Totally Certified from Panini is back for the third season. 2013 Totally Certified is a high end brand from Panini and includes a large base set and multiple Game Used and Autographed insert sets. In fact, all of the insert cards are either Game Used Relics or Autographed and in some cases, both! These cards come in 5 cards selling for ~$25 per pack
or $90 per box with 6 packs per box on Amazon
The 2013 Totally Certified base set contains over 250 cards when you include the Thanksgiving day subset which highlights players who excelled on Thanksgiving Day games. As you can imagine, there are loads of Cowboy players from that subset. There are several different colored parallels of the base set and several insert sets. Each insert set features either an Autographed card or a Game Used Relic card. In some cases, the inserts are both Autographed and Game Used.
The Cowboy cards from the 2013 Totally Certified base set includes:
(TH) is Thanksgiving Day subset.
#13 – Tony Romo
#14 – Dez Bryant
#53 – Dez Bryant (TH)
#58 – Miles Austin (TH)
#62 – Demarcus Ware (TH)
#63 – Jason Witten (TH)
#67 – Tony Romo (TH)
#75 – Emmitt Smith (TH)
#76 – Deion Sanders (TH)
#77 - Troy Aikman (TH)
#78 – Michael Irvin (TH)
#80 – Danny White (TH)
#81 – Randy White (TH)
#82 – Tony Dorsett (TH)
#88 – Roger Staubach (TH)
#220 – Gavin Escobar (ROOKIE)
#225 – Joseph Randle (ROOKIE)
#246 – Terrance Williams (ROOKIE)
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More Cowboy cards from the 2013 Totally Certified football card brand:
Topps High End brand, Triple Threads, is back for its eight consecutive year making it one of the longest running Topps High End brands. These cards are of course very thick and include many relic and autographed cards. In fact, every 2013 Topps Triple Threads Rookie card is both Autographed and includes a relic as well as being serial numbered. There are several different colored parallels of the base set as well as parallels of the insert sets. Every insert set is serial numbered and is either autographed, game used (relic) or in many cases both. These cards come 7 cards per pack and 2 packs per box at a retail price of $150 per box averaging each card at $10 per… making Topps Triple Threads one of the most expensive brands in the hobby.
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Here are the 2013 Topps Triple Threads Dallas Cowboys base cards.
#28 – Tony Romo
#41 – Jason Witten
#57 – Dez Bryant
#60 – DeMarco Murray
#75 – Emmitt Smith
#113 – Gavin Escobar (R, SN, Relic, Auto)
#130 – Joseph Randle (R, SN, Relic, Auto)
#138 – Terrance Williams (R, SN, Relic, Auto)
Topps continues its Magic brand, four years running now, with 330 base cards including 117 Rookies. There are tons of base cards for team set collectors in the 2013 Topps Magic brand. These cards have artists or computer rendered drawings on the front but you have to look real close to confirm that. The backs are simple by design to portray a throwback style of card. These cards are nice and thick and beautifully designed on the front. There are few insert sets including only a few Autographed inserts and a few Game Used Relic inserts but that doesn’t detract from the demand for these cards. Besides, there are several miniature parallel sets with different colored borders. These cards are sure to be a team collector favorite simply because of the number of base cards per team. The Cowboys have 11 base cards including 3 rookies and 1 retired star (Troy Aikman).
Base set Cowboys:
#46 - Demarco Murray
#93 – Terrance Williams (RC)
#111 – Jason Witten
#112 – Joseph Randle (RC)
#148 – Gavin Escobar (RC)
#248 – Dez Bryant
#277 – Demarcus Ware
#287 – Sean Lee
#299 – Troy Aikman
#303 – Miles Austin
#329 – Tony Romo
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The 2013 Prizm football trading card brand from Panini was released in late October of 2013 at a estimated cost of $4.99 per pack. These base cards are very similar to the 2012 debut Prizm base cards with a chrome finish on the front. The 2013 Prizm base set includes 200 veterans and 100 rookies. The Hobby boxes include 6 cards per pack and 20 packs per box. Each box contains at least 2 Autograph cards, 20 Rookie cards, 3 Parallel cards and 6 different insert cards. Parallel sets include Prizm, Orange, Die Cut (/50), Gold (/10) and Finite (1 of 1). Base Inserts include Rookie Impact, Decade of Dominance and Monday Night Heroes. Each of the base inserts also include several different Parallel versions. Prime inserts (Autographs and Game Used) include Rated Rookie Patches and Autographs. Each of the Prime inserts also include several different Parallel versions.
There are 7 Cowboy veterans in the 2013 Prizm base set and 3 rookies:
#152 – Tony Romo
#153 – Dez Bryant
#154 – Miles Austin
#155 DeMarco Murray
#156 – Jason Witten
#157 – DeMarcus Ware
#158 – Morris Claiborne
#237 – Gavin Escobar
#249 – Joseph Randle
#290 – Terrance Williams
Other Cowboy players included in the 2013 Prizm brand but not in the base set include;
Sean Lee (Autographs)
Anthony Spencer (Autographs)
Dwayne Harris (Autographs)
James Hannah (Autographs)
Lance Dunbar (Autographs)
Tyron Smith (Autographs)
Bob Lilly (Decade of Dominance)
Roger Staubach (Decade of Dominance)
Randy White (Decade of Dominance)
Troy Aikman (Decade of Dominance)
Michael Irvin (Decade of Dominance)
You can find the entire checklist and set breakdown here > 2013 Prizm Dallas Cowboys football card checklist.
Three consecutive seasons at 8-8. Three consecutive seasons the Cowboys lose in a win and in season finale. This reminds me of the early 1980s when the Cowboys went to three consecutive NFC Championship games and lost each game. At the time, I felt that the Cowboys simply needed to secure home field and they would get over that hump but in reality I was wrong. The Cowboys were simply not good enough back then as they are not good enough now.
The only difference between that 1908s team and this team was Tom Landry and Tex Schramm. There is no doubt in my mind that Landry got more from his slightly better than average team during those years and Jason Garrett is getting less from his slightly better than average team of today.
Each year, the Cowboys and Jerry Jones, come up with excuses as to what might be missing from this Cowboys team. First it was a running game, then it was the offensive line, then it was the play calling, this year it was injuries or the defensive coach. Every year there is a different reason but if you look at the really good teams, the top franchises in the league, those excuses do not exist. The top franchises get the job done no matter what because they are built to win from the top down.
The New England Patriots are the NFL’s elite franchise, they don’t win the Super Bowl every year but every year they are in the hunt right down to the wire. The Patriots are what the Cowboys used to be back in the Tom Landry days. Landry didn’t care who his QB, RB or WR was. He didn’t care if he lost a LB or Safety to injury or retirement, his team was gonna win because they had a system in place that did not allow for these excuses.
The Patriots have just as many injuries as the Cowboys. If you take away Tom Brady, they have less overall talent. There is no reason for the Cowboys to flounder at 8-8 year after year and the Patriots post 12 win seasons like their playing hopscotch in the school yard. The biggest difference between the Cowboys and the Patriots are the folks at the top. There is no doubt in my mind that Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick could take this Cowboys roster and make them a 12 win team year in and year out.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys fans, the top is not gonna change. The coach could change and does quite often but the results are the same. Jerry the GM is not gonna be fired but in my opinion I don’t think he is doing a bad job as GM from a player perspective. The Cowboys have a good group of players. They have glaring holes in certain positions just like all teams do but they have a good balance of good to great players across the board and that is a credit to Jerry the GM, in my opinion.
The Cowboys problem comes down to coaching. But more than that its about who is at the top of the coaching chain. You would think the head coach Jason Garrett is at the top of the coaching chain but in this case he is not. Jerry is the top dog in the coaching ranks. Jerry picks the Head Coach but he also picks the staff. He hires the coordinators, the assistants and all. That, in my opinion, undermines the head coach’s ability to get the best out of his assistants and other coaches. The other coaches know they don’t really answer to Jason but to Jerry.
The Coaches are more concerned about keeping Jerry happy than they are at keeping Jason happy or working within Jason’s system. That seriously erodes the team from the top down and causes groups of players to be out of sync with other groups.
So in this humble fan’s opinion, the Cowboys problem is not Jerry the players GM but Jerry the coaches GM. Jerry should not be picking any coach other than the head coach and then he should let the head coach do the rest. I don’t know if Jason Garrett is the guy for this or not but I don’t think he has been given a fair shot at trying to be the guy because of Jerry’s meddling with the coaches.
The 2013 Bowman Sterling football card brand was released in late 2013. These are high end cards selling for around $50 per pack. Each pack contains 3 base cards, 1 autographed cards and 1 relic card. The set focuses on rookies with a ratio of 4 rookies for every 1 veteran. The Base set contains 100 cards, 80 of which are rookies and 20 are veterans. The Dallas Cowboy players are who represented in this football card brand include 2013 NFL Rookies Joseph Randle, Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams. The only Cowboy veteran from this set is WR Dez Bryant.
The Cowboy cards from the 2013 Bowman Sterling football trading card brand breaks down like this;
There are 165 total Cowboy cards:
There are 20 total cards of WR Dez Bryant
There are 53 total cards of rookie TE Gavin Escobar
There are 51 total cards of rookie RB Joseph Randle
There are 41 total cards of rookie WR Terrance Williams
You can find the Cowboys checklist and breakdown of each set, insert and parallel here > 2013 Dallas Cowboys Bowman Sterling checklist.
It seems like every year, Cowboy fans have to readjust their expected lows. Every year, they have to redefine the franchises’ worse loss. When Joe Buck mentioned that ‘this might be the Cowboys worse loss in franchise history‘ I thought, geez.. didn’t we just establish that low last year and two years before that and a year before that? This team is constantly moving the low water marker!
I have not always been a Tony Romo trumpeter but have always believed in his ability and felt that the team simply didn’t have enough tools around him to win. He was always asked to do too much and when he falter, he was blamed for not doing enough. Well, on Sunday vs the Packers he faltered because he was doing too much of what he should not have been doing.
I certainly put a lot of blame on the Cowboys loss to the Packers this past Sunday on the coaches and the play calling. Heck this group of play callers if you will, have been anything but inconsistent this year. They have been weighing too heavy on the pass all year. They threw the ball almost 50 times in the season opener against the Giants, a game in which they had a double digit lead nearly the entire game. I knew that was about omen the moment I saw it.
So the trend has been established this year by the coaches and Romo to throw the ball MOST of the time. For the most part, it has not been a bad formula. Romo has thrown 5 times more Touchdowns than he has interceptions. The Cowboys offense has been averaging well over 24 points a game. In fact, you could argue that had the defense been just a little better, the Cowboys record would be closer to 10-4 instead of 7-7.
I get all of that but sometimes its not only wise to run the ball, sometimes is mandated. Well, obviously mandates are not communicated well in Dallas. At first I thought the coaches or play callers to be more specific were to blame for Tony Romo’s latest 4th quarter gaff that cost the Cowboys a win. But when I heard Jason Garret announce at his press conference that the play call was a run and Romo changed the play to a pass because of the defense I nearly puked.
What did Romo expect to see the Packers playing in this situation? It is the final minutes of the game, the Cowboys are trying to run out the clock, did Romo expect the Packers to be in a 2 deep zone so when he saw 8 men in the box he thinks, “oh no, this run play wont work, let me audible to a pass!” ? That is simply inexcusable! I understand that the Cowboys defense was not gonna stop the Packers and if they got the ball back with any time left on the clock, they would likely score. I get that but you don’t throw until you have to throw and second, DeMarco Murray was having a field day running the ball. Worst case scenario, its 3rd and 6 or more.. best case scenario its 1st down.. or 3rd and short. Throwing the ball there is simply not an option so for Romo to change the play to a pass is not just inexcusable, its DUMB! Really Dumb!
I know that finding a franchise QB is hard and that without one, your team is gonna suffer through some lean years. I know that Romo is better than 75% of the QBs playing today and he has won a lot of games for the Cowboys but how many of these end of game ‘DUMB’ plays do we, as fans, have to endure? I am not sure about you but getting whipped by the Bears on Sunday night by 20 points was a helluva lot easier than gift wrapping a win to the Packers this past Sunday.
Football cards can vary in value. How much an individual item is worth will depend on rarity, condition, and whether other collectors find the item to be of interest. Regardless of value, many people find that this is a fun hobby and there are collectors all over the world.
Some people will specialize in a specific type of signed item. Trading cards are some of the most common and collectible. Football cards were some of the first types on the scene. These first came into popularity in the late 1940s. Most football cards feature National Football League players, and were popularly produced by Bowman and Topps. Later on, bubble gum companies used these cards to get people interested in buying their products. In 1933, these types began to issue football player images with biographical information about them on the back. As time went by, other companies issued similar products and people often sought to get their favorite player to sign “his” card.
Today football card values will sometimes be determined by condition. There are ten formal classifications ranging from poor to pristine, but there are other types of systems that are used by professional grading companies. The rating system has to do with wear to the edges, scuffing, scratches and whether or not there is any gloss left to the image. Corners that are rounded, missing or bent will also have an impact on the value.
People that are interested in collecting these items will have to decide what classifications are the most appealing to them. In addition to cards, there are people that collect balls, jerseys, books and other items. One of the least expensive types is simple index cards. One of the most interesting can be a document of some kind. As with all collectibles, condition is everything with items that are in their original condition being the most desirable.
There are options to collect baseball, basketball and football autographs but people may not want to overlook professional wrestling, boxing or car racing. There are people that get a variety of different kinds as well as people that specialize in only one kind.
Many collectors have started very modestly as children and wind up having quite a few desirable examples later in life. Because it is not always possible to know what types will appreciate the most, people may tend to get a variety of different kinds. Most people that collect sports autographs will try to get several of the same kind if possible for trading.
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The 2013 Rookies & Stars football cards from Panini was released in early August of 2013. These base cards include 140 veterans and 100 Rookie cards! These cards feature a full bleed photo on the front which is a departure from previous Rookies & Stars designs which typically featured a distinct colored background. Including all the inserts and parallels there are over 80 different sets and over 5,000 unique cards which is a bit much for the average collector to collect them all but the sheer number of sets and cards ensures that Rookies & Stars will have some appeal to almost every collector.
One feature that always set Rookies & Stars apart from most of the other brands were the short printed rookies. The rookies from the base set are NOT serial numbered but they are short printed or produced in much smaller quantities than the veterans from the base set. This can create quite a bit of hype surrounding some of the more obscure rookies from the set especially if they break out and become an NFL Superstar a few years down the road!
The Dallas Cowboys 2013 Rookies and Stars base set includes:
There are 259 total cowboy cards from the 2013 Rookies & Stars brand when you include all the inserts and Parallels. Not surprising that its the 3 Rookies that lead the way with over 60 unique cards each.
The Rookies and Stars base cards look like so:
The Parallels of the base set look like so:
Some of the inserts:
The 2013 Topps Finest football brand hit the market in late August shortly after its parent brand Topps was released. Topps Finest has been around for over 20 years now and has always been widely regarded as one of the better high end brands. The 2013 Topps Finest brand contains 150 cards in the base set broken down to 100 veterans and 50 rookie cards! These cards feature a silver metallic like finish on the front with an action photograph jumping out at the collector. The players name, position and team logo can be found along the bottom and the Finest logo along the top. The back has a glossy finish with no picture. The back does however contain a player profile, 2012 and career stats along with a 2012 Finest Moment highlight paragraph.
There are several different colored parallels of the base set that are noted as refractors. Aside from the Finest Moment insert set which includes Demarco Murray all the other insert cards include only the 3 Cowboy rookies from the Finest brand (Williams, Randle and Escobar). The insert sets are Autographs, Relics and in most cases both.
Including the base set, parallels and inserts, there are 182 total Dallas Cowboy cards from the 2013 Topps Finest football brand.
The 2013 Topps Finest Dallas Cowboys Base set looks like this:
4 – DeMarco Murray
26 – Jason Witten
31 – Dez Bryant
96 – Tony Romo
111 – Terrance Williams (RC)
117 – Joseph Randle (RC)
133 – Gavin Escobar (RC)
Here is what the base cards look like:
Here is what the base Parallel cards look like:
Here is what some of the inserts cards look like: