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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: NFL Week 1 by danhitt

Well it’s finally here the start of the NFL season – the best time of the year. It is at least for serious football card collectors like us. And with the new season comes our take on the weekend’s top on-field performances from the perspective of a collector. So every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll pick a rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week. Here are our selections for NFL Week 1.

By Dan Hitt

Breakout Player of the Week:
Arian Foster, RB, Texans
(231 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns)

Foster was many a fantasy football player’s sleeper pick this season and the Texans are considered a sleeper as a team. Put them together and you get great opening-game performances from both as the Texans defeat the divisional team they’re bound to be chasing in the Colts. Foster’s 231 yards on the ground is the second-most in NFL history for Week 1 and his three touchdowns the most for a single player this week.
Collectors have already taken notice of the card bargains bearing Foster’s likeness. In the past few weeks, his best 2009 Rookie Cards have moved up in value slightly, but with a very small number of autographed cards on the market (Foster signed for just six 2009 products), his signatures have nearly doubled. Watch for those to go even higher this week following the Texans huge win over the rival Colts, thanks to Foster’s triple-TD day.

Cards to Grab:
2009 Bowman Draft Rookie Autographs #183 ($30)
2009 Bowman Sterling #115 AU/599 RC ($40)
2009 Press Pass Autographs Bronze #AF ($20)

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Sneak Peak by ejahnke
August 14, 2008, 12:00 pm
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The new cover of Beckett Football, coming soon to a store near you!

On sale September 10, 2008

Photo Caption Needed, Please by Pepper Hastings
February 4, 2008, 5:25 pm
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billb.jpgWhy is this photo so fun to look at? (Anyone have a good caption for it?)

Classic Photo, Revisited by Pepper Hastings
February 4, 2008, 11:41 am
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img00070.jpgThis photo, from this post, definitely deserves a second look after that outstanding game last night.

BTW, why did Bill Belichick wear a red hoodie last night? You don’t change it up. You don’t tempt fate.

NFL Playoffs Chat by Matthew P. Brumley
January 7, 2008, 10:42 am
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After a fairly predictable Week One of the NFL playoffs, the winners from this past weekend will soon get their chances at the elite teams that earned first round byes.  There are some very intriguing matchups this upcoming weekend:

Seahawks at Packers

As I think about this matchup, only one thing really comes to mind — the humorous memory of the 2004 playoff matchup between these two teams in which Matt Hasselbeck emphatically proclaimed [after Seattle won the coin toss to begin overtime], “We want the ball and we’re going to score!” [before promptly throwing an interception that Green Bay returned for a touchdown to win the game].  I’ll take the Packers again, in another close one.  Brumley’s Pick: Packers, 27-21.

Jaguars at Patriots

The undefeated Patriots have all of the pressure on them in the playoffs this year.  A perfect regular season would be greatly diminished with a postseason loss.  The Jaguars will get their chance to knock out heavily favored New England as they take jabs with their two-headed RB monster (Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew) against what, to me, is a beatable Patriots defense.  If the Jacksonville defense can put together a few stops against the Pats’ [arguably] unstoppable offense, I see this as a huge upset waiting to happen.  Brumley’s Pick: Jaguars, 34-28.

Chargers at Colts

With a sprained toe that knocked him out of yesterday’s game against the Titans, Antonio Gates is questionable for the upcoming matchup with the Colts.  It would be a huge blow to San Diego’s attack if he’s not able to play.  Also, is it just me, or does Philip Rivers look like he’s closer to mentally imploding each week?  I think this will be the one easily decided game of the week as the champs march on.  Brumley’s Pick: Colts, 34-13. 

Giants at Cowboys

Fans here in Dallas better hope Jessica Simpson doesn’t show up for this one.  The Cowboys won both of their meetings against the NFC East rival Giants in the regular season.  It’s pretty tough to beat a good team 3 times in one season, and it gets even more difficult without knowing if your most explosive playmaker will be able to play at 100%, or even at all.  I think the banged up Cowboys can still hold off the Giants.  Brumley’s Pick: Cowboys, 31-24.

Who do you pick for these exciting games?

Who’s Hotter: Brady vs. Peterson by David Lee
November 7, 2007, 4:06 pm
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Making a living writing about football cards is pretty darn cool. But fb213peterson.jpgsometimes, picking a player for the cover of Beckett Football can seem impossible.


This month, Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson rule the football card scene. Their hottest cards alternate in the first nine spots of this month’s Hot List. Brady owns a total of five spots, and Peterson claims six. 


Brady’s cards are setting record sales numbers, while Peterson is breaking records on the field. He already holds the single-game rushing record for crying out loud, and he’s just a rookie! Brady’s the established superstar who is having the greatest season ever by a QB. Peterson’s is the exciting rookie who continues to have new cards released on the market, with the best coming in the next couple of months. 


How do you choose? 


A coin flip … Peterson.


Eenie meenie minie moe … Brady.

Pulling petals off a flower … Peterson.


Paper, rock, scissors … Brady.


We probably couldn’t have gone wrong with either one. They have both made a huge impact on the hobby over the last few months and will continue to do so. With the Patriots destroying everyone, Brady will likely have more chances down the road to be the cover boy. Peterson’s season will likely be over after Week 17, but he may be holding even more staggering rushing records.


Who’s hotter? You decide, because we’re stumped.