Category Archives: Football

Box Busters: 2014 Panini Spectra football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Panini Spectra in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Contest time: We’ll be giving away one card from each box at some point. Tell us in the comments below which ones you think should be given away …

Rod Woodson’s rings, jerseys to hit auction

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NFL Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson was a six-time First-Team All Pro and ranked third all-time with 71 interceptions. Now, some of the legend’s top memorabilia is hitting the auction block in April. SCP Auctions will offer, among other pieces, Woodson’s AFC Championship rings as well as game-used jerseys from Steelers, Ravens and Raiders.

The auction will open April 8 at www.scpauctions.com and runs though April 25. Nearly 70 lots of Woodson’s most-prominent items include dozens of game balls from his college career at Purdue, various MVP awards and his NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team trophy which he was awarded in 1994.

“I was blessed with a long career in the NFL,” said Woodson, who now serves as assistant defensive backs coach for the Raiders, “and I was able to acquire quite a few mementos from my playing days. Now I feel good about consigning with SCP Auctions and sharing these with passionate football fans and collectors who would be interested in adding them to their collections.”

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First Look: 2015 Leaf Metal Draft Footballl

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

One of the early 2015 draft picks products, Leaf Metal Draft returns with the top prospects in next month’s draft. Each hobby box includes four autographed cards. The product focuses heavily on the draft’s top quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. Inserts feature several parallel levels numbered to as low as one.

State Pride Autographs features a flag design of the state in which the featured player played college ball. Touchdown Kings Autographs has a crown-shaped die-cut design and features some of the top touchdown scorers in the 2015 rookie class. More info and images after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Mini Chrome football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Mini Chrome in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

The first football card product of the year from Upper Deck will be Upper Deck Inscriptions. As the name suggests, there are plenty of autographs and, well, inscriptions.

Lots of them.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Fire football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Fire in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck signs several top NFL prospects

 

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

The NFL Combine is underway in Indy, and the NFL Draft is about two months away. To usher what looks to be another exciting rookie class deep in talent and hobby appeal, card companies are gearing up the first draft picks cards of 2015. Upper Deck recently announced the signing of many top prospects to card deals.

Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Amari Cooper, Bryce Petty, Ameer Abdullah and several others have signed to appear on collegiate-licensed cards from Upper Deck. This includes many autograph deals.

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BGS Diary: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for February — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

2006-07 USA Baseball Signatures Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2, $N/A
This year’s USA Baseball set is one that I ripped in volume — as in multiple cases. I managed to track down one last case of this one recently and pulled a pretty notable card of the Cincinnati Reds infielder during what turned out to be a career year. These cards can be somewhat condition sensitive with their high-gloss and their colored edges and the inset cut autograph, so I figured this one would simply “feel” better to me if it were in a slab. It’s a rare green-ink version and the auto graded a 10.
Pop Report: Since there are only two copies of the card, this one has little competition. The pop report shows it being the lone slabbed card, though I swear I saw its twin in a BGS slab on eBay earlier this year.

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First Look: 2014 National Treasures Football

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

One of the most anticipated football card products every year is ready for its ninth release. Since 2006, National Treasures has built an incredibly strong brand. In fact, in the February issue of Beckett Football, we ranked the 10 current strongest brands in the hobby, considering things such as name recognition, innovation, secondary market strength and overall influence. National Treasures ranked No. 2.

The 2014 release promises to bring the high quality and deep checklist of stars and legends collectors have come to expect from the product. There are eight cards per box and four boxes per case. Each box contains (on average), two base, rookies and/or legends cards, three autographs and three memorabilia cards.

Just some of the highlights include more autographed patch rookie cards, team-oriented cards, booklet patch autographed cards, several different pieces of memorabilia including logos, NFL shield and laundry tags. There are also 75 different cut signature cards of NFL legends. Other on-card autographed cards include Notable Nicknames, Jumbo Colossal Jersey Number Patches, Colossal Brand Logo Signatures and NFL Shields. Here are some of the individual set highlights (and images):

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Leaf Readies First 2015 NFL Draft Picks Cards

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

In mid-February, Leaf announced its first product to include the first licensed cards of the 2015 NFL Draft class. An 11-card set, 2015 Leaf Draft Football Limited Edition is being sold on eBay direct to consumer at $19.99 per set. Discounts are available for orders of 10, 20 and 50 sets.

The checklist includes most of the big names at quarterback, running back and receiver and you can discover who is included after the jump. Read More »

Malcolm Butler signs auto deal with Fanatics

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Super Bowl hero’s football cards are coming soon — and so are his autographs.

New England Patriots safety Malcolm Butler has signed an autograph deal with Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fanatics to bring put his autographs into collectors hands. Butler, an un-drafted rookie out of the University of West Alabama, made the game-clinching interception in Super Bowl XLIX.

A total of 14 items are available for pre-order with unframed signed 8-by-10 photos of his memorable play starting at $69.95.

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Panini Releases 2014 Contenders SP Quantities

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America has released specific quantities of the SPs and SSPs in its popular 2014 Contenders Football. The strong rookie class has made Contenders one of the hottest-selling products of the entire season.

These quantities include the SPs and SSPs for the base Rookie Tickets along with Variation 1 and Variation 2 for these cards (see the three examples above). Also announced were quantities for several inserts including Rookie Ink, Draft Class and ROY Contenders. A few weeks ago we detailed information on how to spot the base, Variation 1 and Variation 2 Rookie Tickets. Also check out our Box Busters review of 2014 Panini Contenders.

Here are the print-run quantities:

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Malcolm Butler’s First RC in 2014 National Treasures

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Patriots rookie defensive back Malcolm Butler will get his first Rookie Card in 2014 National Treasures.

The unlikely hero of Super Bowl XLIX made the game-saving interception at his own goal line with seconds remaining to give the Patriots its fourth Super Bowl title. The play will certainly go down as one of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history. Butler is an undrafted rookie and has no NFL cards to date. After the Super Bowl, Panini America’s product development team reworked the checklist for 2014 National Treasures – which will be the company’s final release of the 2014 NFL product season — to make room for Butler. He will be card No. 273 on the National Treasures base set checklist.

Earlier today, Panini America announced that Butler will also be included in the company’s 2014 Select Football Award Selections interactive redemption program as part of the New England Patriots team set.

Panini Details 2014 Select FB Award Winners

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America has accounted details of its 2014 Select Football Award Selections sets. Just before Super Bowl XLIX, winners for NFL MVP (Aaron Rodgers), Offensive Rookie of the Year (Odell Beckham, Jr.) and Defensive Rookie of the Year (Aaron Donald) were announced.

The announcements instantly made winners of interactive Awards Selections cards featuring those players that were included in 2014 Select Football. As the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX, their team Super Bowl card is also a winner. The special card sets that will go out to collectors who submit their winning cards are getting ready to go out. Collectors holding Awards Selections cards of the four aforementioned winners can send their cards to:

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Malcolm Butler gets first football card in Topps’ Super Bowl commemorative set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

An undrafted rookie out of a small school made perhaps the biggest play of the biggest game of the season on Sunday.

And now he’ll have his first football card.

Patriots safety Malcolm Butler is one of two bonus cards — the other being Super Bowl XLIX MVP Tom Brady — to be had for collectors who pick up the deluxe edition of the Topps Super Bowl commemorative set that went on sale Tuesday only on Topps.com.

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Win this Odell Beckham Jr. auto in the April BSCM

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If you’re plugged in online, then you might have heard about Odell Beckham Jr.‘s recent #SignMyTweet session.

If not, you should have been on Beckett.com/news last week where we told everybody about the free promotional signing by XFinity Sports where he signed a number of tweets sent to him as part of the event. If you saw it, you could have tweeted the Offensive Rookie of the Year award-winner and maybe, just maybe, received some ink.

@BeckettMedia tweeted him and got lucky. Now, one reader of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will be a winner when the tweet Beckham signed above will be given away in a future issue. Look for details in the April 2015 issue in stores next month. — Chris Olds

Monday Morning Collector: Super Bowl

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

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Brady set a new standard for quarterbacks in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks. He now has the most total touchdowns in Super Bowl history (13), total yards (1,524), and completions (37). He also tied Joe Montana with his third MVP trophy. It wasn’t a smooth victory by any means. He threw two interceptions and was sacked once. The Patriots also had to overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, which is the biggest in Super Bowl history. With touchdown passes to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, Brady led the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl title. Brady was easily the most-collected player on the field. Even though he was a sixth-round draft pick, he still has 44 Rookie Cards. Only his Playoff Contenders card has an autograph. We might see a few of his card values rise slightly, primarily lower-priced RCs and low-numbered parallels from highly collected brands. It’s not feasible to expect all of Brady’s cards to rise in value quickly since he has more than 7,800 different cards — that is one of the downsides of being a Brady collector. We should see a tightening of the market for the best Brady cards, though, making them very difficult to find at the lower end of the price range.

Cards to Grab:
2000 Bowman #236 RC ($60)
2000 Playoff Contenders #144 AU RC ($1,000)
2000 SP Authentic #118 RC/1,250 ($1,000)

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BGS Diary Predictor (Feb.): What will he submit?

 

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in February and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

February BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2000 Absolute #195 Tom Brady RC /3,000 (77%, 98 Votes)
  • 2014 Immaculate Collection Immaculate Ink #16 Nick Swisher /15 (57%, 73 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini Metal #352 Bob Gibson (45%, 57 Votes)
  • 2006-07 USA Baseball Sig. Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2 (36%, 46 Votes)
  • 2015 Country Music Signatures Blue #40 Sara Evans /299 (32%, 41 Votes)
  • 2014 Pop Century #BAJLA Joey Lauren Adams (31%, 39 Votes)
  • 2000 Playoff Contenders #113 Shaun Alexander AU RC (30%, 38 Votes)
  • 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear #243 Chris Matthews RC (27%, 34 Votes)
  • 2012 Leaf Metal Draft Army All-American Bowl Prismatic Silver #ATATJY T.J. Yeldon AU /50 (22%, 28 Votes)
  • 2005-06 Topps Style Fan Fav. Auto Chrome #JJ J.J. Johnson /10 (17%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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Super Bowl XLIX Hot Hobby Reactions

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Wow, what a game!

Patriots fans are equally relieved and euphoric. Seahawks fans are sick.

Russell Wilson and Seattle came just a few feet away from beating two of the most iconic quarterbacks in the history of the game in back-to-back Super Bowls. Instead, Tom Brady becomes just the third quarterback in history to win four Super Bowls, and picks up his third Super Bowl MVP.

There certainly were some interesting hobby angles coming out of the game that we need to examine. First, a look at Brady. He finished the game with an MVP performance of 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. In the brand-new March issue of Beckett Football, Brady has three Rookie Cards on the Hot List: 2000 Bowman Chrome #236 (No. 3), 2000 Bowman #236 (No. 3) and 2000 Playoff Contenders #144 AU (No. 9). The Bowman got a bump in value and currently checks in at $30-$60. So, he certainly was heating up during the playoffs. A few ungraded copies of the Bowman Chrome were selling online during and after the game for about $80-$120. Several 2000 Playoff Contenders copies were selling for near high book value ($1,000).

Other Patriot heroes included undrafted rookie safety Malcolm Butler, who made the play of his life with the game-winning interception at the goal line. He has no football cards… for now. Receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, along with tight end Rob Gronkowski, all scored touchdowns.

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Top Hobby Sleepers in Super Bowl XLIX

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Super Bowl XLIX brings tons of great storylines: Tom Brady’s sixth Super Bowl, Russell Wilson looking for back-to-back championships, Seattle’s defense, etc. But one of the most interesting hobby storylines concerns sleeper players in the game. Who will break out, and what players will collectors react to? We love to jump on unknown players before they get hot, and with millions of eyeballs on the game tomorrow, there’s sure to be plenty of immediate reaction to the sleeper players who make an impact. Here are five players who have a really good shot at heating up significantly if they have game-changing performances. We also look at a few of their cards to keep an eye on that have a good chance of getting attention during and after the game.

Jamie Collins, LB, Patriots

The second-year linebacker for the Patriots had a break-out year with 74 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions. He added 15 tackles and one interception in the two playoff games. As a second-round draft pick out of Southern Mississippi, Collins was somewhat overlooked in card products last year, and wasn’t in any 2014 releases. He has just 117 total cards, including nine Rookie Cards. His top three RCs are autographed.

What to Watch During Super Bowl XLIX: 2013 Panini National Treasures #283 AU RC ($40), 2013 Panini Contenders #142A AU RC ($30), 2013 Panini Spectra #143 AU/299 RC ($20)

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Your Turn: How would you spend $4.5 million in Super Bowl commercial cash?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The cost of a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl on Sunday is $4.5 million.

That’s $150,000 a second — and for most of us that single second is more cash than we see in a year. Since we have better things to spend our money on than that — you know, we buy cards — it got us wondering how we could spend that kind of money.

Maybe we’d buy 300,000 copies of Tom Brady‘s 2000 Fleer Tradition Rookie Card. Or perhaps we’d pick off that many 2012 Panini Contenders Richard Sherman RCs since, you know, it’s his only RC.

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Vince Wilfork: Big, big man … big collector, too

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Vince Wilfork might be the biggest one of the bunch on the field Sunday during Super Bowl XLIX when his New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks.

No, that’s not an observation about the waistline of the 6-foot-2, 325-pound — hey, that’s what the roster says — 11-year NFL veteran. He might be the biggest collector of the bunch after his comments to Panini Kid Reporter Dylan Cooperider on Super Bowl Media Day.

The question? “Did you ever collect football cards when you were little?”

The big man’s answer to Panini America‘s latest little hire?

“I still do. I have a big book like this,” said Wilfork, holding the fingers on his right hand apart several inches. “Several of them with football cards, baseball, basketball. That was one of the things I did when I was a youngster because I was a fan of the game and loved sports. I still have those.”

Then, he was presented with his Panini Super Bowl card.

“Do you want me to sign it or are you giving it to me?” Wilfork asked.

The defensive tackle was told it was for him.

“Well, I appreciate that,” he replied.

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Collecting the best retired Seahawks

 

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

As part of the #BeckettBigGame celebration of Super Bowl XLIX, we are taking a look at some of the most collectable retired Patriots and Seahawks. The Patriots are posted here. The Seattle Seahawks have just three players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Steve Largent, Walter Jones and Cortez Kennedy. Although, today’s Seahawks may end up having more HOFers than that playing this Sunday. The team’s history hasn’t included many hobby stars, but there definitely are a few retired players collectors have chased after. Here are four retired Seahawks who have made some waves in the hobby.

Steve Largent, WR

Largent was fourth-round draft pick in 1976, but actually was a Houston Oiler for about a minute. He ended up playing his entire career with Seattle. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He posted eight 1,000-yard seasons during his time and led the NFL in receiving yards twice. His 13,089 career yards are most in team history, and rank 16th all-time. His 100 career touchdowns are tied for seventh-most all-time.

Largent has 1,132 total cards and 356 autographs. His 1977 Topps Rookie Card still carries a solid $40 value. He has been a pretty regular inclusion in several insert sets in products the last few years, including a 2014 Elite Passing the Torch Autographs with rookie receiver Paul Richardson.

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Odell Beckham Jr. will #SignMyTweet during Super Bowl

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of the NFL’s hottest rookies will be signing some autographs before the Super Bowl on Sunday and one of them might be yours.

Well, as long as you tweet him.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be signing tweets — yep, oversized printouts of tweets sent to him — as part of XFINITY Sports‘ #SignMyTweet promotion. XFINITY is Comcast’s residential service brand and the nation’s largest video and high-speed Internet provider.

A limited number of tweets will be printed, signed and be mailed to those who are selected as winners. Beckham’s Twitter handle is @obj_3 and fans must tag @XFINITYSports and include #signmytweet along with their creative message to be considered.

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Win Topps football cards with #BeckettBigGame during Super Bowl XLIX … and right now, too

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’re a football fan, odds are you probably know exactly where you will be on Sunday as Super Bowl XLIX kicks off. We’re aiming to be right there with you.

Thirty minutes before the game — at 5 p.m. Central time — we’re kicking off #BeckettBigGame where we’ll be giving collectors a chance to land free football cards thanks to Topps. We’ll be running the #BeckettBigGame all game long and also for 30 minutes after the game ends, getting prizes into the hands of 20 collectors who participate.

How? All you have to do is follow us on the @BeckettMedia Twitter account during the game where we’ll have multiple winners of pack lots, wax boxes, factory sets and Topps autographed rookie cards and Relics up for grabs during the pre-game show, during every quarter, during halftime, and even during a 30-minute post-game session.

In fact, we have so much to give away there that it starts right here, right now. Get the details and our breakdown of #BeckettBigGame … after the jump.

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Panini Super Bowl Private Signings List

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Super Bowl XLIX is gearing up with media days, the NFL Experience and tons of activities around Glendale, Ariz. As part of the celebration, Panini announced the return of the Super Bowl Private Signings Autograph program that debuted two years ago.

For a limited time only and while supplies last, customers will receive one Super Bowl Private Signings Autograph for every qualifying purchase made on Panini America NFL card products at iCollectPanini.com. Every one-card pack is guaranteed to include either a randomly selected Private Signings autograph card or an autograph memorabilia Rookie Card.

Panini has exclusively shared the incredible set checklists with Beckett Media. The entire checklist, as well as several images, is below.

Available football products for this promotion include 2014 Playbook, 2014 Absolute, 2014 Limited, 2014 Rookies & Stars, 2014 Certified, 2014 Elite, 2014 Prestige, 2014 Prizm and 2014 Crown Royale.

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Collecting the best retired Patriots

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

With Super Bowl XLIX just days away, the best team of the 2000s meets last season’s best team. Today and tomorrow we will look at some of the most collectable retired Patriots and Seahawks. Neither team is exactly overflowing with historic players. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is void of Patriots, and the Seahawks have just three HOFers. Still, there are some major contributors who have also made an impact in the hobby.

Up first are the Patriots.

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Curtis Martin is without question one of the most underrated running backs, not only in the history of the NFL, but in the hobby as well. The former third-round pick currently sits at fourth on the career rushing list with 14,101 yards. He played just three seasons for the Patriots from 1995-1997, but totaled 32 touchdowns during that time, and was a Pro Bowler his first two season. He was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1995 and was a major factor in the team’s 1996 run to the Super Bowl. The Patriots have never had a longtime, impactful running back, but he is the best to have ever come through New England.

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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Chrome football

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Chrome in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Topps creates three Super Bowl card sets

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Super Bowl is a big game — and Topps‘ Super Bowl presence reflects that.

How? Big cardboard.

Over-sized team sets for the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and the hometown Arizona Cardinals are up for grabs from Topps at the big game on Topps.com, while fans who find the company’s booth at the NFL Experience can have their own digital card made. (See a gallery of fan cards here.)

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Panini readies three Super Bowl card sets

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America is enhancing the NFL Experience and the Super Bowl the best way it knows how.

By making new cardboard.

A set for both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks became a reality on Friday at the NFL Experience, an interactive showcase in the days leading up to the big game, a second set became available as an interactive bonus and another set began card-by-card distribution at the show.

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Collecting Patriots Coach Bill Belichick

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Continue to check Beckett.com daily leading up to and after Super Bowl XLVIV for continued coverage and hobby reactions for key members of the Patriots and Seahawks. Be sure to follow Beckett Media on Twitter during the Super Bowl: @BeckettMedia

By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Starting your NFL head coaching career with the Cleveland Browns in the early 1990s isn’t exactly an ideal situation. But Bill Belichick took his first head coach position with the lowly Browns in 1991 and led the team for five years. They posted a losing record of 36-44.

Five years later he landed with the New England Patriots, ironically taking over the coaching duties from current Seattle coach Pete Carroll, who Belichick faces next Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIV. That same year, he drafted a skinny kid out of Michigan in the sixth round. It was the greatest coaching move he ever made. A year later Belichick and Tom Brady won the Super Bowl and would win two more in the next three years to become the NFL’s next dynasty.

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The Deflategate Football Card of the Day™ is …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

As an NFL coach, Bill Belichick doesn’t have too many football cards — and he doesn’t have any game-used memorabilia cards.

But this Tom Brady 2002 Absolute Memorabilia game-used football card?

Well, it just feels special today, doesn’t it? It’s our Deflategate Football Card of the Day™ … and it’s awesome.

Tell us what you think of the card in the comments below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans talks cards, signs for Panini

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America and several elite 2014 NFL rookies are in attendance at the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this weekend in Carson, Calif. Panini is capitalizing on the event to gather autographs for cards in some of the final football products of the year, including Immaculate Collection, Spectra and Black Gold. The company is also partnering with these top rookies to serve as ambassadors for the participants in the Collegiate Bowl.

The Collegiate Bowl puts aspiring NFL rookies in front of team evaluators, giving them a chance to draw attention they may not otherwise receive. Among the 2014 rookies attending are Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Evans, Jordan Matthews, Tre Mason, Jarvis Landry, John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Bishop Sankey, Brandin Cooks and others. They signed several cards for the aforementioned upcoming products. Panini shared some photos with us (see below) and we were able to chat with Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans about his incredible season, his Michael Jordan card collection that he lost, and his advice for upcoming rookies. Evans ranked second among rookie receivers with 1,051 yards. His 12 touchdowns tied Odell Beckham, Jr. for most among rookies.

Have you had a chance to check out some of your Panini cards?
Mike Evans: “Yes. They look really nice—a lot better than the ones I used to collect when I was younger. They’ve come a long way.”

Looking back at your rookie season, what’s it like to see things come full-circle from the Draft and the Rookie Premiere, and now this event at the Collegiate Bowl?
ME: “It’s a blessing. The Rookie Premiere was great. My rookie year, I thought I played well. As a team we didn’t do what we hoped to do, but we laid down our foundation. I’m looking forward to 2015.

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First Look: 2015 Bowman Football

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

A hobby favorite is back again as 2015 Bowman Football kicks off a big season for Topps with plenty of rookie and autograph content from the upcoming freshman class. With it being the final season that the company can feature members of the NFL Players’ Association on cards, expect the company to put their best foot forward and this product is looking like a perfect place for them to start.

Scheduled for a June 17 release, Bowman will live up to its reputation as the Home of the Rookie Card with 110 new players making their Topps debut in this set. Of that group, at least 80 of them are expected to sign autographs and provide some potentially solid content in each hobby box.

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Gridiron Greats Auction Starts Today

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As you sit back and enjoy this weekend’s NFL playoff action and root for the team you want to see head to the Super Bowl, it will be worth your while to head over to Beckett Auctions and check out the amazing cards and memorabilia up for bidding in our Gridiron Greats auction that starts today.

Among the football-themed highlights this time are a 2014 Panini Flawless Greats Autograph Emerald parallel card of Tom Brady that is limited to five copies and a fantastic 2013 Topps Triple Threads Autographed Relic Trios card of Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Steve Young. Only 15 copies of that card were made and this one is slabbed by Beckett Grading Services with a 9.5/Auto 10 grade.

Beckett Auctions is also pleased to announce that the length of time to bid has been shortened from 15 days to 11. Gridiron Greats begins later today and will run until Sunday, January 25.

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