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Topps ups stakes with 2011 Pro Debut MiLB cards by Chris Olds
February 3, 2011, 10:18 am
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps‘ second year of producing officially licensed minor-league baseball cards will start off with a little something extra — four hits in every box of 2011 Pro Debut.

Set to arrive in late May, Pro Debut will consist of 330 cards — apparently just one series this year — but will pack two autographs and two game-used Relics in every 24-pack box along with eight parallels and 18 insert cards. (Last year’s two-series release included two autographs and one memorabilia card in every hobby-only box.)

New this year are Side-by-side Dual Autographs which pair two players together, while the rest of the lineup is pretty similar. There are Gold (/25), Red (1/1) and Blue (/199) parallels, while there are also printing plates to be found. The insert sets include Single-A All-Stars, Double-A All-Stars and Triple-A All-Stars.

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This Michael Jordan jersey auction is out of this world by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

You’ve probably seen a few Michael Jordan game-used jerseys through the years, but this one’s out of this world.

Forget Jordan’s Chicago Bulls threads — or his somewhat-forgettable-anyway Washington Wizards gear — this one has to be one of the rarer Jordan jerseys around. It’s a jersey that was prepped for his use in the 1996 movie, Space Jam, where His Airness co-starred with Bugs Bunny.

Think what you want about the Warner Bros. film, but it made $90.4 million at the box office after it was released in late 1996. And for all those kids out there that undoubtedly saw the movie  — and their parents, of course — the jersey might be an interesting piece of basketball, film or MJ history for them.

After all, many of those 1996 kiddos and pre-teens are likely in their 20s now — and they have spending power, right?

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Teaser gallery: 2011 Topps Pro Debut Series 1 minor league baseball cards (with poll) by Chris Olds

Topps unveiled a selection of preview images for its second year of manufacturing Minor League Baseball cards on Tuesday — 2011 Topps Pro Debut.

Pro Debut will have a few more touches next year — a new addition being dual autographs — but we’ll wait for the full preview information to come later this week.

Until then, feast on the photos and tell us whether you like what you see … after the jump.

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Hooked on Trout: Angels farmhand receives Topps/J.G. Taylor Spinks Award by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect Mike Trout received the 51st annual Topps/J.G. Taylor Spinks Award for the top Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Trout, 19, is the youngest player to win the award.

The Millville, N.J., native hit .341 between Class-A Cedar Rapids and high Class-A Rancho Cucamonga with 10 homers, 56 stolen bases 106 runs in 131 games.

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Card Gallery: 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autographed inserts by Chris Olds

This year’s Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball card set is slated to arrive in shops around the country very, very soon and here are a few more images of cards that will be found in packs.

Some of these cards made by Panini America carry a very distinct vintage feel with sepia-toned photos, unlike most of the full-color foilboard-loaded product, though these cards also are printed on the fingerprint-unfriendly stock.

See more after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of not-even-out-yet 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards in this latest episode of Box Busters, a box break so big it couldn’t be contained in just one video.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out … Part 1 is above and Part 2 is after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2 MILB cards by Chris Olds
September 26, 2010, 2:41 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2 cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …