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Box Busters: 2010 TRISTAR TNA Xtreme wrestling cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2010 TRISTAR TNA Xtreme wrestling boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 3 — A lot of three TRISTAR Ken Anderson TNA Wrestling cards (autograph match-used and rare /5 insert) 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 (9-24) Contest No. 4 — A TRISTAR TNA: The New Era Kurt Angle autograph (only 25 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 (8-27) Contest No. 2 — A 2010 TRISTAR TNA Icons Sting autograph (only 25 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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Rippin’ Retail: 2010 Topps WWE wrestling cards by Chris Olds

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds rips into a blaster box of 2010 Topps WWE wrestling cards in this latest episode of Rippin’ Retail. (We’ll have a standard Box Busters video soon.)

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …



Card gallery: TRISTAR TNA Icons wrestling cards by Chris Olds

You’ve probably seen the Box Busters episode, but we wanted to make sure you got a closer, sharper, look at some of the cards to be found in the latest Total Nonstop Action wrestling card set from TRISTAR, 2010 TNA Icons.

The design of the autograph cards seems to be stepped up and the photography, as always, is rich with a mix of studio and action images from TNA’s official photographer, Lee South.

See a selection of the cards from the set that arrived in hobby shops last week after the jump.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-16) Contest No. 5 — A TRISTAR TNA The New Era Mick Foley & Abyss dual autograph (only 25 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 (4-30) Contest No. 2 — A set of 2010 TRISTAR TNA wrestling cards (90 cards) 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 triviaand this week’s biggest prizes are courtesy of Topps.

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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Box Busters Preview gallery: 2010 TRISTAR TNA: The New Era wrestling cards by Chris Olds

We’ve busted the first three hobby boxes of the latest TRISTAR TNA Wrestling card set for an upcoming episode of Box Busters, which is in the microwave as we speak.

What did we find inside? A Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair autograph? Or more?

You’ll have to wait and see…

Until then, here’s a closer look at some of the cards we found in our boxes in advance of the new set’s arrival on Wednesday… click on the images for a closer look (after the jump).

For more on the set, click here for a piece on TNA’s website.

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Exclusive gallery — TNA: The New Era Obak insert cards by Chris Olds

While TRISTAR‘s upcoming TNA Wrestling set doesn’t arrive in hobby shops until the end of the month, we’ve got a sneak peek at all 10 of the retro-styled Obak insert cards that will be found in TNA: The New Era.

The 10 Obak cards will be limited to just 600 copies per card when the product arrives on April 28.

They’re designed after the 1800s tobacco baseball cards of the same name.

The checklist includes Hulk Hogan, The Beautiful People, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, AJ Styles, Sting and more.

See all of the cards after the jump …

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TRISTAR releases more details on “TNA: The New Era” card set by Chris Olds

The TNA Wrestling card news from Monday had plenty of impact, but here’s more.

TRISTAR‘s upcoming TNA: The New Era set won’t just be packing the greatest wrestling card ever made, but it will be packing plenty more where that came from.

There will be two autographs and one memorabilia card per 20-pack box with one parallel card and two Obak cards also along for the ride, but the real highlights will be the autograph and memorabilia cards that can be found.

The product will include the first wrestling cards signed by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and several signed cards for Hulk Hogan, who appears on more than 30 different cards in the product.

There will be a Hogan-Flair dual, a Hogan-Sting dual, a Hogan-Dixie Carter dual, a Hogan-Mick Foley dual, a Hogan-Kevin Nash dual …get the picture?

There also will be variation autographs with differing photos as well as autographed memorabilia cards and multiple-piece memorabilia cards, too. The memorabilia checklists are small, but there will be autographed memorabilia cards for Hogan, Flair, Sting, Foley and more.

And even the standard autograph checklist has plenty of first-time signers — Lacey Von Erich (the daughter of Texas wrestling icon Kerry Von Erich), Brian Knobs, Jerry Sags and even controversial radio host Bubba The Love Sponge, who has had a small — and controversial — role in TNA.

As with other TRISTAR hobby runs, the product will be somewhat limited. There will be only 100 cases created, with each box serial-numbered. You can read more about the product — and get checklists — by clicking here.

See more images after the jump. (Click for a closer look.)

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TNA’s New Era takes wrestling cards to new heights by Chris Olds

Cue up “Sprach Zarathustra” (aka “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair‘s theme music) because that’s the greatest professional wrestling card ever made.

Without question — at least in this writer’s mind.

The Hulk Hogan-Flair-Sting-Kevin Nash autograph card above is among some of the highlights that will be found in TRISTAR‘s forthcoming TNA: The New Era professional wrestling card set.

Hogan is the biggest household name in the modern era. Flair is considered by purists to be the greatest wrestler ever. Sting is one of the most charismatic performers ever, while Nash is perhaps among some of the best big men in wrestling history.

And they’re all found on one card.

The product, which will arrive next month, reflects a new time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as the company has changed its face to compete with World Wrestling Entertainment in several ways.

Flair, who has appeared on only one other pack-released certified autograph — a Donruss Americana non-sport autograph released last year — will have his first autographed wrestling cards found in these packs, while new faces to TNA like Hogan, Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam also will have prominent places in the forthcoming set.

TNA: The New Era will arrive on April 28.

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.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-12) — You have a fighting chance to win! by Chris Olds

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Free Stuff Friday is back once again — so you have a fighting chance to add some sports memorabilia to the ol’ collection by merely answering some questions whose answers can be found on Beckett.com.

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

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-12) Contest No. 3 — A 2009 TRISTAR TNA iMPACT! wrestling set (100 cards) by Chris Olds
March 11, 2010, 3:31 pm
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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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TNA Wrestling: Ric Flair, A.J. Styles … and a Topps Rip Girl? by Chris Olds

The transformation of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling continues on a weekly basis as the company is under new leadership in Hulk Hogan (Am I writing in kayfabe? I’m not sure.) and there’s been an influx of new talent as the familiar names evolve.

One such evolution (Oh, wait, is that a WWE-exclusive word?) is with long-time TNA main-eventer A.J. Styles, who is now managed by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. The 16-time world champ’s flair for being a limousine riding, jet-flying (… long-time fans know the rest) is being applied to Styles — so much so that the TNA champion is nearly emulating Flair in his demeanor — just short of some “wooooos.”

Fans who watched Thursday night’s TNA iMPACT! show were subjected to a promo where Styles was introduced to an array of fine custom-made suits in preparation for a champion’s vacation, and Flair got in a chuckle-worthy “Space Mountain” reference in within miles of the “other” Orlando, Fla., landmark.

And the third wheel in the promo? She’s someone that collectors might recognize — she is one of the Topps Rip Girls, Rachael Tinsley.

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First look: Hulk Hogan’s first TNA Wrestling cards by Chris Olds

Hulk Hogan‘s return to the ring with TNA Wrestling tonight on Spike TV — a live show that’s running head-to-head with Vince McMahon’s WWE flagship show Raw — already has been commemorated via two new trading cards from TRISTAR.

Only 210 copies of each card seen here will be made by TRISTAR, the exclusive licensee of cards for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

The cards will not be found in packs of TNA wrestling products. Instead, they will be sold on TNA’s website, ShopTNA.com. as part of the “Hogan Joins TNA” photo and card package, which is $40. (One can also expect a heavy amount of Hogan merchandise as that’s  a big part of the wrestling business’ landscape.)

Hogan’s first standard-release cards from TRISTAR will be in a forthcoming TNA Icons set, which will arrive in March.  This product will showcase the top names in TNA, including Hogan as well as Sting, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash and others.

Can we expect Hogan autograph and memorabilia cards in that product as well as cards combining stars like Hogan and Sting or Hogan and Nash? It’s likely, though no details about the product have been officially announced.

See all of the card images after the jump.

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Hulk Hogan’s TNA debut will also mean his debut on TRISTAR trading cards by Chris Olds

Afternoon Update: See the cards here.

Hulk Hogan‘s much-anticipated debut with TNA Wrestling which happens tonight — in a live three-hour show on Spike TV that goes head to head with Vince McMahon‘s WWE show Raw — means one more fortunate thing for wrestling fans.

His return to wrestling cards with TRISTAR, the official card manufacturer for TNA.

Details are unclear at this point, but Hogan will have at least one limited edition wrestling card noting tonight’s debut. We can’t show you more than this top secret preview, but we do know that the cards won’t be found in packs of TRISTAR products.

They’ll be found online.

That’s all we’ll say for now … when more information is available, we’ll have it all — as well as full preview images — right here.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.



FREE STUFF FRIDAY will return next week by Chris Olds

Free Stuff Friday will return next week with a whole new crop of prizes for our lucky readers.

Why nothing this week? Olds (me) forgot to scan the big prize before leaving for the holiday weekend — leave your hate mail via the comments below.

Since beginning in October, we’ve given away more than 130 prizes absolutely free to collectors who successfully answered card-related trivia here on The Beckett Blog and using Beckett.com.

Here’s a small sampling of the cool stuff that has ended up in readers’ hands since then  …

Ken Griffey Jr. UDA autographed baseball

2009 Limited Football box

Dwyane Wade autographed basketball

Mark Sanchez autographed 8×10

Ashley Force Press Pass Printing Plate

2009-10 Upper Deck basketball box

Dwyane Wade autographed 8×10 photo plaque

2009 Certified football cards

Joe Mauer autographed 2007 Upper Deck By the Letter patch (#’d/15)

Chris Paul Exquisite Collection logoman card

Vince Carter Exquisite Collection autograph card (only 25 exist)

Burt Reynolds autograph

2009 Topps Football set

Blake Griffin autographed photo courtesy of Panini America

Eric Gordon Exquisite Collection autographed patch rookie card

An exclusive Aaron Curry autograph card from Panini

Quentin Richardson Exquisite Collection Limited Logos patch autograph

Brett Favre 2009 Donruss Threads SP football card

Travis Snider 2007 Bowman Sterling Refractor autograph (a $120 card)

Hunter Pence autographed Sweet Spot card

Jason Kidd 2009-10 Exquisite Collection autographed patch card

Clay Matthews Jr. UD Black autographed RC

Rich Franklin autographed Ring Kings promo

Patrick Ewing 2009-10 Exquisite Collection jumbo game-used jersey card

Kendra Wilkinson (Playboy model) Upper Deck autograph card

Free Stuff Friday will return next week!