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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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Monday Morning Collector: Week 16 by danhitt

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 16.

Veteran of the Week:
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
(267 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 149.0 QB rating)

Many have counted Tom Brady and the Patriots out as a serious threat in the Playoffs. However, the most threatening teams in recent history are those that have momentum going into it despite their seeding. The Patriots have won three in a row and crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars 35-7 on Sunday. They will play a tough game in Houston next Sunday with the Texans possibly playing for a spot in the postseason. Brady and the Pats performance in that contest could foreshadow the team’s Playoff chances. As far as Brady’s card go there is little at this point in his career that he could do to nudge most of them much higher. He’s secured his spot in Canton and has a record in the postseason rivaled by few who have ever played the position of quarterback. However, many of Brady’s Rookie Cards can be found for sale at LO book and that certainly seems like a safe bet.

Cards to Grab:
2000 Donruss #230 RC/1325 ($200)
2000 Leaf Rookies and Stars #134 RC/1000 ($200)
2000 Ultimate Victory #146 RC/2000 ($100)

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 14 by Tracy Hackler

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select a rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 14.

By Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
(178 yards receiving, 1 touchdown catch, 1 punt return TD)
Jackson had an incredible game Sunday to continue his incredible season. He tied the NFL record for 50+ yard plays in one season (eight) with three games still to play. Jackson scored on a 72-yard punt return, a 60-yard reception and finished the game with six catches for 178 yards. Jackson is on the verge of his first 1,000-yard season and sits high on the list of today’s best receivers. Collectors made Jackson one of the most collected receivers of the 2008 rookie class but hadn’t taken enough interest this year to send his card values upward. His best 2008 cards still are reasonably priced for a player of his caliber, but that should change this week as Jackson and the Eagles are rolling toward the playoffs.

Cards to Grab:
2008 Exquisite Collection #154 JSY AU/199 RC ($135)
2008 SP Authentic #290 JSY AU/999 RC ($100)
2008 Playoff Contenders #127 AU RC ($60)

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*** NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (Oct. 23): Contest No. 6 — A Jake Long autographed 8×10 by Chris Olds

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NOW CLOSED. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST CONTEST.

We’re in the midst of Free Stuff Friday with this item that can be yours right now.

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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NFL PLAYERS, Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck team up for free autograph sessions by Chris Olds

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With the 10th anniversary of the NFL Player of the Day promotion here, Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck are joining forces with NFL PLAYERS to get NFL players into hobby shops for free autograph sessions.

image001Three players will visit three hobby shops around the country, each presented by one of the licensed manufacturers, beginning next week.

Here’s the rundown:

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.: Dallas Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton at Gil’s Infield (205 East Camp Wisdon Rd., Duncanville, Texas) courtesy of Panini America

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Chicago Bears RB Garrett Wolfe at Big John & Little Debby’s (5309 W. Devon, Chicago, Ill.), courtesy of Topps

Tuesday, Oct 20 at 5 p.m.: Miami Dolphins WR Davone Bess at Bases Loaded (9300 S. Dixie Hwy #103, Miami, FL), courtesy of Upper Deck

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.



Is This The Greatest Football Insert Ever? by Tracy Hackler

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Some hardcore product purists are deriding it as an affront to the very hobby it’s meant to help rejuvenate. Others are calling it a welcomed addition to even the most exciting pack of football cards.

Either way, the 15-card Topps Cheerleaders insert (seeded one in nine hobby packs of 2009 Topps and one in eight packs of the just-released 2009 Topps Chrome) is an utterly compelling conversation piece.

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“This space for rent” on NFL practice jerseys can’t hurt them as memorabilia by Chris Olds

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CNBC’s Darren Rovell is reporting that a couple of NFL teams are close to securing sponsorship deals on their practice jerseys — selling a space for an advertisement.

You can read all about it here.

Whether you like the idea or not — or fear something that looks like a NASCAR uniform or a Phoenix WNBA jersey (we’re not sure what the team name is anymore, really) — one thing is certain.

It can’t hurt the value of practice jerseys as memorabilia because the nameless and often patchless threads really aren’t appealing at all.

For example, Jim Yackel, a long-time dealer of game-worn sports memorabilia, has several Denver Broncos practice jerseys among his inventory, all between $100 and $450. The $100 jersey is an unused 1997 Steve Atwater practice jersey, while the high-end example is a 1997 jersey for Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman.

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