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Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.

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Panini previews Totally Certified Football

Posted Nov 5, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

If Bucs running back Doug Martin continues putting up numbers like he has the past two weeks, it’s only a matter of time before card companies begin battling to sign him up as a spokesman. I know that all you fantasy football folks are paying attention to him now (if you haven’t been already).

Maybe the card companies are, too. Certainly, Panini America is doing its part to tout the Tampa Bay rookie, who rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Bucs’ 42-32 victory against Oakland on Sunday. Panini previewed Totally Certified Football today, and once again, Martin is up there along with the other hot rookies this season, including Andrew Luck of the Colts and Robert Griffin III of the Redskins.

Panini’s second version of Totally Certified Football will hit stores in late February. There will be a 235-card base set, broken down by 100 current stars and current legends, 100 Freshman Phenom Autographs numbered to 299 or less, and 35 Freshman Fabric autograph rookie cards numbered to 199 or less. The Freshman Fabric autographs will be on-card signatures, according to Panini.

A hobby box will contain six packs, and Panini is promising on Freshman Fabric rookie autograph card, at least one other autograph and four additional memorabilia or autograph cards.

Last year’s Totally Certified Football introduced a micro-etched pattern from last year’s debut. That pattern returns this year. Also returning are the HRX Video Trading cards. HRX stands for Highlight Reel Experience and debuted in the 2010-11 Totally Certified Basketball card set. It also was part of the 2011 Totally Certified Football set and included players like Tim Tebow and Cam Newton.

The HRX cards will feature new video footage, and there will be autographed versions numbered to 10 and 14k gold 1/1 versions.

Other subsets to watch for include Certified Future, which features a jersey swatch with an on-card autograph and numbered to 175. Prime jersey versions will be numbered to 49.

Freshman Fabric Platinum Red Signatures will feature large jersey swatches and on-card signatures. Those will be numbered to 199, and there also will be 1/1 versions.

Certified Future Signature Materials contain on-card signatures and will be numbered to 175 or less.

Stitches in Time will have several relic variations — single, dual, triple and quad—and will be numbered to 199 or less.

And Team Panini Signature Materials will feature autographs and relics on cards. Those will be numbered to 50 or less.

There will be plenty of players to choose from — and you can bet Doug Martin will be among them.

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