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Brett Favre’s Finest: His First Vikings Card by Tracy Hackler


Topps this afternoon revealed a card from the forthcoming 2009 Topps Finest Football, due out Sept. 15, sure to have a certain sect of purple people eating it up: Brett Favre’s first Minnesota Vikings card.

It’s a card destined to be one of the most sought after football cards of the early season.

“New York Jets fans last year latched onto anything with Favre pictured as a Jet,” said Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt. “In fact, the earliest Favre Jets cards last season where some of the hottest of the entire year. Likewise, his first Vikings cards this year are certain to be hot sellers.”

Stay tuned to for additional details on Favre’s new Vikings cards.

— Tracy Hackler

Michael Vick’s Return to Football Cards by Tracy Hackler

2009 Upper Deck SPx Vick

Post-prison life just keeps getting better for the vastly vilified Michael Vick.

Vick, the disgraced former NFL superstar who spent the last two years in jail for his role in running a dogfighting ring, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 13, joining a team that needs more offensive skill like Beyonce needs voice lessons.

Now comes word from Topps and Upper Deck that Vick will also be returning to packs of football cards beginning next month. Upper Deck will include a short-printed Vick card into 2009 SPx, set to release Sept. 15. The card will be numbered as part of the 2009 Upper Deck set, which launches Sept. 1.

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Brett Favre as a Viking: What it Means for His Cards by Tracy Hackler


One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history continues to be one of its worst retirers.

Brett Favre, the 39-year-old gunslinger who has unsuccessfully retired from the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets in the last two years, today signed with the Minnesota Vikings for the princely sum of between $10 and $12 million for the 2009 season, and potentially $13 million more if he decides to play in 2010.

Favre, the NFL’s career leader in every meaningful passing category and a three-time league MVP, remains one of the most collected players in the history of sports cards and having a new employer will only broaden his appeal to a new audience.

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