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Box Busters: 2010 Panini Century Collection by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2010 Panini Century Collection boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

*** NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11/20) Contest No. 4 — A Burt Reynolds & John Travolta memorabilia card lot by Chris Olds

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Stacy Keibler is cleaning out her closet again by Chris Olds


One of the ways that the Internet has helped change collectors’ buying habits is that it has helped memorabilia collectors find those more obscure or flat-out impossible items to add to their collections.

How’s that? By buying the stuff straight from the athletes or celebrities themselves.

Former WWE Diva and Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Stacy Keibler is one of the celebs who does just that via “Stacy Keibler’s Closet” on eBay.

While celebs selling stuff online or via other outlets is more commonplace these days, a decade or so ago it was much, much tougher. Fans of celebs or movies would have to await auction houses’ catalogs or know somebody who knows somebody to land an interesting item — or pay dearly if they could find a reputable dealer who specializes in memorabilia that’s not of the mass-marketed variety.

Now, it’s as easy as using Google to find official webpages, following celebs on Twitter or searching on eBay. Keibler is not the only celeb out there selling autographed items or other memorabilia, either.

Today Keibler’s closet has been uncluttered once more — and it’s a project that’s been relatively successful before with a portion of the proceeds going to charity — with a few more items up for grabs.

What’s for sale now? Click here to find out.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

First look: 2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts by Chris Olds

09 Prominent Cuts box

Upper Deck has announced a new multi-sport (and non-sport) product set for release in October, Prominent Cuts.

Each pack will include a cut signature, an autograph or a celebrity memorabilia card of top entertainers, athletes and historical figures. Autographs will be found two per box, cut signatures will be one per box and memorabilia cards will be two per box.

In addition, there will be autographs from MMA stars.

The standard set consists of 90 cards, while the autograph inserts will include MMA Signatures. The memorabilia cards focus on Hollywood History. Cut signatures will be found as Prominent Cuts singles as well as duals and quads.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at

Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Americana by Chris Olds


Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into boxes of 2009 Donruss Americana for the latest installent of Box Busters.

The first Panini-produced Americana set arrives on June 3 with a reduced price of $25 per pack.

What will they find inside each pack? Click here.