Sunday Superstars: Week 3 standouts include Marvin Jones, Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz & more


Six catches, 205 yards and two touchdowns. That was the stat line for Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones Jr. on Sunday during a 34-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

How good was that career night? As a rookie with the Bengals in 2012, it took him 11 games and 18 catches to total 201 yards — and he only had one touchdown back then. Even last season he had just 816 yards receiving on 65 catches. (Welcome to Detroit.)

Seemingly out of nowhere, he has back-to-back 100-yard games — that should be good for his cardboard, which is pretty plentiful from that rookie season.

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

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Peyton Manning Super Bowl 50 card launches Panini Eternal program

Peyton Manning SB50 Football - 2016 Panini Eternal Memorabilia Card #PE-PM1 - 1/1 – September 7 $2,499.99
Peyton Manning SB50 Football – 2016 Panini Eternal Memorabilia Card #PE-PM1 – 1/1 – September 7 $2,499.99

First there was Panini Instant. Now there’s Panini Eternal.

Panini America has a new take on real-time cardboard and the program was officially unveiled today with the announcement that a Peyton Manning Super Bowl 50 card coming on the heels of the teams’ rematch tomorrow night.

“Just as trading cards themselves continue to evolve, so, too, do the ways in which they’re brought to market. Panini Eternal is on the cutting edge in both regards,” said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO. “Panini Eternal is about capturing history — game-specific memorabilia from the milestone moments in sports – and sharing it directly with fans and collectors. There’s nothing else quite like it in the NFL collectibles arena and we’re excited to begin this landmark journey with a tribute to Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos and Super Bowl 50.”

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Trevor Siemian is Denver Broncos’ starter — with just two Rookie Cards


It’s not been pretty on the quarterback front for the Denver Broncos in 2016 with the exit of a legend, Peyton Manning, the exit of his long-term understudy, Brock Osweiler, and the preseason messes of Mark Sanchez.

But there is a highlight with the arrival of Trevor Siemian in the starting spot in Denver.

No, really.

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Gallery: 2016 Donruss football Fans of Game & Peyton Manning tributes

When 2016 Donruss football cards arrive on Wednesday from Panini America, its packs will include a return of Fans of the Game — a set that has brought plenty of star power to football cards as well as other sports.

This year’s batch includes celebs as well as a pair of Peyton Manning tribute sets — and each of them can be found with autographs, too.

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If Tom Jackson calls it a career, maybe he’ll have time for cardboard

Tom-Jackson-1997-Upper-Deck-LegendsHe’s been in the public eye as an NFL player and ESPN analyst every year since 1973, but Tom Jackson may finally have time to do something he’s rarely done before.

Sign autographs for a card company and appear on some football cards.

The New York Daily News is reporting that Jackson may be leaving ESPN, where he’s been part of NFL broadcasts since 1987. It’s been a successful run, and, in 2015, he received the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award which honors “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”

Jackson’s NFL career ended the season before his ESPN arrival and it’s a career that’s rarely seen on cardboard despite an explosion in card products in all those years since.

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Tim Tebow + Donald Trump + helmet auction = IRS controversy?

A Tim Tebow autographed Denver Broncos helmet sold at auction four years ago could have Donald Trump in trouble with the IRS, according to a report from The Washington Post.

The $12,000 auction purchase benefitted the Susan G. Komen foundation and Trump posed with the helmet at a fund-raising event after the win. 

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Three newly drafted quarterbacks grace new Sports Illustrated covers in their NFL uniforms for first time

ChimQ1qW4AAmKWO.jpg-largeThe SI Cover Jinx is on. (Just kidding.)

Three notable quarterbacks taken in this year’s NFL Draft will be found in their new uniforms on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated in a series of solo covers.

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#DearPeyton videos look back at legendary QB’s hand-written habit

#DearPeytonFuture Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning had a habit of sorts through the years that a collector just might find interesting — and now it’s part of a viral video ad campaign and tribute to the former Vols, Colts and Broncos signal-caller.

His habit? He writes letters.

ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen takes a moment to discuss his letter from Manning as he battles cancer. Pam Frenzel recaps the moments her late son shared with the QB. Manning’s past coaches recap moments that prompted correspondence. His family members, his teammates and others also revisit their moments via Gatorade‘s series of videos.

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Peyton Manning’s Sports Illustrated tribute arrives with three covers

Peyton-manning-Sports-illustratedSports Illustrated is paying tribute to Peyton Manning … and you can collect them all.

The 104-page Sports Illustrated Peyton Manning Retirement Tribute Issue examines the life of the future Hall of Famer who retired after 18 seasons in the NFL on Monday, and it can be found with covers for all three of his stops as a nationally known player. There’s one cover for the University of Tennessee Vols, one for the Indianapolis Colts and one for his time with the Denver Broncos.

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Peyton Manning retires: Seven basics you need for football cards

It was his last rodeo after all.

Peyton Manning‘s 18-year NFL career that includes five MVP awards, two Super Bowl rings and more touchdowns and passing yards than any other quarterback in history comes to an end on Monday in Denver when he’s expected to announce his retirement.

Manning is among the most-available and most-collectable quarterbacks in the history of the game — he’s also one of the most-valuable ones, too. Rather than rehash his Rookie Cards or priciest gems (there are plenty of both), here are seven basic ways to collect the legendary quarterback beloved in Indianapolis, admired in Denver and made “Omaha” a bit more famous.

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Super Bowl 50 cardboard winners & losers from the Broncos & Panthers

von-millerIt’s pretty obvious who won and who lost after Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night without a glance at the scoreboard that read Broncos 24, Panthers 10.

The storybook finish happened for one, an emergence for another. And for the losing team we saw the best and the worst possibilities — for guys who have plenty of good and now bad potential on cardboard. Here’s a rundown …

Von Miller — Not long ago he was a guy coming off a suspension and an ACL tear, but on Sunday night the Broncos LB became one of a handful of defensive stars named the Super Bowl MVP. He recorded six tackles, two forced fumbles and two sacks for a loss of 27 yards. His strip of Cam Newton in the fourth quarter set up the final score of the game. Miller’s Rookie Cards can be found in 2011 boxes and he’s undoubtedly seen an uptick in interest simply because defensive stars are often overlooked. Will it last? Probably not, but he’ll always have the MVP award in the record book. It will help, though, if he remains in Denver.

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Cross this one off if Super Bowl 50 truly is Peyton Manning’s last rodeo

Peyton-OmahaGuess we can cross this cardboard off the possibilities list if Super Bowl 50 is, indeed, Peyton Manning‘s last rodeo. 

Buzz really was hoping for there to somehow be a Peyton Omaha rodeo card in the future. (Yep, there were Professional Bull Rider cards made back in 2009 — autographs, memorabilia and everything.)

The real point here? It’s OK to have some fun with collecting.

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Topps readies Super Bowl 50 commemorative football cards

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 11.38.50 AMSuper Bowl 50 is less than two weeks away, but the commemorative cardboard is already here.

Topps revealed on Monday a pair of Super Bowl 50 team sets — 5-by-7 jumbo cards for each team that will be limited to just 50 serial-numbered copies per set.

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Just look how far Tom Brady has come … and how bad the other 2000 NFL Draft quarterbacks were

TomBrady2000When Tom Brady takes the field against Peyton Manning today, the discussion about who’s the best will present itself for the umpteenth time.

Who’s No. 1? It’s a good argument on the field. It depends what you prefer — stats or rings. On cardboard, both are big, though Brady is definitely a pricier autograph simply because he doesn’t sign as much. Manning’s availability hurts values but helps collections. (Just like on the field, it’s a good debate of who’s better hobby-wise.)

Brady2000Rewind the clock back 16 years, though, and it was obvious who the star was between these two. Manning had been the No. 1 overall pick a couple years before and walked into the NFL a star on cardboard after his time at Tennessee. And Brady? He wasn’t even in the discussions. He was just this guy from Michigan. >>>>>

The former Wolverine was so off-the-radar that it took a few years for this image to become Internet fodder. Brady’s cards took a bit of time to take off, too, but once he took over as the Patriots’ starter in 2001, NFL history was changed — just like his cardboard.

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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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Buzz List: Five NFL players to watch this week

JohnnyManzielThe Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday when they take on the Cleveland Browns and that team’s likely QB is our pick for a prime player to watch on Sunday. He’s “Johnny Football,” Johnny Manziel, who completed 15 of 33 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown in a 31-10 loss on Nov. 5.

Could a decent game against an AFC rival be enough to spark interest — or at least some optimistic hype — in a guy who was an unquestioned top rookie on cardboard last year? And what about a good game? Buzz thinks that could re-ignite some serious interest.

Keep reading for four more guys to watch on Sunday.

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Topps readies Super Bowl factory set + first NFL Cardboard Icon set


Topps‘ 2015 football set will get an extra touch for a limited release available starting on Wednesday.

The 2015 Topps NFL 50th Super Bowl set will consist of 500 cards with an extra Super Bowl 50 stamp added to each of the cards. The sets will only be available initially via for $50.

It’s not the only new football release coming from the company, either.

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