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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (5-28) Contest No. 7 — A nine-pack lot of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball hobby packs (two winners) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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The pie’s the limit in 2010 Topps Series 2 by Chris Olds

Second verse, same as the first? Well, maybe.

The second installment of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards arrives on Wednesday and some early bulk box busters have already discovered a second installment of short-printed variation cards that just might leave a few fans feeling like they’ve been pied in the face once again.

Why? There are more pie cards to be found — just one of the secret additions to Topps cards that the company will reveal in the weeks after its release.

This time, though, they’re not just of pied New York Yankees players, who were showcased in Series 1. Five, in all, have been discovered so far with Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward and New York Mets rookie Ike Davis leading the way.

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards about a week before its official release in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside this insert-laden and always-popular product?

Watch and find out.

For more on what’s in this product, click here, here, here, here and, finally, here.

Topps’ “You Sketch It” cards bring interactivity to a new level by Chris Olds

Collectors often clamor for more interaction with trading card companies — feeling the need to tell them their demands while also telling them what they don’t like, telling them what they do like and more.

Sometimes, for varying ego-related reasons, individuals insist they should appear on a card inside a Topps wrapper, too.

Now, they can … sort of.

Found in packs of the upcoming 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards will be Topps “You Sketch It” cards that have blank fronts that can be drawn upon and sent back to Topps for the chance to possibly win a prize (according to sales materials) and potentially have their sketch cards inserted into future Topps products for collectors to discover.

Talk about interactive and potentially influential for a product. A crowd-sourced baseball card set? If they’re good, it could be interesting. Who wouldn’t want to find their card in a pack?

Here’s what the back of the card says:

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Topps goes back to the future with a pair of insert sets in 2010 Series 2 by Chris Olds

Critics might say that Topps spends too much time looking into the past for its products, but a pair of new insert card sets in the forthcoming 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball card set shows that they’re doing that again as well as looking into the future.

It’s fair to say that collectors spend plenty of time looking to the past as well, so it’s a practice that’s justified. After all, baseball history is reflected in Topps’ history. But with a legacy that will be marked by Topps’ 60th anniversary of making baseball cards next year, it’s really more than justified.

A part of that legacy can be seen in the 25-card Vintage Legends collection where old-time players appear on card designs distinctly not from their playing eras — Babe Ruth on a 1999 Topps card, Cy Young on a 1987 card, Lou Gehrig on a 1958 card, Mel Ott on a 1989 card and so on. We’ve seen these designs re-created in recent years in the Fan Favorites and Topps Archives sets, but not with this crop of players (many of them players whose rights it acquired in a massive deal with CMG a few years ago). These cards are found one in every four packs.

Could it be a sign of a sweet return for Fan Favorites, perhaps one that adds some elite-level cut autographs into the mix? This collector wishes, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Box Busters preview gallery: 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards by Chris Olds

We’ve cracked the first box of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards for an upcoming Box Busters video, but until that arrives here’s a gallery of what can be found inside the packs.

(There are a couple of new insert sets that we’ll also examine later today.)

See ’em all after the jump.

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Topps’ Million Card Giveaway includes T206s in Series 2 by Chris Olds

With 2010 Topps Series 2 arriving next week, we get the second wave of the overwhelmingly popular Million Card Giveaway, which includes original T206 tobacco cards in this series.

Our Box Busters box has been, well, busted and the video is on the way.

Call it journalistic curiosity — or a MCG addiction — but we really couldn’t wait to see what could be up for grabs with the six MCG cards we got in what has to be the first box of Series 2 that’s been opened.

What did we find? Was it extra special? Were the codes … loaded?

Find out after the jump.

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