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Bengals WR Chris Henry dies after auto accident (updated) by Chris Olds

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry suffered “very serious injuries” Wednesday afternoon following a traffic accident in North Carolina and died on Thursday. He was 26.

The former West Virginia star was drafted by the Bengals in 2005 and had 119 receptions for 1,826 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career — his 2008 season being his most productive with nine TDs. His career was marred by several off-the-field incidents and this accident is believed to be tied to a domestic dispute.

Henry appears on 363 football cards, including 86 autographs and just 13 memorabilia cards. His most valuable autograph in the database is his 2005 Finest Black Xfractors (No. 165) card, which is valued at $60, while his most valuable Rookie Card is his 2005 Exquisite Collection autograph (No. 46) at $40.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 10 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 NFL Week 10.

Veteran of the Week:
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
(132 yards rushing, 100 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns)
On the strength of Chris Johnson’s more than 200 yards from scrimmage, the Titans recorded their third straight win on Sunday. The big day put Johnson over 1,000 rushing yards on the season, giving him the NFL lead, and the second-year back is on pace for a 2,000-yard year. It’s unlikely that he’ll reach that milestone, but his blistering pace thus far is testament to his great talent. There’s no sophomore jinx here, Johnson is a true superstar.

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Not Earning Their Stripes: Bengals Memorabilia Cards by Tracy Hackler


In this era of prime football card production that includes game-worn jersey pieces the size of bed spreads, I’m surprised there aren’t more stripe-infused Cincinnati Bengals swatches on the market.

I know that’s a really, really geeky observation, but it’s something that’s been on my mind. (Yeah, I’m a freak).

I was 11 when the Bengals donned tiger stripes for the first time, eschewing the mundane for something much more exotic. For a kid whose primary preoccupation back then was sketching primitive NFL uniforms on his Piggly Wiggly book covers, something about the Bengals’ new look mesmerized me. I’ve been a disinterested Cincy supporter ever since, not that I’ve ever really claimed that publicly (does any self-respecting Bengals fan claim them publicly?).

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Is This The Greatest Football Insert Ever? by Tracy Hackler


Some hardcore product purists are deriding it as an affront to the very hobby it’s meant to help rejuvenate. Others are calling it a welcomed addition to even the most exciting pack of football cards.

Either way, the 15-card Topps Cheerleaders insert (seeded one in nine hobby packs of 2009 Topps and one in eight packs of the just-released 2009 Topps Chrome) is an utterly compelling conversation piece.

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