Category Archives: Football

Beckett Covers cards return at National Sports Collectors Convention with autographed twist

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One part of the big-show experience is the cool stuff made only for the event — cards or memorabilia that can only be collected there. At this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media will once again release a Beckett Covers set that can be collected simply by visiting the booths of dealers and group-breakers on the show floor.

This year, though, there’s an added twist — an autographed prize for those who take the challenge and complete the set during the show.

If you are one of the first 200 fans to collect all 15 Covers cards and present it at the Beckett booth for documentation (all cards will be serial-numbered), we’ll have one blind-wrapped and BGS-slabbed autograph card for you. The card will be one of 10 different covers not found in the standard set and each of them will be signed by the star appearing on the past magazine cover.

Who’s in the set and whose autographs will be found during the show from July 29 to Aug. 2? Find out … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2015 Bowman football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2015 Bowman in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Football card showdown: Bowman vs. Score contest

 

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By Justin Grunert | Beckett Football Market Analyst

Panini America and Topps have released their first NFL products of the year with 2015 Score and 2015 Bowman dropping on the same day. Both of these products offer a lot different things for collectors to enjoy.  Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Score football cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Score football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Panini America continues to challenge status quo with Father’s Day memorabilia cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

If you’re a collector who has participated in some of Panini America‘s promotional pack programs in the last few years, you know how the company has implemented the unusual into them.

We’ve seen player-used towels, Hackler-used shirts, player-used giant foam fingers, gloves and so much more make their way into cards that bring something different into the mix, something we haven’t quite seen before.

This year is no different.

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Considering autograph signings at the National? Here’s a rundown of who is appearing …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is set for Chicago beginning on July 29 with more than 100 signers from the four major sports and beyond.

One highlight this year will be the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team reunion, while notables such as Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Allen Iverson and Greg Maddux also will be signing.

Here’s a rundown of this year’s schedule with beginning prices for each signer. (Click here for more info.)  Note: All times p.m. except where noted by *. Tickets for autographs from all members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team in attendance start at $399.

WEDNESDAY, July 29

Name Time Signing Fee
Rollie Fingers 4:30 Free
Pierre Pilote 4:30 Free
Bret Saberhagen 4:30 Free
Lem Barney 5:30 $39 and up
Ed Belfour 5:30 $60 and up
Tom Gordon 5:30 $39
Tony Esposito 5:45 $50 and up
Eric Hinske 5:45 $29 and up
Bobby Hull 6 $50 and up
Paul Konerko 6:15 $80
Fergie Jenkins 6:30 $40 and up
Chris Chelios 6:45 $50 and up
Jeremy Roenick 7 $60 and up

Olds’ Bargain Pick: It’s hard to beat free, so I’d go with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers. His penmanship is as slick as his famous mustache.
The High-end Pick: There are a few hockey legends here but I’d go with Hall of Famer Chris Chelios.

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BGS Diary (June): Vintage Pudge, Atomic Paige, Cooperstown autographs, Canseco & more

 

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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 June — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Platinum football cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

November will see the upcoming NFL season in full swing as teams race for division titles and the hottest rookies will be vying for collector attention, but it also marks the release of 2015 Topps Platinum Football - which is a perfect place to find those freshmen and much more.

In fact, each box is set to contain at least two autographed rookie cards that Topps has printed using their chrome refractor technology and each one is hard-signed. As an even greater incentive to bust packs, boxes will also contain one autographed patch card featuring a first-year or veteran talent.

What can collectors expect to find in packs of 2015 Topps Platinum Football? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2015 Topps Diamond football cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Another high-end release is coming to the football market in December with the debut of 2015 Topps Diamond and it is expected to bring collectors plenty of limited autograph and patch cards from the game’s best stars and rookies.

Topps has taken things to a new level as the cards utilize refractor foil technology and each one is sequentially numbered. Every autograph is on-card each pack will contain three premium cards.

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Panini Father’s Day promo returns

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Now in its fourth straight year, Panini America‘s Father’s Day promotion has been a solid success for retailers and the company has released early details regarding what will be coming out of these popular packs once they start to hit local card stores next week.

Drawing from three different sports, many of today’s biggest stars and prospects will be present and accounted for as part of a 60-card set along with plenty of limited memorabilia cards. Traditionally handed out as a bonus to collectors purchasing Panini products, they also can act as a way for fathers to bond with their children over a pack of cards.

What are some of the cards included in 2015 Panini Father’s Day packs? Look for more information and a base set gallery after the jump. Read More »

Panini announces Contenders Draft Picks auto SPs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Football card collectors have eagerly awaited the big reveal from Panini America regarding which autograph cards are short printed in 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks – the first product produced under its recent deal with Collegiate Licensing Company.

Panini has declared that over 500 cards from 11 different autograph sets in this release have been declared either short prints or super short prints and they are limited to either 250 or less or 50 copies or less, respectively.

Which cards will be a challenge to pull? Look for a full breakdown after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Panini Clear Vision

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

An all-new football release, 2015 Panini Clear Vision is all about the acetate and Panini America is going to make some waves in the hobby since it will include the first rookie cards of this year’s freshman class where they are pictured with their pro clubs.

Each three-card pack is expected to deliver one hit that draws from a large pool of rookie, parallel, insert, memorabilia or autograph cards in addition to the debuting glass cards which could be a major hit with collectors once it is released on July 29. It is definitely something that the football card market could embrace as it has some fresh concepts and plenty of ink from big names.

What else is in store for those breaking 2015 Panini Clear Vision? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Topps Chrome Mini Football

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Football collectors will bidding a fond farewell to Topps this season, but that does not mean that the company is holding back by any stretch with the announcement that they are once again producing a special mini edition of their ever-popular Chrome product.

Set for release on December 18, the company is looking to end the brand’s run in the most spectacular way possible by providing hobbyists with a strong mix of rookies, retro variations, autographs, and a vast array of parallels in each box of 2015 Topps Chrome Mini Football.

What is slated to be found in packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

NFLPA releases Rookie Premiere participant list

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Will your top NFL rookie be among those with event-used memorabilia cards and autographs when the first 2015 NFL products arrive?

Now’s the day you can find out.

The NFL Players Association released the list of  more than 40 top rookies who will be in attendance at the signing session and photo shoot known as the NFLPA Rookie Premiere First held back in 1994, it’s the annual event where players gather to sign autographs for future products and be captured in their pro uniforms for the first time. This year’s event begins Thursday in Los Angeles and Topps and Panini America will be there.

“NFLPA Rookie Premiere is the best opportunity for our partners to engage early on with the next wave of the NFL’s marketing stars,” said Ahmad Nassar, President, NFL Players Inc., in a  prepared release. “Beyond providing a platform to learn about the business of football and benefits of their union as they game plan for their new careers, Rookie Premiere gives players a chance to showcase their personalities so that the NFLPA team can use that insight to connect the right players with the right brands to tell their story.”

See the full list of attendees … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Contenders Draft Picks variations revealed

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By Justin Grunert | Football Market Analyst

Panini America recently released its first collegiate product of the year: Contenders Draft Picks.

This rendition of Contenders has the familiar short-printed photo variations, in both the base set and parallels, that collectors have come to know, love and chase.

In an online exclusive, most of the photo variations have been identified and are now detailed in the Beckett Online Price Guide.

The image on the right is the short-printed photo variation.

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Ricky Williams talks cardboard & football

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Former Texas Longhorns star and NFL veteran Ricky Williams sat down with Panini America‘s Tracy Hackler to talk football and examine some cards. Check it out …

Ripping Retail Retro: 1989 Score football cards

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1989 Score football cards in this Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

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Your Turn: What makes the hobby fun?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What makes the hobby fun?

It’s not an easy question to answer because so many different people collect for different reasons. It’s also a challenge because there are so many perspectives on what’s cool and what’s not when it comes to cardboard.

A simple card like that of the Rally Squirrel, a short-printed variation found in packs of 2012 Topps showing something that actually happened on an MLB field during an MLB game, can cause just as many groans as it does chuckles. But there’s no doubting that, no matter where you stand, it’s a fun card.

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Topps creates oversized Bowman 2015 NFL Draft set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

In the wake of last week’s excitement about the 2015 NFL Draft, Topps has worked diligently to create a special oversized Bowman set featuring some of the talents that will be hitting the gridiron this fall.

Measuring 5-by-7 and made up of 25 young stars that are ready to make an impact, this collection utilizes the 2015 Bowman design and will be limited to just 199 copies for the standard version that sells in the company’s online store for $49.99. For those wanting an even scarcer set, the gold version which sells for $99.99 is numbered to just 49 copies. Read More »

NFL Draft: First Round Hobby Take

 

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By Dan Hitt | Beckett Football Senior Analyst

The NFL Draft always delivers plenty of hobby related excitement and can be THE event of the year that changes the overall football card landscape. Let’s take a look at a few of the more interesting picks of the first round and discuss what it may mean in terms of hobby impact.

Jameis Winston (QB, Buccaneers)

It’s little surprise that Winston and Marcus Mariota went No. 1 and No. 2, but the surprise for many was the lack of trade action at the top of the draft. No team was able to move up to select either quarterback, possibly leaving some collectors satisfied that they took a wait-and-see approach while other collectors may be disappointed that a high profile team didn’t step up (like the Philadelphia Eagles).

Hobby Impact: While the Buccaneers haven’t always been the best hobby team for QBs (keep in mind Josh Freeman, Chris Simms, Shaun King, etc.), collectors will still sink plenty of money into Winston cards initially. On the flipside, the same cannot be said for 2013 draft pick Mike Glennon. While Glennon’s cards haven’t been exactly hot of late, they did sell well two years ago and still carry some significant value. However, those prices should quickly drop as Winston becomes the obvious starter.

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First Look: 2015 Prestige football cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Round 1 of the NFL Draft is complete and Panini America already has another football brand ready to roll.

this time around, it’s 2015 Prestige, which will arrive on July 8 packing three autographs and one jumbo patch card in every 24-pack hobby box with all the latest draft picks’ professional teams noted and their college ties visible, too.

The rookies will get a full-bleed photo treatment in this one with four types of parallels — all limited to no more than 100 serial-numbered copies. Meanwhile the rookies also will have a heavy autograph presence with some of the ink coming on-card. There will be Rookie Signatures autos as well as First Impressions autos that will be limited to no more than 99 copies.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Triple Threads football cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of Topps‘ most-popular high-end brands is back for one last run with an NFLPA license.

It’s Triple Threads and the company recently revealed the first glimpses and the basic details for the 2015 version of the product, which will arrive on Nov. 18 with the latest draft picks in their pro uniforms and a selection of notable veterans.  Oh, and there will be hits.

Lots of hits.

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NFL Draft Day Drama: Recap Round 1 here

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The first pick is in — and his first Panini America card has been revealed.

It’s Jameis Winston and he’s a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

We’ll update this post with more Draft Day card images in real time as they are called this evening and offer two cents about a player’s potential. Tell us what you think of the draft so far in the comments below. (You can see all of the players’ current pre-draft cards and values at the links.)

1 — Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Bucs

No surprises here — now we just have to see how things shake out on (and off) the field.

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2 — Marcus Mariota, QB Tennessee Titans

The Titans have drafted QBs often in the last few years. Let’s hope this one sticks.

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3 — Dante Fowler Jr., DE Jacksonville Jaguars

Hopefully the home-state fans and collectors appreciate some tenacious D.

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4 — Amari Cooper, WR Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr has a target — and the Raiders have yet another strong WR in the mix.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Valor football cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

There are many qualities that make an NFL player a star or legend as their contributions on the field, in the locker room, or to their fans sets them apart from the crowd. Words such as speed, strength, discipline, courage, glory, valor, and heart are used to describe these warriors of the gridiron and Topps is seeking to emphasize them through cardboard.

Back again for another season, 2015 Topps Valor is a celebration of these attributes for the best in the game and these visually-striking cards are bound to turn some heads when they are released in mid-September. Topps recently released preliminary details about the third edition of this product and each 20-pack box is slated to contain a strong array of hits along with plenty of non-memorabilia inserts and parallels.

What can collectors expect to find in packs of 2015 Topps Valor? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters Retro: 2007 Topps Triple Threads

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open a box of 2007 Topps Triple Threads football cards in this latest Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

We start off with a newer older brand — and one where you might be interested in the big cards we find. How can they be yours?

Tell us what you think of the Triple Threads brand in the comments below. We’ll award the two big cards to two readers (via random selection) from all who comment before June 1.

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First Look: 2015 Topps High Tek football cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The NFL is going High Tek.

Topps revealed on Thursday the first glimpses and the basic details for its first Tek release in football — 2015 Topps High Tek — which will arrive in December after gaining good yardage last season in baseball.

It will arrive on Dec. 9 packing eight base cards, one parallel and one autograph in every pack with 12 packs per case.

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Panini readies Contenders Draft Picks football

 

 

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Fans and collectors are gearing up for the first round of the NFL Draft tonight in Chicago. All the workouts, mock drafts, projections and arguments come down to this weekend as the NFL welcomes hundreds of fresh rookies. With the football card hobby driven by rookies, it’s an exciting time, and Panini is readying the release of its first 2015 product: Contenders Draft Picks football.

The product features the design of the popular 2014 Panini Contenders (the Product of the Year in the June issue of Beckett Football) but carries the license to show college team names, colors and logos. There will be plenty of autographed versions throughout the product. Of course, headlining the set are prospects that are sure to hear their names called tonight: Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper, Kevin White, Melvin Gordon, Donte Fowler, Leonard Williams and many more.

Panini Contenders Draft Picks is scheduled to release next week, which is sure to capitalize on the draft frenzy. Below are several card images of the top draft picks collectors are chasing.

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Pro Set put Draft Day what-ifs on cardboard

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

With this year’s NFL Draft set to begin in prime time on Thursday night, we’re likely going to see some cardboard made just for the draft and some real-time online reveals from card companies showing the league’s newest players linked to their newest teams.

It’s something that I’ve always found interesting — and it’s something we’ve seen before. In fact, it first happened a long, long time ago well before the days of Twitter and Facebook. And it happened on real cardboard.

In fact, a simple four-card set from Pro Set made for the 1990 NFL Draft, then a Sunday event, is one that I’ve always found oddly interesting — and just this week I finally added this simple release to my collection all these years later.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Five Star football cards

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

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Jim Brown’s Rookie Contract Up For Auction

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

One of the most historically significant player contracts in NFL history is on the block and thanks to SCP Auctions, a lucky collector will soon walk away with a written record of Jim Brown‘s rookie deal with the Cleveland Browns that was signed before the 1957 season began.

With bidding expected to reach up to $35,000 by the time it closes this weekend, this document marks the beginning of the Hall of Famer’s professional career after being a first round selection in that year’s NFL Draft. Prior to that time, he had been a standout All-American at Syracuse and in the years that followed, Brown revolutionized the game.

“Jim Brown’s 1957 Rookie contract has to be one of the most important pieces of Jim Brown memorabilia known and is certainly among the most significant football related documents in existence,” noted SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler in a press release.

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Draft picks sets helped shape hobby we know today

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Russell Maryland, Brien Taylor, Larry Johnson, Eric Lindros.

Back in 1991, this first card from Classic Four Sport was a talking point for an emerging niche of sports card collecting — draft picks sets. Back then, we often had to wait a year — or at least later in the year — to see our newest teams’ newest stars on cards, so a card like this was something dramatically different.

The fact that this card had the No. 1 picks from the four major drafts all in one place, all on one card? That might still be considered magical — and Classic pulled it off. A year later, with the company backing the arrival of Shaquille O’Neal, the game was changed and draft picks were truly a force and an option for collectors to seriously consider.

Our next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will explore draft picks sets in a bit of an abbreviated form — a look back at 20 big-name notables and busts from the past, a look at a few stars heading into this year’s drafts, and a look back at a handful of sets that helped define the changing times. This card didn’t make the cut for the items in the issue, but it should have. It’s perhaps a symbol of the changing times and how things were simpler — and yet still big business — even just a couple decades ago. It also shows us how different things are today.

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Topps signs Jameis Winston to autograph deal

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By Denis Dougherty | Beckett Football Editor

Topps has reached an autograph deal with former Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, the company announced today.

Winston could be the top pick in the April 30 NFL Draft. He will be featured in all of Topps’ 2015 products, according to the company.

“We are excited to add a player of Jameis Winston’s caliber to the Topps family,” Topps Football Brand Manager Kevin Eger said in a release. “Winston is an electrifying player and collectors always look forward to a player’s first Topps Rookie Card. Winston will lead a thrilling 2015 rookie class, and we look forward to working with him in our 60th year of football cards.”

His cards will first appear in Bowmanâ Football, which releases in June, the company said.

Winston was nearly flawless in winning the 2013 Heisman Trophy and leading Florida State to the national championship as a freshman. In his sophomore season, he led the Seminoles to an undefeated regular season before a loss to Oregon in the first College Football Playoff.

Winston has the size and arm to be an NFL and hobby star. He often got Florida State in trouble with interceptions last season but was remarkably good in the clutch, playing his best with the game on the line.

Tim Tebow set to make NFL return

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By Denis Dougherty | Beckett Football Editor

Fan favorite and college football legend Tim Tebow is returning to the NFL.

He will sign a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, according to Fox Sports. The Eagles have quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford. 

There are 1,965 cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide, including 569 autographed cards and 36 Rookie Cards.  The total value of his cards, excluding those too rare to price, is more than $39,400.

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