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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (5-28) Contest No. 6 — An Ernie Banks-Acie Law IV UD Black dual autograph 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.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Library of Congress set to host Baseball Americana symposium by Chris Olds


The baseball memorabilia housed by the Library of Congress will be on display and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks will be one of the speakers during a symposium next month in Washington, D.C.

“Baseball Americana” is set for Oct. 2-3 and is sponsored by the American Folklife Center and coincides with the publication of the Library’s new book, Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress.

Also appearing at the event, which is free (with registration), are Larry Dierker and Negro Leagues pitcher Mamie “Peanut” Johnson among others.

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Heritage set to auction million-dollar vintage collection by Chris Olds


An impressive collection of rare and high-grade key vintage baseball cards is set to hit the auction block through Heritage Auctions in September, led by a PSA 8 Ty Cobb 1911 D304 Brunners card estimated at $200,000.

The Freedom Collection as a whole is estimated to fetch more than $1.2 million for just 40 cards of Hall of Fame players and will be sold during the Dallas-based company’s Signature Sports Auction that launches on Sept. 10 and ends on Oct. 1. The seller has wished to remain anonymous.

“It absolutely ranks among the finest private collections of high-end cards in the world,” said Heritage’s Chris Ivy in a release. “Only the most iconic names in baseball history are represented, and each of the 40 cards rate among the highest graded available … It’s rare to have a single six-figure card in an entire auction, and there are several examples in this small but special collection.”

It includes “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays among the highlights. See a sampling of the cards after the jump.

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