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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 4 — A John Wall Sports Illustrated Uncirculated (first cover appearance) issue 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.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-23) Contest No. 2 — An Uncirculated Derek Jeter Sports Illustrated issue (only 40 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.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-23) Contest No. 1 — An Uncirculated copy of the 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue — Brooklyn Decker on cover (only 40 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.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-16) Contest No. 2 — A BGS Uncirculated U.S. World Cup Sports Illustrated issue (only 35 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.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-16) Contest No. 1 — A BGS Uncirculated New York Yankees World Series Commemorative Sports Illustrated issue (only 50 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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Stephen Strasburg sells out Uncirculateds, too by Chris Olds

It’s been about a year since Beckett Grading Services launched its SI Uncirculated program with Sports Illustrated, which takes a limited quantity of the long-collected magazine and slabs the copies in a permanent holder in their condition as found directly from the printing plant.

And, about a year after the program’s first sold-out issue (Bryce Harper‘s debut cover), another member of the Washington Nationals has had his debut SI cover sell out, too.

You might know him … he’s Stephen Strasburg.

The Uncirculated concept is simple — it’s one modeled after mint set coins with a touch of the professional grading feel commonly used for baseball cards and comic books. The magazines aren’t graded but they are shipped directly from the printer and placed into the slabs with an Uncirculated notation. Once a limited number of copies are encased, there are no more produced.

Only 35 copies of the Strasburg issue were encased — and all were gone less than two hours after arrival at $24.99 a pop. Other sold-out issues include the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship issue, a pair of University of Alabama covers featuring Heisman winner Mark Ingram, Derek Jeter‘s Sportsman of the Year cover, the New Orleans Saints‘ Super Bowl championship, Sidney Crosby‘s Winter Olympics goal and a Matt Ryan NFL preview issue.

It’s reflective of a trend that should be obvious to magazine collectors and memorabilia collectors as well. Debut issues and key moments like championships are often the issues that are the most-coveted.

To see what other issues remain available click the link above or click here.

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.



Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin Offers His Take on the State of the Industry by Tracy Hackler

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Upper Deck’s Hobby Media Manager takes exception to a recent Sports Illustrated story and files his response.