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Tim Tebow Media Mix Tape: ‘Gator-Bronco Man’ by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

In case  you missed it, Panini America’s Tracy Hackler assembled somewhat of a “greatest hits on cardboard” gallery for the recently reaffirmed Tim Tebow.

Hackler took a preemptive maneuver to celebrate the rookie icon’s first NFL start; and thankfully for the quarterback, the Broncos and the hobby, Tebow shined in the face of scrutiny. Despite a Denver loss, the widely touted rookie lived up to his hype with 8 of 16 completed passes for 138 yards and a 40-yard touchdown run. Since Tebow has been named starting quarterback for the rest of the season, he has plenty of time to dispel doubt and rise even higher in the hobby.

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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.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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On the Front Lines: Tim Tebow Mania by Tracy Hackler
August 26, 2010, 10:46 am
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Editor’s Note: For almost 20 years, Mike Fruitman has owned and operated Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in the Denver, Colo., suburb of Aurora. During that time, Fruitman admittedly has never seen anything quite like the frenzy that ensued beginning with the late-April day that Tim Tebow became a Denver Bronco. This is his summary.

Since opening Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in 1992, I’ve learned that, for the most part, as the Denver Broncos go, so goes my store.

Colorado Avalanche championships resulted in great interest, Denver Nuggets draft picks like Carmelo Anthony developed some hardcore collectors and the Colorado Rockies’ postseason run in 2007 helped us hit a few grand slams at the register. But all of that pales in significance to when the blue and orange are on fire.

Thinking back to April 22, 2010, the first day of the 2010 NFL Draft, Denver fans had numerous hopes for the Broncos. After last season, it was clear that the Broncos had many needs and that QB was not necessarily a priority. In 2009, Kyle Orton passed for 3,802 yards with 21 TDs and just 12 picks, his best season ever. Since second-year head coach Josh McDaniels traded away Brandon Marshall this off-season, getting a big wide receiver like Demaryius Thomas with the team’s first pick made perfect sense and, in most years, would have appeased Bronco Nation.
Imagine how floored the customers in my store were when the Broncos then traded up to pick again at No. 25 and Tim Tebow was shown putting on a Broncos cap. The Bronco fan in me knew we had other pressing needs, but the sports card store owner in me could not have been happier.

Any NFL card collector knows that there is no more collected position than quarterback. So while we expected to sell every Tebow card that my store could acquire this season, having him on the Broncos meant those sales would greatly exceed anything I had anticipated going into draft night.

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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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Tebow spotlight shines brightly on Palm Beach Autographs by Chris Olds


BALTIMORE – One of the hottest athletes in the market is not easy to find at the National Sports Collectors Convention, but once you find Tim Tebow memorabilia on the Baltimore Convention Center floor, you’re swimming in it.

Tebow, who won two national championships with the Florida Gators, signed an exclusive memorabilia deal with Palm Beach Autographs, which has two stores in Jacksonville and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Co-owner Jim Dodson, a Florida graduate, has seen the immediate benefits of a Tebow exclusive, including a booth at the National, which is the first sports collectors convention the company has attended as a vendor.

“Having his product certainly helped with us being here,” Dodson said. “I’m not sure what the likelihood of us being here would have been if we didn’t have his stuff.”

By the fourth day of the National, Palm Beach Autographs had sold about 15 Tebow items, which ran anywhere from $180 to more than $1,000. There were posters, jerseys, mini helmets and signed pictures – among other pieces. Palm Beach Autographs has other memorabilia such as baseball and golf, but focus on college football. Tebow was their most popular item.

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First Impressions: 2010 Classics Football by Tracy Hackler

I managed to get my grubby paws on an early box of 2010 Classics Football earlier today. Stay tuned tomorrow for another riveting episode of Box Busters. Until then, here are some random observations — and an interest-piquing preview gallery — from one box.

* While Classics’ overall base design likely won’t overwhelm you, the looks of Membership, Team Colors and Flashback Fabrics probably will. The attention to detail on Membership will make you think your card has a crease on it.

* Flashback Fabrics, the insert provides a nice, tidy opportunity to incorporate dated game-worn inventory without looking way out of place. The Terrell Owens we pulled included a rather juicy patch from one of TO’s old Eagles jerseys; seems like forever ago that Owens was flying high in Philly.

* Many of the cards in this set seem particularly susceptible to chipping. Handle with care.

* All four RCs and both Significant Signatures autographed parallels feature photography of the respective rookies in their NFL uniforms. That’s a good thing.

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Inside Tim Tebow’s Helmet: The Anatomy of a Fantasy Football Card by Tracy Hackler


I’ve been where few men have been before. I’ve been . . . inside Tim Tebow’s helmet.

He doesn’t know that — yet. But every time I see a preview these days for a new 2010 Tebow Rookie Card, I’m reminded of my moment in the sun — actually, it was in the shade — wearing Tebow’s most regal Riddell crown. I figured now was as good a time as any to come clean.

I’ve always dreamed of appearing on my own football card. The overly self-indulgent tale that follows is likely about as close as I’ll ever get. Besides, how often do you have the opportunity to look at a superstar’s Rookie Card and say, “Hey, I’ve worn that helmet” . . .

Part I: The Helmet
Tebow’s sweat-kissed, sun-soaked Denver Broncos helmet had been perched – silently majestic, metallically shining – on an inconspicuous table for most of the afternoon. It had traveled all the way from the Broncos’ training complex in Colorado to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a weekend full of football card cameos.

And now, the very helmet atop Tebow’s head for many of his Rookie Card photos on a postcard-perfect, late-May Saturday morning at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere was just . . . sitting there.

I first noticed it on the red-draped snack table after lunch, just out of bounds at about the 23-yard line. Tebow had spent the first half of the day with Panini America and Upper Deck; his afternoon was reserved for Topps.

Somewhere, one of the most polarizing football players of all time was posing for his football card photographs topless — you know, without his top, his headgear.

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