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The NFL’s Must-Collect Players for 2010 by Tracy Hackler

Man, we thought the 2010 NFL season would never get here. I mean, it seems like forever ago that Drew Brees and the Saints – yes, the Saints – were winning Super Bowl XLIV, setting off a celebration in the Gulf Coast region that still hasn’t ended.

Everywhere else, the euphoria quickly subsided, vanquished by the dark recesses of something called the off-season. But now that a new season has arrived, officially starting Thursday night when New Orleans hosts Minnesota in an NFC Championship Game rematch, happy days are here again.

In honor of that, we present some of our choices for the must-collect players of 2010. We’ve profiled five players here. For the complete list of 10 – you know, 10 for ’10 – check out the October issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, on sale everywhere next week.

Some of our selections are no-brainers, a few will leave you scratching your head and one or two will likely have you questioning our sanity (if you don’t already). Perhaps the rationale behind each pick will help our case.

Either way, here’s to another fantastic NFL season. And by all means, if you disagree with our list send us yours ( and you might be profiled in a future issue of the magazine.

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Pretty in Pink by Tracy Hackler

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Want to know why Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall scored the game-winning touchdown Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys wearing pink gloves and pink cleats? Click here.

The NFL is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by having its players, coaches and game officials wear pink apparel that ultimately will be auctioned off on NFL Auctions to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

It’s not often that football collectors have a chance to add a little pink to their collection and also raise money for a truly worthy cause. This is your opportunity.

— Tracy Hackler