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Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2011 Topps Baseball by Chris Olds
February 2, 2011, 3:40 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Today’s the day that many had marked on their calendars — well, after Topps pushed up the release date — as it marked the arrival of the annual baseball card-collecting staple.

You know, the annual Topps Baseball set.

While our Box Busters review boxes are somewhere in an iced-over UPS truck likely stuck in a snow drift and the Beckett Media offices are closed for a second consecutive day, a little lot of snow ice wasn’t going to stop your idiot intrepid editor from journeying through the tundra to a Target store.

After a blaster box, jumbo pack and way-too-many loose packs to mention, here’s a selection of cards from this year’s set … after the jump.

Also be sure to take our poll — on whether you think 2011 Topps is a winner or a loser.

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Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s no secret that the autograph is key to many a sports products these days as those certified authentic slips of the pen turn cardboard into collecting gold.

But the certified autograph is not the only way a collector can land a treasured item.

In fact, many a signer of certified autographs actually signs in other ways — ways that collectors may not always think about in a world of commodified, short-print chases and dreaming of winning mylar-wrapped lotteries. It may sound like common sense, but there are other ways to track down signatures besides ripping packs and buying singles at the card shop or online.

Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying a certified signature straight from a trusted dealer.

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
These days, it’s pretty common for athletes and celebrities to have their own websites where they sell autographed items directly to the public. The signed copy of WWE Magazine above, for example, was purchased on Trish Stratus‘ website, www.trishstratus.com. There, the former multi-time women’s champion sells signed magazines, books, photos, posters and more. If you have your own particular item you want signed, she’ll ink it up for a $10 fee.

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Completely Random Friday Poll: Which Would You Rather Pull From a Pack of Cards . . . by Tracy Hackler

Mostly because polls are just so darn easy, revealing and fun to take (and partly because it’s Friday), we figured now was as good a time as any to get your take on another hot hobby issue. This time, we want to know . . .

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps Tribute baseball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of the high-end 2010 Topps Tribute baseball card set in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside these boxes?

Watch and find out … and you can find out how to win the sweetest cards from these boxes in future issues of Beckett Baseball.



*** NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY — You have 10 chances to win big right now by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday where we give readers the chance to win some cool stuff just by taking the time to answer a quick card-related question on Beckett.com.

It’s as easy as looking up a number and giving is the answer in a comment.

Here’s the rundown of this week’s contests…

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-26) Contest No. 2 — A 2007 Sweet Spot Albert Pujols game-used jersey card 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. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-19) Contest No. 3 — An eight-card lot of 2010 Topps Attax baseball foil cards 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. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (1-29) Contest No. 2 — A 12-pack lot of 2010 Topps baseball cards hobby packs by Chris Olds

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We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching five contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow 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. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Beckett Baseball: We’ve got it covered — twice by Chris Olds

The Best of 2009 issue of Beckett Baseball — or, really, The Best Issue since we’re offering our picks for the best of the decade — will be arriving in hobby shops soon with not one, but two covers.

The covers feature AL MVP Joe Mauer, the best catcher in baseball, and NL MVP Albert Pujols, the best hitter in baseball.

While the full slate of 2009 baseball products hasn’t even all arrived yet, we’ve tackled it all and made our selections.

Oh, did we mention we’re upping the frequency of Beckett Baseball again this year? We’re publishing 10 issues in 2010.

See both covers after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball boxes in this piping hot same-day edition of Box Busters.

Each 20-pack hobby box from Panini America contains at least six autographed cards, while one in every five boxes is a Hot Box that contains 10 autographs and one game-used memorabilia card. (Yes, we know that’s every other pack, not every pack.)

What will they find inside? Click here to find out.



Box Busters preview: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards by Chris Olds

We’ve got the Box Busters episode in the microwave, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see some of what we found inside boxes of 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards right now.

Panini America has upped the ante by including six autographs per 20-pack hobby box (the boxes say just four) and four boxes in every 20-box case will be Hot Boxes that pack 10 autographs and a memorabilia card inside.

Here’s a glimpse what what you will see pulled once our video arrives after the jump. Elite Extra Edition will arrive in hobby shops beginning next Wednesday.

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Preview & Checklist: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards by Chris Olds

Panini America released the checklist for its forthcoming 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball card set on Thursday, a product-laden entry into baseball for the company.

While the checklist does not include No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg, the company did note one impressive signature will appear in the product after a signing was completed Thursday — though we’ll warn you,  he’s not a rookie.

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.

The NL MVP is shown on a card as a junior in high school — a shortstop at Fort Osage High School in Independence, Mo. He signed 20 copies of his card.

While Strasburg is not included, several top picks are on the checklist — Dustin Ackley, Donavan Tate and Matt Hobgood among others. Also among the notable first-time signers is Aroldis Chapman, a 22-year-old Cuban defector who is expected to sign with an MLB club soon. He is seen wearing his Holguin uniform played in the Cuban National Series last year.

And among the other noteworthy additions? Hot Boxes.

Read more and get a full product checklist after the jump.

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Upper Deck announces three baseball short-prints by Chris Olds

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Upper Deck announced on Friday that it has included three short-printed cards in its recently released 2009 baseball products.

They are:

SP1 – Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game’ — 2009 Ballpark Collection

SP2 – 1st Pitch at All-Star Game between Barack Obama and Albert Pujols — in 2009 Ballpark Collection

SP3 – Derek Jeter – Yankees All-Time Hit King — in 2009 SP Authentic



Examining MLB postseason’s potential on baseball cards by Chris Olds

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By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

Now that the American League Central champions have finally been crowned, it’s time for us to examine MLB’s postseason potential on the things that matter most to collectors.

Baseball cards.

While just one of the eight teams who begin postseason play on Wednesday will journey all the way to the level of World Series champion, there’s plenty that could shape up successfully when it comes to baseball cards.

There are sure-things. There are under-appreciated players. There are, undoubtedly, a few stars ready to emerge this postseason.

Some of them are obvious. Some we’ll just have to wait and see about.

For now, though, we’ll examine one pitcher and one hitter from each squad that collectors should be considering when it comes to their cardboard.

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The Scorching Mark Sanchez by Tracy Hackler

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With every passing week, New York Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez seems to command more and more of America’s attention. Turns out the rest of the country is finally picking up on what football card collectors have known for months: Sanchez is really, really good for business.

His 2009 Rookie Cards, seemingly every one of them, rank as the most in-demand sports collectibles on the market right now (hotter than Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Kobe Bryant, Sidney Crosby and any other superstar you can think of). As a result, Sanchez will grace the cover of Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s November issue, on sale everywhere later this month.

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First look: 2010 Topps baseball cards by Chris Olds

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Topps unveiled its 2010 baseball design on Wednesday… soak it up.

It’s a design slightly reminiscent of the company’s 2002 Post cards, but with more photo bleed space at the bottom and what looks to be a slightly more prominent team logo and foil stamping.

Look for additional information on the first officially licensed baseball product of 2010 very, very soon.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.



Baseballs become works of art in Little League benefit auction by Chris Olds

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By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

Forty baseballs painted and designed by Little League baseball players and autographed by athletes as well as celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Zac Efron and Drew Barrymore raised a few thousand dollars for Little League Baseball and Softball this week as part of the Baseball Design Across America Tour.

The online auctions, sponsored by Subway, included a national tour that started in Los Angeles and made several stops throughout the country before arriving at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., and on the auction block.

The balls were displayed at the LLWS and the final auctions ended on Monday. The most expensive ball was autographed by St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, which went for $626 after 34 bids, while four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon‘s baseball came in second at $405 after 42 bids. Among the celebrities, a baseball signed by High School Musical‘s  Efron led the way at $400.50 after 31 bids while former N’SYNC member JC Chasez ($355) and former Boston Red Sox star Fred Lynn ($355) rounded out the top five.

See more results — and all of the baseballs — after the jump.

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Exclusive first look: Topps T206 100th Anniversary Edition by Chris Olds
August 11, 2009, 9:39 am
Filed under: First look, Hall of Fame, MLB, Topps | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Want an exclusive first look at the forthcoming Topps T206 100th Anniversary Edition baseball set? It’s only found in Beckett Baseball No. 46, which will begin shipping this week.

Inside you’ll find the basics on the product, which is set for release in October, as well as a look at some past T206 cards. You can also find an exclusive Q&A with Topps’ Clay Luraschi about the forthcoming set.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.