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Christmas means presents and basketball in New York by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary

Christmas means presents, family and friends. In the sports world, it means a lot of basketball.

The NBA featured five games of some of the best teams and greatest historical rivalries in this year‘s edition.

The first game began with the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls, who have played each other often on Christmas, but this was the first time since the Michael Jordan era the Bulls have played on Dec. 25. New York has played on Christmas more than 40 times.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-23) Contest No. 7 — A 2007-08 Exquisite Collection George Gervin autographed game-used patch card (only 25 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 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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FREE STUFF FRIDAY (10/16): A preview of what’s up for grabs by Chris Olds




Last week, we launched Free Stuff Friday — an online, real-time promotion where we give away some sweet cards to our readers.

Well, tomorrow (Oct. 16), we’re doing it again with three pretty nice 2009-10 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection basketball cards headed into readers’ hands.

How can they be yours? Be at The Beckett Blog and be ready to answer hobby-related questions (some of the answers are found on We’ll post one question in the morning, one at noon (Dallas time) and one in the afternoon.

What cards will be up for grabs? The Quentin Richardson patch card above and the two cards below…

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Box Busters: 2009-10 Exquisite Collection basketball cards by Chris Olds


Join Beckett Media’s Keith Hower, Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds as they bust open three boxes of 2009-10 Exquisite Collection basketball cards from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find in each $600 pack?

What can you win from the packs? How can you win that fourth box?

Click here to watch and find out …

First look: 2009 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball (and more) by Chris Olds


Upper Deck released preview images and basic product information on Monday for its finale in basketball cards — 2009-10 Exquisite Basketball.

The product is set to arrive next week — on Sept. 30 — and its production was kept a secret even at Upper Deck, according to Basketball Brand Manager Brandon Miller.

Exquisite has been perhaps the highest of the high-end products for any sport the last few years and Upper Deck promises this to be the most limited version of Exquisite Collection yet.

The standard set consists of 42 regular cards, 32 Exquisite Rookie Auto Cards and 18 Exquisite Rookie Auto Patch Flashback cards.

What does that mean? Some of the top stars in all of the sports world are coming to Exquisite.

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