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For Canadians only: National Hockey Card Day Giveaway by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Canadians can rejoice on National Hockey Card Day.

Upper Deck will be featuring another promotion dedicated to some of Canada’s best hockey players. On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, Upper Deck is giving away one free pack of cards just for visiting participating hobby shops in Canada.

The 16-card set focuses strictly on Canadian-born players and will feature athletes such as Taylor Hall, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe.

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Upper Deck announces Artifacts Rookie Exchange cards by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Upper Deck is getting around to releasing the checklists for its rookie exchange programs for various products.

The latest checklist to be released comes from 2010-11 NHL Artifacts with 42 different cards.

All the big names are included. No one seems to be left out.

Are there are any players that didn’t make the checklist that you would like to see?

See the complete checklist after the jump.

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2010-11 Certified Hockey Freshman Fabric Signature redemptions announced by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Holding on to any of those 2010-11 Certified Hockey Freshman Fabric Signatures redemptions?

Panini America released the names of the players you will be able to grab.

The cards haven’t been created yet as Panini wanted to ensure they get the best names together for the redemptions. However, they are working hard at getting the appropriate  signatures.

See the checklist after the jump.

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ITG releases Ultimate Memorabilia checklists by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

In the Game seems to have a hit on its hands with its 10th anniversary edition of Ultimate Memorabilia just based on preliminary pictures.

However, the checklists are now out letting you know exactly what game-used autograph and base cards will be available once it comes out on Nov. 11.

Each pack contains one base card, one autograph and one game-used memorabilia card. In addition, each card is slabbed and numbered.

View checklist after the jump.

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Upper Deck releases Young Guns, photos NHL rookie video by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Upper Deck wants you to know about the NHL’s best rookies.

Upper Deck released photos for 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 1‘s Young Guns Rookie Cards, which will feature top young stars and will fall on average of six per box.

The company also released its second NHL rookie-themed video “Never Throw a Teammate under the Bus” with Edmonton Oiler rookies Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi.

See a gallery of Young Guns images, as well as get a checklist, after the jump.

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Some specifics on 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards by Chris Olds

We’re a couple days away from the official Allen & Ginter release date, but here are some basics about the set

Yes, Stephen Strasburg appears in the set — as a mini card only (card No. 401; presumed to be an SP) and as an autograph redemption.

The SPs in the set are card Nos. 301-350.

There are no autograph or Relic “groups” noted on boxes or packs this year.

Autographs are found one in every 40 packs, while Relics are 1:11. With no groups you can still presume that signed cards like Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard will be tougher pulls than the likes of Ross Ohlendorf and Clayton Kershaw. It’s simple economics based on the athletes’ costs for Topps to obtain their autographs.

Among the interesting inclusions on the autograph and Relic lists are Marvin Miller, who does not appear in the base set. Others of note on the autograph list include Jason Heyward, Evan Longoria, Alexei Ramirez, Tommy Hanson, David Blaine, Jordin Sparks, Regis Philbin, Sig Hansen, Shawn Johnson, Summer Sanders, Tony Hawk, Anne Donovan and Stuart Scott.

It’s interesting to note that David Wright has two mini framed Relics in Ginter — no other subject does.

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The Fight Begins: Inside Ringside Boxing Round One by Tracy Hackler

The folks from Creative Cardboard Concepts (largely the same trading card force that brings you In The Game and Sport Kings) pulled the curtain back considerably today on their June-releasing Ringside Boxing Round One product with a wealth of revealing images and checklist information.

Savoring the gallery that follows might leave you punch drunk, but it’s worth it.

Ringside is the first stand-alone boxing product in almost 15 years and features a 100-card base set that includes 50 fighter cards and four different subsets (Weigh In, Victorious, Tale of the Tape, In My Corner).

But the main events of this product clearly are the autograph and memorabilia cards (checklists below). More than 30 of the greatest fighters of all time – including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Jake LaMotta and Roy Jones Jr. – are featured on a completely-on-card autographed insert that includes two different cards of every fighter (three in the case of Ali) and gold and silver versions of each.

As you might imagine, Ali’s signatures will be hard to find (he signed just 90 cards total); other toughies include Tyson (100 total autographs) and Lewis (80 total autographs).

The product’s 34 Cut Signatures (all 1/1s) are simply spectacular and represent the greatest names in boxing history. Some of the highlights include Floyd Patterson, Jack Dempsey, James Braddock, Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.

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