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Since his rookie season in 2011, every time Cam Newton has scored a touchdown he has rewarded a young fan in the first row of the end zone seats with the football he used. These moments are as pure as a Norman Rockwell painting and as sweet as Mean Joe Greene giving away his jersey in the classic Coke TV commercial. The Carolina Panthers quarterback is on the brink of making a few lucky little devils at Super Bowl 50 happier and richer. Last summer, Lelands, a premiere auction house based in the New York City area, sold a ball from the Patriots so-called deflategate game for $43,740.

Mikan 1948 Rookie Card

Even though George Mikan was dubbed “Mr. Basketball” and voted the best “basketball player of the half century” in a 1950 Associated Press poll, he doesn’t exactly rival Stephen Curry in household name recognition. Fans and collectors may finally accord him a measure of the respect he deserves. In an SCP auction at www.scpauctions.com, the only 1948 Bowman rookie card of his ever graded a PSA 10 gem mint set a new world record for a basketball card. Seventeen bids drove the final price up to $403,664.