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First Look: ITG Ultimate Memorabilia 10th Edition
October 5, 2010, 4:28 pm
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In The Game officials on Tuesday pulled the curtain back on the 10th anniversary edition of ITG Ultimate Memorabilia, one of the company’s cornerstone hockey products due out in early November.

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New for this year is a base design inspired by the original hockey card set, the legendary 1910-11 C56 offering that is celebrating 100 years of hockey cards. Collectors can expect a 100-card base set dotted heavily by variations. ITG also is randomly inserting redemption cards good for original C56 cards.

In addition to an autograph lineup that includes Lumbergraphs and a 10th anniversary Paper Cuts insert, Ultimate Memorabilia will attempt to live up to its name by featuring a bevy of game-worn memorabilia inserts like Ultimate Retrospective, Ultimate Decades and Ultimate When There Were Six.

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Press Pass’ Black Box Rocks
October 5, 2010, 3:07 pm
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For those about to collect, we salute you . . .

Tickets to Paradise

It can be argued that the first great sports collectible wasn’t the sports card. It was the sports ticket, another rectangular piece of paper that gained its holder entrance into the game to watch the star who appeared on the card that would become the second great sports collectible.

In its purest form, the ticket (or the surviving stub in many cases)  is a timeless, memory-inducing piece of memorabilia for any true sports fan — or rock concert-goer, for that matter.  The folks at That’s My Ticket know this, which is why they’ve long given the ticket its due with the proper amount of reverence.

The company produces a full line of ticket collectibles, from suitable shrines to honor your own unique game-day experiences to larger-than-life reproductions of classic game tickets. That’s My Ticket’s roster of offerings includes NFL team-logo ticket albums and ticket boxes, Historic Ticket Frames, Stadium Ticket Frames, Game Day Ticket Frames and the newest products — Mega Tickets and Mini-Mega Tickets depicting historic NFL and college football and basketball matchups.

“Tickets have always told a story and transported fans to an exact moment in sports history,” says That’s My Ticket Dean Macchi. “Now, our Mega Tickets and Mini-Mega Tickets will do this for memorable college championships and NFL games. Fans can hang one in their home or office where it will spark game-specific conversations and memories for years.”

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New Images Revealed: 2010 Upper Deck World of Sports

Upper Deck officials on Tuesday offered a sneak peek at several new images from the company’s December-releasing World of Sports multisport product.

The product’s key calling cards will revolve around longtime company exclusives Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Tiger Woods. But the product also is slated to includes stars from such sports as baseball, hockey, soccer, mixed martial arts, extreme sports, Olympic sports and even lacrosse.

The 400-card base set is bolstered such insert sets as Athletes of the World Signatures, Sports National Dual, Triple and Quad Signatures, All Sport Apparel and Clear Competitors.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 3

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll pick a rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week. Here are our selections for NFL Week 3.

Veteran of the Week
Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
(142 receiving yards, three touchdowns)
Boldin bolted Arizona in the offseason, telling anyone who’d listen that he still was a No. 1 receiver. So far in 2010, he’s played like it – and then some. On Sunday, Boldin double-handedly pushed the Ravens past Cleveland, snaring three touchdown passes in the 24-17 victory. It marked just the second three-touchdown game of his career and his 142 receiving yards were his most since Week 11 of the 2008 season.

Through the first three weeks of 2010, Boldin has 20 catches for 287 yards and three TDs. For perspective, consider that Larry Fitzgerald, Boldin’s former running mate in Arizona, has caught just 12 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

Cards to Grab:
2003 SPx #191 JSY AU RC ($50)
2003 Bowman’s Best #104 JSY RC ($15)
2003 Leaf Limited #147 AU RC ($80)

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Press Pass Five Star: Sales Material Bliss

As a former card company marketing guy, I’m a sucker for the ingenious piece of product-specific propaganda. You know, sales material.

For reasons we can all appreciate, high-quality, hand-crafted sales material is a lost art in the sports card universe these days. Every penny is more precious than ever before — and much better spent on improving the product itself than on the colorful literature produced to promote it. But every once in a while, a product comes along that requires something a little more extravagant than an attachment-filled email or a four-color one-sheet.

2010 Press Pass Five Star is one of those products.

In case you missed it, Press Pass Five Star is the envelope-pushing evolution of the high-end NASCAR card set; the bar-raising sequel to Press Pass‘ two-year-old Showcase product that’s so upscale it doesn’t have a suggested retail price. What it does have, in every five-card wooden box, is a base card numbered to 35 or less, a dual, triple quad or oversized memorabilia card numbered to 25 or less, a certified autograph card numbered to 35 or less, an autographed memorabilia card serial numbered to 50 or less and a Classic Compilations book card featuring either an autograph, a piece of memorabilia or both.

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First Look: 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Football

Panini America officials on Monday released preliminary product information and images for 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Football, a product that arrives in early December carrying a $6 pack SRP and slated to deliver two autographs, two memorabilia cards, 18 rookies and nine additional insert or parallel cards per 18-pack box.

The two autograph cards per box will be numbered to 330 or less.

2010 Gridiron Gear will mark the sixth consecutive installment of the product known in recent years for picking up the pioneering Rookie Hidden Gems Autographs pull-out swatch concept that first appeared in 2001 Playoff Honors. The idea is still coveted all these years later. The product also includes the tried-and-true Plates and Patches prime-patch jersey insert (numbered to 100 or less), NFL Gridiron Signatures featuring “on-field” autographs of retired and current NFL stars (numbered to 50 or less).

And perhaps it’s just my blatant Tim Tebow bias on display, but that Rookie Orientation design is quite attractive — you know, as far as card aesthetics go.

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