More 2008 Donruss Threads preview images

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Here are a few more slideshows showing inserts, autographs and memorabilia cards from 2008 Donruss Threads, which hits hobby shops this week:

First, the Kings …

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Now, the autographs …

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How ’bout some memorabilia …

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And, finally, some autographed rookie letter patches.

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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


  1. Posted October 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    All these slide shows is starting to make the Beckett blog look like a MySpace profile…

  2. Posted October 21, 2008 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Some of us really enjoy the slide shows.
    Keep them coming!

  3. Todd
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I agree with Mario. I was excited to see Chris hired by Beckett, for it brought (I thought) a real blogger into the fold, but the box breaks, etc. etc., has made this seem too much like advertisements for cards and not a real journalistic look at the business. I’ll reserve my judgment for when Chris is in the position for longer, however.

  4. chrisolds
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Multimedia is one very large component of journalism these days. Traffic reports say that readers love images and box breaks — therefore I give them what they want.

    Chris Olds

    By the way, I approved that message in an effort of transparency.

    But for the record, I graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama College of Communication in 2000 (I have the training), and I have had a successful journalism career. So I like to think I know what I’m doing, too.

  5. Posted October 22, 2008 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Those Donruss Threads “Kings” are U-G-L-Y. Yuck. And didn’t we already see the autographs? Wasn’t it called 2002 Donruss The Rookies?

    The signed manufactured patch cards are really starting to annoy me, and this is not just a slam on DLP. The signatures always look cramped, if not just flat out ugly. I’d prefer they create that set without the signatures and find a way to make the autos on-card. The Letterman-type set is cool because it looks like you’ve got a nameplate. The signatures just drive the prices through the roof while adding almost nothing to the eye-appeal.

  6. chrisolds
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    In any product there are sets that don’t necessarily impress — but there are a lot of people with a lot of tastes out there. What you hate someone else might love.

    So the real question would be this — would you rather have the companies try some things and add some different sets or not put them in at all?

    The rookie checklist is an interesting one — but that could make it a great set or a bad set a few years from now. You just never know.

    Just a thought.

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