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Updated 2010 Playoff Contenders Golden Ticket Tracker: The Gold Rush Continues

March 9, 2011

It’s no secret by now that the pioneering Golden Ticket redemption treasures buried randomly inside packs of 2010 Playoff Contenders Football have created a frenzied collecting buzz across America since they first hit the market more three weeks ago.

Every card pulled is nothing short of an industry-wide event, complete with the staggering auction prices to prove it. The Golden Tickets for Dez Bryant and Aaron Rodgers sold for more than $2,200, respectively, while cards of Peyton Manning, Roger Staubach and Emmitt Smith have each eclipsed the $1,500 barrier.

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on this exciting cross-country gold-dig, we’ve created the following list of all known Golden Tickets that have been pulled to date, including sales information when possible. We’ll update this list periodically as more Golden Tickets surface.

We profiled the two lucky collectors who pulled the Sam Bradford and John Elway Golden Tickets last weekend. Today we add a few more precious-metal monuments to the list, including Reggie Wayne and Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookies Gerald McCoy and Mike Williams.

Player                                    Pulled From                                                                Current Status
Mark Sanchez                       SMP Sports Cards, Grapevine, Texas                    Sale Price: $1,238.37
Troy Aikman                        New England Sports Cards, Amherst, N.H.
Eli Manning                           Croton Falls, N.Y.                                                         Sale Price: $925
Aaron Rodgers                    Buffalo, N.Y.                                                                    Sale Price: $2,277
Philip Rivers                         Bleachers Sports Cards, Abington, Mass.           
Roger Staubach                   Columbia Sports Cards, Vancouver, Wash.       Sale Price: $1,500
Chris Johnson                      All Pro Sports Cards, Stow, Ohio                            Sale Price: $998.88
Peyton Manning                  Newark, Delaware                                                        Sale Price: $1,525
Dexter McCluster                Chris’ Sports Cards, Allentown, Pa.                      Sale Price: $948.88
Jimmy Clausen                    Gil’s Infield, Duncanville, Texas                             Sale Price: $835
Tim Tebow                             All C’s Collectibles, Aurora, Colo.
Steve Young                         First and Goal Sports Cards, Allentown, Pa.      Sale Price: $1,005.88
Dez Bryant                             Franklin, Wis.                                                                 Sale Price: $2,280
Brett Favre                            Goldy’s Sports Collectibles, Freehold, N.J.       eBay Auction Link
Carson Palmer                     Killeen, Texas
Antonio Gates                      Sayre, Pa.
Rob Gronkowski                  Naperville, Ill.
Aaron Hernandez               Scottsdale, Ariz.
Golden Tate                           Bristol, Va.
Eli Manning                           San Diego, Calif.                                                             eBay Auction Link
Sam Bradford                       Wonder Water Sports Cards, Clearwater, Fla.
John Elway                           Port Jefferson, N.Y. 
C.J. Spiller                             Ontario, Canada                                                             Sale Price: $1,150
Emmitt Smith                      Plattsburgh, N.Y.                                                           Sale Price: $1,550
Terry Bradshaw                  Tokyo, Japan
Gerald McCoy                      Sioux City, Iowa                                                            eBay Auction Link
Mike Williams                      Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Reggie Wayne                      Hunstville, Ala.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. rookie permalink
    March 9, 2011 12:31 pm

    Seems like they were almost all shipped to Texas and east of Texas. Only 3 to 4 in the Western States? Not very good distribution.

    • Humberto Luna permalink
      March 9, 2011 3:27 pm

      I got a Golden Ticket in SD buts it from DACardworld on the east coast.

  2. Brandon Gable permalink
    March 9, 2011 12:34 pm

    Thanks for the update, I was wondering when the Mike Williams would come out!

    On a side note, is your Customer Service department working this week? I’ve left messages, sent emails and even a Facebook post regarding what I consider to be a pretty big error in a high profile National Treasures card I pulled with no replies…?

    • March 9, 2011 12:35 pm

      Yes, sir. They are working. Can you tell me what the error was/is? Thanks.

      • Brandon Gable permalink
        March 9, 2011 12:39 pm

        I pulled the Ernie Davis Souvenir Cuts Materials 1/1 (YES!) and there is an error in the COA regarding the jersey swatch. It says the swatch was worn by Davis in an official NFL game, but all other Davis swatches have been from the college All-Star jersey.

  3. Brian Schumacher permalink
    March 9, 2011 1:35 pm

    Tracy…Can you please explain to me how a random distribtion results in over 50% of these golden tickets being found on th east coast and next to your own facility in Texas. Statistically this is extremely improbable. Any thoughts?

    • March 9, 2011 8:32 pm

      Well, I can’t really explain every intricacy of the process because I don’t know all the details. I will get more information in that regard in the coming days and share with you what I can. I do know that Contenders was distributed the same as all of our products are. But I would venture to say that the majority of all trading cards in this country are broken on the eastern half of the U.S.

    • Kevin permalink
      March 10, 2011 9:39 am

      It’s not improbable; the east coast is the most densely populated area of the US. More people live. The Dallas area is the 4th largest population center in the US, and football is huge in Texas so the spike there makes sense. An even geographical distribution would be suspect.

  4. Clint permalink
    March 9, 2011 6:02 pm

    Tracy, the Tim Tebow rookie ticket #’s dont add up right. They say 400 of each.
    When you add them up. The one with 07 Heisman & 25th Pick make it 402 cards.
    Also the 07 Heisman is on the white jersey variation card not the blue jersey card.
    Can you confirm this?

    • March 9, 2011 8:39 pm

      Clint, trying to get confirmation from Product Development now. I hope to have something tomorrow.

  5. Miss Football permalink
    March 9, 2011 7:14 pm

    Is your cutomer service working this week? I submitted a ticket on your website stating that the redemption page on your website is not working correctly. Is this something you are aware of and working to correct? It’s kind of frustrating to have a golden ticket redemption card without being able to redeem it on line.

    • March 9, 2011 7:59 pm

      Yes, customer service is back up and operational. The website redemption system is up, too. The gentleman with the Emmitt Smith Golden Ticket successfully entered his code earlier this afternoon. By the way, which Golden Ticket do you have? Let me know if the system doesn’t work for you.

      • Miss Football permalink
        March 10, 2011 9:34 am

        Thank you for the response. I have the Chris Johnson golden ticket redemption card. The system is still not working on the several computers I’ve tried to open it on. All the links work except the redemption “2008 & newer” link. Please advise. Thank you.

  6. Aaron Marcus permalink
    March 12, 2011 4:05 pm

    I’ve been trying to redeem the Dez Bryant golden ticket today and the servers are not responding… The Panini America website seems to be down altogether…

  7. Christopher Dreisbach permalink
    March 13, 2011 12:18 am

    I pulled the Ryan Mathews card today (in PA) but the irony of the pull is that the boxes came from SAN DIEGO! definitely the most incredible card i’ve ever pulled but of course the panini website is not working again so i have to wait to REDEEM IT!!!! So excited!

  8. Jason permalink
    March 13, 2011 4:05 pm

    pulled the Brett Farve (#46) last week… I’m in Maryland, but purchased the box from


  9. Heath permalink
    March 13, 2011 10:55 pm

    On March 9th I redeemed the Golden Ticket I pulled. When can I expect it to be shipped?

  10. Heath permalink
    March 22, 2011 3:41 pm

    I was quick to tell you when I didn’t receive it so I figured better let you know when I did.

  11. August 20, 2011 11:21 pm

    Tracy has the 2010 Playoff Contenders Golden Ticket tracker been updated anywhere?

    • August 21, 2011 11:09 am

      For football it hasn’t been updated in a while because there hasn’t been much activity. The last time I checked, there just four remaining.

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