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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.

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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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First Look: 2010 Limited Football by Tracy Hackler

Panini America officials recently pulled the curtain back on 2010 Limited Football, one of the company’s most-anticipated higher-end products that’s due out in mid November packing three autograph or memorabilia cards numbered to 199 or less in each seven-card, $100 box.

Highlighting Limited once again this season are a pair of the set’s calling-card cornerstones: Material Phenoms autographed memorabilia Rookie Cards numbered to 199 or less and the legend-laced Limited Cuts autograph insert that includes such names as Bob Waterfield, Bobby Layne, Red Grange and Walter Payton to name four.

New for Limited in 2010 are the America’s Team Signatures and Autographed Materials cards (#’d to 100 or less), a continuation of Panini’s season-long, cross-brand tribute to the Dallas Cowboys’ 50th Anniversary team.

According to preliminary release information, a typical case of 2010 Limited (15 boxes) should deliver at least seven cards from a stacked insert roster (NFL Shield, NFL Shield Signatures, Rookie Lettermen, Limited Cuts, Jumbo Prime Signatures and Material Phenoms) or a stacked autograph guest list (Dan Marino, Tim Tebow, Tony Romo, Sam Bradford, Peyton Manning, C.J. Spiller, Brett Favre, Ryan Mathews, Troy Aikman, Dez Bryant, Tom Brady, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Joe Namath, John Elway, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson).

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Tim Tebow ‘Topps’ John Elway in New Card Count by Tracy Hackler

John Elway‘s first Topps card — a gem of a Rookie Card that’s No. 1 in my heart and No. 63 on your checklist — arrived in 1984. Elway’s 30th Topps card wouldn’t follow until nine years later, in 1993 Topps, after the Hall of Famer had already played in three Super Bowls and earned an NFL MVP Award.

Tim Tebow‘s first Topps card arrived earlier this week with the release of 2010 Topps Football. So did his 30th.

According to preliminary checklist data confirmed by Beckett Media, Tebow appears on 30 different trading cards in 2010 Topps. That brief but brazenly bulging checklist says as much about how dramatically the industry has changed in the last 25 years as it does about the headline-harvesting wunderkind looking to become the Denver Broncos‘ next great franchise quarterback.

For perspective, consider that Tebow appears on just 10 cards in 2010 Classics, 16 in 2010 Score, 17 in 2010 Prestige and 22 in 2010 Donruss Elite. The only 2010 NFL product released so far this season to include more Tebow cards than Topps’ 30 is Rookies and Stars, which boasts a staggering 38.

Tebow’s Topps total includes 13 cards limited to 25 copies or less and five 1/1s. He has 10 autographed cards in the set (the most plentiful is numbered to 90), four memorabilia cards and one autographed memorabilia card.

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First look: 2010 Topps NFL cards by Chris Olds

They’re back … though they never really went anywhere, right?

Topps released the basic set information and additional preview images for its 2010 NFL set on Friday afternoon, a product that just a few months ago looked like it would never see the light of day due to a licensing decision that was since reversed.

There will be one autograph or memorabilia card in every 36-pack hobby box of this long-running staple with two autographs and a Relic in every 10-pack HTA Jumbo box when it arrives in late August.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (1-29) Contest No. 5 — A Knowshon Moreno 2009 Playoff National Treasures Colossal Autograph Jersey card (only 50 exist) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching five contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow 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 — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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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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