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Upper Deck’s Debuts First TV Ads

Auto Date Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Upper Deck has unveiled its first series of television ads.  The 15 & 30-second spots will air on Nikelodeon and The Cartoon Network.

In the commercials, five kids are walking across a football field.  The four in front can’t believe it, the kid directly behind them – the one with an ear-to-ear grin – has just traded them the card they wanted for a collection of other cards.  “Can you believe he gave me a Manning autograph for Bush, Leinart and Young?!” says one of the kids in the commercial, holding up his new card featuring the Colts’ All-Pro quarterback.

The protagonist boy with the rookies knows he traded a great card.  But: he got three in return that he can now register online to enter Upper Deck’s “Collect the Rookies, Play with the Rookies” sweepstakes, a contest that sends the winner to the 2007 NFL Players Inc. Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles.  He got more than lucky all of his cards because they can be registered at for a chance to win great prizes.


Score to Release Football Factory Set

Auto Date Friday, October 6th, 2006

Score has announced that they will release a factory set next week for Score Football.  The first Score Factory set released in 1989 is one of the greatest sets of all time with the rookie cards of Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Chris Carter, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and others.



The set has a suggested retail price of $39.99 for the 440 card set.  The set will contain 330 veteran cards, 100 rookies released in packs and an additional 10 cards only available in the factory sets.


Donruss To Promote Healthy Eating and Lifestyle

Auto Date Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

1.jpgDonruss Playoff is teaming up with Dairy Management Inc. to promote healthy eating and lifestyle for kids.  They are producing 5 trading cards that will be used in a school initiative program.  The cards will be distributed in schools throughout the year and will also be available at the Donruss booth atthe NFL Experience in Miami during Super Bowl week.

The five-card set will contain a 3-A-Day logo using the 2006 Score Football Design.  The five players featured in the set are DeShaun Foster (Carolina), Ronnie Brown (Miami), Allen Rossum (Atlanta), Erron Kinney (Tennessee) and Takeo Spikes (Buffalo).


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From $20 to $200 in 10 Minutes

Auto Date Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

How does a card go up 1000% in 10 minutes?

19.jpgeTopps introducted RRO (Restricted Rookie Offering) cards during the baseball season.  These cards are made available at any given time for a period of anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours.  Once that time is up the only way to get your hands on one of them is on the secondary market.

The first football cards introducted by eTopps was an A.J. Hawk card.  It was only available on September 14th from 5:35 PM to 5:45 PM.  After this time elapsed the card was trading for $200 on the eTopps site.  There were a total of 183 cards issued.  Buyers are limited to 5 RRO’s and eTopps will never issue this rookie again as an individual eTopps card.

The highest completed auction ended at $201.54 on September 15th.  As of September 20th, the card was trading at around $155.

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“Sleeper” Football Rookies for 2006

Auto Date Thursday, September 14th, 2006

16.jpgEveryone knows about the star football rookies this year: Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, DeAngelo Williams and others, but there are some other rookies that have already had a positive impact on their team and may soon see an increased demand for their rookie cards.

Jerious Norwood – Drafted in the 3rd round by the Atlanta Falcons, he already is the backup to Warrick Dunn and will see extensive action this year.  In the preseason he led the Falcons and rushed for 215 yards on 30 carries.

Bruce Gradkowski – A 6th round pick of the Tampa Buccaneers, Gradkowski had an impressive preseason.  He completed 74% of his passes for 511 yards.  If Chris Simms continues to struggle like he did in the first game, Gradkowski may see action earlier than expected.

Marques Colston – With the trade of Donte Stallworth to the Eagles, this seventh round pick out of Holstra became a starter opposite Joe Horn for the New Orleans Saints.

Wali Lundy – Lundy was selected by the Houston Texans in the 6th round of the draft.  The injury to Domanick Davis thrust him into the spotlight and he was named the starter before game 1.



Upper Deck Legends Football Auto SP’s

Auto Date Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Upper Deck has released a list of the short printed autograph cards:

  • 1.jpgTroy Aikman
  • Len Dawson
  • John Elway
  • Doug Flutie
  • Dan Fouts
  • L.C. Greenwood
  • Bob Griese
  • Franco Harris
  • Jim Kelly
  • Dan Marino
  • Don Maynard
  • Barry Sanders
  • Gale Sayers
  • Ken Stabler
  • Roger Staubach
  • Fran Tarkenton
  • Herschel Walker
  • Steve Young

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“Invincible” card a hot seller.

Auto Date Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

1.jpgThe #1 movie of the past week was Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg.  The movie chronicles the story of Vince Papale.  Papale played for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League.  He played two years before the league folded.   He received an invitation to a workout held by then Philadelphia coach Dick Vermeil and ended up making the team.  He played for the Philadelphia from 1976-1978, mostly on special teams.

His rookie card appeared in the 1977 Topps Football set.  The card was listed in the Beckett Football Price Guide as a common in the most recent issue.  The release of the movie has spurred interest in the card and hundreds have been listed on Ebay.  The card is now selling in the $7-20 range.

These types of cards rarely hold their value as the novelty wears off.  Jesse Palmer’s cards were a hot commodity at one time when he appeared on ABC’s The Bachelor, but have cooled off considerably (He was cut recently).


Press Pass confirms Legends SP’s

Auto Date Monday, August 14th, 2006

 Press Press has confirmed SP’s in their latest release, Press Pass Legends.

There are a total of 10 short printed cards (8 color variation and 2 base cards).

The following cards are the SP’s:

  • #39 Vince Young (B&W Photo)
  • #47 Reggie Bush (B&W Photo)
  • #49 Matt Leinart (B&W Photo)
  • #51 Jay Cutler (B&W Photo)
  • #58 Bo Jackson (Color Photo)
  • #68 Tim Brown (Color Photo)
  • #77 Barry Sanders (Color Photo)
  • #81 Dan Marino (Color Photo)
  • #91 Johnny Lattner
  • #92 Desmond Howard

From my experience, the Lattner & Howard cards seemed to be hard to get.  I busted two boxes and did not get any of either cards.  I did get some of the other SP’s.

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Most Popular Football Card of the Year?

Auto Date Sunday, August 13th, 2006

With the release of Topps Football came the Topps Rookie Premiere autographs. Every year collectors look forward to this hard to pull set of autographed cards from the years top rookies.

This year is no different. The 2006 NFL Rookie Class is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, A.J. Hawk, DeAngelo Williams, Jay Cutler and others highlight a great offensive class. Even Topps compares this years class to 1983 (Dan Marino, John Elway, Jim Kelly) with the release of the 8306 insert set.

Reggie Bush is the most sought after player in this years sets. The Topps Rookie Premiere Red Ink Autograph which in the past was limited to 10 cards (No word on this years set), has been selling in the $950-$1300 range. There are five completed sales on EBay in this price range.

The black ink version has been selling in the $595-$700 range. A dual Reggie Bush-Matt Leinart red ink version sold for $1300.

The release of SP Authentic autographed patches later in the year may lead to these prices being eclipsed, but will not take away from the popularity of the Topps Rookie Premiere autographs.

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2006 Upper Deck Football Delayed

Auto Date Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

2006 Upper Deck Football which was originally scheduled for release on August 3rd has been pushed back until August 16th.

The 2006 set will consist of

200 Regular Cards
50 Star Rookies (Inserted 1 per pack)
25 Shortprinted Rookie
There will be many numbered parallels as well as the always popular Football Heroes inserts featuring Joe Theismann and Roger Staubach.