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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Los Angeles Lakers & Pittsburgh Penguins championship Sports Illustrated covers available from SI Uncirculated & BGS

SIKobe609The championship Sports Illustrated covers for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pittsburgh Penguins are now available from SI Uncirculated — a joint project between Time Inc. and Beckett Grading Services.

SISid09The issues are $24.99. The Lakers issue, which has Kobe Bryant on the cover, can be purchased here, while the Penguins issue, which features Sidney Crosby, can be purchased here.

SI Uncirculated was announced last week and debuting with the June 8 national and regional issues featuring the Detroit Red Wings and star high school baseball player Bryce Harper. (The Harper issue sold out quickly, while a few of the Red Wings issues remain available.)

Under the authority of Time Inc., this is a collector’s only way to get an uncirculated copy of SI slabbed by BGS — copies that were not released to the public but instead distributed directly to BGS for the program.  Only a limited number of each issue are available. Once the initial offerings are sold out, they cannot be offered again.

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Beckett Grading Services now grading vintage photos

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Beckett Grading Services has launched an original photograph authentication and grading service.

From news photos, wire photos and movie stills to snapshots, Polaroids and mounted photos from the 1800s, BGS will grade them all. It also will provide a choice between authentication and encapsulation only or slabbing with with a numerical grade.  Both services provide the best preservation and presentation capabilities on the market.

BGS will team with noted photograph expert and art historian David Rudd (www.cycleback.com).

For more information, call (972)-448-9188 or visit www.beckett.com/photos

First look: Brian Kong's 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter cards

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Noted Sketch Card artist Brian Kong will have a 25-card insert set featuring his artwork in the 2009 Allen & Ginter baseball set from Topps.

Kong will have 25 cards in the product, which is in its fourth year and arrives on July 1. The 2006 and 2007 sets included artwork cards from Dick Perez.

You’ll be able to see a gallery of many more of Kong’s cards in the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

For more on Kong’s work, visit www.briankong.com.

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.

Signed 1927 Yankees photo sets sales record

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A PSA/DNA-certified, near-mint condition photograph signed by 30 members of the legendary 1927 New York Yankees team has been purchased for a record $350,000.

The price is the most ever paid for a vintage sports photograph and is nearly 70 percent higher than the last time this item was auctioned in 2006.

The purchase by an anonymous buyer from an also unidentified seller was brokered by Memory Lane Inc. of Tustin, Calif.  The company first sold the autographed photo for $206,000 in a December 2006 auction.

“The team-signed photograph of the 1927 Yankees players was purchased by a New York metro area collector who told me he now wants to share it with other fans and make arrangements for publicly displaying it at the new Yankee Stadium,” said Joe Orlando, President of PSA/DNA, in a news release.

Signatures include Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Waite Hoyt, Earle Combs, Benny Bengough, Bob Meusel and manager Miller Huggins.

The autographs originally were obtained by Yankees pitcher George Pipgras who passed it down to his daughter, LeMorn Pipgras Simpson. She later sold it for $80,000.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition Basketball

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Upper Deck has released the first preview images and the basic product information for its 2009-10 SP Signature Edition Basketball set, which will include two autographed cards in every box.

The standard set consists of 100 cards along with SP Signature Rookies, while the inserts will include Star Signatures (two, three and four types), Inkredible and SIGnificance.

Each pack will include four cards when it arrives in September.

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.

UDA Offers the Shirts off Tiger's Back

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Upper Deck Authenticated today began selling the sweat- and history-soaked shirts worn by Tiger Woods during the first three rounds of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Woods, who beat Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff last year to claim his 14th major title, has autographed each of the shirts and added a “2008 U.S. Open” inscription along with a notation detailing which round the shirt was worn.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts — for the princely sums of $30,000 (Round 1), $40,000 (Round 2) and $50,000 — will be donated to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

“As Tiger’s exclusive autographed memorabilia partner, we are excited to offer fans a chance to own three unique pieces of sports history,” says Tim Muret, Vice President of UDA. “Each of the three shirts provides a chapter to the incredible sotry of Tiger’s amazing victor, which, as we found out the next day, was one in which he was literally playing on a broken leg. These three historical pieces will certainly be the ultimate collection showpieces for years to come.”

For more information on this rare collecting opportunity, including a video of Woods signing the shirts and providing a brief recap of each round, visit the Upper Deck Store.

 

Panini brings back 1989 Score for National VIPs

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Panini America revealed the six-card 1989 Score-inspired set that will be given out to all VIPs at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in late July in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday evening.

The six-card set will feature the memorable green-bordered 1989 Score football design and include Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Ben Roethlisberger, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Ryan and Brady Quinn.

See them all below.

For more on the annual show, click here.

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: 2009 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia football cards

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Panini America has released its basic breakdown and images for its 2009 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia football card set, which will arrive in late September with four cards in every $40 pack.

Each box will include four material or autograph cards (at least one autograph), one Rookie, one parallel, one insert and one other of those cards.

See a full breakdown and more images (click for a closer look) after the jump …

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First look: 2009 Donruss Certified football

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Panini America released the basic product information and preview images for 2009 Donruss Certified football, which arrives in mid-October packing four autographs or memorabilia cards as well as four inserts or parallels per box.

Each 10-pack box (suggested retail price $10 per pack) includes five cards and there will be 24 boxes per case.

See additional images — and a complete breakdown of what Certified is packing after the jump.

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First look: 2009 Bowman Sterling football

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Topps released basic product information and preview images for 2009 Bowman Sterling Football on Monday, which will pack plenty of punch into its mini boxes when it arrives  in late August.

Each six-mini box display box will include 12 Rookie Cards, six autograph cards, 12 Relic cards and two autograph Relic cards.

Each five-card pack (mini-box) contains two Rookie Cards, one rookie or veteran autograph, one veteran Relic card and one rookie Relic. Autographed Relics are found one in every three packs.

Each eight-box case also contains two dual autograph Refractors.

See more images and information after the jump.

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Sneak peek: 2009 Upper Deck SPx football

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Upper Deck released basic preview images and product information for its 2009 SPx football set on Monday, a product that will pack as many as four autographs per box when it arrives in September.

The base set will consist of 90 cards, 34 SPx Rookie Autograph jerseys, 40 SPx Rookie Signatures and 60 SPx Rookies.

Each 10-pack box will include as many as four autographs, including one Rookie Signature Triple Memorabilia card, as well as six serial-numbered memorabilia cards. Each case will include one Shadow Box card and a minimum of three autographed memorabilia or multi-signed cards.

The insert lineup will include SPx Shadow Box, Super Scripts Duals (as well as Trios, Quads, Sixes and Eights) Signatures, X Factor Signatures, Winning Trios Auto Patches and Fantastic Foursomes.

See more from the set below.

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Troy Polamalu — and his hair — returns to McFarlanes

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Pittsburgh Steelers DB Troy Polamalu – and his hair — returns to McFarlane Toys’ 21st series of SportsPicks, the company’s popular 6-inch vinyl action figures.

It’s not Polamalu’s first figure — but perhaps this one showcases his famous mane the best. He previously appeared in Series 14 and in a Super Bowl XL two-pack, while a Steelers two-pack of Polamalu with Hines Ward is set to arrive in August.

His latest figure is scheduled to arrive in October with that series also including debut figures for six players. A sneak peek with freshly released images is below.

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In case you forgot … tonight is Rick Vaughn bobblehead night

vaughnbobbleToday might as well be a national holiday — Rick Vaughn bobblehead night — in Cleveland where every fan in attendance will receive a nodder of “Wild Thing,” the greatest Indians pitcher in reel life.

The Indians will face the Milwaukee Brewers — and if you know your Wisconsin radio hosts that means that broadcasting legend Harry Doyle (aka Brewers Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker) will be on hand for the game.

Now for those of you who live juuuuuuuussssst a bit outside Cleveland, there’s already quite a market for the Vaughns over on eBay. Fifty of the bobbleheads have sold in the last 30 days — most for somewhere between $15 and $36 (not including shipping). Most of them have sold for $20-25.

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Kobe Bryant's key Rookie Card picks up steam

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Final sales of Kobe Bryant‘s key Rookie Card, 1996-97 Topps Chrome, has taken off since the Los Angeles Lakers won their NBA championship Sunday night.

Dating as far back as January, the highest amount paid for a BGS 9.5 was $505 with the majority of sales falling between $350 and $400.

Since June 1, there have been sales at $510, $515, $550 and $575 — and in the 15 hours since Bryant wrapped up his fourth NBA title, copies have shown up on eBay with Buy It Now prices of $600, $650 and $1,000.

For the Refractor version of the card, only one BGS 9.5 and one PSA 10 sale have been made at $2,350 (Best Offer) and $2,360 respectively since January.

In the 15 hours since the Lakers’ championship? Copies of the card have been listed on eBay with Buy It Now prices of $10,000, $12,000 and $12,500.

Gordon Beckham is Topps' second 2009 Red Hot Rookie

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Topps announced its second 2009 Red Hot Rookie Redemption on Monday and it’s Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham.

09RHRK_GB_02The card has a twist — one in 10 redeemers will received a card signed by the former University of Georgia star and 2008 first-round pick.

Beckham made his major league debut earlier this month and is hitting just .114 (4-for-35) with four RBIs through his first 10 games.

Collectors who already redeemed their card can check their Topps account to see whether they received a signed version.

The remainder of the 10-card Red Hot Rookies set will be announced throughout the season. Each Series 2 hobby box includes one of the redemption cards.

The first Red Hot Rookie of the year was New York Mets rookie Fernando Martinez.

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.

Preview Gallery: 2008-09 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball

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Upper Deck has released additional images of cards to be found in its forthcoming 2008-09 Exquisite basketball set.

The set arrives in late July with every box including one autographed rookie patch, one autographed card, one more memorabilia or autographed card, one base card and one additional autographed, memorabilia, parallel or base card.

Check ‘em out. (Click for a closer look.)

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Goodwin poster sells for $115,271 in Lelands auction

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Lelands.com‘s June catalog auction totaled nearly $2 million in items sold during the weekend led by an 1889 Goodwin & Co. advertising poster that topped $115,000.

The poster sold for $115,271. It’s an advertisement for the Goodwin Round Album, which features Hall of Fames Cap Anson and John Montgomery Ward.

A Jackie Robinson game-used bat, which came from his widow, Rachel, sold for $86,165, while a Chicago Bears jersey worn by Walter Payton in his final regular season game went for $53,502.

Other highlights included $27,754 for Roberto Clemente’s signed 1955 rookie contract and several championship ring sales. Those included $22,690 for a Larry Brown ring from Super Bowl XXX, $30,200 for a Michael Carter ring from Super Bowl XXIV, $27,455 for an Anthony Jones ring from Super Bowl XXII, $20,627 for a Guy LeFleur ring from the 1976 Stanley Cup champs, $24,959 for a Boston Red Sox 2007 World Series ring and $22,108 for Sparky Adams 1931 World Series ring.

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.

Los Angeles Lakers' NBA champions Wheaties box lacks punch

wheatiesOne of the first Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship commemorative items announced isn’t one that will set any kinds of sales records because of its appearance.

celticsIn fact, it might be one of the least attractive Wheaties championship boxes ever.

That’s what happens when your star player, Kobe Bryant, is tucked in the middle of a team shot — 14 players, 15 “others” by the way. (With a WNBA ad on the side!)

Perhaps General Mills wanted something strikingly different from last year’s box. Or maybe Kobe prefers Frosted Flakes — or Froot Loops — I don’t keep up with endorsement deals.

Or maybe Phil Jackson put his foot down, saying it was a team that won the title and the team should all get a piece of the pie, err, cereal.

This is the second championship Wheaties box for the Lakers, and it will be available nationwide starting next month.

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.

The Crosby Show

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It’s 10:25 p.m. in Dallas and Sidney Crosby just won his first Stanley Cup in Detroit. For the record, there are 2,447 Crosby items on eBay at the moment, including almost five full pages of new listings.

Compare Crosby’s showing to that of Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg, who helped vanquish Crosby’s Penguins last year to hoist the Cup but is being force fed a little role reversal this year. He’s got 429 items for sale right now, including just 29 that are newly listed.

It would appear that another Crosby craze is upon us – and for good reason. The kid who entered the league four years ago with the kind of pomp and circumstance normally reserved for guys named Gretzky — and only guys named Gretzky – skated his first Cup Friday night. That’s huge for hockey and for the hobby.

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First look: 2009-10 Topps basketball cards

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Topps released the basic images and product information for its 2009-10 Basketball set on Friday, a product that will include 110 Chrome cards as well as McDonald’s All-American cards among its offerings when it arrives in late August.

Each hobby box will include two Relic cards as well as one autographed Relic or signed card in every third box. There will be two numbered Chrome cards per box as well as Relic cards from the NBA All-Star Game and signed NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Patch cards to be found.

The basic set will consist of 330 cards, only 15 of those rookies. However there will still be 15 rookies in the Chrome set.

The Relic lineup consists of Roundball Remnants, Championship Material, All-Star Dual Relics, All-Star Quad Relics, a lengthy list of NBA Logoman Patches as well as Laundry Tags.

The McDonald’s All-American checklist remains TBD, but there will be Rookie Rewind Jumbo jersey cards that are autographed as well as Rookie Rewind Letterman patch autographs. Also among the autographed Relic lineup are Franchise Fabrics — a set that includes Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and others — while there also will be a standard autographed Relic set

Each jumbo box will include three Relics and one signed Relic or autograph card as well as one numbered Chrome card in every pack.

More images and info after the jump.

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Going Oldschool Box break: 2001 Score Football

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We know you love box breaks so we’ve dug around to find some wax with a little dust on it for some box breaks where we go oldschool.

This box isn’t all that old — just eight years — but its lack of a single autograph or memorabilia card shows the changes that have come over the years. Now, those things are virtual staples of collecting.

This year’s version of Score football arrives in July and has more bells and whistles as well, but the 2001 box holds within it an example of one thing to always remember — just because a box isn’t brand new, doesn’t mean you can’t find some decent cards inside.

Here are the results from a randomly selected box of 2001 Score football cards I recently opened …


Suggested Retail Price: $.99 a pack (It says so on the box — “the most value-packed 99-cent product on the market!”)
Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 360
Base set completion: 216 of 220 (98 percent)
Duplicates: 94
Triplicates: 18
Quadruplicates: 1

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Dealer finds Black Sox scandal dual cut autograph of Charles Comiskey & Arnold Rothstein

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Jerry Herrin of All-Star Sports & Collectibles in Byron, Ga., wanted to let Beckett readers know all about a significant pull found in his shop from this year’s SP Legendary Cuts – a dual autograph of Charles Comiskey, former owner of the Chicago White Sox and Arnold Rothstein, the man believed to be behind the fix in the 1919 World Series.

cuts2He writes: “Mark Corrigan (one of my employees), my wife, Stephanie, and I pulled this card. It is definitely the nicest pull I have ever had. I am not sure what something like this would be worth, but would love to know … the card is definitely for sale. I just don’t know what would be reasonable for such a piece of baseball history.”

While it’s a name-your-price kind of item, we’ll let our readers offer up some guesses on its value. (Why ruin the fun with an estimate right now?)

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.

The ultimate in pro wrestling memorabilia — the steel chair?

chairThere are countless things that wrestling fans could say are the ultimate piece of match-used memorabilia. Perhaps an elbow pad worn by The Rock before it was thrown into the crowd before the “People’s Elbow.” Perhaps a Hulk Hogan torn t-shirt. Or perhaps a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin beer can.

But there’s been one constant in decades of professional wrestling, one item that has weathered the changing landscape of promoters and the always evolving roster of athletes that come and go from arena to arena.

The steel chair.

Really, hasn’t the WWE done more for the steel chair’s existence and mainstream exposure than any other single entity in world history? (Well, other than bingo halls … )

Steel chairs were one item I personally saw more than a few fans carrying around to get autographs at events when WrestleMania XXIV came to Orlando, Fla., two years ago. When the Sentinel did a caricature of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as a Roman emperor a steel chair was in his hand. Why? Because nothing else seemed to say “wrestling.”

Where are we going with this? WWE Magazine has revealed six secrets behind the steel chair — for example, the WWE goes through more than 500 of them every year. Some end up signed and sold via WWE Auctions — but not all … read more about steel chairs right here.

It’s an interesting read.

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.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck basketball cards

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Upper Deck released the basic product breakdown and several preview images for its 2009-10 Basketball set, one of the company’s final fully licensed NBA releases — and one that packs the largest autograph checklist in the product’s history when it arrives in September — before Panini takes over as the league’s exclusive licensee this fall.

The standard set will include 200 cards, 40 star rookies and 55 UD Immortals cards, while the insert lineup will include the UD Signature Collection, Sophomore Sensations autographs (limited to 199), dual game jersey parallels (limited to 150), VS. dual materials parallels (150) and UD Game Materials parallels (150).

Each 16-pack box (20 cards per pack) includes three memorabilia cards (as many as two of those being duals), one autographed card and two lenticular 3D stars cards.

Each case will include three hot boxes where every pack will contain an autograph or memorabilia card.

Retail boxes will include UD Spokesman Signatures cards, while blaster boxes will include 10 packs and one dual-swatch memorabilia card. Retail fat packs will include Sophomore Sensations cards.

Click on the images below for more of what can be found in the set …

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.

Upper Deck sells original card art online

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Upper Deck announced Thursday that it is selling original artwork used in recent sets such as Masterpieces and Heroes online at The Upper Deck Store.

The one-of-a-kind pieces of art are from baseball, football, basketball and hockey sets and range in price from $199 to $499 depending on the subject and the artist. The artists’ whose works are being sold include  Arthur Miller, Chuck Gillies, Cliff Spohn, Eric Cash, Jeff Suntala, Ken Joudrey, Ron Adair, Ron Lemen, Ron Stark, Stephen Gardner and Tano.

The pieces are approximately 9×12 inches (some larger) and come with a letter of authenticity from Upper Deck.

Here’s a mini gallery of some of the pieces that can be found.

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