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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (8-27) Contest No. 3 — A 2010 Topps National Chicle Ryan Howard Bazooka autograph (only 99 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.

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Phillies OF Domonic Brown is the 7th Topps Red Hot Rookie by Chris Olds
August 11, 2010, 7:55 am
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Topps unveiled the seventh of its 2010 Red Hot Rookies on Wednesday morning and this one’s Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown.

Through nine games with Philadelphia, Brown is hitting .257 with a homer and 10 RBI.

The Red Hot Rookie redemptions are found one per hobby box of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards. The remainder of the 10-card set will be announced throughout the rest of the season.

Previous RHRs include Marlins infielder Logan Morrison (No. 6), Cubs infielder Starlin Castro (No. 5), Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton (No. 4), Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch (No. 3), Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata (No. 2) and Indians catcher Carlos Santana (No. 1).

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.



FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-2) Contest No. 6 — A 2010 Allen & Ginter Tommy Bahama World Series shirt memorabilia card (promo) by Chris Olds

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New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies players unveil Signature Series apparel by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball

Five members of the World Series champion New York Yankees and five members of the runner-up Philadelphia Phillies have designed their own T-shirts, caps and jerseys as part of a new Major League Baseball clothing line unveiled last week.

Players Choice Signature Series apparel brings a slightly different take to the baseball gear we’re all pretty familiar with but with a player-centric twist on the apparel made by VF/Majestic and Twins/Banner 47 with the assistance of the MLB Players Association.

That means the Swisher Salute, Nick Swisher‘s ritual acknowledgment of the Bleacher Creatures during their pre-game roll call, can appear on his jersey. That means Shane Victorino‘s status as “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” can be celebrated and noted. That means that Jimmy Rollins, who is from Oakland, can have Athletics colors — and more — on his Phillies jersey.

Oh, and Raul Ibanez can have a jersey with that more fan-friendly name on it … “Rauuuuuul.” (Yes, with six u’s.)

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Phillies ace Roy Halladay throws perfect game by Chris Olds

Roy Halladay threw the second perfect game and the third no-hitter of this season Saturday evening in Miami as he shut down the Florida Marlins for a 1-0 victory.

It’s the 20th perfect game in MLB history — the second perfecto in Phillies history behind Jim Bunning‘s gem in June 1964. Oakland’s Dallas Braden threw a perfect game earlier this month and Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez threw a no-hitter against Atlanta — the first in Rockies’ history — in April.

Halladay appears on a total of 3,186 baseball cards — 288 of them autographed and 600 game-used memorabilia cards. The best of his five Rookie Cards is his 1997 Bowman Chrome card (above) valued at $25, while his first certified autograph card, from the 1995 Signature Rookies Tetrad set, sells for $40.

Halladay appears on the cover of the current issue of Beckett Baseball along with Tim Lincecum, CC Sabathia and Stephen Strasburg as we profiled the most powerful pitchers in the hobby today.

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.



The first 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball promo card is … by Chris Olds

Topps‘ media and dealer mailing of its sales materials for 2010 Allen & Ginter is a bit different than other, more traditional offerings besides the different look of the sellsheet and the checklists inside.

While we often get these and offer them a quick examination — or in Tracy Hackler‘s case, the swipe of a Sharpie — the mailing for Ginter included something different, something we thought was a pack of cards.

Instead, it was a memorabilia card.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-5) Contest No. 2 — A 10-pack lot of 2010 Topps Attax baseball cards (three winners) 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.

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