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Buster Posey: NL Rookie of the Year & BSCM cover star by Chris Olds

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America selected San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year on Monday.

On Wednesday, he’ll begin arriving in sports card shops around the country on the cover of the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

We’re just sayin’ …

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Buster Posey’s memorable rookie season leads to surge in card prices & added interest in his autographs by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Buster Posey has had a memorable rookie year.

In his first full season behind the plate, the San Francisco Giants catcher was part of a world championship team. Come Monday, Posey could be named the National League Rookie of the Year.

Posey became one of the hottest sought-after baseball players the moment he was called up –  and prospectors jumped on his bandwagon long before he received he received full-time status as the Giants catcher. His baseball cards — and his autographs are in high demand, so much so he appears on the next cover of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Posey has 286 trading cards, including 116 autographs. According to Beckett.com, Posey’s prices have steadily climbed and took significant jumps when he was called up in late May, in late July when his talent was apparent, and again at the start of November when the rookie hit clean-up for the World Series champs.

His 2010 Upper Deck Rookie Card books at $25 and consistently sells for $20 and up on eBay.

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FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) — Win San Francisco Giants stuff & more! by Chris Olds

We’re back with another batch of Free Stuff Friday contests where we get cool stuff into collectors’ hands just for answering card-related trivia, which can be found on Beckett.com. (You don’t need a subscription to look up the answers.)

It’s as easy as answering via a comment at the links below. Here’s a rundown of this week’s contests…

No. 1 — A 2010 Topps National Chicle Madison Bumgarner autograph

No. 2 — A lot of four San Francisco Giants game-used memorabilia baseball cards

No. 3 — A lot of three TRISTAR Ken Anderson TNA Wrestling cards (autograph match-used and rare /5 insert)

No. 4 — A John Wall Sports Illustrated Uncirculated (first cover appearance) issue

No. 5 — A 2007 Press Pass Legends Dan Majerle autograph card

No. 6 — A 2010 Topps Finest Madison Bumgarner autographed patch (only 25 exist)

No. 7 — A Chris Bosh autographed Topps Echelon game-used jersey card



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 6 — A 2010 Topps Finest Madison Bumgarner autographed patch (only 25 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.

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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 2 — A lot of four San Francisco Giants game-used memorabilia baseball cards 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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Home-grown heroes seemingly always get more hobby love by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

I’ve always felt that there is a disconnect in the hobby with championship-winning players who aren’t home-grown.

In other words, when a player like Cliff Lee or Josh Hamilton lights things up for a team like the American League champion Rangers — but have Rookie Cards from several years ago picturing them with the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays — they just don’t carry the kind of maximized appeal when it comes championship time.

With Game 3 of the World Series under way as I write this, it’s a battle of largely home-grown Giants (at least among the players who should be of most interest with San Francisco collectors) vs. the Rangers, a more liberal mix of home-grown and acquired players among their hobby stars.

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FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-2) Contest No. 7 — A Tim Lincecum & Andrew Miller 2007 Exquisite Rookie Signatures Draft Duals autograph (only 25 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.

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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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