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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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Press Pass Reveals Joe Montana Autograph Error by Tracy Hackler
February 11, 2010, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media, Errors & Variations, NFL, Press Pass | Tags:

Press Pass officials recently announced that a production error on Joe Montana’s run of Semester Signature Onyx autograph cards from 2009 Press Pass Fusion led to the creation of four cards bearing identical “2/5” serial numbering.

The snafu, compliments of a malfunctioning thermotype machine, presented quite a dilemma for Press Pass officials, considering the magnitude of the player and the value of his certified autographs. Nick Matijevich, the company’s Director of Product Development, admits that he and his coworkers brainstormed many different solutions, including attempting to remove or cover up the duplicate numbering in an effort to re-number them correctly.

Ultimately, though, company officials determined that the risk of damaging four key cards   was too great with that scenario. So, instead, they decided to do nothing in hopes that the benefit of full disclosure will mean more to collectors.

“We are fulfilling all redemptions from the cards we have available in order to provide each collector with the card that they were promised,” Matijevich said. “While we understand that this situation is not ideal, we want to assure collectors that there are only five of these cards in circulation despite the repeat numbering.

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Exclusive Gallery: Pro Football Hall of Fame Set Autographs by Tracy Hackler

Visitors to and the Beckett Blog have been abuzz in the two days since we reported on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s new 253-card Bronze Bust Collector Card set, a super high-end product limited to 150 sets that includes more than 130 autographs and a $5,000 price tag.

Today, that buzzing is sure to intensify.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame provided Beckett Media with a handsome handful of images from the set, a stunning ensemble of on-card autographs sure to render even the most hardcore football collectors wobbly kneed.

But don’t take our word for it. See the images for yourself; oh, and grab a napkin . . . you know, for the drool.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Unveils High-End Card Set by Tracy Hackler

Here’s betting that hard-to-shop-for football fan on your Christmas list doesn’t have this. The Pro Football Hall of Fame recently unveiled the extravagant Bronze Bust Collector Card set, a 253-card collection limited to an edition of just 150 sets.

Oh, and here’s the kicker: More than 130 cards in each set are autographed – by the likes of Joe Montana, John Elway, Barry Sanders, John Madden, Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert and Dan Marino.

“The bronze portrait busts, which we use to honor our Hall of Fame members, are often cited as something that separates the Pro Football Hall of Fame from other sports museums,” says Steve Strawbridge, the Hall of Fame’s Vice President Merchandising/Licensing. “With the Bronze Bust Collector Cards we feel that we have again created something that separates us from the norm.”

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Exclusive First Look: 2009 Press Pass Fusion Multi-Sport by Tracy Hackler


Press Pass officials late Friday shared with Beckett Media preliminary details of the brand new 2009 Press Pass Fusion, a product that looks to be the company’s best possible first foot forward as they enter the multi-sport arena.

The 90-card Fusion base set incorporates athletes from baseball, basketball, football, NASCAR, MMA/wrestling and the Olympics and, from the looks of the stunning preview, appears to really distance itself from other similar products with compelling, rarely seen, photography.

“This product is going to include tons of players we’ve never featured before, many with unique images,” said Nick Matijevich, Press Pass’ Director of Product Development. “The box-to-box value on this product should be tremendous, and with our exclusive NASCAR agreements, we’ll be able to deliver a product mix that our competitors are unable to match.”

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Who’s The Greatest Quarterback of All-Time? by Tracy Hackler

QB Tribute

The greatest quarterback of all-time? That’s easy. It’s . . . well . . . it’s gotta be . . . Montana . . . well, wait, maybe it’s Marino. Or Unitas. Or Bradshaw. No, no, no. It’s Elway . . . well, but then what about Brady? And Peyton Manning?

Man, that question gets harder to answer the more you think about it.

And therein rests the dilemma and the delight of the new, impossible-to-put-down magazine Quarterback: A Tribute to the Greatest of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, a page-turning treat that attempts to rank – in order – the 50 greatest quarterbacks in football history.

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New Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers figure arrives in July by Chris Olds
April 20, 2009, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Hall of Fame, mcfarlane toys, NFL | Tags: , , , ,


A McFarlane Toys figure of Joe Montana in his San Francisco 49ers uniform will be found in the fifth series of NFL Legends SportsPicks when they arrive in stores this summer.

The Montana figure will be an exclusive to Toys R Us stores, while other retail outlets will receive Montana figures in his Kansas City Chiefs uniform when they arrive in July.

Other figures in the series include Randall Cunningham, Barry Sanders, Bart Starr and more. See them all here.

For more on McFarlane Toys, visit

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at