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***NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-19) — Win a box of 2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars basketball cards by Chris Olds
November 19, 2010, 5:40 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.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars basketball cards by Chris Olds
November 19, 2010, 5:23 pm
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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars Basketball in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out…

Want to win a box of Rookies & Stars in our Free Stuff Friday contest? Click here to find out.



‘Once Brothers’ brings back memories of a favorite player by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

On Wednesday night, ESPN premiered its newest 30 for 30 documentary “Once Brothers,” which is a story of NBA stars Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac. They grew up together, sharing a dream of playing professional basketball, but were torn apart by political issues from the fall of the Soviet Union.

Petrovic was from Croatia and Divac from Serbia, but before the breakup, they were both just Yugoslavian.

Petrovic was one of my favorite players growing up. I watched him on the New Jersey Nets, but it was more than just seeing a hometown hero. Petrovic was from the same area of the world as my parents and I have always felt a bond to people from the Balkan region.

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Box Busters: 2009-10 Absolute Memorabilia basketball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Keith Hower as they rip into two boxes of 2009-10 Absolute Memorabilia basketball cards from Panini America in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find in their boxes opened about a week before release? Watch and find out.

You can also find out how to win at least three of the biggest cards found in one box at the end of the video, too …



***NOW CLOSED***FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-12) “Grand Prize” — A Panini Basketball promotional display signed by Beckett Basketball’s Keith Hower & Tracy Hackler (And others?) by Chris Olds

We know this one is the one you guys will be really fighting over on this fight-fueled Free Stuff Friday

How can you win the item above? 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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Sights and Sounds from the 2010 NBA All-Star Jam Session by Tracy Hackler

Equipped with a wandering eye and a nifty, Dallas Mavericks-branded Flip Mino Camcorder, Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Keith Hower spent the better part of three days documenting quality time at 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend in downtown Dallas.

Hower captured, among other things, Kobe Bryant signing the world’s largest basketball card, a see-it-to-believe-it half-court shot from Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings, fellow hot rookie Hasheem Thabeet playing a game of Panini Adrenalyn XL with one lucky kid and a former Beckett Basketball guest editor sharing the experience with his mom.

All in all, it was a record-breaking weekend in Dallas . . . and one collectors of all sports can appreciate after the jump

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Brandon Jennings: NBA Superstar Rookie & Beckett Basketball Editor by Tracy Hackler

The Jan./Feb. 2010 issue of Beckett Basketball, notable in and of itself for featuring the first solo cover appearance for Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki, also includes the journalistic stylings of the newest Beckett “employee” – Milwaukee Bucks sensational rookie Brandon Jennings.

Jennings, a leading candidate so far for the 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, serves as the issue’s guest editor. The huge Allen Iverson fan – second among all rookie scorers with 19.3 ppg – penned a page-2 introduction to the issue, took time for an exclusive interview with the Beckett Basketball brain trust (and I use that term loosely) and even offers his thoughts on cover subject Nowitzki: “Man, that dude is amazing.”

In addition, the fine folks from Panini, who also employ Jennings as one of their exclusive company spokesmen, were nice enough to provide us with a sweet Jennings autographed card (2009-10 Rookies & Stars Freshman Orientation Materials Signatures numbered to just 25) to give away.

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