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Panini’s Century Collection packs big-name baseball players by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Panini America may not be an official trading card licensee of Major League Baseball, but you wouldn’t know that from the company’s legendary inclusions in the forthcoming 2010 Century Collection set.

No, there aren’t any MLB logos or airbrushed uniforms in the multi-sport and non-sport product — it’s high school and casual photography — but it’s clear that the autograph and memorabilia assets left over from the Donruss days are getting good use and much of it will be in the hands of collectors starting this week.

In fact, it’s that non-traditional photography that might make these cards stand out from others — whether the significance or story behind the photo is noted on the card or not. (They likely aren’t … in their place an authenticity statement.) For example, the Paul Molitor card shown above is from his behind-the-scenes tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., back in 2004.

The bat he’s holding? It’s a Babe Ruth gamer.

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Andre Dawson is lone Baseball Hall of Fame inductee by Chris Olds

The Baseball Writers Association of America has voted and only former Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum this summer in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Bert Blyleven came up just short of the mandatory 75 percent at 74.2 while Roberto Alomar got 73.7 percent. (See my previous predictions here.)

“The Hawk” appears on 2,495 baseball cards with his lone Rookie Card his 1977 Topps card seen above. He has signed for 671 different certified autographs and appears on exactly 800 memorabilia cards.

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If I had a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot … by Chris Olds

With this year’s baseball Hall of Fame voting results set to be released on Wednesday, there’s plenty of talk about who’ll be in, who’ll be out and who’ll get snubbed.

There are 26 players on the 2010 ballot — from Roberto Alomar to Todd Zeile there’s quite a selection. And while there are always worthy candidates, one thing’s for certain — it’s not easy to get 75 percent of the vote.

And it probably shouldn’t be — even though baseball could use an image-brightening crop of players who are free of steroid and performance-enhancement questions that will plague the game’s most-successful stars (and eventual Hall of Fame candidates) for the next decade and beyond.

Perhaps this will be the Cooperstown class where players who don’t have any question marks get more attention? Doubtful, but we can hope.

Here’s a rundown of who I’d vote for among the notable players  … if I had a ballot.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (12/18) Contest No. 11 — An Andre Dawson autograph card by Chris Olds

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It’s BIG by ejahnke

We have launched a new product, a big product.  That is what was in all of the brown boxes in an earlier rambling post.

The new large-format slab is going to open up a world of possibilities.  Things that couldn’t be slabbed before can now be protected in one of our 9.5″ X 13″ slabs.

I told you something big was coming.  This picture does not really show how big the new slabs are, so here is another picture with the three sizes of slabs next to each other-yes, the Canseco is for Mario.

My Hunter Pence BGS 9.5 is top right, the slab everyone is used to seeing.

Here is another shot, with a BGS/JSA slab (Andre Dawson) laying on top of the new large-format slab.

I am real excited about the possibilities this new size brings to Beckett Grading Services.  Keep your ears open, there is more news to come about this new product…