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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (1-8) Contest No. 7 — A Magic Johnson-John Stockton-Deron Williams triple game-used jersey card***NOW CLOSED*** by Chris Olds

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

We’re launching 10 contests tonight because we know it’s been a long wait for some of you guys, who can’t get enough of our weekly contests.

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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If I had a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot … by Chris Olds

With this year’s baseball Hall of Fame voting results set to be released on Wednesday, there’s plenty of talk about who’ll be in, who’ll be out and who’ll get snubbed.

There are 26 players on the 2010 ballot — from Roberto Alomar to Todd Zeile there’s quite a selection. And while there are always worthy candidates, one thing’s for certain — it’s not easy to get 75 percent of the vote.

And it probably shouldn’t be — even though baseball could use an image-brightening crop of players who are free of steroid and performance-enhancement questions that will plague the game’s most-successful stars (and eventual Hall of Fame candidates) for the next decade and beyond.

Perhaps this will be the Cooperstown class where players who don’t have any question marks get more attention? Doubtful, but we can hope.

Here’s a rundown of who I’d vote for among the notable players  … if I had a ballot.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11/13) CONTEST No. 11 — A Patrick Ewing 2009-10 Exquisite Collection jumbo game-used jersey card by Chris Olds

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NOW CLOSED. CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK FOR MORE.

We’re  capping Free Stuff Friday with this card 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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Upper Deck releases Sweet Spot green ink quantities by Chris Olds

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Upper Deck released the production numbers on Tuesday for its 2009 Sweet Spot Signatures autographs that were signed in green ink.

The greens are a new addition to the popular line — and they’re pretty rare on top of including basketball star LeBron James and several members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Topps amps up Sterling Baseball by Chris Olds

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Topps announced the following upgrades to its forthcoming Sterling Baseball set on Tuesday, which did not include a price change:

— Every pack now includes an autographed Relic or Relic card numbered to 10 or less (as always) plus an additional Relic #’d to 25.  Packs will still include three sequentially numbered base cards and a Mystery Pack featuring either a cut signature or #’d parallel card.

— Every 10-pack case now guarantees a Cut Signature card.

— All packs are now themed, rather than being player-based. Themes include “Triple Crown Winners”, “Sterling Americana”, “Charter Hall of Fame Members” and so on.

Sterling is set to arrive in late December with each 10-pack case including five autographed cardsnumbered to 10 or less, five Relic Cards numbered to 10 or less, 10 Relic Cards numbered to 25, one cut signature and one 1/1.



Box Busters Preview: 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball by Tracy Hackler

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Late Friday afternoon, an over-caffeinated, extremely excited team of Keith Hower, Chris Olds and Tracy Hackler busted three boxes of 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball for a forthcoming must-see episode of Box Busters.

The good news: A fourth box went unopened. The better news: You’ll have a chance to win that box, in addition to many of the sweet cards we pulled out of the other three, beginning next week.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com and the Beckett Blog early next week for additional details on how to win. The 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball Box Busters will be up Monday morning. Until then, enjoy this sneak peek (after the jump) of just some of the sweet cards we were lucky enough to uncover late Friday afternoon.

— Tracy Hackler

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Four Boxes of 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball Walk Through the Door . . . by Tracy Hackler

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Box Busters filming begins at 4:15 p.m. (CST). How can you win one of these boxes? Stay tuned to find out.

— Tracy Hackler