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First look: 2010 National Treasures Football by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Those sneaky card guys over at Panini America couldn’t hang on to photos of 2010 National Treasures Football any longer. They couldn’t keep the lid on the final and most expensive product in their 2010 football line.

National Treasures is consistently one of the most anticipated sets since it debuted in 2006. The high-end product features sharp photos, beautiful patches and a good mix of legend, veteran and rookie autographs.

The product isn’t due out until March 2, 2011, but Panini just couldn’t hide its preview photos any longer.

A $400-pack gets you eight cards. The preview photos show players such as Tom Brady, Johnny Unitas and Sam Bradford, all guys at the top of the game or quickly on the rise.

See the gallery — and more — after the jump.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame card set adds new immortals by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has added another layer to its Bronze Bust Collector Cards – but only for a short while.

For a limited time, the 2010 class of Russ Grimm, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, Rickey Jackson, John Randle, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are included in this exclusive card release, which is limited to 150 autographed sets. The Bronze Bust Collector Card series represents the most exclusive card collection ever offered by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

More than 135 cards are signed by the likes of Don Shula, Gale Sayers, Lawrence Taylor, John Elway and Joe Montana.

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Almost Live: 2010 Classics Football Hall of Fame Autographs by Tracy Hackler

Panini America Football Brand Manager Carlos Torrez confirmed today that all seven subjects in the 2010 Classics Football Hall of Fame Autographs set (Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Floyd Little, John Randle, Dick LeBeau, Rickey Jackson and Russ Grimm) have returned their on-card autographs to Panini headquarters.

Torrez said the outstanding redemption cards — released as part of 2010 Classics Football in early August — will begin being fulfilled “in the very near future.”

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First Look: 2010 Classics Football by Tracy Hackler

It boggles the mind just a bit to realize that Classics Football turns 10 years old this summer.

It seems like just yesterday that the product was first unveiled packing a somewhat-revolutionary, history-spanning checklist that incorporated the hottest rookies, the top current stars and the greatest players of all time all in one product. Today, that something old/something new recipe is standard issue in the trading card game.

The 10th edition of Classics is slated to hit stores in late July with four memorabilia or autograph hits (at least one autograph guaranteed), four Rookie Cards (numbered to 999 or less), two Legends (numbered to 999) and six additional insert or parallel cards per box.

The Classic Cuts cut-autograph insert set is numbered to 100 or less and has a checklist that includes Sid Luckman, Walter Payton, Paul “Bear” Bryant and George Halas. There’s also an autograph insert honoring the newest class of Hall of Fame inductees, including dual-signed versions from Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice.

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Larry Fitzgerald Resumes Rare Playoff Flight Pattern by Tracy Hackler

Somehow misplaced amid the barrage of passes and points and made-for-SportsCenter moments that permeated last Sunday’s scintillating Cardinals-Packers Wild Card game was yet another spectacular postseason performance from Arizona wonder receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Overshadowed by his team’s record-setting 51-45 overtime win against the Packers (on a defensive touchdown, no less) was the continuation of Fitzgerald’s unparalleled postseason profuseness.

You’ll remember that the 6-3, 225-pound pass-catching freak captivated the country last season with what most consider, hands down, the greatest receiving postseason in NFL history, a bit of spiral-snaring nirvana that included 30 catches, 546 yards and seven touchdowns in four games.

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New video game brings football fans into HBCU campuses by Chris Olds


A new video game arrives in stores today that brings gamers an unprecedented look at football at historically black colleges and universities, or HCBUs, with former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams leading the way.

BCFX — The Doug Williams Edition combines football action with the pageantry and energy of the famed marching bands which are part of two unique new rhythm games within the game — the interactive Halftime Show and Drum Line Challenge.

The game offers a lesson in HBCU football history with historical data in its Legacy Museum as well as licensed music performed by those famous marching bands.

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