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Topps signs Hank Aaron to autograph deal by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

First it was Sandy Koufax, now it’s “Hammerin’ Hank.”

Topps announced on Wednesday morning that it is adding former home run champ and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron to its 2011 autograph lineup — Aaron’s first signatures for the company in five years.

Aaron’s first 2011 autograph will be found in Topps Heritage as part of the Real One Autographs program, while he will also appear in 2011 Topps Tribute and the company’s inaugural 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball set.

The former Atlanta braves great last appeared on a Topps autograph card in 2005 — also in Topps Heritage — and on a 2005 Bowman Two of a Kind autograph card paired with potential future home run champion, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-16) Contest No. 3 — A Casey McGehee 2009 Bowman Sterling Autograph (only 199 exist) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How 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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-16) — The short & sweet edition by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday where we give readers the chance to win some cool stuff just by taking the time to answer a quick card-related question on Beckett.com.

It’s as easy as looking up a number and giving is the answer in a comment.

Here’s the rundown of this week’s contests…

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-16) Contest No. 2 — A 2007 Bowman Sterling Yovani Gallardo autographed RC by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How 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.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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In the minors: Corporate sponsors get their due by Chris Olds

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Some collectors who recently found a Tim Lincecum video game cover card in 2009 Topps Series 2 and complained about it probably don’t realize that down in the minors there’s a lot more advertising to be found on cardboard.

On minor league cards, you’ll often find advertiser logos on cards alongside team logos. You’ll often find individuals with ties to those companies on their own cards. You’ll often find coupons in team sets.

One classic example is above — a Prince Fielder 2005 Nashville Sounds card with a Shone’s logo alongside his team notation. Some baseball purists might be aghast seeing such a thing. Some fans might consider it to be apropos for a minor league team considering that there are dozens of ads to be seen at a minor league ballpark.

I like it because I just know Fielder’s been to a Shoney’s … or two.

Here’s a look at just a few other sponsors can be found on cards in the minors …

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What’s a first career HR ball really worth? by Chris Olds

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You’ve probably recently read about the fan who caught the first home run ball hit by Florida Marlins rookie Chris Coghlan who, according to some, held the ball “for ransom” wanting memorabilia in return.

These types of trades are pretty common — when a ball isn’t headed to the auction block — but the ransom claim? Well, that’s different.

But have you heard the fan’s side of the story? Read his lengthy recap of the situation here.

The fan asked for a signed ball and a bat from the rookie and a Hanley Ramirez game bat.

One would think that, to a player, that ball would mean plenty — if he wanted it at all — and consider that, according to Louisville Slugger (which makes plenty of bats each year) baseball players will typically use about 100 bats during a season.

Bats aren’t exactly the rarest piece of memorabilia out there.

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New season means new sausage race memorabilia, too by Chris Olds
The Sausage Race is a Milwaukee Brewers tradition. (AP photo)

The Sausage Race is a Milwaukee Brewers tradition. (AP photo)

With a new season comes a new group of players — and probably some old ones, too — new hopes, new stars and, of course, some new memorabilia.

While thumbing through the Spring 2009 MLB.com catalog, yours truly found something that stood out from the team-branded clothes, autographs, framed displays and, of course, trading cards.

What stood out?

The Chorizo bobblehead doll from Forever Collectibles. (He’s at right — or on Page 18 for those scoring at home.)

That’s right, among the buying choices are bobblehead dolls for one of the richest traditions in all of sports — no, not the hot dog at a game — but the epic battle that plays out at every Brewers game between five of the biggest players around.

The Sausage Race.

It stars The Bratwurst, The Polish Sausage, The Italian Sausage, The Hot Dog and The Chorizo.

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