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Upper Deck Pack Attacks Invade New England by tolentinotown

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

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Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr’s rookie jersey set to hit auction block by Chris Olds
April 7, 2010, 11:48 am
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Update: The jersey sold for $191,200.

A game-used jersey from hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr‘s rookie season is set to hit the auction block later this month and is expected to fetch more than $100,000.

It’s the first Orr rookie jersey to be auctioned. It’s from the 1966-67 season and was a gift to its owner from Garry Young, a former scout for the Bruins. Years ago, the owner received an offer of $1,000 for the piece, which is one of only two known to exist, but he turned it down.

“You can imagine that was a lot of money to me back then,” said John Rows, the owner. “There were a couple different people interested in, actually, but I decided to hold on to it.”

The jersey will be sold as part of Heritage Auctions‘ Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction that launches on April 23.

“My uncle brought it home with him,” Rows said. “He had the Orr jersey and a Gerry Cheevers jersey and gave them to my cousins. One of them later asked me which one I liked, and I told him I really liked Orr, so he gave me that one and said he’d keep the Cheevers jersey.”

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Observations from the 2010 NHL Winter Classic by Tracy Hackler

By Russ Cohen

BOSTON — The NHL hosted its third installment of the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, this time in Boston’s fabled Fenway Park following previous stints in Buffalo and Chicago. The original Heritage Classic was held in Edmonton, Alberta, so I’ve had a chance to experience this type of event in all of these cities and I have to say that Boston was the best one yet, speaking from a collectibles standpoint.

This year, when visitors entered the NHL’s Spectator Plaza (free to the public), which was located across the street from Fenway, there were freebies and live music all over the place.

Comcast gave away Winter Classic binoculars and Upper Deck had its P-Card station setup so fans could get a trading card made at no charge.

“The Winter Classic is a terrific event and we were thrilled to see all the fans out here,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey Brand Manager. “There were a lot of Flyers fans and, of course, the Bruins fans. Naturally, the print card station was a big hit. Fans came out and got a free trading card of themselves in a Flyers or Bruins jersey.”

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Upper Deck’s Role in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic by Tracy Hackler

This just in from Upper Deck’s Terry Melia:

The Upper Deck Company is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring several elements of the fast-approaching 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which is set to take place on January 1, 2010, at Boston’s Fenway Park. The League’s annual outdoor game, now in its third year, will feature the host Boston Bruins taking on the Philadelphia Flyers in a battle of two of the league’s perennial contenders. As the NHL’s exclusive hockey card manufacturer, Upper Deck will have a major presence surrounding the event.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of this annual event,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager. “We’ve got some fun, interactive elements to share with hockey fans this time around as well as a personalized-card station where hockey buffs can get their pictures taken on a unique, event-branded Upper Deck trading card.”

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Relic Wear lets collectors take their memorabilia everywhere by Chris Olds

Every collector knows that storage and display of their prized memorabilia pieces presents challenges.

But there’s a new product that solves that and allows the owner to take their memorabilia with them anywhere they go.

Well, as long as they’re wearing it.

Relic Wear is a new line of limited-edition bracelets, keyrings and pendants which include at least one piece of game-used sports memorabilia from some of the biggest names in baseball and hockey.

“At the moment [we’re] geared toward hockey and the Winter Olympics,” said Alex Malone, the founder of Relic Wear, via email. “[But] we will even be providing a service for collectors to send us their game used patches to be made into custom pendants for them.”

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