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Beckett Media’s Alabama National Champs commemorative issue set to hit newsstands Monday by Chris Olds

The celebrations have only just begun for Crimson Tide football fans as the University of Alabama football team knocked off the Texas Longhorns for their 13th national championship on Thursday night in Pasadena, Calif.

And we want to make sure we can help the Alabama fans celebrate.

Beckett Media‘s Alabama National Champs commemorative issue will start arriving on newsstands on Monday with its dual-covered 80 full-color pages highlighting not only the Crimson Tide’s 37-21 victory, but also the team’s run to a perfect 14-0 season. Order your special issue today by clicking here.

Inside, fans can find a recap of the SEC Championship Game, the Iron Bowl and every other matchup this season. In addition, the issue also contains a look at the team’s biggest stars — including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram — as well as a rundown of some of the biggest names in Crimson Tide history and a look at their memorabilia.  You know, legends like Paul “Bear” Bryant, Joe Namath, Bart Starr and many others.

Get a sampling of what can be found inside the magazine after the jump.

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Does the Heisman Trophy make Mark Ingram the greatest player in Alabama football history? by Chris Olds

Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram became the first player in the storied history of Crimson Tide football to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City.

One now has to ask … does that make him Alabama’s greatest player ever?

It’s an easy question to answer as the Crimson Tide’s list of past legends is lengthy. It includes 20 members of the College Football Hall of Fame and seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yet none of those other Alabama Crimson Tide players ever won the Heisman.

While most football fans who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Southeastern Conference territory know precisely who the legends produced by Alabama are, let’s quickly recap them … and see if we can answer that question.

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Tim Tebow: Cover Model by Tracy Hackler

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While the collecting world impatiently awaits Tim Tebow’s first licensed trading cards (which promise to be the most highly coveted of all 2010 NFL Rookie Cards when they begin arriving next spring), diehard hobbyists are left with precious few options when it comes to gathering the Gators’ front man who, as Florida head coach Urban Meyer has said, is one of the most visible college athletes of all-time.

He also happens to be one of the most inspirational. And if you’re looking for the closest thing to a traditional, reputable Tebow collectible available today, Sports Illustrated has you covered. Literally.

The venerable sports magazine has long been a target of sports collectors seeking keepsakes of their favorite players that are suitable for both signing and framing. Do a quick eBay search for “Tim Tebow Autograph” and what you’ll find is that most of what he’s signed has “Sports Illustrated” written all over it.

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