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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 unveils Priority Signings for the 2010 Fall Expo by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Want to get your hands on one of these exclusive Wayne Gretzky autograph cards?

The only way to get one and other Upper Deck Priority Signings is at the wrapper redemption program at the 2010 NHL Fall Sports Card and Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, Canada from Nov. 12-14.

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McFarlane Toys Reveals First Signed Hockey Figures by Tracy Hackler

By Russ Cohen

In NHL news, McFarlane Toys made a pretty big splash at Toy Fair over the weekend by following up last September’s announcement of autographed chase figures with a sneak preview of the first signed hockey figures.

I got a sneak peek of a Gordie Howe-signed base that had his formal name of “Gordon” with the “#9;” interesting to note that he didn’t sign “Mr. Hockey.” Figures all have a small white box on the side of the base and a limited amount of them will be autographed and randomly inserted into case packs. That figure is out now.

New York Islanders rookie John Tavares will be in the NHL 24 release along with Mike Cammalleri (Habs) and Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson (Leafs). Tavares will have autographs in the set and I suspect they will be an extremely hot commodity. There will be just 200 to 400 pieces total that have sequentially numbered autographs and the price point is still $9.99.

There is no way for the company to protect against “figure searching” so I suspect sometime in April when this hits the market, the sharks will be waiting.

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Howe, Gretzky, Tavares Highlight UD Priority Signings Roster by Tracy Hackler

John Tavares-LR

When the puck drops next Friday on the NHL Fall Expo at the Toronto International Centre, Upper Deck’s booth is sure to be a collector magnet thanks to the company’s continuing and popular Priority Signings wrapper redemption program.

A UD staple at the Expo (one of the world’s largest hockey-centric collectibles shows), this year’s Priority Signings autograph checklist includes the likes of Phil Esposito, Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and 2009 No. 1 overall pick John Tavares, whose Priority Signings card will be his first live UD autograph.

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


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.

2008 Goudey sneak peak by ejahnke

Russell Martin signing his 2008 cards.

A quick sneak peak at some of the new Goudey Sport Royalty Autographs. Last year’s set was a big hit, and this year should be no exception.

There are a few changes, and for the better, this year’s autographs will be found in-pack, and not just as box toppers. Also, and this is good news, the Sport Royalty Autos will be seeded 2-3 per case, instead of the previously announced 1 per case.

2008 Goudey Baseball should be out in mid-July, here are some examples–