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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-16) — The short & sweet edition by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday where we give readers the chance to win some cool stuff just by taking the time to answer a quick card-related question on Beckett.com.

It’s as easy as looking up a number and giving is the answer in a comment.

Here’s the rundown of this week’s contests…

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-16) Contest No. 5 — A 2009 Bowman Sterling Gordon Beckham autograph 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.)

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*** NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11/20) Contest No. 6 — A TRISTAR Gordon Beckham autograph by Chris Olds
November 20, 2009, 11:46 am
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We’re  in the midst of 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.)

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Recapping baseball’s 2009 rookie redemptions (so far) by Chris Olds

The baseball season is more than half over, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t seen the last of the Rookie Cards for 2009. In fact, prospectors are just getting warmed up as late-season call-ups and, of course, late-season sets are forthcoming.

This year’s three major rookie redemption programs from Topps Finest, Topps Series 2 and SPx are still under way as well. Here’s a recap of what’s been announced thus far.

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2009 Finest Rookies (10 cards)
Each master box of Finest includes one redemption card, which can be found as Refractors (numbered to 199) and Gold Refractors (numbered to 50).
No. 1 — Indians OF Matt LaPorta
No. 2 — Braves P Tommy Hanson
No. 3 — A’s P Andrew Bailey
No. 4 — Rangers OF Julio Borbon
No. 5 — Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus

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2009 Topps Red Hot Rookies (10 cards)
Topps’ Red Hot Rookie Redemption cards can be found one per Series 2 hobby box.
No. 1 — Mets OF Fernando Martinez
No. 2 — White Sox 3B Gordon Beckham (10 percent of cards autographed)
No. 3 — Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen
No. 4 — Braves P Tommy Hanson
No. 5 — Orioles OF Nolan Reimold

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2009 SPx Mystery Rookie (seven cards)
These autograph redemptions can be found two per 14-box case.
No. RR1 — Orioles P Koji Uehara (25 signed in Japanese)
No. RR2 — Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus (25 signed “Go Redbirds”)
No. RR3 — Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen
No. RR4 — Orioles C Matt Wieters
No. RR5 — Orioles P Chris Tillman

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.



Gordon Beckham is Topps’ second 2009 Red Hot Rookie by Chris Olds

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Topps announced its second 2009 Red Hot Rookie Redemption on Monday and it’s Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham.

09RHRK_GB_02The card has a twist — one in 10 redeemers will received a card signed by the former University of Georgia star and 2008 first-round pick.

Beckham made his major league debut earlier this month and is hitting just .114 (4-for-35) with four RBIs through his first 10 games.

Collectors who already redeemed their card can check their Topps account to see whether they received a signed version.

The remainder of the 10-card Red Hot Rookies set will be announced throughout the season. Each Series 2 hobby box includes one of the redemption cards.

The first Red Hot Rookie of the year was New York Mets rookie Fernando Martinez.

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.



First Look: 2009 TRISTAR PROjections Series 2 baseball by Chris Olds

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TRISTAR released the first images and preview information for its 2009 PROjections Series 2 minor league baseball set on Thursday.

wietersAs with Series 1, which sold out before its street date, only 75 24-box cases will be produced and each will include 96 autographed cards and 24 Tailor Made game-used jersey cards (limited to 144 copies apiece) along with 96 serial-numbered parallel cards limited to 50 or less.

That breaks down to be four autographs, one jersey and four parallel cards per 20-pack box. Packs carry a suggested retail price of $4.99 and will arrive in hobby shops on May 6.

Each 12-box mini case also will include a Matt Wieters TRISTAR OBAK History of the Game preview card limited to only 150 copies.

Each 24-box master case also will include a Wieters T212 Mini OBAK card. Tim Beckham was the subject of Series 1.

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Sneak peek: 2008 Elite Extra Edition Baseball by Chris Olds

As promised in the upcoming issue of Beckett Baseball, here’s a gallery of card images from 2008 Donuss Elite Extra Edition, which will hit hobby shops next week.

Look for a Q&A with the brand managers for Elite Extra Edition in the magazine, which also hits shops next week.

Looking for some Elite? Start here.

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.