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Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s no secret that the autograph is key to many a sports products these days as those certified authentic slips of the pen turn cardboard into collecting gold.

But the certified autograph is not the only way a collector can land a treasured item.

In fact, many a signer of certified autographs actually signs in other ways — ways that collectors may not always think about in a world of commodified, short-print chases and dreaming of winning mylar-wrapped lotteries. It may sound like common sense, but there are other ways to track down signatures besides ripping packs and buying singles at the card shop or online.

Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying a certified signature straight from a trusted dealer.

These days, it’s pretty common for athletes and celebrities to have their own websites where they sell autographed items directly to the public. The signed copy of WWE Magazine above, for example, was purchased on Trish Stratus‘ website, There, the former multi-time women’s champion sells signed magazines, books, photos, posters and more. If you have your own particular item you want signed, she’ll ink it up for a $10 fee.

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Favre football for sale immediately after streak ends by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Brett Favre’s consecutive games started streak ended on Monday night when the long-time veteran and future Hall of Famer was inactive for the first time in 297 games.

Favre has been a starting quarterback in the league since 1992, longer than some Minnesota Vikings fans have been alive.
Favre didn’t waste any time in promoting the streak.

There is an official signed football with “297 starts 1992-2010” already being sold on for $499.99.

Football’s Ironman hasn’t signed any of the footballs yet. This is only for a pre-sale and the item should be available in 30 days, according to the site.

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Topps teases Five Star football with Favre photos by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

As the end of the year nears, the makers of the two biggest football products are splashing around images, looking to entice collectors.

We’ve already seen some of what Panini has to offer with 2010 National Treasures.

This time, Topps puts the focus on its big venture.

Topps is slowly releasing photos from Topps Five Star, which will run upwards of $500 a box. A hobby box consists of one pack of five cards with four on-card autographs and one jumbo Relic card.

Many collectors drool when they see those three words: on-card autographs.

Topps plans on releasing more photos in the upcoming days, but the first go-around with the product features Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. See them after the jump.

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Randy Moss’ return to Vikings simply can’t hurt hobby by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | COMMENTARY

Some will call it a blockbuster trade, but when it comes to football cards Randy Moss‘ return to the Minnesota Vikings — where he’ll be catching passes from future Hall of Famer Brett Favre — it’s much more than that.

It’s a home run for the hobby.

Sorry for the mixed metaphor there, but there are few plays that could equate for this one. A touchdown? It’s much more than that. A game-winner? Bigger. A Super Bowl winner? Perhaps, and that’s apparently the only thing in mind in Minneapolis, so … we’ll go with that.

For all of a third-round pick, the Vikings get the return of a guy who had owned the hobby not too long ago, giving their soon-to-be 41-year-old quarterback — an unquestioned hobby giant — a birthday present about four days early.

A player’s return to where he was once great often comes as a swansong, but it’s clear that Moss still has something left in the tank — and the team’s other receivers should help make the Vikings’ passing attack as dangerous as its been in some time. Success on the field should be expected — and with that should come attention for cardboard.

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Panini unveils autograph quantities for NSCC exclusives by Chris Olds

Panini America‘s National Sports Collectors Convention wrapper redemption packs will have plenty of autographs to be found once the action at the show begins this evening.

The company released the list of signatures — as well as card types and quantities — to Beckett Media on Wednesday.

The Panini Wrapper Redemption set includes 50 cards. Highlights? The first official NBA cards of No. 1 pick John Wall, No. 2 pick Evan Turner and No. 4 pick Wesley Johnson.

All cards are numbered to 499 or less and the set includes the first card of  LeBron James in a Miami Heat uniform as well as a card of Chris Sale, who makes his MLB debut tonight for the Chicago White Sox just two months after being drafted.

Get the rundown, as well as a mini gallery of some of the autographs, after the jump.

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Colts, Vikings Super Bowl in the Cards by Tracy Hackler

If a highly unscientific, sinfully entertaining football card comparison can serve as a hobby-heavy harbinger, the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings are headed for a Super Bowl XLIV showdown.

It’s the game most of America wants to see (Peyton Manning vs. Brett Favre) after Sunday’s conference championship games; and it’s the decided outcome of an off-the-beaten-path, off-the-field projection produced by the heavily queried, incomparably massive Beckett database.

We started by ranking the NFL’s four remaining teams (the Colts and New York Jets in the AFC, the Vikings and New Orleans Saints in the NFC) in five collecting categories: Total number of cards all time, total number of 2009 cards, average Rookie Card value, average autograph card value and average memorabilia card value.

We then awarded points to each team in each category depending on how they fared (four points for first, three for second, two for third and one for fourth), tallied the overall scores for each team and – voila! – had our results . . .

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Monday Morning Collector: Week 17 by danhitt

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 17.

Veteran of the Week:
Brett Favre, QB, Vikings
(316 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 148.7 QB rating)

Brett Favre and the Vikings have had a dream season and were able to close it out with a decisive 44-7 drubbing of the Giants on Sunday. Favre played lights out and now will be able to rest for a week preparing for their first Playoff game. Favre’s Vikings cards have been hot all year long and should remain so for the next week or two. The team will have to continue winning though or the dream run for Favre cards will be over. Favre Rookie Cards and anything autographed are always solid buys and should remain so, but precede with caution on his overvalued Vikings cards.

Cards to Grab:
2009 Certified Mirror Gold/25 #71 ($80)
2009 Playoff Contenders #57 ($N/A)
2009 Topps Triple Threads Gold/99 #11 ($N/A)

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