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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Fun-Day Fun-Facts

The Leaf Candy Company was a major American producer of candy and trading cards. The company was originally founded by Sol S. Leaf in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Leaf started various candy companies beginning in the 1920’s and they were merged into Leaf Brands in 1947. The company headquarters were later moved to Illinois before Leaf Brands was eventually sold to Hershey.

Leaf Confectionery Company introduced Rainblo Bubble Gum in 1940. Rainblo gum balls were the first gumballs with a hollow center and the first that had coloring and flavoring throughout the gum, rather than just on the surface of the gumball.

In 1948 Leaf issued its first set of baseball cards, considered one the of the first sets of "modern" baseball cards.

In 1949 Leaf Brands reintroduced malted milk balls as Whoppers which are still popular to this day.

In 1983 Leaf acquired Jolly Rancher. Also in 1983, Leaf Candy Company in Illinois was purchased by Huhtamäki Oyj of Finland. He acquired the Donruss trading card division of General Mills at about the same time and merged it into Leaf.

In the 1990s Leaf had become one of the world's top ten confectionery companies. By 1993 Leaf was the fourth largest candy producer in North America.

Pinnacle Brands acquired the rights to produce trading cards under the Leaf and Donruss imprints from Huhtamäki Oyj. In 1998 Pinnacle/Donruss filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Donruss company itself is shut down and only the name lives on.

Playoff acquired the rights to produce trading cards under the Leaf and Donruss imprints from Pinnacle in a bankruptcy auction.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Today is National Hockey Card Day In Canada

If giving away a free pack of Upper Deck NHL cards to everyone in Canada on Saturday, Jan. 30, wasn’t enough, they've upped the ante for this year’s National Hockey Card Day. As the NHL’s exclusive manufacturer of licensed hockey trading cards, Upper Deck has hidden 11 major memorabilia prizes at hobby shops throughout Canada as part of the company’s second “Holiday Hunt” program. Items up for grabs include hockey helmets signed by several top 2009 NHL rookies including John Tavares, Victor Hedman and Jonas Gustavsson; a game-issued Pascal LeClaire jersey; and plenty of 2009 NHL Draft autographed mini sticks and pucks individually signed by the likes of Matt Duchene, Evander Kane and other top rookies.

Deciphering where the store is located is just the first part of the hunt. In addition to the store’s image, Upper Deck will also post which pack of hockey cards collectors need to purchase in order to win the prize. You can take home one of the 11 hidden prizes if you are the first person in the correct store to purchase the proper Upper Deck pack (brand and year) and say the phrase, “I love Upper Deck’s Holiday Hunt!”

“We’ve seen tremendous support for our social media initiatives from sports fans this year and during our previous Holiday Hunt in December,” said Carrie Peterson, Upper Deck’s online marketing manager. “National Hockey Card Day provides us with a great opportunity to thank people who have become fans of our Facebook page and who have followed us on Twitter. It will be interesting to see how long it takes people to find these prizes. We encourage them to use all forms of social media to communicate with each other, problem solve and ultimately bring these great hockey prizes home.”

With nearly 200 Canadian hobby shops participating in National Hockey Card Day, finding the right shop may not be easy so collectors should familiarize themselves with their local shops now since these prizes are all top shelf. For a list of participating shops, visit Check out Upper Deck’s Facebook page at and Upper Deck’s Twitter page at to catch the clues you’ll need to win items from Upper Deck’s second Holiday Hunt.

Friday, January 29, 2010

2010 UD National Hockey Card Day Video with Evander Kane

In this video, Upper Deck's Terry Melia shares the fun of the 2010 National Hockey Card Day set with fans. Evander Kane lends his support to the program as well.

Pick up your free five-card pack at hobby and retail locations throughout Canada on Saturday, January 30, 2010. The 15 card set will feature Canadian-born NHL stars as John Tavares, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman to name a few. For more information, visit

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Product Preview - 2009-10 OPC Premier

With four phenomenal hits in each pack, 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier is what hockey card collecting is all about. This year's checklist includes amazing manufactured patch cards, four swatch rookie cards (quad jerseys, two-jerseys/two-patch combos, and quad patch versions), and autographs, autographs, autographs!

Each OPC Premier pack contains:
1 Autographed Quad Rookie Memorabilia card!
1 Manufactured Patch card.
1 Autographed card
1 three or four swatch jersey or patch card, or a parallel card /25 or less!

Manufactured Patches cards of the NHL’s elite players!
Yzerman, Lemieux, Orr, Howe, Neely, Messier, Kane, Tavares.

Awesome autographed versions!
Premier Signings Extravaganza!
Single, Dual, Triple & Quad versions with the best of the NHL!
Top-of-the-line Triple and Quad Jersey and Patch card die-cuts!
Signed and non-signed O-Pee-Chee Premier Remnants!

Key Hits:
Cool Manufactured Patches – with nicknames, achievements, famous moments, and more.
Top-Notch Autos – singles, duals, triples, and quads of the NHL’s superstars.

2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier will be available in late May from Canada Card World.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2009-10 Upper Deck Trilogy Checklist Released

With two tiers of rookie cards, four awesome multi-swatch jersey inserts and a massive amount of autograph offerings, 2009-10 UD Trilogy Hockey delivers hits throughout the set. With its trademark scheme of one signature, rookie card or jersey card in every pack, Trilogy delivers pack after pack. Add in low-numbered multi-player plexi-glass autographs, and it’s a must-own product!

2009-10 Upper Deck Trilogy Checklist

Get 3 autograph, rookie and jersey cards in every box!
Get 1 Autographed Plexi-Glass card per Box!
Also find multi-player card of this sleek, popular insert!
Autographed Jersey cards!
Look for Classic Confrontations dual-sided jersey cards!
Get more low-numbered jersey parallels!

Typical Box Break Summary:
3 Autograph cards
3 Rookie Cards
3 Memorabilia Cards
1 Autographed Plexi-Glass card

2009-10 Upper Deck Trilogy will be available next week from Canada Card World.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Product Preview - 2009-10 ITG Between The Pipes

Last season, In The Game released 2008-09 Between The Pipes with one promise. They would cut production but they would not cut the goods. Collectors were hopeful and what resulted was one of the most popular and most hit-filled brands of the season. Collectors will be hoping for similar results this year.

Recently, In The Game released this sneak peek at the base cards for 2009-10 ITG Between The Pipes. Returning this season are the popular Future Stars, Stars of The Game, Greats of the Game, and The Rival League.

Featuring the greatest goalies in the game, future stars, and some goalies from the past who are long forgotten, ITG Between The Pipes gives collectors the men behind the masks.

Look for more details and images to be released over the coming months.

2009-10 In The Game Between The Pipes will be available later this spring from Canada Card World.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Upper Deck 'Diamond' Dealer

Here's a great video of a box break of 2008 Ultimate Baseball. It was a special three box preview that had one amazing hit.

As you can see, sometimes box breaks can contain that special hit that you really want.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Fun-Day Fun-Facts

Parkhurst Hockey Cards were manufactured by Parkhurst Products, a Canadian manufacturer of sports cards, based in Toronto, Ontario. Their cards were primarily for hockey but also featured Canadian wrestlers.

Although Parkhurst was a popular brand in Canada, it only had the rights to produce cards of the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Oddly enough, in some years, Parkhurst only had the rights to produce cards featuring players from Montreal and Toronto and the sets could consist of fewer than 70 cards.

Parkhurst produced rookie cards for such infamous players as Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Terry Sawchuk, and Jean Beliveau.

After disappearing in the 1960s, the brand was resuscitated in 1991 by Dr. Brian H. Price who tried unsuccessfully to acquire an NHL license. As a last resort to bring the historic brand back, he licensed Parhurst to Pro Set Inc., a Dallas based hockey card manufacturer. When Pro Set, Inc. entered Chapter Eleven bakruptcy protection prior to the 1992–93 season, Price took his Parkhurst tradename to Upper Deck.

In 1994–95, a Parkhurst Special Edition set was released that was originally distributed solely in European markets although a large amount made its way to North America.

Parkhurst was the only company to create a card that features an image of Wayne Gretzky in the Kings "playing card" jersey. The card is actually a Kevin Stevens card but on the back is a picture of Kevin Stevens and Wayne Gretzky wearing the Los Angeles Kings' third jersey.

For the 50th anniversary of the initial set, the Parkhurst brand was relaunched by Dr Price's new venture In The Game Trading Cards. The set originally appeared as an insert in various 2000–01 products before being re-introduced a year later as a stand-alone set.

In 2005, Upper Deck re-acquired the Parkhurst name and issued another Parkhurst set.

Parkhurst returned in the 2006–07 season, with a shift in focus to retired players. The set included a wide variety of autographs and was a massive hit among collectors.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Don't Forget - National Hockey Card Day Next Saturday!

Calling all Canadian collectors!

Sorry to the American fans out there... but this is Canada's game!

National Hockey Card Day is coming Saturday, January 30th.

Visit shops throughout Canada to get a free pack of Upper Deck's National Hockey Card Day cards.

Visit multiple shops to try to collect the 15-card set made up entirely of Canadian-born players. Upper Deck has finalized the list of participating retailers. Find participating shops in your area by visiting

If you bring a friend who doesn't collect, participating retailers will give you an additional pack for FREE! You will not want to miss out on getting these cards. Make sure to call them to find out when they open and what they have planned for this special day. Most of all, have fun!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Who to Collect - Tyler Bozak

Tyler Bozak passed up the opportunity to turn professional in 2008 because he felt that he was not physically ready to make the jump to the big leagues. Now 23, Bozak's decision appears to be the correct one as he's currently skating with the Toronto Maple Leafs and there appears to be no doubt that this is where he belongs.

Prior to joining the Maple Leafs organization, Bozak played NCAA hockey at the University of Denver for two seasons. Before that, he had a phenomenal season in the BCHL with the Victoria Grizzlies scoring 45 goals and 128 points in only 59 games.

Bozak is an intelligent two-way player with good offensive instincts. His main asset is his hockey sense and he has the potential to be a second line center and is likely the most NHL-ready among the current prospect group.

In his NHL debut, Bozak recorded his first career NHL point. On January 11, 2010, Bozak was recalled by the Leafs. Only three nights later, Bozak scored his first NHL goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. With 5 points in 6 NHL games, Bozak is exactly what the floundering Maple Leafs need.

Tyler Bozak has rookie cards in most 2009-10 Upper Deck products available at Canada Card World.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

2009-10 Artifacts Rookie Redemptions Checklist

Just released from Upper Deck, here is the list for the 2009-10 Artifacts Rookie Redemptions. The cards are limited to 750 copies each. There are no parallel versions of the 2009-10 Artifacts Rookie Redemptions this year.

Artifacts Redeemed Rookies

201 John Carlson
202 Michael Grabner
203 Jonas Gustavsson
204 Victor Hedman
205 Lars Eller
206 Logan Couture
207 Mark Letestu
208 Shaun Heshka
209 James van Riemsdyk
210 Erik Karlsson
211 Michael Del Zotto
212 John Tavares
213 Matthew Corrente
214 Colin Wilson
215 Mathieu Carle
216 Danny Irmen
217 Andrei Loktionov
218 Dmitry Kulikov
219 Devan Dubnyk
220 Jakub Kindl
221 Jamie Benn
222 Ryan Stoa
223 Matt Duchene
224 Matt Gilroy
225 Viktor Stalberg
226 Sergei Shirokov
227 Tyler Myers
228 Brad Marchand
229 Evander Kane
230 MacGregor Sharp
231 Ryan O'Reilly
232 Daniel Larsson
233 Ryan O'Marra
234 Bobby Sanguinetti
235 Jason Demers
236 Tyler Ennis
237 Tyler Bozak
238 Benn Ferriero
239 Mikko Lehtonen
240 Anton Khudobin
241 Tyler Eckford
242 James Reimer

2009-10 Upper Deck Artifacts is available from Canada Card World.

2008-09 Be-A-Player Rookie Redemption Checklist

Just in from Upper Deck, here is the complete checklist for the 2008-09 Be-A-Player Rookie Redemption cards for 2009-10 which are limited to just 99 total copies:

BAP Redeemed Rookies

RR-281 John Tavares
RR-282 Victor Hedman
RR-283 Matt Duchene
RR-284 Jonas Gustavsson
RR-285 Oskars Bartulis
RR-286 Daniel Larsson
RR-287 Ryan O'Marra
RR-288 Mathieu Perreault
RR-289 Lars Eller
RR-290 Mathieu Carle
RR-291 Brad Marchand
RR-292 Logan Couture
RR-293 Perttu Lindgren
RR-294 Braden Holtby
RR-295 Michael Grabner
RR-296 Cody Franson
RR-297 James Reimer
RR-298 Jason Demers
RR-299 Sergei Shirokov
RR-300 Viktor Stalberg
RR-301 Benn Ferriero
RR-302 Tyler Bozak
RR-303 James van Riemsdyk
RR-304 Erik Karlsson
RR-305 Matt Gilroy
RR-306 Colin Wilson
RR-307 Alec Martinez
RR-308 Dmitry Kulikov
RR-309 Jamie Benn
RR-310 Ryan O'Reilly
RR-311 Tyler Myers
RR-312 Evander Kane
RR-313 Antti Niemi
RR-314 Frazer McLaren
RR-315 Michael Del Zotto
RR-316 Ville Leino
RR-317 Michal Neuvirth
RR-318 Matt Pelech
RR-319 Riku Helenius
RR-320 Ivan Vishnevskiy
RR-321 Jhonas Enroth
RR-322 Artem Anisimov
RR-323 Mikael Backlund
RR-324 Christian Hanson
RR-325 Yannick Weber
RR-326 T.J. Galiardi
RR-327 Spencer Machacek
RR-328 Luca Caputi
RR-329 Brian Salcido
RR-330 Tyler Ennis
RR-331 Carl Gunnarsson
RR-332 Alexander Salak
RR-333 Scott Parse
RR-334 Matt Beleskey
RR-335 Cal O'Reilly
RR-336 Taylor Chorney
RR-337 Mike Santorelli
RR-338 Peter Regin
RR-339 Kris Chucko
RR-340 John Scott

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Upcoming Hockey Card Release Dates

Below is an updated list of all major hockey releases for the next few months. As usual, all release dates are subject to change.

2009-10 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hockey - January 27, 2010
2009-10 UD National Hockey Card Day - January 30, 2010

2009-10 UD Trilogy Hockey - February 2, 2010
2009-10 UD Series 2 Hockey - February 9, 2010
2009-10 UD SP Game Used Hockey - February 17, 2010
2009-10 UD Ice Hockey - February 24, 2010
2009-10 Famous Fabrics - February 24, 2010
2009-10 UD Champ's Hockey - March 10, 2010
2009-10 UD SP Authentic Hockey - April 1, 2010

2009-10 UD O-Pee-Chee Metal Hockey - April 13, 2010
2009-10 UD Ultimate Collection Hockey - April 27, 2010

Visit Canada Card World for great prices and information on the latest checklists and releases.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Product Preview - 2009-10 OPC Metal

O-Pee-Chee Metal cards help to make the most complete set on the market! Every Pack includes 1 Metal Parallel so there will be a version for all 800 cards from the entire O-Pee-Chee set. This also means that every rookie who debuted in October is back again. No. 1 pick John Tavares, Matt Duchene, James van Riemsdyk, Victor Hedman, Evander Kane, Jonas Gustavsson, Michael Del Zotto and so many more!

Collect Valuable Metal Parallels - 2 per Pack!
Metal ‘X’ versions fall 2 per box!
Get the best rookies from the Entire 2009-10 Rookie Class!
Complete the Awesome 800-card O-Pee-Chee set.
Hard-Signed O-Pee-Chee Metal Autographs - 2 per Case!
1 per pack Retail Variations of the whole set!
Find Top Draws Jersey Cards - 1 per Box.
OPC Update Rainbow parallels -1 in 3 packs!

Typical Box Break Summary:
48 Metal Parallels Total
2 ‘Metal X’ Parallels
1 Top Draws Triple Jersey card
24 OPC Retro variations
8 OPC Update Rainbow parallels

Typical Case Break Summary:
2 OPC Metal Autographs
2 OPC Signatures / The Champions Autograph cards

Key Inserts:
OPC Metal Autographs (hard-signed):

Sidney Crosby, Bobby Orr, Jarome Iginla, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Toews, Mike Richards, Marc-Andre Fleury, Henrik Lundqvist, Steven Stamkos and more!

Top Draws (Triple Jerseys):
John Tavares, Matt Duchene, James van Riemsdyk, Jamie Benn, Evander Kane, Viktor Hedman, Jonas Gustavsson, Tyler Myers, Michael Del Zotto and more!

2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Metal will be available this April from Canada Card World.

Monday, January 18, 2010

2009-10 Upper Deck SPx Hockey - Live This Week!

With hot rookie cards of rising stars such as John Tavares, Jonas Gustavsson, James Van Riemsdyk, Tyler Myers, Matt Duchene and many others, 2009-10 UD SPx shapes up to be a must-own set this season.

Get 2 Rookie Jersey Cards per box - 1 autographed.
Collect 1 short-printed RC per case on average!
Grab 1 Winning Materials & 1 Winning Combos card per box!
Shadowbox Cards Debut!

Typical Box Break Summary
1 Rookie Jersey Card
1 Signed Rookie Jersey card
1 Winning Materials Jersey card
1 Winning Combos Jersey card
3 SPx Rookies/SPxcitement

Case Hits include:
1 Autographed Rookie Jersey card /499
1 Shadowbox card
1 Signed Flashback Fabrics
2 Flashback Fabrics cards
2 Winning Trios Jersey cards
3-4 Spectrum parallels

Winning Materials include:
Ovechkin, Toews, Gaborik, Luongo, Iginla, Messier and more.

Winning Combos include:
Crosby/Ovechkin, Koivu/Koivu, Roy/Luongo, Hawerchuk/Selanne, Yzerman/Bowman, and others.

Shadowbox Stoppers include:
Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Martin Brodeur, Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury and more.

2009-10 Upper Deck SPx will be available this week from Canada Card World.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Fun-Day Fun-Facts

Pro Set was a Dallas-based sports card company founded by Ludwell Denny. Denny acquired a card license after making and selling other NFL memorabilia in previous years. His licensing agreement with NFL Properties gave Pro Set the distinction of being "The Official NFL Card," which they held through 1991.

At its peak, Pro Set had a 44,000-square-foot headquarters and 225 employees. For several years, Pro Set flooded the market with their product. In 1994 they folded due to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Pro Set was famous for errors and variations. The most sought after variation from 1990 Pro Set is the Fred Marion of the New England Patriots card. The card is controversial because the card features San Francisco 49ers John Taylor in the background and the belt from Taylor's pants came undone. The positioning of the belt gives the appearance that his private area is exposed but it is just a shadow and the belt.

After disappearing in the 1960s, the Parkhurst hockey card brand was resuscitated in 1991 by Dr. Brian Price (currently behind In The Game) and licensed to Pro Set. Pro Set promoted Parkhurst as a premium brand of cards.

Pro Set offered cards in various languages. In 1991, Pro Set featured football cards in Spanish, hockey cards in French, and soccer cards in the "King's English."

In 1992, Pro Set created a 100 card set based on the Guinness Book of World Records. They also created sets for PGA Golf.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Upper Deck NFL 2009 - Own the Rookies

The 2009 NFL season has been an exciting one with standout performances every week from the rookies. From Mark Sanchez securing a victory in his first game to Jeremy Maclin’s breakout game in Week 5, it’s clear this rookie class is insanely good! Any fan who was watching Wild Card weekend couldn’t dispute the impact of this year’s rookie class when it mattered most. Chris “Beanie” Wells, Shonn Greene and Mark Sanchez all turned in spectacular performances in their respective playoff games. Fans will expect no less from offensive rookie of the year Percy Harvin this weekend.

Throughout the season Upper Deck has been selecting a rookie of the week on the company’s website. Now Upper Deck is bringing the first 10 rookies selected to collectors through a redemption program beginning in February. The cards will be available at “Diamond Dealer” hobby shops throughout the United States. Collectors can visit these dealers to receive one of the limited rookie cards for free with the purchase of $10 or more of 2009 Upper Deck NFL packs.

The content for Upper Deck’s “Own the Rookies” set is unique as the set spotlights the top rookie performance from the first 10 weeks of the NFL season. From Matthew Stafford recording his first win with the Lions to Minnesota’s Percy Harvin making exciting plays week after week, this unique set is a great way to chronicle what makes these players the next generation of superstars.

“As rookies drive the NFL trading card business, we felt this would be a program football fans could appreciate,” explained Chris Carlin, sports marketing manager for Upper Deck. “This is a great way to help drive passionate football fans to hobby shops when there is a full slate of Upper Deck NFL product on shelves that fans can choose from. Collectors are always after the best rookies and Upper Deck can deliver that like nobody else can.”

Friday, January 15, 2010

Baseball Stars and The 2010 National Packtime Event

With every new year comes the promise of green grass, chalk lines, and baseball.

Upper Deck and the MLB Players Association are teaming up for an exciting event on March 6, 2010. When collectors visit an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer shop they can receive a free 10-card pack of Upper Deck National Packtime Baseball cards.

Listen to Baseball stars Eddie Murray, Tim Salmon, Kenny Lofton, Reggie Sanders and Eddie Guardado talk about the program.

Make sure you pick up your free Upper Deck cards and that you watch it all the way through to catch the outtakes!!! For more information visit Upper Deck.

For various selected 2010 baseball products coming this spring, summer, fall and beyond, visit Canada Card World.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rookie Update - Tyler Myers

Tyler Myers is a massive young man at 6'8 and 225 pounds. Now, he's putting up massive stats too.

At the halfway point of the season, Myers is leading NHL rookies in ice-time and +/-. Not only that, Myers is now 5th in the rookie scoring race with 6 goals and 26 points in 44 games. Not bad for a 19 year-old defenseman who was considered a surprise addition to the Buffalo Sabres roster at the start of the season.

Despite being born in Texas, Tyler Myers plays internationally for Canada. He grew up in Alberta and Saskatchewan and holds dual citizenship. He was named to Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships and helped Canada win a record-tying fifth straight gold medal. With his phenomenal play this season, Myers is an early favourite to join the defense corps of Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics.

Here's a short checklist of some of his available cards so far in the 2009-10 season:

09/10 NHL UD Black Auto'd Rookie Letterman Exchange Card #81
09/10 NHL UD Series 1 Young Guns #214
09/10 NHL UD Series 1 Young Guns #214 UD Exclusives
09/10 NHL UD Series 1 Young Guns #214 High Glossy
09/10 NHL UD MVP Rookie #370
09/10 NHL UD MVP Rookie Gold Script #370
09/10 NHL UD Black Diamond #205
09/10 NHL UD Black Diamond Ruby #205

Tyler Myers has rookie cards in most 2009-10 Upper Deck products available at Canada Card World.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Online Sports Card Publications

As mentioned yesterday, there is suddenly an abundance of well-written, interesting sports cards publications which cover the issues and some which span into other territories. The Insider's Edge started as an online magazine before joining the ranks of those which reach the news-stand. Currently there is another stand-out among the online publications, Sports Card Forum's 'Collectors Corner'.

With all fourteen issues available online, 'Collectors Corner' started in November of 2008 and continues to publish a well-rounded magazine containing box previews, reviews, and breaks along with release dates, collecting stories, and all the fun stuff which makes up the hobby. The magazine includes all sports and beyond. The community forum even comes together for fantasy pools and the current standings make up the final few pages.

Blogs and newsletters are great for quick-hitting, current information but it's the collective view of the hobby and the varying viewpoints which make a knowledgeable and informed collector.

For more information and to view the current issue as well as back issues, visit Sports Card Forum.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Newcomers - Hockey Card Publications

Every card collector knows of Beckett. The name is synonymous with hobby news and the price guide. It has been around for more than 20 years and continues to be a staple in most hobby shops. Tuff Stuff is another collector magazine. It has been around for a long time as well and, although not held in the same esteem as Beckett, it holds a place on many collectors book shelves and is always full of useful advertisements.

In Canada, Canadian Sports Collector Magazine was our main national hobby magazine. After many years of interesting articles and placing less importance on its price guide, the magazine changed its name name slightly along with its format a few years ago before going defunct.

Luckily, Canadian collectors have two new hobby magazine fighting for their dollar.

The Insider's Edge magazine is brought to us by Bruce Findlay and his team of reporters from the always informative hobby web forum, Hobby Insider. The magazine is in its second year of monthly publications and features show reviews, interviews with legends, product reviews, box breaks, upcoming releases, and stories from collectors. The magazine covers many aspects of the sports card world and even brings collectors news of the latest and greatest in non-sports releases. For more information and subscription info, please visit the Hobby Insider website.

Just entering publication of its third edition, The Want List from Up North Productions is focusing on the rabid hockey market. The magazine brings the news and views of new and vintage collectors together with a major emphasis on Canada, sports cards, and memorabilia. Not only that, as the title suggests, the magazine hopes to create a community of collectors with want lists to share and fill. With six issues per year, The Want List has started off with interesting stories and a format packed with many aspects of hockey cards and the hockey world in general. For more information, subscriptions, and to share your want list, please visit The Want List.

With Beckett, Tuff Stuff, The Insider's Edge, and The Want List there is no reason for collectors to be in the dark. Information is power. Enjoy it and enjoy them!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Who to Collect (Future Prospect) - Brandon Yip

Brandon Yip is currently playing right wing for the Colorado Avalanche. He was drafted by the Avalanche in the 8th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Yip is not your typical hockey player with 3/4 Chinese and 1/4 Irish ethnicity. Regardless of his background, this 24 year old has arrived on the NHL scene with a vengeance.

After winning the 2009 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship with Boston University, Yip made his NHL debut on December 19, 2009 in a 5-2 home win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Brandon Yip scored his first goal three days later against Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks.

In Brandon Yip's early career with the Coquitlam Express, he scored 31 goals and 63 points in 56 games. That season earned him several honours including being selected to play on the BCHL All-Star team, receiving a scholarship to Boston University, and being named to the BCHL first All-Star team.

A savvy offensive player, Brandon Yip is at-home in the offensive zone and has a great deal of success scoring goals. Yip reads plays with ease and is often seen causing turnovers in the offensive zone. He possesses solid shooting skills, in particular, a highly accurate shot (currently over 20% with 5 goals after only 10 NHL games).

Brandon Yip's first official rookie cards will be available later this season in products available at Canada Card World.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday Fun-Day Fun-Facts

The first hockey cards were included in cigarette packages from 1910 to 1913. After 1918, only one more cigarette set was issued. This set was relased during the 1924-25 season by Champ's Cigarettes.

During the 1920s, some hockey cards were printed by food and candy companies, such as Paulin's Candy, Maple Crispette, Holland Creameries and La Patrie. This practice continues today as many food manufacturers have produced hockey cards such as Kraft Foods.

Until 1941, O-Pee-Chee printed hockey cards but stopped production for World War II.

Food issues returned during the 1951-52 season with sets issued by Shirriff Desserts, York Peanut Butter and Post Cereal.

Parkhurst Products began printing cards in 1951, followed by Topps Chewing Gum in 1954-1955.

One of the most famous sets in hockey card history was created by O-Pee-Chee in 1979-80 which included the infamous Wayne Gretzky rookie card. After many years of white borders on the cards, the blue border from this set is rumoured to be due to an abundance of colour being available after the production of Old Vienna beer packaging from Carling O'Keefe.

After many years of only Topps and O-Pee-Chee, the expolosion of the sports card market in 1990-91 saw new producers named Pro-Set, Score, Upper Deck, and Bowman.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2009-10 ITG Heroes and Prospects - Class of 2010

The release In The Game's 2009-10 Heroes and Prospects is less than three weeks away. The company is pleased to announce preliminary details about a redemption program that has been added this season to make them even more fun to collect.

The Class of 2010 non-memorabilia insert cards will have a special redemption feature that could allow collectors to obtain a special limited game-used memorabilia card. Each Class of 2010 card will feature a foil-stamped number on the back that is between 1 and 30. If the player depicted on the front of the card is drafted at the position noted on the back, collectors can redeem their insert card for a game-used memorabilia card that is limited to only 10 copies!

"While it is rare for In The Game to do a redemption of any kind, we felt that the Class of 2010 cards were more of a new product feature that makes Heroes and Prospects more interactive for collectors," said In The Game's President, Dr. Brian Price. "We think that collectors are going to enjoy looking at the cards they have during the 2010 NHL Draft to see if they are lucky enough to exchange their card for something special."

Included in the Class of 2010 collection are two players that are considered to be neck-in-neck for the first overall position - Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires and Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers.

All but one of the players, Vladimir Tarasenko, are already named to the roster for the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Once again, Team Orr will face Team Cherry and the players will have an opportunity to make a big impression on the pro scouts in attendance.

For a complete checklist of 2009-10 Heroes and Prospects, visit In The Game online at ITG 2009-10 H&P Checklist

Class of 2010 Checklist

C-01 Taylor Hall
C-02 Kirill Kabanov
C-03 John McFarland
C-04 Cam Fowler
C-05 Tyler Seguin
C-06 Joey Hishon
C-07 Erik Gudbranson
C-08 Brett Connolly
C-09 Brandon Gormley
C-10 Stanislav Galiev
C-11 Quinton Howden
C-12 Jeffery Skinner
C-13 Mark Pysyk
C-14 Alexander Burmistrov
C-15 Vladimir Tarasenko

2009-10 In The Game Heroes and Prospects will be available from Canada Card World on January 27th, 2010. Also available at CCW this season from In The Game is '1972 - The Year In Hockey'.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Product Preview - 2009-10 UD Ultimate Collection

2009-10 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey gives you what you want. With a guarantee of one rookie card, one autographed card and one memorabilia card in each and every pack, all of the goodies are packed in nice and tight on this checklist. The new rookie class featuring John Tavares, Matt Duchene, James van Riemsdyk, Victor Hedman, Jonas Gustavsson, Jamie Benn, Evander Kane and others makes this collection impossible to ignore!

Ultimate Debut Jerseys & Patch Cards!
Ultimate Rookie Cards ~ Autographed!
Four Patch Cards per case!
Ultimate Patch Rookies, NHL Shields and Ultimate Signature Logos!
Ultimate Nicknames!
Ultimate Achievements ~ great signature cards!

Typical Pack Break:
1 autograph card
1 rookie card
1 memorabilia card

Typical Case Break:
1 autographed memorabilia card
3-4 patch cards
3 ‘A’-Level Signature cards

Insert Sets include:
Ultimate Nicknames:
Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Gordie Howe, Jarome Iginla, Don Cherry and more!

Trios Patches:
Gretzky/Lemieux/Messier, Crosby/Ovechkin/Iginla, Ovechkin/Malkin/Datsyuk, Roy/Brodeur/Luongo.

Oversized Premier Patches:
Alexander Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash.

2009-10 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey will be available in late April 2010 at Canada Card World.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rookie Update - Matt Duchene

Matt Duchene was drafted 3rd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche but at the half-way point he's making a case that he should have been drafted 1st overall. John Tavares has been quiet and Duchene has been lighting it up as the surprising Avalanche continue an unexpectantly strong season.

With 11 goals and 27 points on the season, Duchene is only one point behind 1st overall pick John Tavares in the Calder Trophy race. Hockey God Don Cherry selected Duchene as his early season pick for the trophy and it looks like he could be right. The second half of the season will tell the tale.

Here's a short checklist of some of his available cards so far in the 2009-10 season:

09/10 NHL UD Black Auto'd Rookie Letterman Exchange Card #74
09/10 NHL Ultra Rookies Exchange Card #202
09/10 NHL UD Series 1 Young Guns #203
09/10 NHL UD Series 1 Young Guns #203 UD Exclusives
09/10 NHL UD Series 1 Young Guns #203 High Glossy
09/10 NHL UD Artifacts Colorado Rookie Red. #RED223
09/10 NHL UD MVP Rookie #371
09/10 NHL UD MVP Rookie Gold Script #371
09/10 NHL UD Black Diamond #221
09/10 NHL UD Black Diamond Ruby #221

Matt Duchene's latest rookie cards are available in Upper Deck's Black Diamond which is now available at Canada Card World.