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Two Minutes with Detroit Lions Superstar Rookie Jahvid Best by Tracy Hackler

The statistics speak for themselves: Two games, 268 total yards and five touchdowns. Indeed, in way more than surname, Detroit Lions do-it-all running back Jahvid Best is, ahem, the best rookie of 2010 so far – by far.

He’s off to a roaring start in the NFL with consecutive scintillating performances in narrow losses to the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. If the former Cal Bear burner keeps this up, he’ll have Offensive Rookie of the Year honors wrapped up by Week 6; heck, at this pace, he’ll have MVP honors all but clinched by then, too.

In two short weeks, Best has separated himself from 2010 rookie classmates such as C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews, Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow on the field; as a result, he’s also swiftly catching up with them in the hobby.

In this exclusive interview, Best discusses his collecting cousins, seeing himself on a football card for the first time and just what he thinks about what Ndamukong Suh thinks about him.

What does having your own NFL trading card mean to you?
“It means a lot. It definitely means that somewhere some fans care about me and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s who I’m playing for; so it means a lot to me.”

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Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best Named ‘Topps Rookie of the Week’ by Tracy Hackler
September 16, 2010, 11:39 am
Filed under: Beckett Media, First look, NFL, Topps | Tags: , , , ,

Topps kicked off its season-long Rookie of the Week program earlier this week by naming Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best as its Topps Rookie of the Week on the strength of Best’s debut two-touchdown performance against the Chicago Bears.

The program is being conducted all season long at participating Topps Home Team Advantage, or  HTA, hobby shops.  Customers in those stores who purchase 2010 Topps football products are eligible to receive Rookie of the Week redemption cards.

Every Tuesday during the NFL season, Topps will name a new “Rookie of the Week.” Holders of redemption cards for that particular week can log onto the program website to receive their free Player of the Week card.



Video Vault: The 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere by Tracy Hackler

It took us more than a week, but we finally finished downloading all of the great behind-the-scenes video footage we shot at  the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles late last month. Our apologies for the delay.

We hope you find the following clips both entertaining and worth the short wait. Oh, and don’t be surprised if we post a few more late-arriving videos here in the coming days.

From Tim Tebow signing autographs and posing for pictures to Dez Bryant going uncovered to an impromptu trading card discussion between new teammates Sam Bradford and Mardy Gilyard, there should be something here for everyone.

See all the videos after the jump.

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Hobby Winners & Losers from the 2010 NFL Draft by Tracy Hackler

By TRACY HACKLER | BECKETT MEDIA EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

The first prime-time, three-day NFL Draft in history came to a relatively quiet close on Saturday following two previous days of high drama and record-breaking television ratings.

But for all of the newness of the event, the 2010 Draft meant what it’s always meant to card collectors. It meant the chance to finally see who was going where and how that would affect the collectibility of 2010 Rookie Cards.

After all, the right player going to the right team or the right opportunity means everything to the allure of and demand for his Rookie Cards. On the other hand, even the most talented players going to hobby wastelands can mean instant indifference.

What follows is a partial list of Beckett Football’s biggest winners and losers from the 2010 NFL Draft. For the complete list be sure to check out the next issue of Beckett Football, on newsstands everywhere in May.

Winners
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
First Round (24th overall) out of Oklahoma State

Most experts credited Bryant with top-five skills and a Mr. Irrelevant attitude. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made no bones about wanting Bryant. He got the electrifying pass-catcher from Oklahoma State with the 24th overall pick and promptly gave him Hall of Famer Michael Irvin’s No. 88.

Bryant lands on football’s most-collected team and immediately heads to the top of the rookie hobby heap. With a gun-slinging QB in Tony Romo and a star-studded cast of offensive weapons around him, Bryant has the chance to shine – now.

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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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