Show sponsor Donruss and fellow football card maker Upper Deck will dish out some freebies and Super Bowl card show exclusives beginning this weekend.
Donruss officials have announced plans for this year’s Donruss NFL Experience, which includes sponsorship of the official autograph pavilion. The 18th Annual event opens this weekend and will conclude on Super Bowl Sunday.
As the title sponsor of the seven-day event, Donruss also will be sponsoring the trading card portion of the Experience. The Texas-based manufacturer has created a 440-card Super Bowl edition factory set that will be sold only in Tampa. Produced under the Score name, each card will feature the official Super Bowl XLIII logo. As a free bonus, collectors purchasing the factory set will get an exclusive 18-card set of those participating in this year’s Super Bowl. Nine cards will highlight the NFC’s Arizona Cardinals and nine will highlight the AFC’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Donruss has also created a limited edition glossy version of the factory set, with each card featuring a glossy coating and each card serial numbered to 250. Those purchasing the set will receive the bonus Super Bowl set as well as a random memorabilia card specially produced for this event. The cards feature prime jersey swatches and are serial-numbered to just 25 copies each. Players include: Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, Darren McFadden, LaDainian Tomlinson, Felix Jones, Rashard Mendenhall, Joseph Addai, Philip Rivers and Terrell Owens.
The factory set is $40, while the limited edition glossy version will sell for $100.
The NFL trading card redemption program returns this year and highlights the home team Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Collectors can bring three un-opened packs of any 2008 Donruss Playoff trading card product to the booth and receive one of the following redemption cards: Jeff Garcia, Earnest Graham, Derrick Brooks or Ronde Barber.
Donruss will offer fans the chance to spin a prize wheel for free cards. Spots on the wheel will designate which cards will be awarded, with this year’s theme being Super Bowl MVPs. Joining several past MVPs will be rookies from 2008 – what some are considering the greatest rookie class of all-time. Super Bowl MVPs include Peyton Manning (Super Bowl XXX MVP), Eli Manning (Super Bowl XXX MVP), Tom Brady (Super Bowl XXX MVP), Ray Lewis (Super Bowl XXX MVP), Hines Ward (Super Bowl XXX MVP), Dexter Jackson (Super Bowl XXX MVP), along with Brett Favre (Jets, and a Super Bowl champion while with the Green Bay Packers ), Adrian Peterson and rookies Matt Ryan, Darren McFadden and Chris Johnson. Rounding out the wheel will be special Gridiron Kings cards of Favre and Darren McFadden, as well as a Rookie of the Year card of Matt Ryan.
During each day of the show – on Jan. 24 and 25, and again from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1 – Upper Deck will be giving away assorted single trading cards from its 2008 NFL SP Rookie Edition and NFL SP Authentic launches from earlier this season. The company will also offer prizes for those competing in its interactive games.
A foil pack wrapper redemption program will take place during the show. Fans who purchase three packs of any 2008 Upper Deck football products with the exception of Upper Deck First Edition can exchange their three foil packs for one of four exclusive Upper Deck NFL Experience trading cards spotlighting standout players from the hometown Buccaneers: Antonio Bryant, Derrick Brooks, Jeff Garcia and Aqib Talib.
The company says collectors who bring their unopened foil packs to the booth and open them will receive a show exclusive trading card in the process. In addition, Upper Deck will be conducting a second level of wrapper redemptions for a special set entitled “The Franchise” highlighting six NFL rookie standouts from this past season including: ROY Matt Ryan, Jonathan Stewart, Chris Johnson, Matt Forte, Joe Flacco and Darren McFadden. To obtain the entire six-card set, collectors need to simply purchase five packs of any 2008 Upper Deck football products at the show (with the exception of Upper Deck First Edition) and bring their unopened foil packs to the booth for redeeming purposes. Supplies are limited, so time is of the essence.
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