The Beckett Blog

Beckett Baseball No. 59 contest teaser by Chris Olds

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds gives you a sneak peek at an item you have a chance to own if you pick up an upcoming issue.

Check it out.

Phillies’ Roy Halladay fires second postseason no-hitter in MLB history by Chris Olds

If you had any doubts about 2010 being The Year of the Pitcher, Roy Halladay should have erased them Wednesday evening in Philadelphia.

The Phillies’ ace no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS — just one walk shy of throwing his second perfect game of the season — and threw just the second postseason no-hitter in MLB history, winning 4-0.

Not bad for his first postseason start in a Phillies uniform, eh?

And now that you might want some of his cardboard, did you know Halladay appears on a total of 3,325 baseball cards — 288 of them autographed and 642 game-used memorabilia cards?

The best of his five Rookie Cards is his 1997 Bowman Chrome card (right) valued at $25, while his first certified autograph card, which is found in the 1995 Signature Rookies Tetrad set, sells for $40.

Psst… You can also find Halladay on the cover of the latest issue of Beckett Baseball, No. 57, in hobby shops and on newsstands now.

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

At The National: Talking baseball with Dirk Hayhurst, author of The Bullpen Gospels by Chris Olds

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dirk Hayhurst at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

He’s a real character — who hasn’t yet appeared on a Topps baseball card — but we’re going to talk about that and a little more.

What did the author of The Bullpen Gospels have to say?

Watch and find out …

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Bustin’ Wax: 1979 O-Pee-Chee baseball cards by Chris Olds

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds opens a 31-year-old pack of 1979 O-Pee-Chee cards — so you don’t have to — in what we hope will be the first in an occasional series of vintage pack breaks called Bustin’ Wax.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

While he didn’t admit it in the video, this is the oldest pack that Olds has ever opened. (That’s excusable since he started collecting in 1987, we guess…) His previous-oldest was a pack of 1982 Topps.

We want to know — when did you start collecting and what’s your oldest ripped pack?

Tell us below.

Beckett Baseball: How artistic are you? by Chris Olds

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds gives you the basics on a contest in the latest issue of the magazine — one that will test the artistic skill of baseball collectors.

Watch the video to find out more.

Old Beckett Baseball cover aids in solving Pete Rose mystery by Chris Olds
June 8, 2010, 3:06 pm
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Have you heard the one where an old issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly (Issue No. 11 from September 1985) helps solve a mystery about corked bats reportedly used by Pete Rose?

We hadn’t — until now.

Check out the story by clicking here.

How can you win a box of 2010 Bowman baseball cards? by Chris Olds

How can you win a box of 2010 Bowman baseball cards? Watch and find out …