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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-5) “Grand Prize” Contest — A 1/1 dual-inscribed Tracy Hackler autograph (on his sealed Topps Heritage Baseball media mail no less) 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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The Hobby Rumor Mill … Dec. 22, 2009 by Chris Olds
December 22, 2009, 4:49 pm
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Here’s a little something that should get the card collectors abuzz as we head into the holidays … a little something we’ll throw out there from time to time called The Hobby Rumor Mill.

Are all of the items legit? Maybe not, but even the ones we think are true haven’t yet been confirmed or officially unveiled.

Until then, chew on these …

— Rumor has it … that Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler will have a certified autograph card in a 2010 product (but it will, of course, be fulfilled via a redemption).

— Rumor has it … that Topps will be bringing its National Chicle line — a historic football brand coming soon based on the 1935 set of the same name  — to baseball as well in 2010.

— Rumor has it … that more than one company will be getting patriotic with USA sets in 2010 and that Upper Deck is first out of the gates with its USA Baseball set in January.

— Rumor has it … that Pro Set is making a comeback. (Who owns that trademark, anyway?)

— Rumor has it … that there will be a Michael Jackson trading card set coming soon. (Bet that’ll be a thriller.)

We’ll bring you more from The Hobby Rumor Mill soon.

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

Warning: Tracy Hackler calls collect by Chris Olds

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Beckett Media publisher Tracy Hackler likes calling collect — calling those who influence how we collect, that is.

See what Topps’ Clay Luraschi says in the first episode of Collect Call.

Watch the video here.

2008-09 Black Diamond Hockey by ejahnke
Join well-known radio celebrity, Tim Trout, Beckett Hockey Senior Market Analyst, the supremely enthusiastic Beckett Publisher, Tracy Hackler and the always scruffy-looking Beckett Hockey Editor, Eric Jahnke, as they dive into a box of Black Diamond Hockey.

2008-09 SP Rookie Threads Basketball Box Busters by ejahnke
Sit down with Becektt Basketball Senior Market Analyst, Keith Hower, Beckett Basketball Editor Eric Jahnke and the semi-celebrity himself, Beckett Publisher Tracy Hackler for another wonderful, rewarding  and positively uplifting  Boxbusters episode.
This time, it’s 2008-09 SP Rookie Threads … enjoy!

Box Busters: 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects by Chris Olds

First up today, 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

Next up later? 2008 Elite Extra Edition

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at

2008 Leaf Rookies and Stars Boxbusters by ejahnke

I know you love it…