First Pat Tillman certified autograph arrives in 2017 Certified Cuts

It’s a simple autograph signed years ago with a ballpoint pen on what was likely an index card, but it’s a piece of hobby history.

It’s Pat Tillman‘s first certified autograph and it’s going to be pulled by someone soon from a pack of 2017 Donruss Certified Cuts.

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All 2016 Flawless Emmitt Smith jersey cards include PROVA tracking

Emmitt Smith‘s memorabilia cards found in boxes of 2016 Panini Flawless football cards arriving today will include an added piece of authentication and information unique to his cards thanks to a new partnership between Panini and his company, PROVA Group.

Each card will have a SmarTag that will tell the owner what jersey the piece came from as part of a database linked to a smartphone app.

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Sunday Superstars: Week 5 notables include Ezekiel Elliott, Tom Brady, T.Y. Hilton, Sammie Coates & more


While there might be a quarterback controversy brewing in The Big D, there’s no doubting who the top RB is for the Dallas Cowboys after a 30-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

It’s Ezekiel Elliott and his 134-yard, two-touchdown day has cemented him as one of the front-runners among rookies this season — on a historic level, too.

According to Elias, his 546 rushing yards this season are the fifth-best total in NFL history for the first five games of a player’s career. The only better starts are Eric Dickerson (645 yards), Adrian Peterson (607), Todd Gurley (575) and Billy Sims (560). That’s not bad company — and that’s good news for Elliott’s cardboard given how Gurley looked last year.

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Dennis Green is who we thought he was — a coach with very few cards


“They are who we thought they were” may be a sound bite he’s remembered for, but Dennis Green also will be remembered as being what many thought he was.

A pretty decent football coach.

The former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals leader died from an apparent heart attack on Friday at age 67. He last coached a decade ago with the Cardinals, going 5-11 to cap his 13-year coaching resume with 113 wins and 94 losses.

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NFL coaching pioneer signs for Topps’ Allen & Ginter baseball set

Jen-Welter-2016-Topps-Allen-GinterShe’s an NFL pioneer as the league’s first female coach, and she’ll have her first certified autographs in an upcoming Topps baseball card set.

She’s Dr. Jennifer Welter and her autographs will be found in 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter when it arrives on July 20.

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Former NFL player Daryn Colledge enlists in Army National Guard

DarynColledge2A former Green Bay Packers lineman has opted to enlist in the Army National Guard, and, unlike many of his brothers on the offensive line, he has football cards for collectors to consider.

He’s Daryn Colledge, a 34-year-old, nine-year veteran of the league who was a member of the Super Bowl XLV-winning Packers. He started 137 games in his NFL career, also playing for the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.

“After all my time in the NFL, traveling, meeting and supporting the troops, I’ve decided to step up and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them,” he said on Twitter. “This was not a decision made lightly. We live in an ever-changing world and at this time in my life I feel it is best-served with me in defense of my family, state, country. With the support of my family [and] friends I look forward to the work and road ahead.”

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Buzz Poll: Which remaining NFL quarterback is best on cardboard?

super-bowl-50-highlights-tom-bradyWe’re down to four NFL teams and we get a marquee matchup in the AFC Championship Game between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Plenty has and will be said about that one — and we have a likely league MVP playing in the NFC title game in Cam Newton — but we simply have a different question here.

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Five NFL coaches get spotlight after signing for 2015 Panini Contenders

2015-Panini-Contenders-Chuck-PaganoAt least one of them is no longer with his team, but there are five “Rookie Cards” in 2015 Panini Contenders that collectors might not expect to see.

And their autographs might go for more than you might expect, too.

Why? They’re NFL coaches — and they, for the most part, don’t have any other certified autograph cards.

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So, who gets the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award?

CooperThe biggest driver on football cards these days is the Rookie Card and now that the regular season is over most of those big-name newcomers are done for the year.

So, naturally, that makes us wonder who get the Rookie of the Year nod? We’ll focus on offense since it matters the most when it comes to cards. (On defense Buzz thinks it will probably go to Kansas City’s Marcus Peters, who tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions and two TDs.)

But on offense it’s not as easy.

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Buzz Poll: Are Pro Football Hall of Fame mini busts cool or creepy?

NamathAmong the items in the Pro Football Hall of Fame‘s online gift shop are a series of five mini busts that Buzz couldn’t help but be drawn to.

Why? Buzz can’t figure out whether they are cool or creepy.

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David Johnson, Josh Norman & Danny Woodhead among NFL’s most Buzz-worthy players in Week 15


It doesn’t take much for a running back to establish himself quickly these days — and it doesn’t take much for one to fade into obscurity, either — but one started that two-part journey with a big arrival game of sorts under the Sunday Night Football spotlight.

It’s Arizona’s David Johnson, who ran for a league-leading 187 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-17 win over the Eagles.

It was his third straight week of 92 yards or more but he’d gone scoreless in those other games, leaving him off Buzz’s radar — also probably since he’s a Cardinal, not on a team that gets much hobby attention. You can find his RCs throughout this year’s NFL lineup from Panini America and Topps. For the season, he has 517 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

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Keep reading for four more guys who generated some buzz on the field this week.

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