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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.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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