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Home-grown heroes seemingly always get more hobby love by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

I’ve always felt that there is a disconnect in the hobby with championship-winning players who aren’t home-grown.

In other words, when a player like Cliff Lee or Josh Hamilton lights things up for a team like the American League champion Rangers — but have Rookie Cards from several years ago picturing them with the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays — they just don’t carry the kind of maximized appeal when it comes championship time.

With Game 3 of the World Series under way as I write this, it’s a battle of largely home-grown Giants (at least among the players who should be of most interest with San Francisco collectors) vs. the Rangers, a more liberal mix of home-grown and acquired players among their hobby stars.

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Did you know Donruss created Cliff Lee’s lone autographed Major League Baseball cards in 2002? by Chris Olds


Here’s an interesting hobby fact after the first five games of the World Series …

Did you know that Donruss was the only company to issue fully licensed autographed MLB cards of current Philadelphia Phillies ace Cliff Lee back in 2002?

Lee appeared on six autographed cards in the company’s products, each presently valued at somewhere between $40-80, but there just might be just a little more interest after his two dominant outings in the Series.

And it goes without saying that having a relatively small crop of autographed cards — just under 1,000 total autographs — to choose from won’t make those final prices any softer.

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With either outcome, the World Series should help the hobby by Chris Olds


By CHRIS OLDS| Beckett Baseball Editor

Unlike previous seasons, this year’s World Series might have the makings of a true fall classic on the field as well as in hobby shops.

howardThere are several reasons, but most notably you have the fact that one team has the look of a dynasty in the making — the Philadelphia Phillies — appearing in its second straight Series vs. “The Evil Empire” in the New York Yankees, the 26-time world champions who bought their way into yet another postseason.

To be fair, both teams have their fair share of free agent acquisitions or key players gained in trades. And, sure, both teams spend money, too — the Phillies at $113 million this year and the Yankees at $201 million. And, sure, they do have to play the games after writing the checks — but it’s tough for anyone to discount with a straight face the buying power that totaled $420 million spent this off-season for CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett.

It’s this great matchup of big bats, strong arms and good cardboard that should generate interest in the markets that run parallel to the action on the field.

Hobby-wise several of the key stars for Philadelphia appear as Phillies on their Rookie Cards because they are home-grown talents  — and that’s a plus when it comes to success in the card shop. There’s the name and team recognition when beginning collectors (and others) want to land the RCs of their Series MVP and he’s wearing the same uniform on his card as he was on your television screen.

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Examining MLB postseason’s potential on baseball cards by Chris Olds


By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

Now that the American League Central champions have finally been crowned, it’s time for us to examine MLB’s postseason potential on the things that matter most to collectors.

Baseball cards.

While just one of the eight teams who begin postseason play on Wednesday will journey all the way to the level of World Series champion, there’s plenty that could shape up successfully when it comes to baseball cards.

There are sure-things. There are under-appreciated players. There are, undoubtedly, a few stars ready to emerge this postseason.

Some of them are obvious. Some we’ll just have to wait and see about.

For now, though, we’ll examine one pitcher and one hitter from each squad that collectors should be considering when it comes to their cardboard.

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OK! I am sorry, but enough… by ejahnke

OK, this will be wildly unpopular, but I am sick of the Yankees already.

I am sorry folks, please don’t hate me for being honest.

I would never be so blind as to dismiss what the Yankees mean to baseball history, and all the great accomplishments of their giant flock of Hall-of-Famers past and present, and the history of Yankee Stadium, but it’s just too much!

Play the All-Star game already!

Last night I was ready to jump through the TV and strangle Reggie Jackson for droning on and on and on during the second round of the home run derby.  Not that there is much commentary needed to explain what’s going on during that contest, but to totally ignore it so we could hear all that Reggie had to say was downright awful broadcasting.

It’s 7:40 now, and we are being subjected to Taco Bell commercials and re-re-re-hashes of everything possible about the glorious Yankees.  It’s all stuff that has been said 100 times already this week, and 500 times already this season.  Enough!

I am truly sorry Yankee fans, I just had to vent.  It’s nothing personal really…it’s the OVER-or-UNDER-broadcasters that must be stopped.

Finally, Cliff Lee is on the mound!

Shaddup and play ball!

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