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Guest Commentary: Kane & Toews will be forever linked in hockey, hobby by Chris Olds
June 13, 2010, 5:38 pm
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By Russ Cohen

They are sometimes linemates but always teammates and now the two young men had a chance to hoist Lord Stanley in Philadelphia.

Then they basked in a parade in Chicago and if you thought you’ve seen a lot of combination cards of Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews then think again – – expect a plethora of them in the coming sets by Upper Deck and hockey newcomer Panini.

Recently UD Artifacts had a nice combo card of this dynamic duo on a patch card numbered to just 15. Before the Cup, that card probably would have sold for $100 to $150 but now a card like this has an asking price of $200.

Is it worth it?

I think so especially if you are a fan of either the players or the teams.

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Colorado Collector Completes Rare Patrick Kane Trifecta by Tracy Hackler

Editor’s Note: In honor or Patrick Kane’s Stanley Cup-winning goal Wednesday night in overtime of Game 6, we have this little gem . . .

When Ryan Curi came into my store, Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, Colo., to crack some 2009-10 SP Game Used Hockey right after it hit, he pulled some huge rookies, some sweet patches and, to top it off, a Patrick Kane Marks of a Nation Black Gold Parallel signed letter “U” card #’d 1/3.

We quickly figured out that it was an autographed 1/1 card and that there was also an “S” and an “A” card out there somewhere. With the Olympics fresh on Ryan’s mind, he took it upon himself to go for the collecting gold medal and complete the trifecta.

Ryan went on the hunt and two weeks later found the “A” on eBay and snagged it before it go away. Continuing his incredible lucky streak, the “S” came on a few weeks later and while the starting price was $750, he was able to with the seller to finish his 1/1 USA Kane set for about the price of two sealed boxes.

I can’t tell you how many times I have had customers tell me that they would like to complete a letter set like this and it takes the rare enthusiast to complete a collecting hat trick like Ryan did.

— Mike Fruitman, Mike’s Stadium Sportscards, Aurora, Colo.

Editor’s Note: Mike, thanks, as always, for sharing. Congratulations, Ryan. Congratulations, Patrick. Congratulations, Blackhawks.

n Ryan Curi came into my store, Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, CO, to crack some 09/10 SP Game Used hockey right after it hit, he pulled some huge rookies, some sweet patches and to top it off, a Patrick Kane Marks Of A Nation Black Gold Parallel signed letter “U” card 1/3.

We quickly figured out that it was an autographed 1/1 card and that there was also an “S” and an “A” card out there somewhere.  With the Olympics fresh on his mind, he took it upon himself to go for the collecting gold medal and complete the trifecta.

Ryan went on the hunt and two weeks later found the “A” on eBay and snagged it before it got away.  Continuing his incredible luck streak, the “S” came on a few weeks later and while the starting price was $750.00, he was able to work with the seller to finish his 1/1 USA Kane set for about the price of two sealed boxes.

I can not tell you how many times I have had customers tell me that they would like to complete a letter set like this and it takes the rare enthusiast to complete a collecting hat trick like Ryan did.

Mike Fruitman

Mike’s Stadium Sportscards

4022 South Parker Road

Aurora, CO. 80014

(303) 699-9808



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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Strong to the Finnish: Upper Deck Hockey in Europe by Tracy Hackler

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In an effort to fuel the collecting passions of the NHL’s international following, Upper Deck recently made hockey and hobby history by producing its first-ever packs of Finnish- and Swedish-language Upper Deck Victory packs.

The cards were produced to take advantage of this week’s 2009-10 regular-season puck-droppers between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues in Stockholm, Sweden, and between the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland. The cards will be on sale both at those games and through off-site retailers in those respective markets.

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Four Chicago Blackhawks lead way on ESPN’s NHL preview by Chris Olds

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Autograph collectors should have a good time with this one.

The latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, its NHL preview issue, has a cover with Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa, Cristobal Huet, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

While The Mag may not be as collected as, say, Sports Illustrated — its size a partial reason why — covers like this striking one will certainly have a place in the hobby.

Just like the Blackhawks.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.



Preview Gallery: 2009-10 UD Black hockey cards by Chris Olds

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Upper Deck released additional preview images of cards that will be found in packs of its 2009-10 UD Black hockey set when it arrives in early September.

Each box will contain two packs — one Rookie Lettermen Patch and one autograph or multi-piece memorabilia card per pack. Black also will include an array of 12-swatch gatefold cards, Game Night Ticket autographs and Pride of a Nation patch cards.

Click on the images below for a closer look.



Gridiron Greats auction ends Tuesday by Chris Olds

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An auction benefiting the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund ends Tuesday, evening but there’s still time to examine some interesting football memorabilia that includes hand-drawn plays from Vince Lombardi and a smattering of autographed items for football, soccer and hockey.

The Lombardi page, above, was donated by Vince Lombardi Jr. and is at $2,500 with one bid. There’s no question that something like this is much rarer than a pricey Lombardi autograph — and probably more interesting too.

Gridiron Greats is a non-profit corporation established to provide financial assistance and social services to retired NFL players who are in dire need due to inadequate disability, pensions or other circumstances.

Among the other auction items are …

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