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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4/2) — You have 14 chances to win this week by Chris Olds


We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday where we give readers the chance to win some cool stuff just by taking the time to answer a quick card-related question on

It’s as easy as looking up a number and giving is the answer in a comment. Here’s the rundown of this week’s contests…

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-2) Contest No. 8 — A 2005 Clayton Kershaw & Shawn Tolleson dual-autographed USA Baseball card 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.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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2008 TRISTAR PROjections High # Series retail box break by ejahnke

OK, let’s try something different on here…a retail box break.  I can’t call it a Boxbusters episode since it’s not video, but maybe Boxbusters lite?

Six packs of the high number series TRISTAR PROjections (one auto per box),   Here goes nothing…

Pack 1 –

#251 Glenn Gibson, Vermont Lake Monsters/ #271 Bruce Billings, Tri-City Dust Devils/ #306 Jacob McGee, Montgomery Biscuits/ #344 Angel Villalona, AZL Giants/ #364 Sam Runion, AZL Royals/ #390 Chad Huffman, San Antonio Missions

#206 Shelby Ford, Lynchburg Hillcats and #339 Justin Masterson, Portland Sea Dogs

Pack 2 –

#240 D’Marcus Ingram, GCL Cardinals/ #248 Hainley Statia, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes/ #254 Larry Suarez, AZL Cubs/ #274 Wilber Bucardo, AZL Giants/ #324 Jamie Ortiz, Ogden Raptors/ #360 Matt Mitchell, AZL Royals

#263 Clayton Kershaw, Jacksonville Suns and #365 Brent Brewer, West Virginia Power

Pack 3 –

#227 Blake Beavan, Texas draft pick/ #239 Kelvin Pichardo, Conneticut Defenders/ #269 Johnathan Bachanov, LAA draft pick/ #305 Cory Riordan, Tri-City Dust Devils/ #391 Eduardo Morlan, Fort Myers Miracle/ #395 Colton Williams, Vermont Lake Monsters

#212 Jairo Heredia (AU), GCL Yankees and #239 Kelvin Pichardo, Conneticut Defenders

This was the best pack of the bunch…and…well…that kind of says it all.

Pack 4 –

#210 Elio De La Rosa, NYY draft pick/ #223 Argenis Diaz, BOS draft pick/ #236 Christopher Nelson, Modesto Nuts/ #282 Charlie Culberson, AZL Giants/ #356 James Heuser, Kane County Cougars/ #387 Wade LeBlanc, San Antonio Missions

#347 Jonathan Herrera, Tulsa Drillers and #382 Joe Mather, Springfield Cardinals

Pack 5 –

#259 Jacob Wild, AZL Mariners/ #265 Dustin Richardson, Greenville Drive/ #266 Michael Watt, GCL Dodgers/ #343 Jordan Schafer, Myrtle Beach Pelicans/ #346 Drew Miller, Fort Wayne Wizards/ #349 Rhyne Hughes, Vero Beach Devil Rays

#352 Danny Duffy, AZL Royals and #226 Zhenwang Zhang, NYY draft pick

Pack 6 –

#204 Eric Young, Modesto Nuts/ #222 Jose Pirela, NYY draft pick/ #286 German Duran, Frisco RoughRiders/ #330 Chris Huseby, Boise Hawks/ #345 Steven White, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees/ #398 Steve Evarts, Danville Braves

#392 Trevor Cahill, Kane County Cougars and #278 Fabio Castillo, AZL Rangers

What does it all mean?  I don’t have a clue.  The highest “hi” book-value base card was Kershaw at $2.50 and Masterson, Brewer and Duffy are listed at $2.00 each.  The AU of Heredia books at $8.00, which is the low “hi book” for autos in this set.

Nothing thrilling, nothing terrible, no doubles…but a noticeable lack of parallels.  I do like the cards themselves, as far as design and quality, but like anyone else, I detest the sticker AU.

Overall, I give the box a C.  I’ll have (most of) them up for trade on soon.