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Box Busters: 2010 Panini Plates & Patches by Chris Olds
January 26, 2011, 8:12 pm
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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2010 Panini Plates & Patches football boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps Supreme by Chris Olds
January 26, 2011, 8:08 pm
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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they open a pair of 2010 Topps Supreme football card boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What’s inside? Watch and find out …



Allen & Ginter Super Bowl Champions cards return to eTopps by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With the NFL getting closer and closer to its Super Bowl champions, Topps has released a new set of Allen & Ginter Super Bowl Champions on its ETopps.com website.

The first three cards in the 15-card set were released on Monday with Howie Long, Jerome Bettis and Vince Lombardi.

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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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Topps confirms Magic football short-prints by Chris Olds
January 11, 2011, 10:20 am
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps confirmed that there are several short-printed autograph and base cards in its 2010 Topps Magic football card set on Tuesday.

The following players signed just 15 copies of their standard card and 10 copies of their Chromes for the retro-styled release:

Adrian Peterson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Darren McFadden, DeAngelo Williams, Eli Manning, Emmitt Smith, Jim Brown, Jimmy Clausen, Joe Namath, John Elway, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning,Ray Rice, Reggie Bush, Roger Staubach, Tim Tebow, Tony Romo, Troy Aikman, Vince Young, Ben Tate, Brandon Gibson, Charles Scott, Chris Ogbonnaya, Dan LeFevour, Dezmon Briscoe, Dustin Keller, Ed Wang, James Casey, John Skelton, Josh Freeman, Kevin Kolb , Matt Leinart, Mike Kafka, Montario Hardesty, Nate Burleson, Trent Edwards, Willie Parker

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Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s no secret that the autograph is key to many a sports products these days as those certified authentic slips of the pen turn cardboard into collecting gold.

But the certified autograph is not the only way a collector can land a treasured item.

In fact, many a signer of certified autographs actually signs in other ways — ways that collectors may not always think about in a world of commodified, short-print chases and dreaming of winning mylar-wrapped lotteries. It may sound like common sense, but there are other ways to track down signatures besides ripping packs and buying singles at the card shop or online.

Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying a certified signature straight from a trusted dealer.

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
These days, it’s pretty common for athletes and celebrities to have their own websites where they sell autographed items directly to the public. The signed copy of WWE Magazine above, for example, was purchased on Trish Stratus‘ website, www.trishstratus.com. There, the former multi-time women’s champion sells signed magazines, books, photos, posters and more. If you have your own particular item you want signed, she’ll ink it up for a $10 fee.

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Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Sterling football cards by Chris Olds
December 30, 2010, 4:08 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into boxes of 2010 Bowman Sterling football cards from Topps in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out…