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Exclusive Panini Super Bowl Private Signings List


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


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.

Curtis Martin, RB
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.

Martin is one of the greatest bargains you are going to find in the hobby, especially for a player who ranks among the most productive running backs of all time. He has 18 Rookie Cards from 1995 and none of them are priced at more than $15. You can probably scoop up all of his most popular ones for no more than $40. His top four to go after:

1995 Bowman’s Best #R74 RC
1995 Select Certified #117 RC
1995 Finest #264 RC
1995 SP #18 RC

Martin has just 152 autographed cards, and several actually carry good value around $80-$150. The 1997 UD3 Signature Performers #PF1 is a rare one showing him in his Patriots uniform.

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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


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


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 …


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


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


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


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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Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck USA Football

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

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Playoffs (Divisional)

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ve selected our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. During the Playoffs, the top three performers making a hobby impact will be highlighted. Here are our selections for the Divisional round.

Davante Adams, WR, Packers
(7 receptions, 117 yards receiving, 1 touchdown)
The Green Bay Packers 26-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys is full of controversy. What isn’t controversial is the fact that Davante Adams was clutch for the Packers when they needed him the most. Adams’ 117 receiving yards led all Packers receivers on Sunday. His third quarter touchdown was a short pass that he turned into a 41-yard score, bringing the Packers within one point of the Cowboys.

Adams is emerging as a key wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. In a year that has seen several rookie wide receivers emerge as key players, Adams had been relatively quiet. But he picked a great stage to deliver a breakout game and Packer collectors love to collect big time offensive stars. If Adams can have a big game against the Seattle Seahawks, his value with collectors should certainly rise. He has a wide array of 2014 Rookie Cards and autographs to choose from with many still reasonably priced compared to other rookie receivers.

 Cards to Grab:
2014 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors #RCRADA ($15)
2014 Panini Playbook #148 JSY AU/299 RC ($30)
2014 Upper Deck Rookie Autographs #163 SP ($30) 

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NFL Playoff Hobby Impact: Colts, Pats, Hawks, Pack


By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Seattle Becomes First Defending Champs to Win a Playoff Game Since 2005

It’s crazy to think that no defending Super Bowl champion since the 2005 Patriots have won a playoff game, until the Seahawks did it Saturday with a convincing 31-17 win over Carolina. Of course, the Panthers won just seven games and won an NFC South division that had a combined record of 22-41-1. Russell Wilson is the unquestioned hobby star of the team, and had a terrific game with 268 and three touchdowns.

His top cards have remained very strong since getting a significant bump after winning the Super Bowl last season in just his second year. If Seattle wins back-to-back championships, Wilson’s card values probably won’t see as big of a rise as they did last year, but you have to think they will get some kind of increase. The biggest jump may be with his mid- to low-end Rookie Cards (priced at $135 and below).

Third-year receiver Jermaine Kearse was the surprise offensive weapon in the game with 129 yards and one touchdown—a 63-yarder in the second quarter to put the Seahawks up 14-7. They led the rest of the game. Seattle certainly doesn’t have a hobby star at receiver, but keep an eye on Kearse next week. If he has another big game and helps the Seahawks get back to the Super Bowl, he could get hot. But, he was an undrafted rookie in 2012 and he has just two Rookie Cards from that year: Bowman #187A and Topps Magic #11.

The defensive hero of the game was Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor, who returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the game. He also led the team with 10 tackles. Richard Sherman also had a key interception.

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini Contenders football

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

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Strata football

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

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First Look: 2014 Panini Black Gold football


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Black Gold now has a new meaning in Texas.

Panini America revealed the first looks and basic details for a new football card brand on Thursday as 2014 Panini Black Gold is set to arrive on Feb. 18 with a high-end look and feel.

With just four cards per pack, two packs per box and eight boxes per case, this one will rely on hits and deluxe printing technology. Every pack will include one Shadowbox base card or parallel, one autograph (standard, dual or auto memorabilia) and one additional hit (memorabilia, autograph, dual auto or gold disc) along with a metal logo card.

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini Absolute football cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini details Contenders Rookie Ticket autos


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Part of the annual mystery that is Panini Contenders has been revealed.

Panini America announced on Wednesday that the Contenders Rookie Tickets — a popular and heavily collected portion of the product each year — will have as many as three versions for some players. The 40 players who appeared at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot will have at least two autographed versions to chase — and half of them will have a third autograph.

Precisely how many cards they signed remains a mystery — an annual collecting tradition of sorts — but the company did disclose some production volumes. Some of the Variation 1 autographs will be limited to as few as 50 copies. Meanwhile, according to the company, all of the Variation 2 versions are limited to no more than 30 copies.

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Jameis Winston to NFL: Do you want his cards?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Controversial Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is headed to the NFL — and he already has trading cards made by Topps and Upper Deck.

The Seminoles’ baseball and football star has nine cards in the Beckett database — one a 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic baseball card, one  a 2012 Topps Under Armour High School All-America football card and the rest from the 2012 Upper Deck USA Football release. There, he has three autograph cards, two memorabilia cards and two standard-card appearances.

Winston was the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and threw for 7,964 yards with 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions during two seasons. He’s also a potential No. 1-overall draft pick. With an awful showing in his final game, though, and a college career marked by off-field problems, we ask this …


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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.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Playoffs (Wild Card Round)

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ve selected our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. During the Playoffs, the top three performers making a hobby impact will be highlighted. Here are our selections for the Wild Card round.


Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
(259 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 114 QB Rating)
While Joe Flacco is seldom considered an elite quarterback when such discussions take place during the regular season, it’s hard not to consider that label when the Playoffs arrive. Flacco simply seems to step-up his game when the postseason arrives and his latest victim was the division rival and champion Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s very difficult to win on the road in the NFL and especially tough to log a victory in Pittsburgh. This very well could be the type of win that garners collector attention in Flacco’s cards. If you haven’t been paying attention, his best 2008 Rookie Cards have been holding steady of late, but there appears to be plenty of room for growth if he can continue his postseason heroics in New England this weekend – another stiff challenge to say the least. If you have the notion to go shopping, stick to some of the lower priced autographs from 2008 from major brands.

 Cards to Grab:
2008 Absolute Memorabilia #270 RPM AU/299 ($80)
2008 SP Authentic #295 JSY AU/999 RC ($100)
2008 SPx #162 JSY AU/599 RC ($60) 

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First Pricing: 2014 Select Football

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By Dan Hitt | Beckett Football Senior Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014 Select football is now live to all subscribers to the Beckett Football Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

2014 Select football is a continuation of last year’s successful relaunch of the brand produced on foilboard with a variety of Prizm parallels. This year, Select has been beefed-up to include a much wider range of inserts and parallels (14 in all) as well as predictor-type cards for teams competing for the Super Bowl title and players competing for the MVP and offensive and defensive Rookie of the Year Awards. These exchange cards are reminiscent of the 1990s-era Stadium Club and Upper Deck predictor cards and have bee garnering plenty of secondary market interest. For example, Odell Beckham Jr., the odds on favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, is trading at $30-$60 while the Super Bowl favorite Seahawks card is valued at $15.

Access or purchase your Online price Guide subscription now to view complete 2014 Select football pricing.


First Pricing: 2014 SP Authentic football cards

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By Justin Grunert | Beckett Football Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014 SP Authentic football is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

Every year, this is one of Upper Deck‘s most-popular football brands with collectors chasing the autographed jersey cards of this year’s rookie class. Johnny Manziel, Odell Beckham Jr. and Teddy Bridgewater are among some of the most-valuable cards in the set. There are also more short-printed cards in the base set for collectors to go after if they are trying to put together the master set.

Returning sets include the popular Sign of the Times Autographs and the Canvas Autographs sets. A new addition to the product this year is the Super F/X set that can be found in bonus packs. They average about three packs per case. There also is a Silver parallel and autographs that can be found in these packs.

For complete 2014 SP Authentic football pricing, access your Beckett OPG account or sign-up here for a new subscription:


Panini America’s busy year gets a highlight reel

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Panini America has had a busy year — and here’s its highlight reel to prove it.

First Look: 2014 Panini Spectra football cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of Panini America‘s high-end football card lines is back for a sophomore season.

It’s Spectra and the company revealed the basics and the first preview images of the product on Wednesday. It will pack 10 autographs or memorabilia cards into every box along with six other cards when it arrives on March 4.

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NFL Playoff Hobby Impact: AFC Teams



By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Every year the NFL playoffs provide a big boost in the hobby for the postseason’s top performers. With every game on a national stage, collectors pay attention to teams and players they may have overlooked. We will look at all 12 playoff teams and see which players have already established themselves in the hobby and which have the biggest chance to benefit from a strong postseason run. Yesterday we looked at the six NFC teams and today we examine the AFC’s best.

#1 Seed: New England Patriots
The Patriots have made the playoffs 12 times in the Tom Brady era. Although they have been to five Super Bowls during that time, they haven’t won a championship in 10 years. Brady continues to be the heart of the team, and of he can win his fourth Super Bowl, he will join Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only other quarterbacks to do so. Running back was by committee, as usual, with Jonas Gray, Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley splitting time. Gray was the most effective with 4.6 yards per carry. He could be the breakout star for the Patriots in the postseason, but as of late-December, the undrafted rookie and former practice squad player did not have any cards. Rob Gronkowski continues to be the most dangerous tight end in the NFL and Brady’s favorite target. A Super Bowl victory could vault him into elite hobby status. Currently his top 2010 Rookie Cards are valued at about $60-$200. Other top receivers, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell, were effective with more than 100 catches and 900 yards each. New England has had other similar receivers get hot in the playoffs.

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