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NFL Players Get Creative on Topps Five Star Sketch Cards by tolentinotown
January 13, 2011, 11:48 am
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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Topps announced today that collectors will be able to see the creative sides of pro football players in the upcoming Five Star product.

Lending their artistic talent (sometimes better referred to as “effort”) on player sketch cards, athletes like Tony Romo (whose effort is pictured above), LaDainian Tomlinson and Tim Tebow add a unique allure to the high-end line. Hand drawn by NFL standouts, each one of one illustration is signed on the back by the respective footbartist.

This makes for an interesting means of getting more than just autographs from Romo, Tomlinson, Tebow, Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Roddy White, Matthew Stafford, C.J. Spiller, Matt Ryan, Mike Williams, Aaron Hernandez and more.

Set to release in late February, Topps Five Star Football is loaded with high-end hits, some of which might even end up at The Met.

You won’t find this one in packs of 2010 Topps Update by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Every week, there are boxes addressed to me here at Beckett Media and sealed inside are all kinds of treasures — sealed boxes from Panini America and Topps that include our Box Busters boxes and an occasional prize or two for the collectors out there.

And even though ripping open those boxes often feels like Christmas Day (or something), they’re all items I never get to keep.

But as I checked my email today — after a couple less-frazzled days off — I found a message asking for my address so I can have a mailday of my own.

It was from Nathan Sprenkle, one of the artists who took blank You Sketch It! cards from 2010 Topps Series 2 and created what are now rare You Sketched It! insert cards in 2010 Topps Update.

Here’s what he wrote:

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Card gallery: 2010 Topps Update You Sketched It! cards by Chris Olds
November 16, 2010, 1:44 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

You might not have noticed them buried deep in the sea of odds on wrappers of 2010 Topps Update baseball cards, but the set includes the first collector-created Sketch Cards ever released into a pack.

A limited number of those blank sketch cards found in packs of 2010 Topps Series 2 have been returned with added ink, pencil or other media and are framed as 1/1s and found in packs. (We’ll not bother telling you the odds in Update. It’s a bit depressing.)

Topps recently teased a few of the cards that are found in Update packs.

See a gallery of the images after the jump.

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Details are Sketchy for 2010 Topps Football . . . But You Could Win by Tracy Hackler

Equip an NFL superstar rookie with nothing more than a pen, a 2 1/2-by-by-3 1/2-inch blank cardboard canvas and his own imagination and the results can be amazing, amusing and absolutely revealing.

Indeed, just when you think you’ve seen it all in the envelope-pushing arena of sports trading cards, Topps brings its brilliantly simple, genuinely refreshing athletes-as-Sketch-Card-artists concept to 2010 Topps Football following a successful debut in 2009 Topps WWE earlier this year.

At last month’s NFL Players Rookie Premiere, Topps officials asked each of the 35 players in attendance to draw, doodle or jot down whatever they wanted (provided it was in good taste) on an authentic Topps sketch card; 26 of the players ended up taking Topps up on its unique request. As a result, the pad-clad Picassos hand-crafted some of the most memorable Sketch Cards to date.

(Actually, 27 players obliged but one artist’s proof was not necessarily appropriate for packout.)

“They liked the idea and some of them really got into it,” says Clay Luraschi, Topps’ Director of Product Development. “There were no parameters.  We let them draw whatever they wanted.”

That included, among other things, a version of Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, some entertaining self portraits, some captivating play calls and some simple scribbles that ended up being dead giveaways.

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Topps’ “You Sketch It” cards bring interactivity to a new level by Chris Olds

Collectors often clamor for more interaction with trading card companies — feeling the need to tell them their demands while also telling them what they don’t like, telling them what they do like and more.

Sometimes, for varying ego-related reasons, individuals insist they should appear on a card inside a Topps wrapper, too.

Now, they can … sort of.

Found in packs of the upcoming 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards will be Topps “You Sketch It” cards that have blank fronts that can be drawn upon and sent back to Topps for the chance to possibly win a prize (according to sales materials) and potentially have their sketch cards inserted into future Topps products for collectors to discover.

Talk about interactive and potentially influential for a product. A crowd-sourced baseball card set? If they’re good, it could be interesting. Who wouldn’t want to find their card in a pack?

Here’s what the back of the card says:

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-23) Contest No. 5 — A BGS 9 2010 Breygent Cartoon Sketch Philly Non-Sport Show Betty Boop promo card (courtesy of Breygent; only available at next week’s show) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How 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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Preview Gallery: Topps Star Wars Galaxy Series 5 Sketch Cards by Chris Olds

Topps released on Thursday a sneak peek at some of the Sketch Cards that will be found in its forthcoming Star Wars Galaxy trading card set, the latest in a long line of sets focused on the sci-fi franchise.

The Sketch Cards will be found one per hobby box and there are more than 100 artists whose work can be found inside the packs of the art-based brand when it arrives later this month. (See a bit more here.)

Among the artists whose work is seen here are Gabe Farber, Russ Walks, Katie Cook-Wilcox, Tim Proctor, Mark McHaley, Nina Edlund, Nolan Woodard and Joe Corroney.

See more of the cards after the jump.

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