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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 6 — A 2010 Topps Finest Madison Bumgarner autographed patch (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 (11-5) Contest No. 2 — A lot of four San Francisco Giants game-used memorabilia baseball 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 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 (11-5) Contest No. 1 — A 2010 Topps National Chicle Madison Bumgarner autograph 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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The Giants are World Series champs: Who’s tops on cards? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

The San Francisco Giants have downed the Texas Rangers for the franchise’s first World Series title since 1954, when the team was in New York and center field was patrolled by one Willie Mays.

The pitching staff is one of baseball’s best, led by two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, but is one comprised of largely unappreciated players when it comes to their baseball cards. The team’s bats, at least on cardboard, are undoubtedly paced by rookie catcher Buster Posey.

We want to know, though … who do you think the big winner will be when it comes to San Francisco Giants baseball cards now that they are world champs?

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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.



Home-grown heroes seemingly always get more hobby love by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

I’ve always felt that there is a disconnect in the hobby with championship-winning players who aren’t home-grown.

In other words, when a player like Cliff Lee or Josh Hamilton lights things up for a team like the American League champion Rangers — but have Rookie Cards from several years ago picturing them with the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays — they just don’t carry the kind of maximized appeal when it comes championship time.

With Game 3 of the World Series under way as I write this, it’s a battle of largely home-grown Giants (at least among the players who should be of most interest with San Francisco collectors) vs. the Rangers, a more liberal mix of home-grown and acquired players among their hobby stars.

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Phillies’ Roy Halladay fires second postseason no-hitter in MLB history by Chris Olds

If you had any doubts about 2010 being The Year of the Pitcher, Roy Halladay should have erased them Wednesday evening in Philadelphia.

The Phillies’ ace no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS — just one walk shy of throwing his second perfect game of the season — and threw just the second postseason no-hitter in MLB history, winning 4-0.

Not bad for his first postseason start in a Phillies uniform, eh?

And now that you might want some of his cardboard, did you know Halladay appears on a total of 3,325 baseball cards — 288 of them autographed and 642 game-used memorabilia cards?

The best of his five Rookie Cards is his 1997 Bowman Chrome card (right) valued at $25, while his first certified autograph card, which is found in the 1995 Signature Rookies Tetrad set, sells for $40.

Psst… You can also find Halladay on the cover of the latest issue of Beckett Baseball, No. 57, in hobby shops and on newsstands now.

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.



FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-2) Contest No. 6 — A 2010 Allen & Ginter Tommy Bahama World Series shirt memorabilia card (promo) 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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First look: The New York Yankees World Series rings by Chris Olds
April 13, 2010, 12:15 pm
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The New York Yankees received their World Series rings during a pre-game ceremony just a bit ago and here’s the first look at the rings via Major League Baseball.



The first 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball promo card is … by Chris Olds

Topps‘ media and dealer mailing of its sales materials for 2010 Allen & Ginter is a bit different than other, more traditional offerings besides the different look of the sellsheet and the checklists inside.

While we often get these and offer them a quick examination — or in Tracy Hackler‘s case, the swipe of a Sharpie — the mailing for Ginter included something different, something we thought was a pack of cards.

Instead, it was a memorabilia card.

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***NOW CLOSED*** Free Stuff Friday (12/11) contest No. 4 — A Topps New York Yankees World Series commemorative set by Chris Olds

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*** NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11/20) Contest No. 3 — A 2009 Topps New York Yankees World Series commemorative set by Chris Olds

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***NOW CLOSED*** Free Stuff Friday (11/20) Early Bird Contest (No. 1) — A Topps New York Yankees World Series commemorative set by Chris Olds

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We’re  starting off Free Stuff Friday early this week because of the early morning traffic we’ve seen in anticipation of our contests. We’ll start off with this item that can be yours right now

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First look: 2009 Topps New York Yankees World Series Champions set by Chris Olds

Topps‘ previously announced 27-card World Series Championship Set is arriving in stores soon and we’ve got a sneak peek at the postseason highlights cards found inside.

The 27-card set includes 20 player cards, six highlight cards and a card of manager Joe Girardi. The sets carry a suggested retail price of $9.99.

See the rest of the highlights cards after the jump.

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Upper Deck signs New York Yankees pitchers Mariano Rivera & Andy Pettitte to autograph deals by Chris Olds

Upper Deck announced on Wednesday evening that it has signed veteran New York Yankees pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera to non-exclusive autograph deals to include their signatures in the company’s 2010 baseball products.

According to the Beckett database, Pettitte has signed just 137 different cards for inclusion in packs during his career — the most recent cards coming in 2005 Donruss products. Rivera, who notched his 500th career save this season, has signed 135 — his last certified autographs coming in this year’s Topps baseball set.

By comparison, Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who is an Upper Deck spokesman, has signed more than 1,000 different certified autograph cards during his career.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring signature cards of these two iconic players to collectors with our 2010 Upper Deck Baseball releases,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s baseball brand manager, in a news release. “Their achievements are legendary and we know it will mean a lot to bring the New York faithful closer to their heroes. We are also very excited about some of the multi-signed trading cards we will be able to bring to the market with Pettitte, Rivera and Jeter in particular.”

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.



Sneak peek: Beckett Baseball No. 48 by Chris Olds

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If you’re a fan of Free Stuff Friday, you’re pretty used to answering hobby-related trivia questions.

Well, if you want more you can check out Beckett Baseball No. 48 — our forthcoming “Pop Quiz Issue” — which will challenge your hobby knowledge. There will be other test-like items in the magazine as well, similar to our recent Now You Know item that tested collectors’ knowledge of key 1980s cards.

Be sure to check it out when it arrives soon.



Spitball releases finalists for baseball book of year by Chris Olds

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Read any good baseball books lately?

If not, Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine has a few you might need to check out as its editors have released their list of finalists for the 2009 CASEY Award, which goes to the best baseball book of the year.

Here’s the list:

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*** NOW CLOSED *** Free Stuff Friday (11-6): Contest No. 9 — A New York Yankees CC Sabathia & Mariano Rivera card lot by Chris Olds

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FREE STUFF FRIDAY… Four more big ones to go… by Chris Olds



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Still hanging with us on Free Stuff Friday? We’ve got four more left… and they’re good ones.

How soon will they pop up? Keep waiting…