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Home-grown heroes seemingly always get more hobby love by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

I’ve always felt that there is a disconnect in the hobby with championship-winning players who aren’t home-grown.

In other words, when a player like Cliff Lee or Josh Hamilton lights things up for a team like the American League champion Rangers — but have Rookie Cards from several years ago picturing them with the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays — they just don’t carry the kind of maximized appeal when it comes championship time.

With Game 3 of the World Series under way as I write this, it’s a battle of largely home-grown Giants (at least among the players who should be of most interest with San Francisco collectors) vs. the Rangers, a more liberal mix of home-grown and acquired players among their hobby stars.

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Julio Borbon & Jhoulys Chacin are Topps’ latest Red Hot Rookies by Chris Olds

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Topps announced its eighth and ninth Red Hot Rookies for 2009, and they are the Texas Rangers’ Julio Borbon (No. 8) and the Colorado Rockies’ Jhoulys Chacin (No.9).

RHR8Topps will announce the final Red Hot Rookies later this season. The redemption cards can be found one per Topps Series 2 hobby box and can be redeemed at www.topps.com/redemption.

The previous rookies in the program were:

1.      Fernando Martinez, Mets
2.      Gordon Beckham, White Sox (10 percent of cards autographed)
3.      Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
4.      Tommy Hanson, Braves
5.      Nolan Reimold, Orioles
6.      Neftali Feliz, Rangers
7.     Mat Latos, Padres

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.



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.



Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon is Topps’ 4th Finest Rookie by Chris Olds

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Topps announced the fourth player in its 2009 Finest Rookie Redemption set on Tuesday and it’s Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon.

Borbon made his big-league debut on June 29 and is hitting .200 (1-for-5) after three games. The former Tennessee Vols star has one RBI and scored one run — both coming against the Angels on July 1.

Topps will announce the rest of the 10 rookies throughout the remainder of the season. Each master box of Finest includes one Rookie Redemption, which can also be found in Refractor (#’d to 199) and Gold Refractor (#’d to 50) versions.

The previous rookies:

  1. Matt LaPorta, outfield, Cleveland Indians
  2. Tommy Hanson, pitcher, Atlanta Braves
  3. Andrew Bailey, pitcher, Oakland A’s