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Upper Deck Pack Attacks Invade New England

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Upper Deck and Sports Images have teamed up to bring an expansive Pack Attack event to the New England area this month.

Beginning with pre-qualifying Upper Deck Pack Attacks at eight different hobby shops in the area (listed below), the promotion will culminate with the winners from each location competing in one final event on March 3, 2011 at the Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game. There, winners will receive premium prizes like player-signed mini sticks, Tyler Seguin-autographed gloves and a Rookie Showcase helmet featuring penmanship from this season’s top newcomers. Continue reading



Topps Releases Super Bowl XLV Champions Green Bay Packers Set

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Moments ago, via Twitter Topps announced its product nod to the Lombardi-lugging Green Bay Packers.

Celebrating the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV victory on cardboard, a limited 27-card set is available for sale on Shoptopps.com. Cheeseheads far and wide can expect the commemorative blister pack to ship on the week of Feb. 28.



Preview Gallery: 2010 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs
February 7, 2011, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

The Packers have been crowned kings of the league and Super Bowl XLV is over and done with.

While the confetti at Cowboys Stadium marked the end of another season, collectors can certainly fill that football void with the ever-expanding hobby offering. Officially scheduled to release next Wednesday, Panini’s 2010 Playoff Contenders is a near-future means of savoring the gridiron beyond the big game.

Featuring on-card signatures from 35 of this rookie standouts, the set’s Rookie Ticket Autographs are hot commodities even after the contending has closed for the year. Below is just a glimpse — albeit a gawk-worthy one — at what’s to come next week: Continue reading



One Retail Pack (Dallas Ice Apocalypse / Snow-mageddon Version)
February 5, 2011, 11:23 am
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With temperatures finally reaching the 30s and some direct sun, the winter storm that tried to stop Super Bowl XLV is finally melting. Remedying a case of cabin fever yesterday, I managed to drive over to a nearby retail establishment to pick up some necessities (and a pack of 2010 Topps Prime Football, of course).

Last night, I opted for some take-out Chinese food and saved the pack for this morning’s video.



Sights and Sounds at the NFL Experience

By Andrew Tolentino |  Assistant Editor

As mentioned in the previous post, I countered a case of cabin fever by heading over to the Super Bowl XLV NFL Experience in downtown Dallas. Below is a video, featuring some of the sights and sounds from my stroll around the event.



Photo Gallery: Inside the NFL Experience

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Braving the second evening of a three-day North Texas ice apocalypse, I put on my warmest clothes and ventured to the Dallas Convention Center for the Super Bowl XLV NFL Experience.

Despite the freezing temperatures, I  arrived without incident and with childlike glee when I saw the epic Super Bowl XLV letters standing in the iced-over convention center lawn. As visitors – some locals, some tourists, some brandishing terrible towels, some sporting cheese heads – poured inside the building, I couldn’t help but momentarily absorb the spectacle from afar.

However, I have seen the movie “Alive,” and I know what prolonged exposure can do to a man.

After making my way inside the traveling NFL theme park and eating a protein bar (just to make sure),  I confirmed the glorious magnitude foreshadowed by that dramatic entrance. I was greeted with the hustle and bustle of show-goers, a light show and an enormous Drew Brees cut-out hanging from the ceiling. At the epicenter of the experience, the Topps and Panini-sponsored Memorabilia Show lured me in immediately. Bringing their best host-city wares and cream-of-the-crop football collectibles, dealers set up shop, hoping to make hobbyists out of every attendee. Offering reasonably-priced merchandise and promotions to a crowd of awestruck football fanatics, most of these merchants didn’t have to do much convincing.  Continue reading



Quantities Uncovered for 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie SPs
January 31, 2011, 4:46 pm
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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Offering one final — but critical — piece of information to the  2010 Donruss Rated Rookie autograph short-print list, Panini America recently revealed a list of respective quantities.

Since collectors need to know just how limited those limited cards are, here’s a look at the quantity-comprehensive list: Continue reading



Pulling With Everyday People: Kansas City Travel Edition

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Kansas City, Mo. to visit my childhood best friend and long-time collecting comrade Aaron Ott. As seen in my three days of incessant travel tweeting, the Midwestern journey included a stop at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a stroll through other must-see K.C. sights.

Most importantly though, the great state of Missouri gave me the opportunity to reminisce with my old friend.

Remembering how much fun we had riding to local card shops in the back of his dad’s white Ford Ranger pickup, we dusted off an old binder and traveled to today with a 2010 Donruss Rated Rookies boxed set….and then we stuffed our faces with Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque.

Thanks to a handy laptop camera and Aaron’s very understanding wife, I managed to capture both memories and deliciously prepared meat in this episode of Pulling with Everyday People.



Rising Rookies: Topps’ First 2011 NFL RCs to Land in May
January 31, 2011, 11:37 am
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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Topps revealed this morning that its first 2011 NFL Rookie Cards will be released in May with the Rising Rookies set.

Featuring the to-be-determined top 2011 NFL Draft picks, Rising Rookies comes 10 cards per pack in every 24-pack hobby box. Each box yields  21 inserts and four hits (including two-per-box autographs) which could fall in the following forms: Continue reading



Panini’s 2011 NHL All-Star Video Diary

Making the trek out to Raleigh, N.C. for the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair, a small but dedicated Panini America crew — including the one and only Tracy Hackler — managed to capture some great footage over the weekend. From a behind-the-scenes Panini Adrenalyn spot with Jamie McBain to signing sessions with Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall and others, these videos give us a glimpse at just how involved the manufacturer was at the event.

Enjoy the rest of Panini’s video diary after the jump. Continue reading



Topps 2011 Under Armour All-American Card Gallery: White Team


By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Perhaps outdone by the Red Team in the 2011 Under Armour All-American game, White Team players are nevertheless prospects for the hobby’s future.

Here’s a comprehensive look at Topps‘ exclusive autographs from these young stars: Continue reading



Topps 2011 Under Armour All-American Card Gallery: Red Team

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

As mentioned in a previous post, Topps took a preemptive step in creating cards for the pre-collegiate stars who played in the 2011 Under Armour All-American football game on Jan. 5. The manufacturer distributed these collectibles to the first 5,000 attendees — unsigned, three per person —  at the event in St. Petersbug, Fla.

Although all  92 Under Armour All-American cards were signed by each featured player, Topps is saving those signatures for a drafty day. Fortunately though, the future-newcomer-commemorating card maker was kind enough to provide us with images of all 92 autographs.

The Red Team won the game 24-22 in thrilling fashion, so let’s start with those victorious faces: Continue reading



Topps-Heavy NFL Experience Starts Today

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

The entire city of Dallas is buckling down for a swarm of Super Bowl guests and a flock of football fandom. Barreling at the head of the herd, Topps officials are arriving with a bag of hobby exclusives.

Starting today, the out-of-town manufacturer is setting up shop at the NFL Experience. Through Sunday, Feb. 6, attendees to stop by the Topps booth for free sample cards, prizes and other interactive festivities. Continue reading



Panini Reveals More Hullabaloo for 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Following yesterday’s wrapper redemption announcement Panini revealed two more enticing details in its 2011 NHL All-Star campaign.

Adding to the wrapper redemption base set gallery, Panini officials will be on site in Raleigh, N.C. to hand out 1/1 cards (after the jump) to various Box Wars winners.

The last All-Star leak of the day confirmed the three rookie standouts who will be playing Panini NHL Adrenalyn and signing — free, in limited quantities — at the manufacturer’s booth this Saturday. Continue reading



Panini Confirms 72 Donruss Rated Rookie Autograph Short Prints
January 25, 2011, 10:58 pm
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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Earlier today, Panini America revealed a list of 72 short-printed signatures from the 100-card 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie set. At only $19.99 per box, the complete set  and an autograph with a 72 percent chance of being limited to 500 or less is a tough bargain to beat.

Below is a list of all short-printed signers and their respective card numbers in the recently released Panini product. Continue reading



Panini & NHLPA Offer MVP Jersey in 2011 NHL All-Star Contest

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Fortifying its role as a major hockey hobby player, Panini America has teamed up with the National Hockey League Players Association to deliver a sweet sweater from next week’s 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

Considering that the prize is a jersey worn by the game’s MVP, the rules are simple:

  1. Go to the 2011 All-Star MVP Challenge homepage
  2. Click to predict the All-Star MVP winner and register with your contact information
  3. Click Submit
  4. Wait, Watch, Bite Fingernails

Lucky fans who correctly select the MVP from the 42 options will be entered into a drawing to win a game-worn sweater from that player.

Mindful of making everyone a winner, Panini and the NHLPA joined forces to offer another incentive. Upon registering for the contest, every entrant will receive 10 free virtual NHL Adrenalyn cards with the use of  promo code, NHLPAMVP.



Upper Deck to Make a 2011 NHL All-Star Appearance
January 20, 2011, 5:51 pm
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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

For the past two decades, Upper Deck has made an effort to promote hockey-card collecting at various NHL All-Star festivities. This year, the major manufacturer will make a three-day appearance at the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair in Raleigh, N.C.

“We’re anticipating a great turnout, so we’ve come up with a highly sought-after lineup of All-Star redemption card sets to hand out each day of the show,” said Jodi Wasserman, Upper Deck’s Director of Marketing.

From Friday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 30, thousands of fans can enjoy various programs organized by Upper Deck and other hockey advocates.

Bringing its wrapper redemption program to the booth, Upper Deck will offer one commemorative 2011 three-card All-Star pack to fans who open three packs of any 2010-11 Upper Deck hockey product (excluding Victory). These tribute packs come in three different versions, as listed below: Continue reading



ITG Celebrates Miraculous ’80s with Decades

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

“Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”

Quoting broadcaster Al Michaels in a recent press release, In The Game officials highlighted a Team USA Gold Medal victory as one of the many hockey miracles that occurred in the 1980s. Pointing to an era of growth and rising stars in the sport, ITG revealed the historical significance of its upcoming Decades – 1980s product.

“Back in 2009, In The Game surveyed collectors to determine which year they would like to see covered as part of a special trading card release. The winner was 1972, but 1980 was a very close second,” said In The Game’s President Dr. Brian Price.

Scheduled to release in March, Decades will offer appearances from USA Gold Medal team members like Jim Craig and Mike Erzione, and other luminaries who debuted in the era. Prominent players like Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey, Patrick Roy, and Mario Lemieux first graced the ice as pros in the ’80s, thus adding a powerful allure to the set. Appearing throughout the 150-card base set, on inserts, and in game-used memorabilia cards, these greats add a strong foundation for the forthcoming release.

Beyond memorabilia and mugshots, big-name and cult-collected hockey heroes also impact the set with hard-signed autographs. Alongside Hall of Fame players like Mark Messier and Mike Gartner are signatures from underrepresented favorites like Barry Pedersen and Bob Sauve. Several players in this era-specific set will debut with their first-ever autographed trading cards.

Stay tuned for more information on In The Game’s Decades – 1980s.