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***NOW CLOSED*** Can’t make it to The Toronto Expo? You can with Free Stuff Friday by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

But this week’s contest has an extra-special “north of the border” twist courtesy of Panini America as the prizes are just like lucky collectors at the Toronto Expo will be getting.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

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Panini America readies first Ernie Davis memorabilia card by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Tucked among the behind-the-scenes images that Panini America released on Friday documenting its quality control process was a gem probably missed by many.

What is it?

The first memorabilia card of former Syracuse star and Cleveland Browns legend Ernie Davis.

Davis was the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy and appeared to be set for a fine pro career — he was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft (also a social first) in 1962 — before he was diagnosed with leukemia and died at age 23 on May 18, 1963. His only appearance on a professional field came when he was introduced to the crowd during a preseason game at Cleveland Stadium.

Davis’ story was the subject of a recent major motion picture, The Express, as well, but despite all of that, he still hasn’t yet had an extensive number of football cards — and not a single memorabilia card.

All that changes when 2010 Certified arrives in hobby shops on Nov. 17.

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Monday Morning Collector: Week 15 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 15.

Veteran of the Week:
DeMarcus Ware, LB, Cowboys
(2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles)

After a slow start to the season, Ware is having an incredible second half. He has recorded nine of his 11 sacks this season in the past nine games and has forced three fumbles in the last four games. But the most important forced fumble occurred on the final play of the game on Sunday against the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints to seal the victory for the Cowboys.

Ware has now logged double digits in sacks each of his first four seasons, so he’s no stranger to collectors. However, Ware’s best 2005 rookie-year cards remain remarkably inexpensive.

Cards to Grab:
2005 Bowman Chrome #254 AU RC ($30)
2005 Playoff Contenders #133 AU RC ($40)
2005 SP Authentic #215 JSY AU/850 RC ($40)

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***NOW CLOSED*** Free Stuff Friday (12/11) Early bird contest — A Ben Roethlisberger 2009 UD Black flag patch card by Chris Olds

NOW CLOSED. Click here to see the latest contests once you’re done.

We’re  starting off Free Stuff Friday early this week with this item that can be yours right now

logoHow can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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Game-worn Jim Brown Syracuse helmet set to hit auction block by Chris Olds

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The Syracuse University football helmet worn by Hall of Famer Jim Brown as a senior in 1956 hits the auction block this fall and is expected to fetch $50,000 or more.

The helmet originally belonged to longtime Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder and will be sold in Game Used Universe‘s Fall 2009 Auction.

“The helmet is easily the most important/significant game-worn college football piece to have ever surfaced, to have ever been made available at auction,” said GUU’s Robert Harvell. “It’s also quite possibly the most important/significant game-worn football helmet to have ever surfaced — no other Jim Brown helmets, college or pro, have ever been offered at auction before.”

Schwartzwalder passed the helmet along as a gift to a close friend and its authenticity has been verified by Brown and included in the auction are documents also backing up the piece.

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