Category Archives: Football

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

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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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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

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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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Panini details Contenders Rookie Ticket autos

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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?

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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.

http://www.beckett.com/price-guides/football

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:

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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

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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

 

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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.

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#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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NFL Playoff Hobby Impact: NFC Teams

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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. First we will look at the NFC. Tomorrow we examine the AFC.

NFC

#1 Seed: Seattle Seahawks
The defending champs looked vulnerable at times this season, but allowed the fewest points in the NFL for the third-straight year. They lost four games by a combined 22 points and won nine of their final 10 games. Russell Wilson was the hobby’s hottest veteran last year, and it’s tough to see his top cards rising much more in value even with another Super Bowl win. His 2012 Playoff Contenders Rookie Card was by far the hottest card in the hobby last season. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns, and had some fantastic runs. He could get hotter if he’s the one to carry the team to back-to-back Super Bowl wins. The players with the best chance to gain hobby standing are second-tier names such as receiver Doug Baldwin or rookie Paul Richardson. Of course, the “Legion of Boom” defensive backfield highlighted by Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas is always one to keep an eye on.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 17

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

J.J. Watt, DE, Texans

(6 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 safety)

J.J. Watt is arguably the best defensive player in the NFL today, the favorite to win defensive player of the year, and even has an outside chance to win the MVP award. Watt helped seal the Texans’ 23-17 victory over the Jaguars with a late sack that went for a safety. J.J. ended the season with 20.5 sacks as well as scoring five touchdowns this year. Three of those touchdowns were on the offensive side of the ball. While the Texans barely missed out on the playoffs, J.J. Watt’s popularity is growing every day. Collectors have already seen his value rise in recent weeks, but he has yet to peak. J.J. Watt should continue to be the most collected defensive player in the NFL, and if he can capture the MVP award his value could rise even higher.

Cards to Grab:

2011 Exquisite Collection #80 AU/70 ($150)

2011 Playoff Contenders #137 AU RC ($40)

2011 Topps Platinum Rookie Autographs #86 /1550 ($30) Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Triple Threads football

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Card Gallery: 2014 Bowman Chrome football cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s edition of Bowman Chrome football cards arrives in hobby shops today with every 18-pack box including one autograph.

Meanwhile, every fourth box will include a second autograph.

After the jump is a selection of images released by Topps to give you a taste of what’s to be found.

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Top 10: Alabama football fans who need an auto

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A pair of upcoming games in the college football world and one other major development on the college football trading card front has had this University of Alabama grad thinking.

Sure, there are a pair of football games to come soon that could lead to the school’s 16th national championship — its fourth since 2009 — but I’ve been thinking about all the possibilities for Crimson Tide cardboard. Why? Panini America is expected to have deals in place with nearly all of the major schools next year, creating a college-card push we may not have seen before in the hobby.

So, the company that took one of  Paul “Bear” Bryant’s iconic Houndstooth fedoras and made it into a card (above), might now be exploring the history and the tradition of Alabama football. There are plenty of possibilities — Paul W. Bryant Museum cards showing iconic pieces in its archives, Walk of Fame cards, Bowl game program cards, campus landmarks, stadium seat memorabilia cards, game-used cards and so much more. And, of course, there would be autographs.

The autograph front is one where another past creation of the company, the autographed celebrity cards launched about a decade ago called “Fans of the Game,” could truly make a school-centric card release even more interesting. Sure, we all expect the gridiron legends to appear in a card set — and Alabama has a few with the likes of Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Ozzie Newsome, Derrick Thomas and many, many more in more recent years — but a college-centric Fans of the Game inclusion could be interesting to even non-collectors.

Here’s my list of 10 iconic Alabama superfans or famous grads who would be cool certified autographs to find in packs … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014 Select football cards

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Panini Boxing Day Autograph Content Revealed

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With participating Canadian stores giving out their special 2014 Panini Boxing Day packs with qualifying purchases this week, Panini America has revealed images of the strong autograph content that will be found inside. With a roster of carefully-selected athletes from the big four sports, collectors pulling them are sure to be pleased.

In addition to signed parallels of the base set cards, there will also be autographed rookie patches featuring team logos for NBA freshmen and special NFL logo cards with a pink background that tie in to the “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer campaign.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 16

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hit

Veteran of the Week:

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

(218 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 151.7 quarterback rating)

The monkey might finally be off of Tony Romo’s back. Romo was nearly perfect in his performance in Sunday’s 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. After three straight years with 8-8 seasons, the Cowboys are 11-4, and they still have a chance for a first round bye in the playoffs. On top of a huge victory, Tony Romo also passed Troy Aikman to become the Cowboys’ all-time leading passer with 32,971 career yards. Romo’s card value has cooled off in the last few years, but collectors could see a turnaround if he can lead the Cowboys to some playoff victories.

Cards to Grab:

2003 Bowman Chrome #144 RC ($50)

2003 Playoff Contenders #156 AU/999 RC ($300)

2003 SP Authentic #217 AU/1200 RC ($250) Read More »

Panini’s Boxing Day Promo Continues With Checkerboard Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The slow reveal for Panini America‘s 2014 Boxing Day promotion continued on today as the company revealed some big hits that will be found inside packs in the form of a special Checkerboard design exclusive cards to with prime pieces of memorabilia.

Exclusive to Canadian Panini Roundtable dealers, packs of the 2014 Boxing Day cards will be available at participating retails and handed out as a bonus for each purchase. More details are yet to come over the next few days, but enjoy a gallery of these visually striking cards after the jump. Read More »

Panini Previews More Boxing Day Images

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Yesterday, Panini America gave collectors a preliminary look at its 2014 Boxing Day promotion and they have shown off even more cards from this product today in advance of next week’s release that is targeted to authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores.

Today, the company shared images from the regular set found in packs along with the popular Cracked Ice parallels which will be limited to 25 copies each. With four sports represented, the player selection is perfectly targeted for the Canadian market due to the presence of many athletes who have ties to the nation – including several hockey legends. In the next few days, we can expect to see even more from them as autograph and memorabilia content is expected to be shown to the masses.

For a complete gallery, please read on after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014 SP Authentic football cards

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Panini Details 2014 Immaculate Collection FB

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Following the high-end football debut of 2014 Flawless, Panini released more details, and more images, for its Immaculate Collection football brand. Boxes will include six cards and will deliver five autograph or memorabilia cards.

On-card autograph memorabilia cards include Premium Patches Autographs and Premium Patches Rookie Autographs. Large patch swatches appear in Team Logo, Jersey Number and Jersey Patch inserts. Immaculate Moments highlights some of the greatest moments in NFL history. Rookie Patch Autographs will be numbered to 99 or less with Acetate parallels numbered to the player’s jersey number. Rookie Helmet Team Logos feature helmet decals from top rookies.

Other inserts will include Pro Bowl, Champions (both autographed), Immaculate Signatures Patches, and Immaculate Fours with four NFL shields on one card (numbered 1 of 1). Immaculate Collection is scheduled to release in late January. See the 10 preview images (renderings) below.

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Panini Reveals Boxing Day Promo Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In the wake of a successful Boxing Day promotion last year, Canadian collectors may have been wondering if Panini America would be bringing it back again in 2014 – especially without the presence of NHL and NHLPA licensing.

Today, they received some excellent news as the company will be distributing some special packs via authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores. Handed out to those that make qualifying purchases, the contents inside will include base, parallel, autograph and memorabilia cards from all four major sports with a focus on the legends of the game and other content that is strongly tied to the Canadian market.

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First Look: 2014 Absolute Football

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By David Lee
Editor | Beckett Football

Absolute continues its long run with a new release that celebrates the brand’s 20th anniversary. It promises to bring a lot of memorabilia variety. Each hobby box has two autographed cards, three memorabilia cards plus other inserts and parallels. The base set includes 100 veterans and 50 rookies, with four Spectrum parallel versions. One of the key inserts is Rookie Autographed Jersey Quads that features an autograph along with four memorabilia swatches. The basic version has jersey swatches, while other levels have ball, glove and shoe swatches. Rookies are also featured with larger swatches with the NFL shield, plus ball, glove and shoe patches.

Panini is packing eight players and eight jersey swatches on the Tools of the Trade 8 Player cards (10 total cards) that also have Spectrum and prime swatch parallels. Tools of the Trade Complete Rookies will have 40 cards with six swatches each from different parts of the uniform. Tools of the Trade Helmets will have 40 cards numbered to 99. Absolute Ink features 100 cards with four Spectrum parallels. The Rookie Autographs are numbered to 199 and feature 50 rookies.

More inserts, image gallery, box cost and release date after the jump.

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Panini adds Oregon Ducks to college lineup

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Oregon Ducks have their first Heisman winner — and they’ll have a new home on cardboard in 2015, too.

Panini America revealed its latest deal with a major university on Monday with the University of Oregon, which saw quarterback Marcus Mariota pick up college football’s highest honor on Saturday night.

“As the College Football Playoff nears, we are excited to announce the University of Oregon as an exclusive Panini partner,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared release. “The Ducks have such a dynamic brand and we look forward to representing that and producing compelling trading card products for Oregon fans and all college sports fans.”

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 15

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

(6 catches, 114 yards, 3 touchdowns)

Dez Bryant chose the right time to have a huge game. He caught a career-high three touchdowns in the Dallas Cowboys’ 38-27 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Sunday night’s performance was his fourth 100-yard game of the season. With Dallas closing in on winning the NFC East crown, Dez is having a career year in almost every category. He hasn’t been too hot with collectors lately, but with the kind of performances he has been putting up, along with a potential deep playoff run, we could see his value start to rise in the near future.

Cards to Grab:

2010 Exquisite Collection #100 JSY AU/75 RC ($250)

2010 Playoff National Treasures JSY AU/99 RC ($300)

2010 Topps Triple Threads JSY AU/99 RC ($80) Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Platinum football cards

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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Sterling football cards

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Panini, Pop Warner extend sponsorship

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of Panini America‘s biggest youth sports initiatives will continue into the coming years as the company announced on Thursday its exclusive deal with Pop Warner will continue under a new multi-year agreement.

The company will continue to work with the Pop Warner Little Scholars and be the presenting sponsor of the Pop Warner Super Bowl. This year’s event is set for Saturday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

“Our relationship with Panini America is an important one,” said Pop Warner Little Scholars Executive Director Jon Butler in a prepared release. “In terms of support, passion, innovation and creativity, Panini America embodies what a valued partner should be. We’re proud to call Panini America a member of our family and look forward to many more years of our partnership.”

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First Pricing: 2014 Topps Chrome Football

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By Dan Hitt | Senior Market Analyst

 

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

By all accounts, Topps Chrome appears to be the hottest football release of the year. The number of closed eBay listings is staggering for a football product, at more than 20,000, and the total interest level from bidders is enormous.

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First Look: 2014 Panini Contenders Football

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Few products in the trading card world have as dedicated a following as the annual Contenders offering from Panini America. Each year, it delivers some of the most coveted rookie cards to football collectors and it is set to hit store shelves on January 7.

With an average of five autograph cards in every 24-pack box, there is plenty of potential for a good mix of first-year players, retired legends and today’s brightest stars. At least two of those will be signed on-card by one of the 40 participants from the 2014 NFL Rookie Premiere.

What else does 2014 Panini Contenders have to offer? Find out after the jump. Read More »