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Brandon Kennedy’s Stunning Stash of Super Bowl Tickets one for the History Books

July 26, 2011

The first time I met 14-year-old Brandon Kennedy, he was quietly working behind the counter at Scott Pierce’s SMP Sports Cards in Grapevine, Texas, during a special NBA Finals appearance by former Dallas Mavericks star Derek Harper.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time talking to Kennedy that day. If I had, I would’ve discovered that the kid and his dad have amassed what has to be the greatest 2010 Playoff Contenders Super Bowl Ticket Autographs collection on the planet.

To date, the dynamic father-and-son duo has collected a staggering 61 of the 75 cards in the set, a seemingly unrivaled collecting feat. Here now, in Brandon’s own words, is a little of the back story followed by a simply stunning gallery of Kennedy’s gems.  

Panini America Personal Collection Spotlight
Who: Brandon Kelly, Coppell, Texas
What: 2010 Playoff Contenders Super Bowl Tickets Autographs

“I’ve been collecting cards since I was 7, and this hobby has been a great enjoyment to my dad and I. I love collecting Hall of Fame autographs as well as cut autos and nice patch cards.

“Me and my dad decided to pursue this set when 2010 Playoff Contenders first came out. We were busting a lot of boxes at SMP Sports Cards and I happened to hit the Joe Namath numbered out of 25. The cards just had this appeal to us, and the checklist was loaded with Hall of Famers and legends that we couldn’t resist.

“My favorite card from the set that I have in my collection would have to be the Michael Irvin. The photography on the card is stunning and it just sticks out that much more than the rest. I actually acquired it from an Irvin Super Collector. I paid more than I would’ve liked to for it, but i had to have it! My pursuit on this set has been very time- and money-consuming. I work at the local card shop, SMP, every Saturday and some additional days in the summer, and this is where all of my money has been going to.

“I do searches for these cards three times a day — right when I get out of bed, in the afternoon and before I go to sleep. My dad and I travel across the country to large shows in pursuit of the short-printed cards. The toughest cards to find so far have been the Tom Bradys. I’ve seen two of the versions numbered out of 3, one of which I picked up.”

14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2011 4:08 pm

    Wow those are Beautiful

  2. Mike Druga permalink
    July 26, 2011 4:37 pm

    I have never seen anything as awesome as that!!!! My word, one of the ALL TIME BEST collections i have ever seen!!

    Congrats and hope you do finish it up
    Mike D

  3. July 26, 2011 5:12 pm

    I might have to go find that Keyshawn for my Bucs PC!

  4. bruce sims permalink
    July 26, 2011 6:32 pm

    wow what is the aount of this kids allowance? wish my dad would have bought me just one of those cards when i was his age!

  5. Mike C permalink
    July 26, 2011 6:43 pm

    Wow… What a collection! And I have seen him there working at smp 🙂 he gave me a case for my romo 5/10 from gridiron!!! Hope he completes the set!

  6. Cody permalink
    July 26, 2011 7:14 pm

    Hey is this the same kid that was on Blowout bragging about his inside connection over there at Panini?

    • July 26, 2011 8:13 pm

      Not sure about that, Cody. But if by “inside connection” he meant emailing us with details of his great collection and asking us if we’d be interested it sharing with our audience, then yes. If you have a great Panini-themed collection, we’d love to share yours with folks, too.

  7. Matt Gilman permalink
    July 27, 2011 7:18 am

    What a great collection!! Very sweet!

  8. Glen P permalink
    July 28, 2011 3:45 pm

    Very Nice, I’ve prolly spent twice as much and have half as much!

  9. July 29, 2011 9:01 am

    Great set, great young man and great card shop to hangout for hours. SMP Sports Cards is my favorite card shop in TEXAS!

  10. Charley permalink
    August 1, 2011 7:13 pm

    I am working on the same set. I need nine to complete my set. However, I have the Brees card and the Colston as well as one of the Bradys, Favre and a Roethlisberger. Very tough set to complete. Its right up there with the 97 legends auto set! Good luck to those that are working on the this set!

    • stephen griego permalink
      November 27, 2011 12:35 am

      do you know that on of the cards is an error card
      Stephen fr Alamosa CO


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