Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/13/13
This hat tip goes to Photoshop. Tim Tebow, who was just signed by the Patriots earlier this week, already has an NFL trading card that shows him in a New England uniform. Considering Tebow has never donned the red, white and blue threads — and that he has to clinch a roster spot before he even gets to wear one of those No. 5 Tebow jerseys that are flying off the rack — someone must have been hard at work with the magic wand over the last few days. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald first reported the Tebow card after Panini America sent the image of Tebow’s collectible to the paper. “Whenever you have a player that has the level of popularity Tim has and they move to a new team, it reinvigorates the collectability of that player,” Panini marketing vice president Jason Howarth said, according to the Herald. “Fans of that player and football fans want to go out and get that player’s trading cards. Panini is excited to continue to deliver to Tim Tebow fans the very best football trading cards out there.” Now, it’s just conjecture that this was indeed a Photoshop job — Tebow could have suited up behind the scenes for a one-on-one shoot (wearing white inside Gillette Stadium, no less). Considering how Bill Belichick is treating the Tebow spotlight this time around, though, it’s unlikely No. 15 — er, No. 5 — will be getting any treatment out of the norm, though. Except, of course, if he gets his own trading card within 48 hours of being signed. Check it out below. The first Tim Tebow trading card as a Patriot, showing something he’ll never do as a Patriot (via @jeffphowe): http://t.co/7Sb3QUJtE4— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) June 13, 2013 Photo of the Day Oh, good cover. Photo via Twitter/@amandakaschube Tweet of the Day Nice of Papa John’s to get the Stanley Cup Final matchup straight. Whoops, thanks for catchin' everyone! Meant Blackhawks! Who do you think is gonna take it?— Papa John's Pizza (@PapaJohns) June 13, 2013 Video of the Day These folks are not helping Miami’s cause.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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