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Card Gallery: 2010 Bowman Sterling Football by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Sometimes, the flatbed scanner just doesn’t do justice to a good-looking trading card.

Yesterday we busted open two boxes of 2010 Bowman Sterling football, knowing a few things from the get go.

Firstly, according to product history and on-box odds, we expected a hit-heavy ripping session with four autographs, two autograph Relics and 12 Relic cards to be exact. At around $250 per box, the Topps line is light on veterans, but loaded with attribute ample rookie pulls. It’s a high-end product, but when broken into $40-$50 packs yielding one autograph and two Relic cards, Sterling can be an affordable smile maker.

Secondly, we knew that the scanner couldn’t capture every shiny nuance on each card.

We scanned them anyways.

Before we pop up the official Bowman Sterling Box Busters video, we wanted to whet your whistle with this 12-card gallery. Continue reading

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Two Minutes with Detroit Lions Superstar Rookie Jahvid Best by Tracy Hackler

The statistics speak for themselves: Two games, 268 total yards and five touchdowns. Indeed, in way more than surname, Detroit Lions do-it-all running back Jahvid Best is, ahem, the best rookie of 2010 so far – by far.

He’s off to a roaring start in the NFL with consecutive scintillating performances in narrow losses to the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. If the former Cal Bear burner keeps this up, he’ll have Offensive Rookie of the Year honors wrapped up by Week 6; heck, at this pace, he’ll have MVP honors all but clinched by then, too.

In two short weeks, Best has separated himself from 2010 rookie classmates such as C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews, Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow on the field; as a result, he’s also swiftly catching up with them in the hobby.

In this exclusive interview, Best discusses his collecting cousins, seeing himself on a football card for the first time and just what he thinks about what Ndamukong Suh thinks about him.

What does having your own NFL trading card mean to you?
“It means a lot. It definitely means that somewhere some fans care about me and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s who I’m playing for; so it means a lot to me.”

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Card Gallery: 2010 Prestige Football Rookie Cards by Tracy Hackler

One of Prestige Football‘s calling cards (bad pun intended) for more than a decade now has been delivering the first Rookie Cards every year emblazoned with each checklisted draft pick’s NFL team designation. It’s a small touch that often gets lost amid the flurry of “how many hits does it have and are there any on-card autos;” but it’s an attention to detail that that’s worth applauding.

What a lot of collectors might not know is that since most of the Prestige product is usually already printed and ready to pack out, Panini product development, prepress and production officials often work through draft weekend updating card the a special Rookie Card form as players are selected. Designs are tweaked, photos are selected, logos and draft information are added and any last-minute, checklist-worthy rookie free agent signings are captured.

First thing yesterday, the Rookie Cards were being printed and packed out with the rest of the product and will be on store shelves May 13. Carlos Torrez, Panini’s Football Product Development manager, confirmed today that Prestige includes 100 Rookie Cards and 18 short-printed alternate-photo variations.

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Panini already readying draft picks’ first NFL cards by Chris Olds

The second round of the NFL Draft hasn’t even begun, but Panini America already has the first NFL cards of at least three rookies signed and printed for an upcoming set.

Panini teased on Friday afternoon three on-card autographs — the Rams’ Sam Bradford, the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant and the Bills’ C.J. Spiller — that will be found in 2010 Prestige inside packs of the $4-a-pack product when it arrives on May 13.

Prestige will include four autograph or memorabilia cards per box — one autograph guaranteed — and it will include the first cards noting players’ new teams.

Prestige will include 24 Rookie Cards per box as well as three Extra Points parallels and a dozen inserts. Each case will include one autographed card from the following players: Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Jimmy Clausen, Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Spiller,  Bryant, Jahvid Best and Jonathan Dwyer.

See all three cards after the jump.

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Beckett Football’s 2010 Hobby Mock Draft by Tracy Hackler

Look, it’s no secret that wildly talented defensive dynamos such as Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh will dominate the top of the 2010 NFL Draft that begins tonight. But when it comes to collector adulation, it’s the skill position players – many of whom will be taken rounds after Suh and McCoy are long gone – that generate the most buzz and secondary-market money in the football card world.

That’s why we asked nine hobby luminaries with a vested interest in the football card market to help us select – in order, NFL draft style – the 2010 rookies with the most hobby potential. (For grins, and simply because we needed one more to make it a perfect 10, I forced my way into the discussion, too.)

After using an online randomizer to select draft position, we commenced with our own little Top 10 Mock Draft . . .

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