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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 TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.


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Tebow autographs included in Topps Sterling, Precision products

Posted Jan 11, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Jan 11, 2012 at 05:32 PM

The song “Tim Tebow’s Fire” has gone viral on the Internet — John Parr, best known for the 1985 one-hit wonder “St. Elmo’s Fire,” reworked his song in October but it has gotten new life since Denver upset Pittsburgh in last weekend’s AFC playoff game — and now Topps is getting into the act, touting the Tebow autographs in its newest football card set.

Topps Supreme Football hit the shelves today and has several cards bearing the autograph of the former University of Florida star, who helped the Broncos to a 29-23 victory in overtime on Sunday. Here is a sampling of the autos:

There is a base card numbered to 27, a base red parallel numbered to 20 and a green parallel numbered to 10. There are also several 1/1 autograph versions: a base platinum parallel, and four separate printing plates.

Tebow also will be paired with several other young NFL quarterbacks. He is included in a triple autograph card with Carolina’s Cam Newton and St. Louis’ Sam Bradford (numbered to 10) and a quad auto with Newton, the Jets’ Mark Sanchez and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan (numbered to 5).

In addition, Topps announced it will including 50 more Tebow autographs through redemptions in its Precision football release. The cards will be called Tim Tebow Precision Comeback Autographs, will be numbered to 9 and will focus on the games in which Tebow led Denver to comeback wins.

No matter what Tebow does against New England this weekend, he remains a name that will draw interest in the card collecting world. Love him or hate him, Tebow is having his moments of fame right now. And his cards should reflect that notoriety; whether it’s long-lasting remains to be seen.

Topps was smart to include Tebow’s autograph in the set, and even smarter to publicize it right now. Topps Supreme is a high-end product, but the lure of securing a Tebow autograph might be enough to get some collectors who were on the fence to dig into their wallets and shell out $80 to $100 for a box that contains four cards.

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