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PSA/DNA to authenticate Super Bowl game balls by Chris Olds
February 1, 2011, 12:39 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Each and every game ball used in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday will be tagged with invisible ink to authenticate it as being used in game-play, announced PSA/DNA on Tuesday.

Roughly 120 balls will he used during the big game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they won’t be the only items authenticated — the pylons and the coin for the coin toss also will be marked.

“The DNA ink has an astronomical 1-in-33 trillion chance of being accurately reproduced by counterfeiters,” said Joe Orlando, President of PSA/DNA. “Many of the game-used Super Bowl footballs are sold by the NFL through charity auctions. The PSA/DNA certification combats potential counterfeiting and helps assure future owners that each ball is genuine.”

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company uses a synthetic DNA strand that can be seen only with a specific laser. This will be the 13th year that the company has authenticated Super Bowl balls, which also will include a letter of authenticity. For added protection, the letters will have codes that can be verified at

***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-5) Contest No. 13 — A Super Bowl game-used jersey card lot including Joe Namath (only 10 exist), Hines Ward, Donald Brown, Terry Bradshaw & Drew Brees by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching a dozen contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

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.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Monday Morning Collector: Week 15 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 15.

Veteran of the Week:
DeMarcus Ware, LB, Cowboys
(2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles)

After a slow start to the season, Ware is having an incredible second half. He has recorded nine of his 11 sacks this season in the past nine games and has forced three fumbles in the last four games. But the most important forced fumble occurred on the final play of the game on Sunday against the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints to seal the victory for the Cowboys.

Ware has now logged double digits in sacks each of his first four seasons, so he’s no stranger to collectors. However, Ware’s best 2005 rookie-year cards remain remarkably inexpensive.

Cards to Grab:
2005 Bowman Chrome #254 AU RC ($30)
2005 Playoff Contenders #133 AU RC ($40)
2005 SP Authentic #215 JSY AU/850 RC ($40)

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Raw is Roethlisberger by Tracy Hackler
October 5, 2009, 4:23 pm
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On a history-making October day way back in 1992, Deion Sanders played defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons in the afternoon and outfield for the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS later that evening.

To this day, Sanders remains the only player in history to score an NFL touchdown and hit a major league home run in the same week (which he did in 1989).

But Prime Time’s two-sport supremacy is sure to be tested by the improbable double duty Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on the verge of pulling off. Tonight, less than 24 hours after leading the Steelers to a 38-28 victory over San Diego, Big Ben will serve as guest host for World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Raw” television show on USA Network.

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The Hair Up There: Collecting Troy Polamalu by Tracy Hackler

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I sit here at my keyboard a conflicted mess. As a Denver Broncos and Larry Fitzgerald collector, I don’t like the Pittsburgh Steelers – at all. I can’t stand Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger bugs me and the Terrible Towel is, well, terrible.

Yet I find myself typing “Troy Polamalu” in the eBay search window an awful lot lately. And to be honest with you, I don’t even know why.

I think it’s the hair. Or the heroics. Or the Head & Shoulders. Heck, I think it’s a little bit of all of that, but probably the on-field feats more than the famous follicles; although, Polamalu’s omnipresent peddling of Head & Shoulders shampoo these days has served to shed some light on his entertaining sense of humor.

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McFarlane Toys plans NBA video game tie-in & 12-inch football figures by Chris Olds


McFarlane Toys has announced a pair of upcoming projects that focus on the big and small of two professional sports leagues.

This fall, McFarlane will work with video game-maker 2K Sports to offer a 3-inch Kobe Bryant figure only available with the NBA 2K10 Anniversary Edition video game that arrives in early October.

The special edition will cost $100 and is available for the PlayStation 3 or the XBox. It includes a 2K Sports’ NBA 2K10 game locker, the figure,  a 16×36 Bryant poster and a NBA 2K 10th anniversary DVD.

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Troy Polamalu — and his hair — returns to McFarlanes by Chris Olds


Pittsburgh Steelers DB Troy Polamalu — and his hair — returns to McFarlane Toys’ 21st series of SportsPicks, the company’s popular 6-inch vinyl action figures.

It’s not Polamalu’s first figure — but perhaps this one showcases his famous mane the best. He previously appeared in Series 14 and in a Super Bowl XL two-pack, while a Steelers two-pack of Polamalu with Hines Ward is set to arrive in August.

His latest figure is scheduled to arrive in October with that series also including debut figures for six players. A sneak peek with freshly released images is below.

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