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Harlon Hill: One of 2010 Limited’s relatively unknown legends by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Collectors who rip into packs of 2010 Limited Football from Panini America beginning next week will find the likes of Ernie Davis, Tom Brady, Tim Tebow and more inside — a full spectrum of stars from the past, present and (likely) future.

Most of the names will ring a bell immediately, though some — like the autographed card of former Chicago Bears star Harlon Hill seen above — might not.

Hill, though, is a relatively familiar name for me — though his NFL career ended in 1962, well before I was born. You see, in Alabama Crimson Tide country there are a lot of names that get bandied about as football legends — more familiar names like Joe Namath, John Hannah, Ozzie Newsome — but Hill was an Alabama native who didn’t play for the Crimson Tide.

And he became a legend, too.

A player like Hill can be a matter of pride for some — like some of my former co-workers — in that football-crazed part of the country.

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Steiner Sports offers unique items in company’s first catalogue auction by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Imagine sitting in a seat from the original Yankee Stadium while watching a baseball game in the comforts of your own home.

You can think about everything that seat witnessed as it was part of a history that spans back into the 1920s.

No, not one of those hard blue seats that makes you numb after sitting for two hours.

You could own a huge fielding replica glove couch that sits six to eight people. The couch is 86 inches high and 115 inches across.

Hope you have room for this thing.

Just for good measure, you will also get a Yogi Berra signed game-model glove.

This is one of the lots up for bidding in Steiner Sports Collectibles first catalog auction, which ends November 17 and 18. The items can be viewed at

See more photos  from various auctions after the jump.

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Bears DE and former Clemson star Gaines Adams dead at 26 by Chris Olds

Gaines Adams, a third-year defensive end for the Chicago Bears and former first-round draft pick, died on Sunday. He was 26.

Adams, a former Tampa Bay Bucs and Clemson football standout, died from cardiac arrest possibly linked to an enlarged heart.

The fourth overall pick in 2007, Adams appears on a total of 841 football cards, just 35 of those tagged as Rookie Cards in the database.

In all, Adams signed for 334 different certified autograph cards and has 278 different memorabilia cards. His most expensive autographed cards check in at $80 apiece (one being his 2007 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Gold Materials #206, which is limited to 25 copies), while his most-expensive rookie cards (2007 Playoff National Treasures #112 JSY AU RC and 2007 Donruss Threads #280 AU RC) are $50.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

NFL PLAYERS, Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck team up for free autograph sessions by Chris Olds


With the 10th anniversary of the NFL Player of the Day promotion here, Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck are joining forces with NFL PLAYERS to get NFL players into hobby shops for free autograph sessions.

image001Three players will visit three hobby shops around the country, each presented by one of the licensed manufacturers, beginning next week.

Here’s the rundown:

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.: Dallas Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton at Gil’s Infield (205 East Camp Wisdon Rd., Duncanville, Texas) courtesy of Panini America

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Chicago Bears RB Garrett Wolfe at Big John & Little Debby’s (5309 W. Devon, Chicago, Ill.), courtesy of Topps

Tuesday, Oct 20 at 5 p.m.: Miami Dolphins WR Davone Bess at Bases Loaded (9300 S. Dixie Hwy #103, Miami, FL), courtesy of Upper Deck

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

Ever wonder what a player’s autograph contract looks like? by Chris Olds


CNBC’s Darren Rovell takes us inside the particulars of a professional athlete’s autograph contract.


Because Brian Urlacher‘s deal with Dreams Inc. is being terminated after his season-ending injury.

Makes some sense as, after all, the demand for his memorabilia — and what’s not a very impressive autograph — won’t be on the rise.

For example, did you know that Urlacher gets $275,000 a year and must sign a minimum of $225,000 in merchandise per year and that he also gets $75 per signature on any item and an additional $15 per inscription?

And, if — a big if — the Bears won the Super Bowl, his price per autograph rose to $100 per signature?

Get all the details here.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

What Were We Thinking? Rex Grossman? by Tracy Hackler


Going through our magazine archives recently and this particular issue of Beckett Football from December 2006, for some reason or another, stood out to me.

I don’t know if it’s the fact that Rex Grossman actually appeared on one of our covers or the compelling cover blurbs. Either way, I thought it was worth sharing.


— Tracy Hackler

Troy Polamalu — and his hair — returns to McFarlanes by Chris Olds


Pittsburgh Steelers DB Troy Polamalu — and his hair — returns to McFarlane Toys’ 21st series of SportsPicks, the company’s popular 6-inch vinyl action figures.

It’s not Polamalu’s first figure — but perhaps this one showcases his famous mane the best. He previously appeared in Series 14 and in a Super Bowl XL two-pack, while a Steelers two-pack of Polamalu with Hines Ward is set to arrive in August.

His latest figure is scheduled to arrive in October with that series also including debut figures for six players. A sneak peek with freshly released images is below.

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