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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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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-26) Contest No. 1 — A 2009 Sweet Spot New York Yankees triple game-used jersey card of Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson and Johnny Damon 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.

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.)

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***NOW CLOSED***FREE STUFF FRIDAY (1-15) Contest No. 2 — A 2009 Topps Tribute Gold Reggie Jackson game-used bat card (only 25 exist) by Chris Olds

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

We’re launching 10 contests tonight because we want Free Stuff Friday to be more than just a one-day event for our readers (but we ain’t changing the name). We know you guys can’t get enough of our weekly contests, so 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.)

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OK! I am sorry, but enough… by ejahnke

OK, this will be wildly unpopular, but I am sick of the Yankees already.

I am sorry folks, please don’t hate me for being honest.

I would never be so blind as to dismiss what the Yankees mean to baseball history, and all the great accomplishments of their giant flock of Hall-of-Famers past and present, and the history of Yankee Stadium, but it’s just too much!

Play the All-Star game already!

Last night I was ready to jump through the TV and strangle Reggie Jackson for droning on and on and on during the second round of the home run derby.  Not that there is much commentary needed to explain what’s going on during that contest, but to totally ignore it so we could hear all that Reggie had to say was downright awful broadcasting.

It’s 7:40 now, and we are being subjected to Taco Bell commercials and re-re-re-hashes of everything possible about the glorious Yankees.  It’s all stuff that has been said 100 times already this week, and 500 times already this season.  Enough!

I am truly sorry Yankee fans, I just had to vent.  It’s nothing personal really…it’s the OVER-or-UNDER-broadcasters that must be stopped.

Finally, Cliff Lee is on the mound!

Shaddup and play ball!

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