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Who would sign for my version of Golden Age? How about these five for starters …



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

A new baseball season is officially here, though on cardboard we’ve been going for a few months now. We’ve seen the newest from Topps Heritage, Museum Collection and more from the fully licensed Topps offerings, while Panini America has been a tad quieter on the baseball card front with the just popular revival of Donruss active and plenty of teasers for its next set, Prizm, telling us that it’s on its way.

That got me thinking, though. We’re also likely to soon see teasers for the next chapter of Golden Age, the third installment of cards featuring the “nation’s greatest athletes, entertainers and newsmakers from the Golden Age of America.” It’s that added extra in there — entertainers and newsmakers — along with an autograph (or two) in every single box that’s made the brand one of my favorites the last couple of years.

That got me thinking … which five autographs would I want to see in this year’s set?

Well, here goes …

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TOTALLY FAKE BASEBALL CARDS III: Olds’ try at making official ‘Major League’ baseball cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

When Topps announced on Tuesday that it intends to produce Major League baseball cards as part of its Archives product next year, I was filled with all sorts of thoughts and nearly left speechless with one thought.

Jobu on a baseball card?

And there definitely were a few internal expletives, too. After all, it’s Major League — the greatest baseball movie ever made. (I said it!)

But after the initial shock wore off that my favorite baseball movie was really coming to officially licensed MLB- and studio-backed cardboard — something I have imagined many times through the years —  the questions began. How many “players” will be on basic cards? Who might sign those 1989 Topps remakes? How many per box? Per case? Forget when pitchers and catchers report … how many days is it until May 28?

I emailed Topps for clarification of details after Tuesday’s story and asked how deep the checklist might go for the set commemorating the film’s 25th anniversary. There were no new details … yet.

Then, I started wondering what the cards might look like. After all, the film came out 25 years ago and the images used for its marketing are relatively limited. (Posters, press kits, lobby cards — you name it, I collect it when it comes to this film. There’s not enough, and it’s not up for sale often.) So that’s when I decided to build my own checklist and envision some things for myself with the help of some DVD screenshots and my copy of Photoshop.

Consider this my third installment (first one here; second one here) of Totally Fake Baseball Cards — but with these 21 cards potentially coming to life next spring … check ‘em out.

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Hobby showdown: Who do you choose when it comes to your cardboard?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

From the Just for Fun File … 

Who do you choose? It’s a simple question, but when it comes to cardboard it might not always be an easy choice.

In some areas of the sports world, it might be easy to just pick one. In others, maybe not. Out of pure curiosity — and something to just have some fun with in the hobby — here are a few hobby showdowns.

Who do you choose?

Hobby Showdown: Mickey Mantle or Roger Maris?

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See the rest … after the jump.

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Even Chicago Cubs fans can build a winner with Oyo Sportstoys Field Sets


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The latest release from Oyo Sportstoys will let youngsters channel their inner Theo Epstein.

Or maybe build their kid-sized Populous-inspired visions.

The creation? New Oyo MLB Field Sets that, along with some extra building blocks, will let kids build their own teams on the field — and even the stadium to go with it. Launched this month, the Lego-compatible sets can be found in four sizes — a starter set, an infield set, an outfield set and a Game Time set with prices varying from $19.99 to $59.99.

“Field Sets are a natural extension of our product line,” said Tom Skripps, the president of OYO. “OYOs are collectible toys, and Field Sets allow our fans to play with their OYOs just like any other toy, or display their collection in a fun manner.”

Oyo launched its full baseball line last year and is licensed by MLB, Minor League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL and the NCAA to showcase actual players on figures that come with appropriate uniforms and accessories. Until now, collectors could chase the Oyos of their players — many MLB players, for example, have figures available. Each of them has facial features that are reflected on their figures along with their names and uniform numbers on the toys as well as the packaging.

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NSCC Pack Wars: Olds vs. kids for 2013 Topps Minis … PART 2


What happens when Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds takes on kids in Pack Wars on the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention?

Watch Part 2 (as well as Part 1 if you missed it) and find out … after the jump.

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Bleacher Creatures branch out to the WWE

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Not long ago, we took a look at a relatively new entrant into the sports world, and now the Bleacher Creatures are branching out.

The plush renditions of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL stars have a new crop of stars to contend with — the Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment.  

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Lil Papi visits Texas … and wants you to win some Big League Minis from Topps


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was a bit busy this weekend with a series against the Angels in Boston, but that didn’t stop his Big League Mini — aka Lil Papi — from visiting Dallas.

Why? Well, he wanted to try a road trip after the release of 2013 Topps Big League Minis — you know to get out of the house, err mylar wrapper, and see the world. Lil Papi is one of 28 big-leaguers who can be found in the new toy line from Topps and, well, he volunteered for a promotional tour.

As part of the tour, Topps decided it wants to get some Big League Minis into Beckett readers’ hands.

MinisBoxFor the most creative Big League Mini traveler and Beckett reader, we’ll offer up a special 1/1 prototype figure and a box of 20 — yep, 20 — unopened packs. For four other creative readers, we’ll give you each five unopened packs. Each $5 pack contains one figure. The prototype figure is a Jose Reyes variant with a black bat — the variant figure, as released did NOT have a black bat. See the figure by clicking here.

What do you have to do? You have to find a Big League Mini (borrow, buy, whatever) and out-do Lil Papi’s travels by recapping where your “Lil Star” has been, what he’s been up to or who he’s been hanging out with via a small series of photos or videos with the links provided in a single comment below before July 1. Links to photos hosted elsewhere are best. Be sure to include your name and email address in the proper fields.

See a recap of Lil Papi’s weekend visit … after the jump.

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