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Here's a thought: during the annual exercise in inanity that is the Super Bowl Media Day, maybe someone can ask some of the Patriots and Giants players about the possible hobby impact of the big game.

Okay, perhaps not, but the match-up for Super Bowl XLII is interesting because the way collectors perceive the two sides pretty much echoes how the general public feels about them. Unbeaten and heavily favored New England has football card icons like Tom Brady and Randy Moss (though granted, it wasn't always that way for either man) while scrappy underdog New York has players just waiting to break through, like Brandon Jacobs and, in some ways, Eli Manning.

One thing we know from years past is that a standout performance on football's biggest stage always ramps up interest in a player's cards. Even defensive players, kick returners and, yes, kickers can get some hobby love thanks to the Super Bowl. And for offensive linemen? Maybe someday.

For one man's guess on players and rookie cards to watch come the first Sunday in February - plus the details on the Topps Super Bowl XLII Card Show - just click on the link below.

Image courtesy of and copyright Topps.

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