Category Archives: Football

Panini teases Contenders Draft Picks football


By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

During the 2015 Industry Summit this week in Las Vegas, Panini America announced the upcoming 2015 Contenders Draft Picks football card set. This will be the company’s first licensed collegiate trading card product.

Each hobby box will contain 24 packs with eight cards per pack. Boxes will deliver, on average, six autographs and 48 inserts or parallels. The product promises to feature autographs from the top players included in the 2015 NFL Draft as well as autographs from several NFL players featured in their college uniforms.

There is an extensive gallery below, showcasing the 2014 Contenders design. The product is scheduled to release in late April.

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Topps announces ‘test run’ Translucent Football


Topps is releasing Topps Translucent Football – a limited “test-run product” at the end of March exclusively on

The cards will be designed on thick, clear acetate stock. All autographs are on-card and there are two autographed cards in every pack. There is a Sepia parallel numbered to 5. The product promises to include all of the top 2014 rookies.

MMC Draft Edition: Kevin White


By: Justin Grunert | Beckett Football Analyst

Kevin White has already started making a name for himself, impressing everyone at the rookie combine. Every mock draft online has him going in the top 5 of this April’s draft. Here are some teams that might take him in the draft and what his collectability could be on those teams. Read More »

Panini signs Dez Bryant to exclusive deal


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest stars is staying in Texas no matter what — as an exclusive player with Panini America

Dez Bryant signed an exclusive multi-year card, autograph and memorabilia deal with the Irving, Texas-based company. The deal with the star wide receiver was announced on Monday.

Panini already has a game-used memorabilia deal with the Cowboys and now it has one of its top scoring threats signed where his autographs will only be found in its products. He’ll also be showcased on the packaging of products from the company.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Museum Collection

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Upper Deck Football Inscriptions in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 SAGE HIT Low Series football

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2015 SAGE HIT Low Series football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside? A whopping 10 autographs for starters …

Panini Previews Industry Summit Black Boxes


 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The 2015 Industry Summit is just days away and Panini America will once again be providing attendees with their popular Black Boxes which have been a show staple for over a decade.

Once the company finishes its corporate address to the crowd next Tuesday, they will be handing out these hobby treasures out and the content inside is sure to generate some excitement among recipients and collectors. This afternoon, Panini previewed some of the base Private Signings cards along with some other the other content that will be popping out of boxes.

What else can attendees expect to find in their Black Boxes? Check out a gallery after the jump. Read More »

The hobby impact of NFL trades, free agency


By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

This off-season has seen tons of movement among NFL veterans, with star players being traded or sent off to explore the free agent waters. And there is more to come. Even while you read this there is probably another trade going down. We’ll try to make sense of what’s happened so far, what may still happen, and how it all could impact the hobby and your collection.

DeMarco Murray Testing Free Agent Waters
Last year’s top running back and one of the hottest hobby veterans looks to be leaving Dallas. The Cowboys had secured receiver Dez Bryant with the franchise tag and Demarco Murray is exploring free agency. Murray’s cards will lose Cowboys collectors but where he lands will also affect his hobby standing. He has several good years left in him but it’s hard to imagine him matching his 2014 season with another team. Perhaps the most interesting aspect for collectors is the strong possibility of Adrian Peterson joining Dallas. It’s no secret that Jerry Jones has been intrigued with the idea of landing Peterson for a while. If this plays out, Peterson’s first Cowboys cards could be on fire. Cards down the road that combine him with Tony Romo and Bryant would be huge with Cowboys collectors.

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Topps gives 30 top NFL rookies jumbo treatment


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Thirty of the NFL’s top rookies just got bigger.

How? Topps revealed the 2014 Topps Top Rookies — an oversized exclusive set that highlights the top newcomers of the past year.

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MMC Draft Edition: Marcus Mariota


By: Justin Grunert | Beckett Football Analyst

With the 2015 NFL Draft coming up on April 30, Monday Morning Collector will take a look at some of the top potential draft picks are their possible impact on the hobby.

Marcus Mariota is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft and, therefore, will be a highly collected rookie no matter which team drafts him. There are a number of pre-draft expert projections about where he may land. The top three teams mentioned most are the Rams, Bears, and Eagles. No matter where he goes, it will have a significant collecting impact. Read More »

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 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


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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


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

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Win this Odell Beckham Jr. auto in the April BSCM


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 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

Super Bowl Brady

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
(328 yards passing, four touchdowns, 101.1 QB Rating)
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?



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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 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

Super Bowl XLIX Hot Hobby Reactions


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


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?


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


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



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


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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