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Box Busters: 2010 Panini Century Collection by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2010 Panini Century Collection boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Neil Armstrong has eluded collectors for years by Chris Olds


With the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon upon us this coming Monday, there might be more than a few collectors interested in picking up something related to the flight that starred Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and “Buzz” Aldrin.

Now there have already been countless movies, documentaries and tributes about the Apollo missions, but there also will undoubtedly be some added interest as people read about one of the most historic events in world history on its anniversary. Several newspapers and magazines already have produced items relating to the anniversary and there’s sure to be more.

But when it comes to mass-produced collectibles — and in particular the autographs of Armstrong — there’s not a lot to choose from,  despite there being a healthy interest in NASA memorabilia and astronaut autographs.

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Topps reveals latest in American Heritage line by Chris Olds


Topps released the basic product breakdown and preview images for the latest installment of its American Heritage series, the American Heroes Edition, a 150-card set loaded with notable people — who it deems the “the most courageous, valiant, progressive and enlightened American women and men in our nation’s history.”

The product will arrive in early August with a combination of two autographs, cut signatures, patches, Relics or stamp cards in every 24-pack hobby box. It looks to be a product heavy on political memorabilia as well as NASA memorabilia for all you space fans.

The base set will utilize famous Topps designs from the 1960s and the 1980s — focusing again on Miltary Heroes (card Nos. 1-10), Political Heroes (11-20), Civil Rights heroes (21-30), “The Bravest” (31-40), “The Finest” (41-50), Heroic Groups and Movements (51-60), Heroes of Medicine (61-70), Humanitarian Heroes (71-80), Diplomatic Heroes (81-90), “Pen is Mightier than Sword” (91-100), Heroic Events (101-125), and finally Kindred Heroes — a 25-card set pairing Barack Obama and Abe Lincoln.

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Donruss examines NASA’s history in new Americana set by Chris Olds
October 7, 2008, 11:42 am
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Donruss has taken its Americana line to new heights — into outer space — with an 18-card set documenting the history of NASA that is only available at a pair of Texas-based Presidential libaries.

The set is produced in partnership with the Beyond the Moon: NASA’s Continuing Mission exhibits showing at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station and at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin.

These are definitely not sports cards — but space memorabilia has always held a strong place in the collecting world. Want some examples?

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