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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4/2) — You have 14 chances to win this week by Chris Olds

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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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Were you a winner on Free Stuff Friday? by Chris Olds

We’ve completed the Free Stuff Friday contest drawings.

Were you a winner?

Find out after the jump… if not, be back here on Friday for more chances to win sports cards and memorabilia.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-26) Contest No. 6 — A 1994 Action Packed Series 3 NASCAR sealed factory set by Chris Olds

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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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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-5) Contest No. 10 — A 2008 Press Pass Speedway base set, parallel set and three more insert sets by Chris Olds

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We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching a dozen contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow 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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Preview gallery: 2010 Wheels Element Undiscovered Elements autographs by Chris Olds

Press Pass2010 Wheels Element — aka the “going green” NASCAR set — arrives on Friday with the headline being the stock car trading card debut of Danica Patrick weeks before she takes the wheel for real in an ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway.

But there are more debuts to be found in Element besides the world’s most famous part-time Nationwide Series driver.

There will be Undiscovered Elements autographs of several young drivers to be found — like Leilani Munter, who signed the card above with a rather Elemental nickname.

Check ’em out after the jump.

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*** NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY: Contest No. 7 — Three 2006 Press Pass NASCAR sets (Standard set, Blue parallel set and Gold parallel set) by Chris Olds

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We’ve got more on tap this afternoon on Free Stuff Friday … including a pair of big-name NBA and NFL star autographs. However, three NASCAR sets from Press Pass can be yours  right now.

logoHow can you win what you see above? 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 doesn’t 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.)

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Press Pass ups the ante with Wheels Main Event by Chris Olds

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Sports card design is a subjective thing.

Some collectors insist that a card must have some of the basics on the front — a name and a logo and some color along with a photograph. And then, of course, images and stats on the back.

Other collectors balk at the idea of anything that’s not the standard vector art or identifiable sports-related texture even if it’s more organic and pushing the envelope to help redefine what a sports card design can include (see Rookies & Stars).

Others insist that there’s a reason retro sets have such staying power — the designs and the feel of the past.

But the rarity among current products is a new design that has a concept behind it.

Last year, Wheels Main Event relied on an Election Day feel to get the job done. This year, Press Pass has shuffled up and dealt what might be the most unique card set — for any sport — produced all year.

Some might not think poker and NASCAR have much in common — and the truth is they might not — but the touches applied to this card set, which arrives next week, are interesting to say the least.

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