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Reminder when flipping through a binder: Enjoy ‘em while you can by Chris Olds

I recently dusted off one of my old football card binders to find my ridiculously inexpensive, ridiculously unorganized stash of cards of one Hall of Fame caliber player.

I once thought was going to possibly sit atop the all-time the NFL’s career rushing touchdown list – well at least possibly rub shoulders with the guys listed right below Emmitt Smith (164) – but it turns out that just didn’t happen.

My player is among just eight who scored 100 career touchdowns on the ground during a career that lasted all of just eight seasons. He played in a Super Bowl, but his career was essentially over after that one appearance in the big game.

His name? Shaun Alexander.

The former Seattle Seahawks and Alabama Crimson Tide star put up a successful and potentially overlooked career, one that ended for all intents and purposes in 2006 at age 29. Sure, he lasted another season and a few games more even after that, but he wasn’t the same. He vanished from the radar when I wasn’t even paying attention.

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Alabama football media guide sure is subtle, isn’t it? by Chris Olds

It’s been out for some time now, but I hadn’t tracked down a copy of the Alabama Crimson Tide‘s 2010 media guide to see just how the school treated its 13th national championship and its first Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.

Subtle, isn’t it?

Maybe not, but at a first (thumbnail-size) glance, I didn’t realize that he was holding the crowning jewel of the American Football Coaches Association trophy, the Waterford Crystal football that tops it.

Once I did, I realized that’s a pretty cool image. Having spent a few years in Tuscaloosa and, having finished school there in 2000, I can easily say that very little is this subtle when it comes to Alabama football.

And there’s nothing subtle about this media guide’s appeal. It will be a sweet item to get signed —  if one can chase down Ingram.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



The Card of the Day on Pi Day is … by Chris Olds

Today, March 14, is Pi Day.

No, not apple, pumpkin or lemon. It’s Pi as in 3.14159265…

Don’t believe us? CNN even has a story.

All of that fascinating trivia naturally leads us back to a baseball card that appears in the 2009 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini World’s Biggest Hoaxes set. Card No. HHB2 is “Alabama changes value of Pi.”

That set, which recaps some famous hoaxes from the past touches on the “story” from 1998 that the state’s legislature was intending to drop Pi to its Biblical value of 3.

It never happened, but it was celebrated on a baseball card.

Ironically, the card books for $3.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



Alabama Crimson Tide heats things up on auction block & with upcoming appearance on NASCAR track at Talladega by Chris Olds

Do you call yourself the biggest Alabama Crimson Tide fan? You aren’t without this…

The 16-foot wide logo from the floor of the national champions’ locker room from Bryant-Denny Stadium is up for grabs — and already has hit $7,600 on the auction block with more than six weeks remaining. (Click here to view the auction.)

The 13-time national champions have a partnership with Steiner Sports to bring game-used and other memorabilia to collectors (much like the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys). The floor logo is just the latest to be found in the “Alabama Collectibles by Steiner Sports” offerings.

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Inside the Steiner Sports warehouse with MLB & New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher by Chris Olds

Ever wondered what treasures are hidden inside the multi-million-dollar inventory of a major sports memorabilia dealer like Steiner Sports?

MLB recently went inside Steiner and caught up with New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher as he signed for Steiner. Check out the video above — tt’s not new, but it’s still cool.