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Preview Gallery: 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear RG Gems autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Panini America released a handful of preview images to tease what’s coming in 2010 Gridiron Gear, which arrives this week with some hidden surprises.

What kinds of surprises?

Well, for starters there are the Rookie Gridiron Gems cards that have an autograph on a jersey swatch that is concealed inside the card. Collectors can pull out its inner panel to see the entire signature.

You’ll see more of the cards after the jump, and you see the rest of the cards from the set online starting with a batch right here and you’ll have the chance to win one of these cards from a top running back in the class in the next issue of Beckett Football. (That’ll be in hobby shops and chain stores around the country by next month … )

Until then, you can see five cards — before and after autograph reveals — after the jump.

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Tim Tebow Justifies Early Collector Interest in Preseason Debut by Tracy Hackler

OK, so Tim Tebow‘s unbelievably ballyhooed NFL debut during the second half of Denver’s preseason opener in Cincinnati on Sunday night wasn’t necessarily Phil Simms in Super Bowl XXI.

Still, the polarizing project passer from the University of Florida did provide a few highly improbable outcomes: He made an NFL preseason game legitimate must-see TV, he outperformed fellow rookie classmates Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy, and he gave all those collectors throwing crazy cash at his Rookie Cards the right to say “I told you so” — if only for one week.

Granted, Tebow wasn’t exactly facing the Steel Curtain, the Purple People Eaters, the Monsters of the Midway or Doomsday, but neither were Clausen, McCoy and Bradford. Tebow threw for more yards than the other three first-year QBs, and was the only one of the four to complete better than 60 percent of his passes and produce a touchdown.

Here’s how the four stacked up statistically during their respective NFL preseason debuts:

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Massive Photo Gallery: 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere by Tracy Hackler

If a picture truly is worth a thousand words, what are almost 60 pictures worth? That’s purely a rhetorical question, but while you’re contemplating an answer, take the time to enjoy the massive photo gallery that follows chronicling the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere.

Indeed, just in case you missed our break-the-budget coverage of the star-studded, football-card affair showcasing the top 35 rookies of 2010, we’ve provided this exhaustive image gallery from the three-day extravaganza. Some of these you’ve seen before; most of them you haven’t.

(Between us, we finally got around to unloading our camera memory cards and our iPhone photo inventories. Sorry for the delay in posting. Enjoy.)

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If You’re in Oxnard on Friday with Nothing to Do . . . by Tracy Hackler

One of the biggest weekends of the 2010 football card season will kick off early Friday afternoon at the Walmart Supercenter on Rose Avenue in Oxnard, Calif. From 1 to 3 p.m. PST, at least 15 of the 35 rookies in town for Saturday’s NFL Players Rookie Premiere will mosey on over to Walmart to join Panini America and NFL Players in interacting with customers, engaging in pack wars, signing autographs and generally generating awareness of football cards.

The current list of attendees — although subject to change — is headlined by Colt McCoy, Golden Tate, Ryan Mathews, Joe McKnight, Eric Berry, Toby Gerhart, Gerald McCoy, Eric Decker, Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com all weekend long for complete coverage of the NFL Players Rookie Premiere.



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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First Look: 2010 Donruss Elite Football by Tracy Hackler

Panini America officials today released images and preliminary product information on 2010 Donruss Elite Football, a longtime portfolio staple slated to release in June 16 packing four hits  (with at least one autograph guaranteed), four Rookies and 10 other inserts or parallels per box.

Elite loyalists can rest easy knowing that the product’s calling cards — Throwback Threads memorabilia cards and Passing the Torch Autographs — return in full force. The company also has secured autographs and memorabilia from some of the key contributors of New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Each case of the product should deliver at least one autograph from a group that includes Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Brett Favre, Emmitt Smith, Drew Brees, Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Jonathan Dwyer.

Check out the preview images after the jump.

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First Look: 2010 SA*GE HIT Low Series Football by Tracy Hackler

SA*GE president Tom Geideman on Thursday released to Beckett Media several preliminary images of 2010 SA*GE HIT Low Series Football, the company’s first product of the year that includes crisp photography and an overall design that’s striking in its clean simplicity.

Although product details are slight at the moment, this much is known: The product will release in early March, deliver six autographs per box and will be, according to Geideman, redemption-free.

Stay tuned to Becket.com for additional details on the product. See all of the card images  after the jump.

— Tracy Hackler

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