authentic Cedric Benson RC (#251) started at $60 and ended at $150.

Sharp’s reaction: “That’s awesome! Thanks to Ray Rice and Cedric Benson.”

For his value-minded prognostication, Sharp will receive a star-studded prize pack that looks a little something like . . .

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Card Gallery: SP Authentic NCAA Football? by Tracy Hackler

Passionate football card collector Sergio Dubois (beckett user ID Sensei322) brought to our attention last night his fascinating discovery of several gorgeous card images conceivably hailing from an as-yet-unreleased college-football-focused SP Authentic product.

The images provide a generation-spanning visual feast of 2010 rookies and legendary NFL Hall of Famers all decked out in their Saturday best. The result is a stunning display of eye candy steeped in SP Authentic’s aesthetically pleasing design principles.

No word from Upper Deck officials on when — or even if — this product will be released.

Find additional information on these images after the gallery and stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional details.

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Dallas Collector Gets His Day in the Sun (in the Snow) by Tracy Hackler

Not even a freak March Texas snowstorm could freeze the spirits of 14-year-old Dallas collector Ryan Wolfson last Saturday. Not with 15 of his closest buddies around to keep him warm until Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton arrived at his front door.

Indeed, that’s how last weekend started for Wolfson, the grand prize winner in the 2009 NFL Players Player of the Day contest. Following an informal shindig with Crayton, Wolfson and his buddies at the Wolfson family home, the party moved – via limousine – to Nick and Debbie Redwine’s Dallas-based Nick’s Sports Cards.

Once there, the party grew to more than 200 guests, all of whom received free autographs from Crayton and otherwise made themselves comfortable with hobby heat while Wolfson received a $250 shopping spree.

“I am thrilled for Ryan and his family,” said namesake owner Nick Redwine. “He is a regular customer at my shop and a big football card collector and Cowboys fan.  I’m glad to be a part of his special day.”

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The NFL’s Biggest Surprises . . . Continued by Tracy Hackler

In the March 2010 issue of Beckett Football that’s on newsstands and in hobby shops now, we profile seven of the 2009 NFL season’s biggest surprise players. That is, players who enjoyed breakout performances on the field and in the hobby in 2009 that forced collectors to stand up and take notice.

You know, players like Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Sidney Rice and Jamaal Charles to name four. Well, the truth of the matter is that we didn’t have enough room in the March issue to include all of the biggest breakout players, so decided to share four more with you online.

Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers
The Surprise:
Ten receivers were drafted before Wallace, but only four had more yards in their rookie season. He led all rookies in yards per catch with 19.4. His six touchdowns were tied for second most among rookies. He made great catches all season and should become Pittsburgh’s No. 2 receiver when Hines Ward retires.
Surprise Cards: Wallace has 33 Rookie Cards as of Feb. 15, and the best ones are topping out at $50-$60. With the Steelers missing the playoffs, it’s unlikely that Wallace RCs will pick up a lot of steam, but top choices are 2009 Limited #206 ($50) and the new 2009 Playoff Contenders #124 that sells for about $30-$60.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-12) Contest No. 6 — A New Orleans Saints game-used jersey/patch card lot (w/ Beckett Media Saints Super Bowl commemorative magazine) by Chris Olds

***NOW CLOSED***
We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching several contests tonight and we’re starting off big because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Box Busters: 2009 Playoff National Treasures by Tracy Hackler

Beckett Football‘s overly giddy duo nervously devours two boxes of the highly anticipated 2009 Playoff National Treasures. Check out the goods — some of which will be up for grabs soon — right now.