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Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball by Chris Olds
January 11, 2011, 5:20 pm
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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball cards from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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Rippin’ Retail: 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball blasters vs. value packs by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he busts into a 2010 Bowman Chrome Blaster Box and two Value Packs of the same in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …



Box Busters: 2010 Topps Update baseball cards by Chris Olds
November 5, 2010, 5:53 pm
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Join Beckett Baseball’s dynamic duo of Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Update baseball cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …



Will you beat the odds in 2010 Topps Chrome? by Chris Olds
October 3, 2010, 12:42 pm
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This year’s Topps Chrome baseball set is on its way and one thing looks pretty certain — there are some tougher odds for some Refractors this year.

What will that mean market-wise for singles and wax?

We’ll have to wait and see, but here are the odds for hobby packs:

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Topps confirms hat variations in 2010 Topps 206 by Chris Olds
September 1, 2010, 12:08 pm
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Anyone who has opened a box of the new 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards likely noticed a few bald spots, shaved heads and messy haircuts on the base cards.

It was on purpose.

As a nod to the original T206 cards from 1909-11, the company’s newest version of the set — which officially arrives in hobby shops today — features an entire base set lacking New Era’s finest headwear.

Well, except for the variation cards. The 50 short-printed cards found in the set (1:4 packs) are wearing caps or helmets in the photos on cards that actually do not feature card numbers.

See the list after the jump.

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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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First look: 2010 Bowman Sterling baseball cards by Chris Olds

Topps revealed its latest prospecting product on Friday morning, Bowman Sterling, which will arrive in late-December packing 20 hits in every six-pack box.

The hobby-exclusive product will include four autographed Rookie Cards, eight signed MLB Future Star Cards, six  USA Baseball  Star Autograph Relic or Relics, one dual autograph and one dual-Relic boxtopper.

The base set will consist of 50 rookies and 50 MLB Future Stars cards, a 20-card skip-numbered RC Autograph checklist, a 50-card Future Stars autograph checklist and a 32-card USA Baseball dual-autograph set. The remainder of the product is made up of a 42-card USA Baseball Relic contingent and 31 dual-Relic boxtoppers.

The Rookie and Future Stars sets will, of course, include Refractors — Reds, Blacks, Golds and standards — and the same for the dual-autograph cards.

The Relics will have Patch Red Refractor 1/1s, signed Relic Black Refractors, Triple Relic Gold Refractors and Dual Relic Refractors. The easiest of all Refractors — Relic or autograph — is just 199 copies.

Among those on the Rookie  autograph checklist are Stephen Strasburg, Ike Davis, Jose Tabata, Jason Heyward, Mike Minor, Domonic Brown, Logan Morrison, J.P. Arencibia and Brennan Boesch among others.

The Future Stars checklist includes Aroldis Chapman, Kolbrin Vitek, Matt Lipka, Bryce Brentz and several players to be determined.

See a gallery of images after the jump.

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