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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (1-22) — Win sweet stuff right now! by Chris Olds

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We’ve got five contests going right now because we want Free Stuff Friday to be more than just a one-day event for our readers (but we ain’t changing the name). We know you guys can’t get enough of our weekly contests, so we’re running them all weekend.

Here are links for this week (after the jump):

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (1-22) Contest No. 3 — A 2009 Topps Tribute Evan Longoria autographed dual game-used jersey card (only 99 exist) by Chris Olds

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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.)

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Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2009 Topps Tribute baseball cards by Chris Olds

After a five-year absence, Topps has revived its Topps Tribute line with every pack including an autograph or Relic card.

We’ve gotten our boxes in at Beckett HQ will in advance of Tribute’s Jan. 7 street date, and will have a Box Busters video shot sometime in the coming days (hectic holiday schedules permitting).

But until then we’ll let you examine the contents of a box busted off camera — one that did indeed deliver a hit per pack as well as three base cards and a parallel card in every one.

The base set consists of 100 cards — 83 retired legends of the game, 14 veterans and just three rookies and will includes parallels — Reds (1/1s), Golds (/50), Blacks (/99) and Blues (/199). It also will include Framed Printing Plates. You can read more about the product and see the preliminary checklist by clicking here.

After the jump, you will find scans of 18 cards — the notable half of the box — along with the in-box checklist, which you can compare to the preliminary checklist. (Not much appears to have changed based on a very quick glance.)

It’s worth noting that these high-end cards (suggested retail price is $50 a pack) will be condition sensitive because of their holographic surface. Several cards came out of packs with smudges and/or scratches — some of which may rub off (but we didn’t try it).

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 colds@beckett.com.

See the images after the jump. (Click for a closer look.)

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***NOW CLOSED*** Free Stuff Friday (11-6): Contest No. 1 — An Evan Longoria-Mike Schmidt dual game-used jersey card by Chris Olds

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NOW CLOSED. CLICK HERE for the latest contests once you’re done here.

We’re  starting off Free Stuff Friday with this item that can be yours right now

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 questions after the jump …

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Baseballs become works of art in Little League benefit auction by Chris Olds

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By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

Forty baseballs painted and designed by Little League baseball players and autographed by athletes as well as celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Zac Efron and Drew Barrymore raised a few thousand dollars for Little League Baseball and Softball this week as part of the Baseball Design Across America Tour.

The online auctions, sponsored by Subway, included a national tour that started in Los Angeles and made several stops throughout the country before arriving at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., and on the auction block.

The balls were displayed at the LLWS and the final auctions ended on Monday. The most expensive ball was autographed by St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, which went for $626 after 34 bids, while four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon‘s baseball came in second at $405 after 42 bids. Among the celebrities, a baseball signed by High School Musical‘s  Efron led the way at $400.50 after 31 bids while former N’SYNC member JC Chasez ($355) and former Boston Red Sox star Fred Lynn ($355) rounded out the top five.

See more results — and all of the baseballs — after the jump.

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Topps announces 50th annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team by Chris Olds
November 20, 2008, 1:25 pm
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Topps revealed its Major League Rookie All-Star Team on Thursday, which means that the following players will have the famous little rookie cup trophy on their 2009 Topps cards:

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First look: 2008 Ultimate Collection Rookie Jersey Autographs by Chris Olds

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Ultimate Collection is scheduled to hit hobby shops on Dec. 30.

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 colds@beckett.com.