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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Will NHL collectors take a bite out of this?

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Coming in an Upper Deck retail Hockey release, NHL Champ’s, will be Fossils & Artifacts mini cards that include a piece of, well, you know …

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Sneak preview: Donruss Sports Legends autographs

Here’s a look at some autographed cards from the upcoming Donruss Sports Legends set that arrives in shops later this month …

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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 colds@beckett.com.

Autographed Tahoe will drive 'em mad at auction

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella meets with Goose Gossage at Wrigley Field during the autotrader.com tour.

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella meets with Hall of Famer Goose Gossage at Wrigley Field during the AutoTrader.com tour.

A Chevy Tahoe with a hood signed by more than 200 major league baseball players, prospects and Hall of Famers will be auctioned in January as part of AutoTrader.com’s Drive to a New Start community outreach program.

The item will be sold during the Barrett-Jackson Specialty Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Box Busters: 2008 Topps Letterman Football

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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 colds@beckett.com.

Sneak peek: Topps Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA cards

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Topps released these images in advance of its previously announced UFC set of MMA cards.

It’s interesting to see that the company is utilizing dual autos and autographed Relic cards — that’s the kind of stuff that WWE collectors would have loved to see in any of its wrestling sets produced since 2005.

See two more preview images after the jump.

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Coming soon: A look at TRISTAR Prospects Plus & more …

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TRISTAR’s Jeff Rosenberg stopped by the Beckett offices Tuesday to rip a few boxes of Prospects Plus baseball and TNA Cross the Line wrestling cards for Box Busters episodes you will see here very, very soon.

Among the several cards he brought to show off was this Tim Beckham Farm Hands autograph. The TRISTAR set is the only officially licensed Minor League Baseball set not produced by minor league teams themselves.

Look for more on the TRISTAR products here, on beckett.com and in the February issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

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 colds@beckett.com.

Rickey Henderson is the only lock for Cooperstown induction in 2009

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This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot includes 10 first-time candidates, and it’s looking like there could be another small Hall class this summer in Cooperstown.

The only absolute lock among the newcomers is career steals leader Rickey Henderson — unless he decides to suit up for a team this spring. (The Oakland A’s could use him, you know. He’s only 49.)

The other first-timers are Jay Bell, David Cone, Ron Gant, Mark Grace, Jesse Orosco, Dan Plesac, Greg Vaughn, Mo Vaughn and Matt Williams, and I don’t see any of them getting in.

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Razor sneak preview arrives via press plates

razorcardRazor‘s first baseball set is about two weeks away from release and if you didn’t see the image of Matt Wieters‘ card in Beckett Baseball or the latest Beckett Sports Card Monthly, then this is your first chance to see what some of the basic cards from Razor Signature Series will look like.

Black press plates for nearly all of the first 100 base cards from the set are being sold on eBay right now through Thursday. Here’s a look at 50 of the plates up for grabs so you can see what your prospect’s card will look like after the jump:

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New TRISTAR TNA Wrestling set examines stars through eyes of media (updated)

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A 10-card subset in the upcoming TRISTAR TNA Cross The Line set that hits stores later this month will include wrestling writers’ takes on a handful of stars in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

You’ll never guess who’s among them.

While I rarely write about myself or my collection, yours truly was selected by TRISTAR as one of the writers who selected a wrestler or moment and write that card for the Write Stuff subset. (I agreed to sign on during the summer when I worked for the Orlando Sentinel — before I came to Beckett Media.)

I chose TNA World Champion Sting.

How was I considered a wrestling writer?

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