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Press Pass’ Five Star isn’t just about high-end racing cards by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Press Pass‘ foray into the ultra high-end trading card realm has some gems of racing memorabilia, but that’s not all the company is packing into its $500 and up boxes.

Some packs of Press Pass Five Star will include instant win memorabilia cards redeemable for items that even the most casual of NASCAR fans will recognize as kind of a big deal. (Apologies to Ron Burgundy.)

For example, how about a Dale Earnhardt race-used and signed helmet? It dates from the mid-1990s as it features a sticker on the back noting The Intimidator’s 1993 Winston Cup title.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-26) Contest No. 6 — A 1994 Action Packed Series 3 NASCAR sealed factory set by Chris Olds

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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 (2-12) Contest No. 3 — A 2006 Press Pass Eclipse NASCAR set with three insert sets by Chris Olds

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

We’re launching several contests tonight and we’re starting off big because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? 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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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-5) Contest No. 9 — A 2005 Jeff Gordon 1:24 scale Revell test car diecast (only 1,284 made) by Chris Olds

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

We’re launching a dozen contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? 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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*** NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY: Contest No. 7 — Three 2006 Press Pass NASCAR sets (Standard set, Blue parallel set and Gold parallel set) by Chris Olds

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We’ve got more on tap this afternoon on Free Stuff Friday … including a pair of big-name NBA and NFL star autographs. However, three NASCAR sets from Press Pass can be yours  right now.

logoHow can you win what you see above? 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 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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NASCAR cards: My how they’ve changed by Chris Olds

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I recently had the chance to bust open a couple of hobby boxes of Press Pass NASCAR cards (for the first time since the earlier days of Dale Earnhardt Jr. wearing black and red and a Cup of a different name) and I can say that it seems the cards are getting better all the time.

After all, in this economy, Press Pass just launched its first high-end set — Showcase, a $75 per-pack product — and it’s been received very well.

That says something.

You see, building a NASCAR set might have more challenges than other sports sets. There’s not one single licensing entity to approve the images and cards — instead they are approved by each team. That’s roughly 40 different pit stops, maybe more, during the Make a Set 500. (That’s one of the reasons Upper Deck stopped making them years ago.)

All those logos and corporate sponsors that adorn the drivers’ firesuits? They all need to be examined to ensure that they’re as correct as they can be at the time of production. (In other words, they ain’t 12-second pit stops, either.)

And while there’s plenty of color on NASCAR drivers’ uniforms and their stock cars, there aren’t a ton of photographic options when it comes to cards, either. Studio photography and trackside photography are commonplace for drivers’ cards, while in-car photos and car-on-track photos are mainstays as well. That forces those creating a checklist to include some other things — photos from Victory Lane, photos from behind-the-scenes and photos from other away-from-the-track adventures.

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