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Panini America unveils wrapper redemption program for NHL All-Star weekend by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Raleigh, N.C., will be the place to be this weekend for hockey fans and hockey card collectors.

Upper Deck released its plans of the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair and now Panini America’s plans are out for all to see.

One of the biggest ways card company’s give away items at these types of events is through wrapper redemption programs. It gets the customer to buy product in order to receive exclusive cards.

Panini’s redemption program highlights 1990-91 Score Hockey.

For every three packs of 2010-11 Panini NHL hobby packs a customer opens at the Panini booth, they will receive a two-card pack.

The set commemorating Score Hockey will have seven cards limited to 500 copies, but there are opportunities to get some great hits in each pack. Along with special inserts, collectors have the chance to find Rookie NHL patch autographs and other autos from players such as Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall and Steve Yzerman.

See a gallery of the cards after the jump.

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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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Box Busters: 2010-11 SP-Game-used hockey cards by Chris Olds
January 11, 2011, 4:57 pm
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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 …



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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Box Busters: 2010-11 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards by Chris Olds
December 23, 2010, 2:30 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010-11 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



Box Busters: 2010-11 Donruss Hockey by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of the brand new 2010-11 Donruss Hockey cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



ITG Leaks a Little More About 2010-11 Heroes and Prospects by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

We mentioned the prospect of the 2010-11 Heroes and Prospects previous post, but we recently received a closer look at specs for the the hockey product.

In the Game revealed that each box will contain 18 nine-card packs, featuring a 150-card base set. Comprised of Canadian and American Hockey League greats, the base cards are also backed up by beefy subsets like Heroes, International Prospects, AHL Grads, AHL Rookies, AHL Prospects, CHL Prospects and CHL rookies.

Falling one in eight packs on average, game-used memorabilia and authentic autograph cards should come two per box. With over 125 autograph cards from CHL, AHL, International and established hockey names, the late January release promises a diversity of signatures. Non-memorabilia inserts like Calder Cup Champions, 100 Years of Card Collecting and Class of 2011 redemption cards land appear one in every six packs. Continue reading



Box Busters: 2010-11 Upper Deck Black Diamond by Chris Olds
December 8, 2010, 10:04 am
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Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



Panini America gives collectors unprecedented behind-the-scenes access by Chris Olds
December 6, 2010, 7:50 pm
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Panini America has started taking collectors behind the scenes through the process of how its trading cards are born into existence and, while there’s more to come, this video released on Monday morning shows you just some of what goes into your packs of cards.

Check it out. There will be more … plenty more … to come.



Justin Bieber can’t play hockey, so he did the next best thing to get on a card by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Justin Bieber dreamed of being a hockey player with his own trading card when he grew up.

While the pop sensation didn’t fulfill his first dream, the Canadian singer is living out his second at 16 years old.

Panini America released the official Justin Bieber trading card set – just in time for Christmas for his millions of fans worldwide. The collection features 150 unique trading cards with 30 stickers. Inserts in the set include 12 Spellbound cards, nine puzzle pieces that form a poster, 18 Download cards and 10 XXOO cards.

The Bieber set will also have 500 autograph cards randomly inserted. Even if you aren’t a Bieber fan (and quite possibly are not if you are part of our typical audience here), these autographs could sell for a decent amount of money on eBay. Maybe enough to get a baseball or football card you’ve been eying as a self-Christmas present.

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Panini confirms Score Hot Rookies short-prints by Chris Olds
December 3, 2010, 2:23 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

If you have come up short in your quest to complete the 2010-11 Score Hot Rookies Signatures set, there might be a reason besides bad luck.

Panini America confirmed on Friday that seven players who signed autographs for the insert set are substantially shorter-printed than others.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Hockey‘s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



NHL loses former coach Pat Burns by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Former NHL coach Pat Burns died on cancer on Friday. He was 58.

Burns led the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship and later battled cancer in 2004 and 2005. However, in 2009 doctors learned the disease had spread to his lungs.

“Just as they will remember Pat for his success as a coach, hockey fans also will remember his humor, his honesty, his humanity and his courage,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “As it mourns the loss of an outstanding contributor to the game, the National Hockey League sends heartfelt condolences to Pat’s family and friends.”

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Will you take the $10 Card Shop Challenge? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

An after-work card shop visit a few months ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, and that’s something I revisited before my visit to Nick’s Sports Cards on Thursday evening.

I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge.

A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.)

Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.

Should you choose to accept this mission, you will add something new to your collection — and maybe something more as I’m going to cough something up for the entry that you guys find to be the most interesting or impressive entry of the bunch.

The Mission: Spend $10 or less on something you like but try to land something that will impress the masses. It could be anything cards — but no memorabilia or wax (unless you’re a retail-only person). Are you a vintage fan? A prospector? A non-sport collector? A buyer in bulk? Was it just a good deal you couldn’t refuse?

It’s all game — as long as it only cost you $10 (or less).

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Lower the Drawbridge: Crown Royale Hockey is Coming by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

After Jan. 5, you might want to double check your wet bar. If you find a fancy bottle inside a purple, velvet bag, you probably have an adult beverage, suitable for sipping or mixing. If you discover a box decorated with regal imagery and masters of the puck, put down that dusty cocktail glass and seal up that ice bucket. You’re holding the equally intoxicating Panini Crown Royale Hockey. They’re both Canadian delights, but only the Panini America product offers a high-end lineup of autographs and memorabilia that’s fit for a collecting king. Continue reading



Box Busters: 2010-11 Artifacts Hockey by Chris Olds
October 26, 2010, 3:02 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of the newly released 2010-11 Artifacts hockey cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …



First Look: 2010-11 Limited Hockey by Chris Olds
October 21, 2010, 10:04 am
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Panini America‘s on-ice offerings just keep on coming in its rookie season in the NHL and the latest installment is a high-end veteran that many collectors should be familiar with.

Set to arrive on Dec. 15, 2010-11 Limited will include seven cards in each $100 pack — one autograph, one memorabilia card, one additional autograph or memorabilia card as well as two base cards, one legends and one more card after that.

Some of the NHL’s newest rookies will be included in the product — including top pick Taylor Hall — while the set will include stars from the present and the past like Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux.

Panini also promises some first-time signers will be found in Limited, while there will be cut autographs of players like Harry Oliver and Eddie Shore as well.

See more after the jump — and see more from Panini here soon.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Certified Hockey by Chris Olds
October 18, 2010, 7:29 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Tim “Big Time” Trout as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Certified hockey from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What day is it again? Watch and find out …