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If you could have one Blake Griffin rookie card, which would you pick? by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

You can’t turn on ESPN without seeing highlights of Blake Griffin’s dunks. The Los Angeles Clippers big man is giving people a reason to finally watch the Clippers.

He puts down dunks with such ferocity that it looks as though opponents just step out of the way.

Seriously, who wants to stand in the way of an upcoming freight train?

Dunks aren’t the only thing he has going for him, which is why this rookie’s cards are blowing up and they didn’t come cheaply to start.

But if you could have one Griffin Rookie Card in your collection, which card would it be?

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Card Gallery: 2010 Topps Prime by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Each keystroke is a painful one after busting a box of well-protected 2010 Topps Prime. As the upcoming Box Busters video should reveal, I had to channel some MacGyver-esque ingenuity to break the thick plastic seal.

Packaged in 10 six-card mini boxes per box, the rookie-centric football product appears pricier than it actually is. With good use of digital retouching, even the  full-bleed base cards offer a little extra for the collector. Selling for a little under $100-a-box,  Topps Prime delivers a decent bang for the buck, depending on who you pull. Continue reading

“D” is for “Rookie!” The 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie Boxed Set by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Carefully avoiding a Gap-esque logo change fiasco, the folks over at Panini America are keepin’ it real by using the iconic Donruss “D” in a few future releases. Soon to reappear in 2010-11 Donruss Hockey and 2010-11 Donruss Basketball, the beloved letter will also land on the recently trumpeted 2010 Donruss Football Rated Rookie Boxed Set.

Comprised of 100 Rated Rookies (Tim Tebow, Dez Bryant, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy, to name a few), each box completes the set and offers an autograph, to boot. At $19.99, it’s an affordable, enjoyable set to collect. However, with a January release date, the latest box with the Donruss “D” will have to do as a belated stocking stuffer, or a bargain-priced personal indulgence.

While enjoying the following preview provided by Panini, you might notice that the  “D” is a lowercase version of the crucial consonant, which is an upside-down, mirrored version of a “P.” Just sayin’.

Blake Griffin’s long-awaited NBA debut starts off right by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

More than a year after Blake Griffin was the 2009 top overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, he finally made his NBA debut.

The Oklahoma graduate, who spent last year shelved after knee surgery, had 20 points and 14 rebounds (nine offensive) in Wednesday night’s 98-88 loss to the Portland Trailblazers.

Griffin’s play gave Clippers fans something to finally cheer about.

The game didn’t start easily for Griffin. He took two fouls early in the first quarter and needed a break. But Griffin, who finished with four fouls, also didn’t play with a man worried about making contact. He was aggressive and visibly disappointed with himself when he missed a shot or made a mistake.

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Tim Tebow Justifies Early Collector Interest in Preseason Debut by Tracy Hackler

OK, so Tim Tebow‘s unbelievably ballyhooed NFL debut during the second half of Denver’s preseason opener in Cincinnati on Sunday night wasn’t necessarily Phil Simms in Super Bowl XXI.

Still, the polarizing project passer from the University of Florida did provide a few highly improbable outcomes: He made an NFL preseason game legitimate must-see TV, he outperformed fellow rookie classmates Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy, and he gave all those collectors throwing crazy cash at his Rookie Cards the right to say “I told you so” — if only for one week.

Granted, Tebow wasn’t exactly facing the Steel Curtain, the Purple People Eaters, the Monsters of the Midway or Doomsday, but neither were Clausen, McCoy and Bradford. Tebow threw for more yards than the other three first-year QBs, and was the only one of the four to complete better than 60 percent of his passes and produce a touchdown.

Here’s how the four stacked up statistically during their respective NFL preseason debuts:

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2010 Topps Football Boxed Set Due in October by Tracy Hackler

For countless collectors across the country, Topps‘ timeless complete-set-in-a-box concept is as much a part of their annual routine as paying taxes. It’s a one-stop shop for the clutter-averse collecting minimalist who wants to commemorate the entire season in one nice, neat package.

Topps boxed sets afford that opportunity. On Friday, the company began soliciting its 2010 Topps Football Complete Set, the newest installment of the venerable boxed base brand that features 440 cards (including 110 rookies, 27 All-Pros, 32 Team cards, four Classic Matchup cards, two 2009 Rookie of the Year cards, one Super Bowl Champion card, one League MVP card and one 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere Team Photo card).

Also included are five Rookie Card variations exclusive to the boxed set — Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Jahvid Best, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy.

Sets are due to arrive in early October.

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First Look: 2010 Rookies & Stars Football by Tracy Hackler

Panini America officials on Tuesday morning released preliminary product information and images for 2010 Rookies & Stars Football, the venerable brand that closely mimics last year’s rather radical design departure while focusing largely on 2010 rookies, their autographs and NFL Players Rookie Premiere-worn memorabilia.

Rookies & Stars is slated to arrive in mid August with eight-card packs carrying a $4 SRP. Each box (24 packs) will deliver four autograph or memorabilia cards (at least one autograph guaranteed), four Longevity parallels five other inserts.

The low-numbered Team Chemistry Signatures dual- and triple-autograph patch cards return, as do the dual-signed Studio Combo Rookies Signatures.

Stay tuned to for additional information on this product.

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