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Checking out 2010-2011 Upper Deck’s NHL Ultimate by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With the NHL All-Star Game in less than a week, it’s never a bad time to look at hockey cards.

2010-2011 NHL Ultimate is gearing up to be a very impressive product on Upper Deck’s calendar, which is currently scheduled for mid-April.

We know how Ultimate works. You get one pack per box, and the hits can be worthwhile. Collectors can snag rare cards of players such as Alex Ovechkin, Mark Messier or Taylor Hall.

There are just four cards in a pack, but collectors get one autograph, one memorabilia and one rookie card in each pack. A 15-box case will yield one autographed-memorabilia card, three to four patch cards and three “A” Level autos on average.

Many of the best past and present players are included.

The NHL shield patch cards already seem to be favorite for some collectors.

Look for more pictures after the jump.

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

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 by tolentinotown
January 20, 2011, 5:51 pm
Filed under: NHL, Upper Deck | Tags: , , , , , ,

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 tolentinotown

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.



First Look: 2010-11 Contenders Hockey by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Earlier this morning, Panini America revealed an early glance at 2010-11 Contenders Hockey. Shooting to score with avid hockey hobbyists, Panini’s late-March release should hit with recognizable characteristics from unique Playoff origins.

“[Contenders is] an instantly identifiable brand — nothing else looks quite like it — and I think that will make it compelling to hockey collectors who are looking for something unique to pursue, said Panini America’s Hockey Brand Manager, Al Muir. “Add that to the brand’s legacy of value thanks to the Rookie Tickets subset and it was the most obvious choice from Panini’s stable of brands to make the transition to hockey.”

With a bevy of hot players lending signatures and sweater swatches to the product, 2010-11 Contenders Hockey is set to deliver the best of its brand roots. Contenders delivers four autographs per box, including an average of three hard-signed Rookie Ticket autographs, which are favored staples in the line. The spring set also offers nine-per-box inserts like Leather Larceny, Against the Glass, Lottery Winners and more listed below in greater detail. Continue reading



ITG Meets Collector Demands with New Between The Pipes Signees by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Still a few months from hitting shelves, In The Game’s 2010-11 Between The Pipes is shaping out to be a product for the people.

“I have been informally polling collectors online as to what they would like to see in the 2010-11 edition of Between The Pipes,” said In The Game’s President, Dr. Brian Price. “They have come up with some amazing ideas that we are looking to bring to life and they have also suggested many players that we are diligently trying to sign.”

Proving that diligence pays off, In The Game recently announced that the upcoming release will bolster a list of favorites with lesser known players like Coyotes netminder, Tom Fenton. Price explained, “As soon as Fenton sat on the bench for Phoenix, collectors were asking us if we were going include him in Between The Pipes.”

The upcoming product will also include the likes of Manon Rheaume, Charline Labonte and Kim St-Pierre, some of Canada’s fiercest female goalies. Appearing in Between The Pipes with base, autograph and game-used memorabilia cards, these women certainly broaden the scope of the hockey hobby.

“Our mission with many of our products this season has been to include players that rarely appear on cards these days,” said Price. By making a special effort to seek out those cult players and reexamine the overlooked, In The Game hopes to connect collectors to a wide array of sung and unsung heroes.



Box Busters: 2010-11 SP-Game-used hockey cards by Chris Olds
January 11, 2011, 4:57 pm
Filed under: NHL, Upper Deck | Tags: , , , ,

Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 SP Game-used hockey boxes from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …