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Yes, that’s Magic Johnson’s autograph on Jordan Swagerty’s baseball cards by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Mistakes happen.

That’s the easiest way to sum up the unusual error card found in boxes of 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball, which arrived recently with a few unusual autograph cards of former Arizona State standout and St. Louis Cardinals prospect Jordan Swagerty.

The error?

All of the autographs on his cards are of a guy named Earvin Johnson. You know, the Hall of Fame basketball player otherwise  known as “Magic.”

Panini America officials were aware of the mistake not long after collectors began ripping into packs of the prospecting product. The company is reportedly discussing plans to replace the error cards, which might be plentiful, with rarer corrected versions — but has not yet announced its plan.

Update: Panini will replace the incorrect Swagerty autographed standard card with a correct version and collectors who send in the correct card an exclusive Elite Extra Edition card of top-prospect Manny Machado.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-23) Contest No. 8 — A 2009 Topps Sterling Roger Maris game-used jersey card (only 10 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 — 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.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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*** NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY — You have 10 chances to win big right now by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday where we give readers the chance to win some cool stuff just by taking the time to answer a quick card-related question on Beckett.com.

It’s as easy as looking up a number and giving is the answer in a comment.

Here’s the rundown of this week’s contests…

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-26) Contest No. 2 — A 2007 Sweet Spot Albert Pujols game-used jersey card 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.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Will Mark McGwire’s return to baseball mean his return to baseball cards? by Chris Olds

With Mark McGwire finally deciding to “talk about the past” and returning to Major League Baseball as hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, does that mean that his certified autograph might re-appear in packs of 2010 baseball cards?

Maybe and maybe not.

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Something I found digging through a different collection by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

Baseball card collectors know the joy of going through a dusty old box and finding something that they hadn’t seen in years, something that sparks a memory. They also know the joy of the cardboard equivalent of finding a $20 bill in their coat pocket — when a once-unknown player’s card is found in one of those boxes and it’s worth a lot more than they remembered.

Well, as a long-time collector, I’ve got plenty of baseball cards — but as a long-time writer about cards I’ve got a different collection of sorts, too. Some writers call them clips, while others call their past work a portfolio. But for me it’s just a different collection — one that’s unfortunately no more organized than any other in my possession.

But, like boxes of baseball cards, sometimes when you go digging around you find something that’s interesting, something that’s different or something that might make you cringe. It’s something that takes you back to a place in time — when things were perhaps a bit different than they are today.

My recent find isn’t one of those cringe-worthy items — but the tales of the last few years in the baseball world certainly have changed, making much of what I wrote impossible but ironic in some instances given the context of history.

It’s the column I wrote for The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News on the evening of Monday, May 13, 2002 — the evening my favorite baseball player, Jose Canseco, decided it was time to retire.

It’s a piece penned well before “performance-enhancing drugs” were a near-everyday part of the baseball vocabulary. It’s one penned before Canseco’s book, Juiced, and one from well before many an accusation, failed test or denial ever took place.

It was written well before Canseco got just six votes (or just 1.1 percent) on his Hall of Fame ballot, permanently leaving him for the Veterans Committee as the only option (and not a likely one) for consideration in Cooperstown.

You can read it all (unedited) — and more — after the jump …

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Beckett Baseball: We’ve got it covered — twice by Chris Olds

The Best of 2009 issue of Beckett Baseball — or, really, The Best Issue since we’re offering our picks for the best of the decade — will be arriving in hobby shops soon with not one, but two covers.

The covers feature AL MVP Joe Mauer, the best catcher in baseball, and NL MVP Albert Pujols, the best hitter in baseball.

While the full slate of 2009 baseball products hasn’t even all arrived yet, we’ve tackled it all and made our selections.

Oh, did we mention we’re upping the frequency of Beckett Baseball again this year? We’re publishing 10 issues in 2010.

See both covers after the jump.

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