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Why do you collect who you collect? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s a simple question with not-so-simple answers most of the time.

Why do you collect who you collect?

For some, it’s a money thing. For some, it’s a fandom thing. For others, it’s a hometown hero thing — or some moment that latched their hobby targets onto a player.

For Beckett regular Abe Doctor, it was a visit to Chick-fil-A.

Really. And it involves a certain baseball player you’re probably well aware of from my showcasing my personal tastes here and there through the years.

Read his story after the jump … then please tell us who you collect — and why —  if you’re so inclined.

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Topps, PSA stand behind Legendary autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

A heavily scrutinized Topps cut autograph card featuring the starting lineup of the 1927 New York Yankees is off the auction block and headed for additional examination.

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A-Rod hits home run No. 600 — and it’s not special at all by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor | COMMENTARY

It ain’t what it used to be.

That’s the easiest way to sum up the 600 home run club — not because of suspicions of performance-enhancing drugs or steroids, but because they are a reality reflected in the record books.

There was a time when just three players in baseball history had reached that plateau, three unquestioned legends in the game — Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.

Sure, we have since heard other legendary tales about Ruth beyond the field. And sure, we have heard about the ugly things that Aaron faced in his march toward the top of the record books. And, of course, collectors have heard their stories about Mays at card shows. But those three players’ performances were never in question.

And, again, 600 ain’t what it used to be.

In 1931 at age 36, Ruth became the first player in MLB history to reach the mark. Thirty-eight years later, in 1969, a 38-year-old Mays joined him. Two years after that, in 1971, so did a 37-year-old Aaron.

For 31 years, Aaron, Ruth and Mays were the only members of that elite class of hitter, unquestioned royalty of the game. Countless other greats — Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle and more — all came up short despite having careers of longevity and consistency that easily produced Hall of Fame results.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-23) Contest No. 2 — An Uncirculated Derek Jeter Sports Illustrated issue (only 40 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.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Yankees’ World Series championship commemorated on new print by Chris Olds

On the day that the New York Yankees receive their World Series rings, artist Opie Otterstad has unveiled his latest piece, which will be displayed publicly at Pop International Galleries, in the SoHo district of New York City on Saturday.

The 24×36 prints showcase a montage of Yankees images celebrating the team’s record 27th championship. They are limited to 209 hand-signed and numbered copies, which cost is $1,650.

For the past seven years, baseball fans have looked to Otterstad for his panoramic paintings capturing World Series victories — this being the first for the Bronx Bombers in that time.

Showing alongside Otterstad at Pop International will be renowned artist Stephen Holland, who will debut three Yankees portraits — Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez.

“The Yankees and their iconic players as painted by Opie and Holland are just as much a part of ‘popular culture art’ as Warhol’s Monroe,” said Pop International co-owner Rick Rounick.

For a closer look at the piece, click on the image above.

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.



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-26) Contest No. 1 — A 2009 Sweet Spot New York Yankees triple game-used jersey card of Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson and Johnny Damon 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.)

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-19) Contest No. 8 — An eight-card lot of 2002 Donruss Originals promo baseball cards with one gold (one per magazine in past) 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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