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Danny Woodhead’s cardboard drought will end soon — but don’t expect any autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

He’s a small-town guy from Nebraska who went to a small school — Chadron State — where he was the best player in the nation two years in a row as the winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy and destroyed the record books with 7,962 rushing yards and 109 touchdowns, both NCAA records.

He went undrafted in 2008 and toiled on the New York Jets practice squad before getting some playing time last season. He was cut earlier this year after getting attention on HBO’s Hard Knocks and featured treatment from Coach Rex Ryan‘s memorable mouth (“Look at that little *&^%$#$,” said Ryan, watching a preseason touchdown), only to sign on with the New England Patriots where he’s become a cult hero of sorts.

He’s a small-in-stature guy, just 5-foot-7 (though 200 pounds), who could probably blend in well behind the counter at your local fast food joint or working the shelves at Modell’s — after all, he has sold his own football jerseys in relative anonymity despite the fact that he scored six touchdowns this season while playing alongside the likes of Tom Brady and Wes Welker.

And worst of all? He has yet to appear on a single licensed NFL trading card released in pack form. (But that will soon change — keep reading.)

His name? Danny Woodhead.

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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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Does the Heisman Trophy make Mark Ingram the greatest player in Alabama football history? by Chris Olds

Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram became the first player in the storied history of Crimson Tide football to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City.

One now has to ask … does that make him Alabama’s greatest player ever?

It’s an easy question to answer as the Crimson Tide’s list of past legends is lengthy. It includes 20 members of the College Football Hall of Fame and seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yet none of those other Alabama Crimson Tide players ever won the Heisman.

While most football fans who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Southeastern Conference territory know precisely who the legends produced by Alabama are, let’s quickly recap them … and see if we can answer that question.

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Josh McDaniels Football Card Up 3,500% in Value by Tracy Hackler

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Long before Denver Broncos rookie head coach Josh McDaniels started winning games, Rocky Mountain hearts and league-wide respect this season, the 33-year-old maverick was a cocky-looking quarterback and kicker for McKinley High School in – of all places – Canton, Ohio.

And he’s got an obscure-yet-burgeoning football card to prove it.

The card, a virtually valueless afterthought for the better part of 15 years, made a rare appearance on the secondary market earlier this month – and sold for $26, four times its current value at the time and a staggering 3,500 percent more than it was worth just nine months ago.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 6 by danhitt

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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 NFL Week 6.

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Exclusive Ken Griffey Jr. figure, NFL series 22 coming from McFarlane Toys by Chris Olds

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McFarlane Toys has plenty on tap soon with, most notably, a 6-inch Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners SportsPicks figure only available from one retailer.

The new Junior figure, which can only be had at ClarkToys.com, shows him swinging away while wearing his No. 24. It arrives in October.

Coming in December is the company’s 22nd line of SportsPicks NFL figures, a strong crop led by Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.

See more after the jump.

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Tedy Bruschi: Not one of the easiest autographs to find by Chris Olds

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Tedy Bruschi retired from the NFL on Monday at age 36 after 13 seasons with the New England Patriots — a career known for three Super Bowl championships, his recovery from a stroke in 2005 and one other thing that’s very, very important to football card collectors.

His lack of certified autograph cards.

Bruschi appeared on more than 550 different football cards made during his career — 556 to be exact — but a mere 36 of them included an autograph. That’s a relatively scarce amount for a player of his notable stature on such a prominent team.

Panini America Acquisitions Manager Joe White, who oversaw Donruss’ deal with Bruschi, discussed the linebacker’s autographing habits.

“I believe [to date] we are the only company to produce a live Bruschi
certified autograph trading card. I’m constantly searching to see if any
others go live, but all I’ve seen is ours,” White said. “We did a deal with him in 2006, but his first autograph card was one we did for the Unsung Heroes banquet. We produced a limited edition set of all the winners and each player signed a handful of cards, which we included in a later set.”

“Our deal in 2006 was a big hit with collectors as he appeared in
Absolute and Limited.”

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