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Topps’ 2010 MLB Rookie All-Star Team by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Topps created its annual rookie All-Star team in 1959. Since then 17 future Hall-of-Famers have been named to the team with players such as Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan and Cal Ripken Jr.

The company released this year’s edition with catcher Buster Posey and pitcher Stephen Strasburg highlighting the list.

The award is given to one player for each field position in addition to a right-handed pitcher, a left-handed pitcher and a reliever regardless of league.

See who made the team after the jump:

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Topps plans wrapper redemption program for Chrome (updated) by Chris Olds

Update: On Oct. 22, Topps announced that it will be adding autographs of Buster Posey and  Jason Heyward to the program. There will be 100 signed versions of each card with Refractors numbered to 90 and Green Refractors numbered to 10 also to be found in the packs.

Topps Chrome hasn’t yet arrived but there’s already an extra reason to pick up a hobby box — a wrapper redemption focusing on the best rookies of 2010 and the best players in baseball history.

The company announced on Thursday morning a program that will put an exclusive pack of three Chrome Rookies & Legends variation cards into the hands of any collector who sends in 24 2010 Topps Chrome hobby wrappers.

The cards are part of a 15-card set promotion that will run through Feb. 28. Every 1oth pack of the cards will include Refractors.

See the complete checklist and get the address after the jump.
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Rippin’ Retail: 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards by Chris Olds

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds rips into a blaster box (and an extra jumbo pack) of 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

We’ll have a full Box Busters video here soon, but until then check this one out.

What will he find inside? Just watch …



The hobby’s biggest story in years gets bigger — Stephen Strasburg needs Tommy John surgery by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | COMMENTARY

Anyone who doubts Stephen Strasburg‘s place in the hobby in 2010 hasn’t been paying attention to the stat sheets.

You know, his numbers on the field — and the sales of his baseball cards.

However, the biggest story in baseball in years got a little bit bigger on Friday morning as a Washington Nationals official said the highly touted hard-throwing right-handed rookie likely needs Tommy John surgery — ligament replacement in his right elbow. That means we may not see him on an MLB mound until 2012.

Cynics saw Strasburg’s high level of success on the field and predicted a downfall eventually — though one has to wonder where that particularly came from as he has been absolutely dominant in college and the minor leagues before becoming the spectacle of all spectacles in the big leagues this season. You can’t argue with his numbers — they were there and had been enough to justify his being the No. 1 pick, which came with a hefty $15-million record-setting contract.

However, one can never predict injuries — and the cynics got what they wanted; a quick downfall this season, an end to the biggest story MLB has had — especially when reflected on cardboard — in years. Some say Strasburg’s arrival challenges the impact of the arrivals of Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols in 2001, but I’d say it might surpass them both and go even further back.

Now what, though? Let’s assess Strasburg’s performance as we look forward …


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Rippin Retail: 2010 Topps Baseball Value Box by Chris Olds

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds rips into a 2010 Topps Baseball Value Box, a new item that hit retail shops this week.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …



First look: 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball cards by Chris Olds

After teasing a few card images on Thursday, Topps released the basic product breakdown for  its forthcoming 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball card set on Friday morning.

Scheduled for release in mid-December, it will include one Chrome autograph per 24-pack hobby box and each 12-box case will include just one 16U USA Baseball team autograph card.

The Draft Picks & USA Baseball Stars checklist includes 110 cards each with Red and Blue standard Bowman parallels along with the full run of Chrome parallels as well (SuperFractor, Red, Orange, Gold, Blue and standard). The Rookies checklist includes 110 players with both standard and Chrome cards to be found.

The Chrome autograph checklist includes 43 players  — 25 prospects and 18 members of the 16U USA team. Each of these cards will be found with the standard parallels, while a Stephen Strasburg Chrome autograph card is listed as a rookie variation card.

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First look: 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Stephen Strasburg Autograph by Chris Olds

Topps is apparently taking a different  approach with what could be the biggest Chrome autograph card in recent years — if not ever — as it teased the card image for Stephen Strasburg‘s 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft RC on Thursday.

Interestingly, it doesn’t feature an action photo — instead a curtain call from his big-league debut game on June 8.

That’s a move that might make some collectors cringe but is perhaps one that will stand out among the countless cards Strasburg has this season.

Does it help or hurt a card like this? Thoughts on this move? Let us know in the comments and take the poll below.

FOR A GALLERY OF IMAGES FROM THE SET, LOOK AFTER THE JUMP.

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