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Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s no secret that the autograph is key to many a sports products these days as those certified authentic slips of the pen turn cardboard into collecting gold.

But the certified autograph is not the only way a collector can land a treasured item.

In fact, many a signer of certified autographs actually signs in other ways — ways that collectors may not always think about in a world of commodified, short-print chases and dreaming of winning mylar-wrapped lotteries. It may sound like common sense, but there are other ways to track down signatures besides ripping packs and buying singles at the card shop or online.

Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying a certified signature straight from a trusted dealer.

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These days, it’s pretty common for athletes and celebrities to have their own websites where they sell autographed items directly to the public. The signed copy of WWE Magazine above, for example, was purchased on Trish Stratus‘ website, www.trishstratus.com. There, the former multi-time women’s champion sells signed magazines, books, photos, posters and more. If you have your own particular item you want signed, she’ll ink it up for a $10 fee.

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First Look: 2010 Limited Football by Tracy Hackler

Panini America officials recently pulled the curtain back on 2010 Limited Football, one of the company’s most-anticipated higher-end products that’s due out in mid November packing three autograph or memorabilia cards numbered to 199 or less in each seven-card, $100 box.

Highlighting Limited once again this season are a pair of the set’s calling-card cornerstones: Material Phenoms autographed memorabilia Rookie Cards numbered to 199 or less and the legend-laced Limited Cuts autograph insert that includes such names as Bob Waterfield, Bobby Layne, Red Grange and Walter Payton to name four.

New for Limited in 2010 are the America’s Team Signatures and Autographed Materials cards (#’d to 100 or less), a continuation of Panini’s season-long, cross-brand tribute to the Dallas Cowboys’ 50th Anniversary team.

According to preliminary release information, a typical case of 2010 Limited (15 boxes) should deliver at least seven cards from a stacked insert roster (NFL Shield, NFL Shield Signatures, Rookie Lettermen, Limited Cuts, Jumbo Prime Signatures and Material Phenoms) or a stacked autograph guest list (Dan Marino, Tim Tebow, Tony Romo, Sam Bradford, Peyton Manning, C.J. Spiller, Brett Favre, Ryan Mathews, Troy Aikman, Dez Bryant, Tom Brady, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Joe Namath, John Elway, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson).

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-5) Contest No. 13 — A Super Bowl game-used jersey card lot including Joe Namath (only 10 exist), Hines Ward, Donald Brown, Terry Bradshaw & Drew Brees by Chris Olds

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

We’re launching a dozen contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — 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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Beckett Media’s Alabama National Champs commemorative issue set to hit newsstands Monday by Chris Olds

The celebrations have only just begun for Crimson Tide football fans as the University of Alabama football team knocked off the Texas Longhorns for their 13th national championship on Thursday night in Pasadena, Calif.

And we want to make sure we can help the Alabama fans celebrate.

Beckett Media‘s Alabama National Champs commemorative issue will start arriving on newsstands on Monday with its dual-covered 80 full-color pages highlighting not only the Crimson Tide’s 37-21 victory, but also the team’s run to a perfect 14-0 season. Order your special issue today by clicking here.

Inside, fans can find a recap of the SEC Championship Game, the Iron Bowl and every other matchup this season. In addition, the issue also contains a look at the team’s biggest stars — including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram — as well as a rundown of some of the biggest names in Crimson Tide history and a look at their memorabilia.  You know, legends like Paul “Bear” Bryant, Joe Namath, Bart Starr and many others.

Get a sampling of what can be found inside the magazine after the jump.

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Does the Heisman Trophy make Mark Ingram the greatest player in Alabama football history? by Chris Olds

Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram became the first player in the storied history of Crimson Tide football to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City.

One now has to ask … does that make him Alabama’s greatest player ever?

It’s an easy question to answer as the Crimson Tide’s list of past legends is lengthy. It includes 20 members of the College Football Hall of Fame and seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yet none of those other Alabama Crimson Tide players ever won the Heisman.

While most football fans who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Southeastern Conference territory know precisely who the legends produced by Alabama are, let’s quickly recap them … and see if we can answer that question.

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***NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (10-30): Contest No. 5 — A 2009 Limited Football box from Panini America by Chris Olds

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. VISIT US NEXT WEEK FOR SOME MORE FUN.

We’re capping 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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New Sports Illustrated book examines priceless artifacts by Chris Olds

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A new book from Sports Illustrated called Slide Show: How The Picture Tells Its Story is examining the most vital pieces of memorabilia in the illustrious magazine’s 55-year history.

Their photo slides.

For a magazine that was a trailblazer for sports photography for decades, photo books are no-brainers — they’ve made several through the years — but this one analyzes the details of what every little mark on many notable slides mean. It offers stories behind the images that make up more than a few mental highlight reels out there, the images that helped shape sports history long before the senses-overloading media landscape of 24-hour cable television and the Internet.

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