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Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s no secret that the autograph is key to many a sports products these days as those certified authentic slips of the pen turn cardboard into collecting gold.

But the certified autograph is not the only way a collector can land a treasured item.

In fact, many a signer of certified autographs actually signs in other ways — ways that collectors may not always think about in a world of commodified, short-print chases and dreaming of winning mylar-wrapped lotteries. It may sound like common sense, but there are other ways to track down signatures besides ripping packs and buying singles at the card shop or online.

Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying a certified signature straight from a trusted dealer.

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
These days, it’s pretty common for athletes and celebrities to have their own websites where they sell autographed items directly to the public. The signed copy of WWE Magazine above, for example, was purchased on Trish Stratus‘ website, www.trishstratus.com. There, the former multi-time women’s champion sells signed magazines, books, photos, posters and more. If you have your own particular item you want signed, she’ll ink it up for a $10 fee.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Donruss Hockey by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of the brand new 2010-11 Donruss Hockey cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



Card Gallery: 2010-11 Donruss Hockey by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Earlier today, we busted a box of 2010-11 Donruss Hockey, just hoping for that Justin Bieber pull or a Pamela Anderson Fans of the Game card.

As it turned out, we drew one of each.

Designed with relative simplicity, the Panini America line comes across as a clean set with sharp action photography. Understandably, Anderson’s appearance is a bit more posed, looking like a still from some cinematic dream sequence. Equally dreamy are the Les Gardiens inserts, which feature goalies on round-edged translucent cards. We pulled Tuukka Rask, pictured in his Boston Bruins uniform above the Finnish word “Maalivahdit” (which means goalkeepers, according to Google translate).

Although our only autograph was a Rated Rookies redemption, we found enough fun in the box to enjoy the break. With a decent array of strong inserts, a dedicated rookie focus and well-chosen celebrity tie-ins, the $4-a-pack product has the right bells and whistles to attract non-hockey collectors. On the whole, our box break revealed a good looking set with familiar, yet compelling components.

Before our 2010-11 Donruss Hockey Box Busters video debuts, here are a few cards to snack on.



First autographed Pamela Anderson baseball card a hot seller by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

The first Pamela Anderson autographed card from 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition has proven to be one hot card.

How hot?

The first copy to sell on eBay ended on Sunday at $302 after 13 bids.

“I think it’s quite impressive. It speaks to her own popularity and the uniqueness of the card,” said Panini America Marketing Manager Tracy Hackler. “She appeals to collectors and non-collectors alike. Obviously, the argument against celebrities in sports products doesn’t extend to Pam Anderson.”

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Panini releases Donruss Elite Extra Edition checklist — no Bryce Harper there, either by Chris Olds

Panini America released its 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition checklist on Monday but, like Topps’ 2010 Bowman Draft, the elusive prospect that many a baseball collector is hunting —Bryce Harper — was nowhere to be found.

But what was included in its 200-card checklist is a deep crop of baseball prospects, many of whom signed autographs for what could be the company’s final Collegiate Licensing Company product for some time. Its deal with the CLC for non-football products has expired making way for Upper Deck‘s CLC exclusive to begin this fall.

The set will include more than 100 signers — a good number of them signing on-card — as well as a Pamela Anderson Pepperdine autograph, limited to just 35 copies.

The on-card autograph checklist consists of 33 players, while the rest signed stickers for inclusion in the product.

See the checklist and additional images after the jump.

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First look: Pamela Anderson’s baseball card by Chris Olds

A week ago, we brought to you the news that actress and former Playboy model Pamela Anderson will appear on a baseball card in the upcoming Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball set from Panini America.

Well, now here’s the first look at the card itself.

It’s No. 100 in the base set and she will be signing 35 copies of the card for inclusion in packs.

Will there be other Fans of the Game since Anderson is noted as being one?

I’d bet so, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.