Also to be found in 2009 Goodwin Champions baseball …

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Yesterday, Upper Deck released its preview package for its 2009 Goodwin Champions baseball card set modeled after the 1880s tobacco cards of the same name.

Today, the company announced a big inclusion to the autograph checklist.

A guy named Jordan, a G. for the Bulls — in ye olde tobacco speak — aka Chicago Bulls legend and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.

We’re sure he won’t sign many cards for the set, but his autograph’s inclusion in any product — just like Tiger Woods in the recently released Champ’s hockey — will spark interest from those who don’t normally dabble in the particular sport.

And that’s a very good thing for the industry these days.

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

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