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Topps’ 60th plan involves engagement ring promotion by Chris Olds
January 18, 2011, 11:24 am
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Move over Zales, Topps is taking over.

Topps unveiled on Tuesday its plans to make 10 lucky couples the possible winner of a diamond engagement ring as a tie-in to its 60th anniversary — a diamond anniversary — of making baseball cards.

Couples who produce a 90-second video and post it to the company’s Facebook page will have the chance to be one of the lucky 10 who will compete, on Valentine’s Day no less, for the chance at a ring.

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First look: 2011 Topps Series 2 Baseball & 60th Anniversary ring by Chris Olds
January 14, 2011, 3:29 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps unveiled the first glimpses at its second series of 2011 baseball cards on Friday, marking the first public unveiling of a 60th Anniversary diamond ring that will only be produced in limited quantities and found via Topps Diamond Dig redemption code cards as part of the company’s anniversary celebration.

However, one lucky reader of Beckett Baseball will have the chance to put one of the rare rings on his or her finger, too, via a contest in the pages of our magazine coming later this spring.

While the new series will supplement Series 1, which arrives in roughly a month, new for Series 2 will be Diamond Anniversary parallels, a Before There Was Topps insert card set, a Diamond Stars insert set, Hall of Fame buybacks, Topps 60 dual Relics and a new batch of Topps Attax cards.

The Diamond dig cards will be found one in every six packs and can unlock the diamond ring, a vintage pack of cards, a card with an actual diamond embedded into the cardboard or one of a few other options. Codes found on the cards will be entered at www.diamondtopps.com where fans can also collect virtual rings and other anniversary-themed cards.

Each 36-pack hobby box will include one autograph or Relic, while every 10-pack HTA Jumbo box will pack an autograph and two Relics inside when it arrives on June 6.

More to come. See images after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Platinum baseball by Chris Olds
January 11, 2011, 5:45 pm
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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Bowman Platinum baseball boxes from Topps in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball by Chris Olds
January 11, 2011, 5:20 pm
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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball cards from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



F+W Media ceases production of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly by Chris Olds
January 10, 2011, 3:08 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly magazine, which was launched in 1984, will cease publishing with the February issue.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based F+W Media, which bought Krause Publications in 2002, cited a lack of ad revenue in the decision, according to editor Scott Fragale, who was one of three sports staffers whose final day with the company will be Thursday.

The two other staff members of the long-running magazine who will be leaving F+W are Joe Clemens and T.S. O’Connell, Fragale said. O’Connell penned a farewell column online that has additional details.

The company will continue to publish Sports Collectors Digest, which shrunk to a magazine-sized format recently.

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps USA Baseball set by Chris Olds
January 6, 2011, 6:40 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Topps USA Baseball sets in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



First Look: 2011 Bowman Baseball by Chris Olds
January 6, 2011, 2:37 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps unveiled its 2011 Bowman baseball set on Thursday, which will mark the first appearance of Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper in his MLB uniform on an officially licensed MLB card.

Scheduled to arrive on May 9, Bowman will feature only on-card signatures with every HTA Jumbo box including three Bowman Chrome autographs and each 24-pack hobby box packing one.

There will be 110 Chrome prospect cards to be found and a base set of 220 rookies and veterans. With a new twist, there will be Bowman Buyback Cut Signature cards in the fold.

Also new will be Topps 60th Anniversary autographs, USA Baseball patch cards and Futures Game Triple Relics.

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