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Sneak Peek: 2011 Upper Deck Football by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Upper Deck recently released a few (two to be exact), preview images of its 2011 football product. Set to release on April 12, the NFL newcomer-focused manufacturer announced that this set will deliver “the top 2011 rookies before the draft.”

After all, Upper Deck is the only company allowed to use NCAA team logos with its exclusive deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company.

In addition to the forthcoming football freshmen, league veterans and greats will be featured in what appears to be  a 1991 throwback design on some cards (see below). As the images indicate, Adrian Peterson and Dan Marino are amongst the many players pictured in their collegiate uniforms.

The saga will surely unfold over the next few months, but for now this product breakdown will have to do. Continue reading

Tampa Bay Bucs rookie Gerald McCoy rips into some Panini America football cards by Chris Olds

What happens when a Denver Broncos fan and a Tampa Bay Bucs rookie collide?

Boxes of football cards get opened, of course.

Join Panini America’s Tracy Hackler as he rips into a couple of NFL boxes with former Oklahoma Sooners standout Gerald McCoy … watch for the rookie’s reaction of finding a former teammate in a pack.

Classic stuff.

Oh, and should we mention that they pulled a 1/1 autograph?

Who was it? Watch and find out …


Preview Gallery: 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear RG Gems autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Panini America released a handful of preview images to tease what’s coming in 2010 Gridiron Gear, which arrives this week with some hidden surprises.

What kinds of surprises?

Well, for starters there are the Rookie Gridiron Gems cards that have an autograph on a jersey swatch that is concealed inside the card. Collectors can pull out its inner panel to see the entire signature.

You’ll see more of the cards after the jump, and you see the rest of the cards from the set online starting with a batch right here and you’ll have the chance to win one of these cards from a top running back in the class in the next issue of Beckett Football. (That’ll be in hobby shops and chain stores around the country by next month … )

Until then, you can see five cards — before and after autograph reveals — after the jump.

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First look: 2010 Topps Tribute football cards by Chris Olds

One of Topps‘ flashiest high-end sets from the early 2000s returned in baseball little over a year ago and now it’s back once again.

On the gridiron.

Topps revealed the basic breakdown and preview images for 2010 Topps Tribute Football on Thursday evening, a one-hit-per-pack product that will arrive packing plenty of flash and it arrives on Jan. 31, 2011.

Each six-pack box will include four autographed Relics or autograph cards and three multi-piece Relic cards in this hobby-only product.

The base set will consist of 100 cards — 48 rookies, 40 veterans and 12 legends of the game — with all the parallels collectors should be familiar with from the baseball release. There are Reds, Golds, Greens, Blacks and Blues as well as printing plates to be found.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (9-17) Contest — Win a 2010 Topps football card hobby box 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.

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.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps football cards by Chris Olds
September 3, 2010, 10:22 am
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Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they split a box of 2010 Topps NFL cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Part 1 is above and Part 2 is after the jump.

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More signed cards from the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere by Chris Olds

While you saw plenty of images from the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere this weekend — all taken by Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler — you couldn’t have seen everything.

There was just that much stuff being signed.

Here are some additional images from Topps released on Monday … cards signed at the event.

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