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Yes, that’s Magic Johnson’s autograph on Jordan Swagerty’s baseball cards by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Mistakes happen.

That’s the easiest way to sum up the unusual error card found in boxes of 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball, which arrived recently with a few unusual autograph cards of former Arizona State standout and St. Louis Cardinals prospect Jordan Swagerty.

The error?

All of the autographs on his cards are of a guy named Earvin Johnson. You know, the Hall of Fame basketball player otherwise  known as “Magic.”

Panini America officials were aware of the mistake not long after collectors began ripping into packs of the prospecting product. The company is reportedly discussing plans to replace the error cards, which might be plentiful, with rarer corrected versions — but has not yet announced its plan.

Update: Panini will replace the incorrect Swagerty autographed standard card with a correct version and collectors who send in the correct card an exclusive Elite Extra Edition card of top-prospect Manny Machado.

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Panini to make CLC-approved Elite Extra Edition baseball set by Chris Olds

Panini announced on Friday that it will return to the baseball card market with 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, a fully licensed release approved by the Collegiate Licensing Company.

The set will include 200 players, 100 of those autographed, with each hobby box including six autographs when it arrives in September.

Each 20-box case will include four Hot Boxes, which will include 10 autographs.

We’ll have more on this product when it becomes available.

Upper Deck had signed an exclusive with the CLC earlier this year, but it appears that deal has been modified with the announcement of this product.



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (5-7) Contest No. 3 — A Wil Myers 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Red Status autograph (only 50 exist) 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 triviaand this week’s biggest prizes are courtesy of Topps.

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.)

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-5) Contest No. 2 — A 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Braxton Lane Turn of the Century autograph (only 125 exist) by Chris Olds

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We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching a dozen contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow 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.)

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (1-22) Contest No. 2 — A Tommy Joseph 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autograph (just 99 exist) by Chris Olds

***NOW CLOSED***
We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching five (limited schedule this week) contests tonight because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow 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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Checklist: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autograph print runs by Chris Olds

With the official arrival of 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition today from Panini America, we’ve scoured the checklist to get the answers to what many prospectors want — the quantities of cards released in the key autograph sets.

We haven’t listed them all — we’ll leave some mystery to those who hunt online — but you’ll find the basics after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball boxes in this piping hot same-day edition of Box Busters.

Each 20-pack hobby box from Panini America contains at least six autographed cards, while one in every five boxes is a Hot Box that contains 10 autographs and one game-used memorabilia card. (Yes, we know that’s every other pack, not every pack.)

What will they find inside? Click here to find out.