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Pulling With Everyday People: Kansas City Travel Edition by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Kansas City, Mo. to visit my childhood best friend and long-time collecting comrade Aaron Ott. As seen in my three days of incessant travel tweeting, the Midwestern journey included a stop at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a stroll through other must-see K.C. sights.

Most importantly though, the great state of Missouri gave me the opportunity to reminisce with my old friend.

Remembering how much fun we had riding to local card shops in the back of his dad’s white Ford Ranger pickup, we dusted off an old binder and traveled to today with a 2010 Donruss Rated Rookies boxed set….and then we stuffed our faces with Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque.

Thanks to a handy laptop camera and Aaron’s very understanding wife, I managed to capture both memories and deliciously prepared meat in this episode of Pulling with Everyday People.

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To Spite a Homecoming King by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Tonight’s the night.

Nearly every news source seems to have mentioned LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland in the context of anticipated booing, “traitor” signs and the like. Even NPR’s Morning Edition aired a story about the drama-filled breakup, including soundbites from the unconditionally supportive LeBron James Grandmothers Fanclub.

Despite grandmotherly love, more rabid basketball fans, commentators and Cavs loyalists have created King James, the villain. Tonight, James brings his heat-hot date to Cleveland, making for an awkward homecoming. Considering the tension in tonight’s meeting, viewers can expect (and enjoy) drama on the court, in the stands and beyond. Whether the spectacle is contrived or not, overblown or actually substantial, it sure is entertaining.

Leading up to, during, and even after the game, there will be boos. In a sea of anti-James sentiment, Sprite will be spilled and spite will fill the air. If so compelled by the melodrama, card collectors are equipped with the perfect effigies to defile.

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If I had a Baseball Hall of Fame vote … 2011 Edition by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

The Baseball Writers Association of America released the 2011 Hall of Fame ballot this week, a list of eligible players that includes some likely Hall of Famers, some guys still waiting their turn and some guys who’ll get the Vince McMahon Entrance Music Award as they’ve got “No chance … ”

While we have to wait until Jan. 5 to see who was picked on 75 percent of all ballots, here’s my rundown — with an emphasis on the player’s place in cardboard.

Of this year’s new crop, I have several I’d vote for but I don’t see too many getting in. I’d vote for the likes of Fred McGriff, Larry Walker, Jeff Bagwell and Barry Larkin while marveling at those who cast their votes for the likes of Mark McGwire and first-timer Rafael Palmeiro.

See my full rundown after the jump.

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How you could spend Derek Jeter’s $15 million … by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

We all know that Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees are millions of dollars apart in their contract negotiations, but few of us can truly comprehend what that means.

After all, just one million would keep more than a few of us occupied — even that Dr. Evil guy, who we hear is an avid reader.

But how can we show casual sports fans just how far apart the negotiations are between the 27-time World Series champs and their captain who is now a free agent?

Easy. Some other numbers — some stats we might be able to comprehend. Here’s how you might be able to spend $15 million … the amount that Jeter was reportedly offered by the Yankees but wasn’t good enough:

— A million copies of Jeter’s 1993 Topps Rookie Card. Given that it was 1993, there are surely a million copies out there … they really let the presses roll back then.

— 1,153 game-used Jeter jerseys from Steiner Sports — if he somehow has that many more games to play.

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TOTALLY FAKE BASEBALL CARDS: 29 Derek Jeters you won’t see in 2011 … and one you just might by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

The biggest drama in the baseball world these days is tailor-made for the major media outlets to chew on as it revolves around the most successful franchise in all of American sports, the 27-time champion New York Yankees, and its most-heralded modern-day player and career hits leader, Derek Jeter.

There really might not be a surer thing in today’s sports card world than Jeter, the icon of all icons in the country’s biggest media market, a player who gets a lot of the attention — and a lot of the credit for his team’s success — even if his batting average drops 64 points in a season.

And that’s precisely what has happened — both in the credit over the years and his fall in performance this past year. And that’s precisely why there’s a chance he might not be a Yankee next season, when he’ll likely become just the 28th member of the hallowed 3,000-hit club.

The dreams of many a memorabilia dealer might be dashed if that milestone is reached in anything other than Yankees pinstripes. After all, for all of the Yankees’ most-historic names — Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and so on — none of them ever reached 3,000.

When, or if, Jeter hits 3,000 in Yankee Stadium? It will be one of those moments (you know, one without home runs and allegations later) that Major League Baseball has needed for some time, one of those moments that could carry some serious interest in cardboard and memorabilia.

Could all the oomph that Jeter carries among baseball fans — and particularly collectors — fade if he ends up elsewhere? Does he become Public Enemy No. 1 in New York if he were to somehow end up at shortstop for, say, the Boston Red Sox?

There are a lot of “what-ifs” with the Jeter case … one where he has an offer of $15 million a year for three years reportedly on the table from the Yanks (not good enough) and also one where he’s been told to shop his talents around MLB. After all, you can’t blame a guy for not wanting a pay cut, right?

Can you see Jeter in anything other than a Yankees uniform? It might be tough — but it’s not tough here as the curiosity got the best of me.

You can see for yourself — after the jump.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Beckett Media by tolentinotown
November 24, 2010, 5:43 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media, just for fun | Tags: , ,

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Thanks to great Beckett.com users like  sweetmfnlou22, ripkenfan72, jfrench91, P18mann and orange1fan322 (to name a few), the 2010 hand turkey tribute is filling up with cards that bring personal joy and collecting happiness. Before or after the tryptophan sets in tomorrow, we’d still love to see which four cards you are most thankful for. The Beckett.com Football thread, in particular is loaded with gratitude–which is what this hobby and this coming holiday is all about.

We, at Beckett are thankful for you, your passion and your dedication to collecting. Without you, we’d just be a handful of folks, just sitting around and talking about cards–which, as we all know–isn’t far from reality. Fueled by your fervor for the hobby though, we are thrilled to facilitate discussion, provide data and push the collecting envelope.

From the heart of the hobby, we thank you for being the heartbeat.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.



The $10 Card Shop Challenge: You Decide by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Little over a week ago, I issued the first $10 Card Shop Challenge. Now, it’s your turn to vote for the winner.

You might have seen the results here and here — if not, go visit those threads and then cast your vote. We’ll close the voting at 10 a.m. Central time on Monday, Nov. 29.

(Those who purchased packs NOT at retail outlets are not eligible … you have to read the rules. We let image posting slide as some had technical difficulties, though. We’ll let the voters decide if there are any tall tales here … )

What will the winner get? Something that costs more than $10 …

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