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Topps wants collectors to help pick 60 greatest baseball cards by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Which Topps baseball card is the greatest?

That’s the question of the day. As part of its upcoming diamond anniversary product — 2011 Topps Baseball — the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards is producing a set of anniversary reprints. That set will include a reprint from every year, each helping tell the story behind that year’s set and more.

As part of the look back, Topps is asking collectors to help select the 60 greatest baseball cards ever made by the company. It has narrowed its list to 100 with fans helping pick the winners online at The top 60 will be inserted as buybacks in 2011 Topps.

The top 100 is a list full of vintage rookies, Mickey Mantles galore and many of the other memorable cards from the past — even a Jose Canseco sighting and a couple of Pete Roses (cards that are not likely to be reprinted as he’s still firmly on baseball’s ineligible list).

Fans can pick their top 10 cards at a time — and vote daily. The top 60 will be unveiled daily, starting on Dec. 18.

You can see all 100 candidates — and see my initial top 10 vote — after the jump.

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A (Quad) Cut Above the Rest by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Like the eBay listing says, “this card needs no build up…”

Thankfully, drool travels downward; otherwise, this self-explaining colossal quad cut would be dirtying monitors click by click. Since Ruth, Mantle, Williams and Foxx are household names, the magnitude of this Beckett Select auction really doesn’t require an explanatory infomercial or the ShamWow guy’s hyperbolic pitch.

But I can’t help myself.

Featuring four elite names and two historical franchises, the  1/1 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Quad Cuts card is a collector’s dream and a cultural gem. Paired with vintage images, the four boldly inked Hall of Famer signatures are vivid symbols of American icons.

The living history hit was apparently pulled at a flea market in Buffalo, N.Y., and hasn’t surfaced on the market until now.

Graded as authentic and stored safely away from fleas,  current pricing information and other details for the Beckett Select exclusive is available on eBay.

Topps plans wrapper redemption program for Chrome (updated) by Chris Olds

Update: On Oct. 22, Topps announced that it will be adding autographs of Buster Posey and  Jason Heyward to the program. There will be 100 signed versions of each card with Refractors numbered to 90 and Green Refractors numbered to 10 also to be found in the packs.

Topps Chrome hasn’t yet arrived but there’s already an extra reason to pick up a hobby box — a wrapper redemption focusing on the best rookies of 2010 and the best players in baseball history.

The company announced on Thursday morning a program that will put an exclusive pack of three Chrome Rookies & Legends variation cards into the hands of any collector who sends in 24 2010 Topps Chrome hobby wrappers.

The cards are part of a 15-card set promotion that will run through Feb. 28. Every 1oth pack of the cards will include Refractors.

See the complete checklist and get the address after the jump.
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At The National: A Vintage View by Chris Olds
August 9, 2010, 4:16 pm
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While wandering the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention it was easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of vintage material on the show floor.

Here’s a look at what was in just one case out of thousands at the show.

PSA 8.5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $130K by Chris Olds

Aug. 16 Update: The pack sold for $21,404, while the PSA 8.5 Mickey Mantle card sold for $130,000

“Let’s play two” is an understatement of how exciting this one is.

Ernie Banks‘ memorable phrase comes to mind when two of the biggest PSA-graded gems from 1952 Topps hit the bloclk– even though Mr. Cub wasn’t around to be found in those packs.

Up for grabs as part of Memory Lane‘s Summer Treasures auction, found now at, are a PSA 8.5 Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card and a PSA 8 wax pack from the famed set. Only 10 Mantles have graded higher from PSA.

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Cut-Signature Gallery: Ringside Boxing, Sportkings Series D, Famous Fabrics by Tracy Hackler

Officials from Creative Cardboard Concepts recently released an interest-piquing ensemble of cut-signature card images from its three newest products — Ringside Boxing (live last week), Sportkings Series D (live July 15) and Famous Fabrics Second Edition (due out in early August).

The images capture a stunning roster of autographs from some of the greatest names in the history of sports (such as Mickey Mantle, Jim Thorpe, Walter Johnson, John L. Sullivan) as well as civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr.

Stay tuned to for additional information on all three of these products. But for now, enjoy this stunning gallery.

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Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2010 Topps Heritage baseball cards by Chris Olds

We’ll have a Box Busters episode for 2010 Topps Heritage Baseball up before it arrives in hobby shops next week, but we knew that the goodness that is the 10th-annual release in the Heritage line couldn’t wait.

See a gallery of preview images after the jump.

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