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Topps signs Hank Aaron to autograph deal by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

First it was Sandy Koufax, now it’s “Hammerin’ Hank.”

Topps announced on Wednesday morning that it is adding former home run champ and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron to its 2011 autograph lineup — Aaron’s first signatures for the company in five years.

Aaron’s first 2011 autograph will be found in Topps Heritage as part of the Real One Autographs program, while he will also appear in 2011 Topps Tribute and the company’s inaugural 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball set.

The former Atlanta braves great last appeared on a Topps autograph card in 2005 — also in Topps Heritage — and on a 2005 Bowman Two of a Kind autograph card paired with potential future home run champion, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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Bobby Cox reaches end of line with few baseball cards by Chris Olds
October 11, 2010, 10:00 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Bobby Cox has managed his final game as his Atlanta Braves lost to the San Francisco Giants on Monday evening, capping a career that was short as a player but 29 seasons long as a successful manager.

Cox broke into managing in the bigs in 1978 — with the Braves — and recorded a 2,149-1,709 record in the regular season, winning five pennants and a World Series title with the Braves.

And despite all those years in baseball — a career that included four Manager of the Year awards (including one with the Blue Jays in 1984 and four with the Braves) — he appears on a total of just 240 baseball cards.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (8-20) Contest No. 6– A 2010 TRISTAR Obak Dale Murphy autograph card (only 75 exist) by Chris Olds
August 19, 2010, 3:26 pm
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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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

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Evolution of autographs: Which ones do you remember? by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball

Imaging getting paid $20, $50 or $100 for a single swipe of a pen … for your autograph.

Collectors know all about the practice of autograph signings for cash — we see it all the time at shows. However, have you ever put yourself in an athlete’s shoes?

For a multi-millionaire, a private autograph signing might be work — if an athlete even bothers because, after all, time is money. (Meeting and signing for fans? That’s another story. Many athletes have no worries about doing those events — or signing for free if it’s the right place and right time.)

And, when you think about it, signing autographs is work in a different way, too. Can you imaging sitting down and signing your name 500 or 1,000 times with only a break or two?

Many collectors don’t — and that’s why they complain when they get autographs that look like chicken scratch. (To some degree, I understand why they sometimes look the way that they do.)

We all have heard about the “give-up graph” — and we all know about the checkmark autograph of former Houston Texans running back Vernand Morency — but there’s another type of autograph out there that has always interested me.

It’s the “early” autograph — the one where an athlete either hadn’t yet adopted a shorter version of an autograph or a rarer signature where we just don’t commonly see it on items signed in bulk.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-23) Contest No. 3 — A 2009 Upper Deck Icons Kenshin Kawakami autographed RC 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.)

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Atlanta’s Jason Heyward is first 2010 Topps Finest Rookie Redemption by Chris Olds

Topps announced on Monday afternoon that Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is the first 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption card — and 10 percent of the cards will be autographed.

Cardholders will know whether they will receive a signed card at the time they redeem it.

If previously redeemed, the account should note whether an autograph will be awarded soon.

Through six games, Heyward is batting .292 with three home runs and eight RBI.

Each Finest Master Box includes one Rookie Redemption, which also can be found as Blue (#’d to 199) and Gold Refractors (#’d to 50).

And for fans eager to pick up more new Heyward cards Topps teased its forthcoming 2010 eTopps card of the red-hot Braves rookie as well.

See it after the jump.

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How hot are Jason Heyward’s baseball cards? by Chris Olds

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward’s baseball cards have been among the hottest in the hobby for the last month or so and an apparent eBay sale this weekend shows that once again.

His 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects SuperFractor reportedly sold for $7,000 on Sunday, a transaction that has not yet been verified on eBay.

While that’s some substantial money for a hot rookie’s card, it’s not the most ever paid for a SuperFractor. Here’s a rundown of the 30 previous most-expensive Beckett-documented sales (note that the 2005 Ryan Braun has reportedly changed hands a few times) of Bowman Chrome SuperFractors as tracked by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer

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