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T206 Honus Wagner hits eBay by Chris Olds
October 7, 2010, 9:40 am
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You just don’t see this one on eBay every day.

A PSA 1 copy of the famed holy grail of baseball cards, the T206 Honus Wagner, has shown up on eBay.

Asking price? $345,000, Buy It Now.

I know I came up just a little short in my Paypal account, but somebody, somewhere just might be looking to land one of the most-hallowed cards in hobby history.

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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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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 …

Box Busters: 2010 Obak baseball cards by Chris Olds

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer rip into boxes of 2010 Obak baseball cards from TRISTAR in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside these boxes

Watch and find out.

See Part 2 after the jump …

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TRISTAR’s Obak returns at The National by Chris Olds

Obak is back once again.

TRISTAR‘s tobacco card-styled Obak baseball set, which arrived last year about a century after its namesake, will return for 2010 with a debut at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, Md. , early next month.

This year’s Obak set marks the 100th anniversary of the originals and each and every card will be printed on old-style recycled cardboard to give the throwback cards an even more distinct look and feel.

Each 20-pack hobby box will include four autographs (numbered to 125 or less), two parallels, one T212 mini parallel card, three short-prints and one T4 Cabinet Card. Each 24-box case will include one Hot Box that will have 10 autographs and a mix of 25 other “hit-type” cards.

See more — with a gallery of images — after the jump.

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Some specifics on 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards by Chris Olds

We’re a couple days away from the official Allen & Ginter release date, but here are some basics about the set

Yes, Stephen Strasburg appears in the set — as a mini card only (card No. 401; presumed to be an SP) and as an autograph redemption.

The SPs in the set are card Nos. 301-350.

There are no autograph or Relic “groups” noted on boxes or packs this year.

Autographs are found one in every 40 packs, while Relics are 1:11. With no groups you can still presume that signed cards like Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard will be tougher pulls than the likes of Ross Ohlendorf and Clayton Kershaw. It’s simple economics based on the athletes’ costs for Topps to obtain their autographs.

Among the interesting inclusions on the autograph and Relic lists are Marvin Miller, who does not appear in the base set. Others of note on the autograph list include Jason Heyward, Evan Longoria, Alexei Ramirez, Tommy Hanson, David Blaine, Jordin Sparks, Regis Philbin, Sig Hansen, Shawn Johnson, Summer Sanders, Tony Hawk, Anne Donovan and Stuart Scott.

It’s interesting to note that David Wright has two mini framed Relics in Ginter — no other subject does.

See more after the jump …

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Hobby Q&A: The latest Allen & Ginter codebreaker, Nick Jacoby by Chris Olds

This year’s edition of Allen & Ginter is trickling into the marketplace in advance of its Wednesday release and 28-year-old Nick Jacoby is already at work examining the nuances of every card he can find, trying to discover the next big thing on cardboard.

And it’s got nothing to do with Stephen Strasburg.

He’s looking for clues on this year’s Ginter Code as he seeks to become the first repeat champion in the deciphering competition. Last year, he found the hidden messages on Ginter’s cards in less than a week after the popular baseball card set’s release and, as a result, appears on card No. 165 in this year’s set.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with him for this Q&A …

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