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Topps 2011 Under Armour All-American Card Gallery: White Team by tolentinotown


By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Perhaps outdone by the Red Team in the 2011 Under Armour All-American game, White Team players are nevertheless prospects for the hobby’s future.

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Massive Gallery: Razor 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Auto Patches by Tracy Hackler

By TRACY HACKLER | BECKETT MEDIA EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Razor CollectiblesBrian Gray on Wednesday evening shared a staggering assortment of autographed patch cards from his company’s forthcoming 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Football product due out March 1 . . . and here’s what I think about what I saw:

* In a word, “Wow!” With the exception of dreaded sticker autographs — yes, even high school players are using them these days — this oversized patch autographs set (sequentially numbered to just 5) is double-take attractive. I don’t know if there’s a long future for trading card sets devoted to prep football stars; but if there is, they should all strive to look like these.

* Because its checklist is culled from the rosters of the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, this set boasts an absolutely devastating array of talent, most of which will shine on Saturdays for the next three years or so. The very best of this checklist will shine on Sundays in the future, too; the opportunity to own an autographed jersey card of those players now is a rather enchanting proposition.

* As a means of illustrating the previous point, know this: 21 of Rivals.com‘s top 50 current high school seniors — and seven of the top 10 — are in this set, highlighted by Florida signees Ronald Powell (No. 1) and Sharrif Floyd (No. 4), USC signee Seantrel Henderson (No. 2)  and California signee Keenan Allen (No. 5).

* It’ll be extremely interesting to watch the market activity surrounding these cards once the players on them begin making an impact in the college ranks.

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First Look: 2010 Razor U.S. Army All-American Bowl inscription autographs by Chris Olds

The 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl has come and gone with the arrival of Tim Tebow‘s first football card and plenty of autographs signed.

On Thursday, Razor unveiled preview images for its 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl set, which will include inscription autographs limited to just five copies per card.

Most of the players signed something related to the university that they will be attending, but some added other notations.

We’re somewhat fond of Matt James‘ note with his autograph.

See it and plenty of others after the jump.

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Josh McDaniels Football Card Up 3,500% in Value by Tracy Hackler

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Long before Denver Broncos rookie head coach Josh McDaniels started winning games, Rocky Mountain hearts and league-wide respect this season, the 33-year-old maverick was a cocky-looking quarterback and kicker for McKinley High School in – of all places – Canton, Ohio.

And he’s got an obscure-yet-burgeoning football card to prove it.

The card, a virtually valueless afterthought for the better part of 15 years, made a rare appearance on the secondary market earlier this month – and sold for $26, four times its current value at the time and a staggering 3,500 percent more than it was worth just nine months ago.

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Coming Soon: Football Cards . . . of Eighth Graders by Tracy Hackler

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Never one to duck potential controversy, Razor President Brian Gray is at it again.

Gray recently began taking orders for a U.S. Army All-American Bowl football product that includes autographs from the top 2008 high school seniors (including highly touted Tennessee signee Bryce Brown) and base cards of three kids in junior high – the progeny of NFL notables Ray Lewis, Ed McCaffrey and Ty Detmer.

Producing cards of high school football players is by no means a new concept; there have been Big 33 sets devoted to prep stars in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio for years. It’s the thin-line introduction of the younger players – incoming ninth grader Ray A. Lewis III, and future eighth graders Christian McCaffrey and Koy Detmer – that might ruffle some feathers.

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