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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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Topps, Panini unveil some NFL rookie cards

Posted Apr 26, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM

The first round of the NFL draft is now history, and it’s always fun to watch a player holding up his new uniform with commissioner Roger Goodell.

Topps already posted a mock-up card of Doug Martin, the second of the Bucs’ two first-round pics in Thursday night’s draft. The Boise State running back, picked at No. 31 when the Bucs acquired the selection from Denver, will appear in Bowman football later this year. Topps did not post a card mock-up of the Bucs’ first draft choice (at No. 7), Alabama safety Mark Barron.

Panini America will release its 2012 Prestige Football set in June, so be on the lookout for rookie cards of the top draft picks. Thursday night, Panini sent out pictures of mock-up cards for top pick Andrew Luck (Colts), No. 2 Robert Griffin III (Redskins), No. 3 Trent Richardson (Browns) and No. 8 Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins).

Panini also does not have a mock-up card of Barron yet, but company marketing manager Tracy Hackler assured me that he’d send me one to post as soon as one becomes available.

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