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Panini’s Century Collection packs big-name baseball players by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Panini America may not be an official trading card licensee of Major League Baseball, but you wouldn’t know that from the company’s legendary inclusions in the forthcoming 2010 Century Collection set.

No, there aren’t any MLB logos or airbrushed uniforms in the multi-sport and non-sport product — it’s high school and casual photography — but it’s clear that the autograph and memorabilia assets left over from the Donruss days are getting good use and much of it will be in the hands of collectors starting this week.

In fact, it’s that non-traditional photography that might make these cards stand out from others — whether the significance or story behind the photo is noted on the card or not. (They likely aren’t … in their place an authenticity statement.) For example, the Paul Molitor card shown above is from his behind-the-scenes tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., back in 2004.

The bat he’s holding? It’s a Babe Ruth gamer.

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Old Beckett Baseball cover aids in solving Pete Rose mystery by Chris Olds
June 8, 2010, 3:06 pm
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Have you heard the one where an old issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly (Issue No. 11 from September 1985) helps solve a mystery about corked bats reportedly used by Pete Rose?

We hadn’t — until now.

Check out the story by clicking here.



Upper Deck reveals baseball SPs, two more “double take” variation players by Chris Olds

Upper Deck revealed on Friday that there are four rare retail short-prints to be found for its 2010 baseball card set and that there are two more “double take” players with photo variation cards.

The four SPs include Sarah Palin, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Pete Rose and a five-time world New York Yankeees champions card featuring Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. The Palin and Rose cards are found in packs in Walmarts, while the other two cards can only be found in packs at Target stores.

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Upper Deck signs autograph deal with Pete Rose by Chris Olds

This is another of those benefits of being unlicensed.

Upper Deck announced Wednesday that it has signed all-time hits leader Pete Rose to an autograph deal to include him in the company’s 2010 baseball sets.

He will make his debut alongside “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in 2010 Goudey Baseball, which is set to arrive on March 18.

Like Jackson, Rose is on baseball’s ineligible list after he was banned for life for gambling. Because of this, Rose cannot appear on any cards or memorabilia licensed by Major League Baseball Properties. Upper Deck’s 2010 cards are only licensed by the MLB Players Association.

Because of this, Rose has appeared on just one card produced by Upper Deck — a card in the the 1994 Upper Deck: The American Epic set (above). His only appearances on cards since 1989 (not many) have been in products that were not licensed by MLB Properties.

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*** NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11/20) Contest No. 11 — A rare Pete Rose game-used jersey card by Chris Olds
November 20, 2009, 4:26 pm
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NOW CLOSED. ALL WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED ON MONDAY.

This is our final Free Stuff Friday contest this week. But, trust us, you won’t want to miss Free Stuff Friday on Black Friday next week …

Anyway, on with the contest!

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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*** CONTEST CLOSED *** Free Stuff Friday: Big Apple Comic-Con contest No. 3 — Pete Rose autographed 8×10 by Chris Olds

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. CLICK THE HEADER ABOVE TO SEE THE LATEST CONTEST

The Big Apple Comic-Con is set for Oct. 16-18 in — where else — New York City and its promoters want to get free autographed photos into Beckett readers’ hands.

bigapplelogoWe’re giving away autographed 8×10 photos of guests from the show (examine the guest list here) — and maybe a few more cool things, too — at the top of every hour.

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. 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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***NOW CLOSED*** Free Stuff Friday: Big Apple Comic-Con contest No. 2 — George “The Animal” Steele autographed 8×10 by Chris Olds

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Look for a new contest in 10 minutes… and be sure to go get in on the chance to win a Dwight Gooden autograph.

The Big Apple Comic-Con is set for Oct. 16-18 in — where else — New York City and its promoters want to get free autographed photos into Beckett readers’ hands.

bigapplelogoWe’re giving away autographed 8×10 photos of guests from the show (examine the guest list here) — and maybe a few more cool things, too — at the top of every hour.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here… it’s that simple.

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