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Upper Deck Releases 2009-10 Ultimate Collection Hockey by Tracy Hackler

This just in from the folks at Upper Deck:

“The 2009-10 NHL season may be over with the Stanley Cup now residing in the Windy City, home of the victorious Blackhawks, but Upper Deck continues to quench the thirst of rabid hockey collectors everywhere with its new trading card releases. And this week, the company releases its much-anticipated 2009-10 Ultimate Collection Hockey product. This sought-after set features the most collectible rookies in the league and guarantees at least one rookie card, one autographed card and one memorabilia card in every pack.

” ‘This is one eye-popping release,’ said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager. ‘We just experienced one of the most-watched NHL playoffs ever with some of the best hockey battles in recent years. This set captures many of the thrills from this season, as well as salutes some of hockey’s all-time greatest players. This is a must-have product for any serious hockey collector.’

“The insert lineup kicks off with rookie memorabilia cards including oversized Ultimate Debut Threads Jerseys, numbered to 200, featuring Tavares, Gustavsson and van Riemsdyk; Ultimate Debut Threads Patches, numbered to 35, showcasing the aforementioned trio along with other up-and-comers like Colin Wilson and Logan Couture; and Autographed Ultimate Rookies cards, numbered to 299, from many of the year’s best freshmen. The search for rookies includes Signed Ultimate Debut Threads Jerseys, numbered to 50, as well as Ultimate Autographed Rookies Patch Variations, numbered to 25.

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Coming Tomorrow: 2009-10 SP Authentic Hockey by Tracy Hackler

One of most anticipated hockey products of the season, 2009-10 SP Authentic, skates into hobby shops tomorrow packing three autographs in every 24-pack box.

SPA’s Sign of the Times calling cards return with myriad possibilities including single-signed versions, Duals, Trios (#’s to 25), Quads (#’d to 10) and the rarer-still Fives, Sixes, Sevens and Eights.  The product’s Future Watch rookie autographs are numbered to 999; Prestigious Pairings dual-signed cards are numbered to just 100.

“We’re very proud of this year’s SP Authentic release,” says Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager. “We had a terrific 2009-10 campaign and a rookie class that rivaled some of the greatest to ever enter the NHL. The autographed inserts [in this product] will keep collectors cracking packs for months.”

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (6-4) Contest No. 3 — A 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Update set (unsealed but complete) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (5-28) Contest No. 1 — A 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Update set w/ parallels (two winners) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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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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Product Preview: 2009-10 Be A Player hockey cards by Chris Olds

Upper Deck has released the basic product breakdown and preview images for its 2009-10 Be  A Player hockey card set that will arrive in May packing plenty of autographs and a few rookies hockey fans might have heard of.

Be A Player will include one autograph in every five-card back with each eight-pack box including one dual-player autograph, one Rookie or rookie redemption and one Rookie jersey card.

Every 15-box case will include  five cards signed by three players.

The standard set will consist of 200 cards, and  of course, there are rookies — lots of rookies. Guys like John Tavares, Matt Duchene, James van Riemsdyk, Jonas Gustavsson, Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Stoa, Bobby Sanguinetti, Evander Kane and so on …

New this year are autographed rookie jersey cards as well as rookie patch cards, which are limited to just 15 copies apiece.

See more images and a breakdown of the product after the jump.

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Saturday is National Hockey Card Day in Canada by Chris Olds

Saturday might be normally reserved for “Hockey Night in Canada” but this week Saturday also marks National Hockey Card Day for Canadian fans.

As part of its celebration, Upper Deck is giving away thousands of NHCD card packs free to collectors at Canadian hobby shops and selected retail stores as part of the second-annual celebration of Canada’s unofficial national pastime.

“Hockey is the national sport in Canada so Upper Deck wanted to come up with a way to celebrate that incredible devotion,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s sports marketing manager. “We started this program last year and it was a huge success with countless hockey fans and trading card collectors visiting hobby shops and retailers across Canada. We expect the same kind of excitement this time around.”

See a video about NHCD along with a checklist and details about how Canadians can get these cards after the jump.

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Panini lets hockey fans do some sticking by Chris Olds
January 26, 2010, 11:25 am
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Hockey fans can now find the latest from Panini — its 2009-10 hockey stickers — from their local hobby shop or from their favorite online retailer. Oh, and you can also find an album and some stickers to get you started — for free — in the newest issue of Beckett Hockey.

Panini’s stickers date back to the 1970s, and the set has had so many stars in it there is a rich legacy of collecting to be found. Now, New York Islanders rookie and Calder Trophy candidate John Tavares is getting his first “rookie” sticker and that’s exactly what it says.

We all know that rookie cards have tremendous value on the secondary market but stickers? I had to investigate that one.

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Product Preview: 2009-10 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection hockey cards by Chris Olds

Upper Deck recently released the product breakdown and preview images for its 2009-10 Ultimate Collection hockey set, a higher-end product that packs one Rookie Card, one autograph and one memorabilia card in every four-card pack.

Collectors will find four patch cards per 15-box case as well as one autographed memorabilia card. Upper Deck also promises three top-level autographs in every case as well.

While collectors will have to wait until April 27 to get their hands on these cards, they can see a gallery of preview images after the jump.

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National Hockey Card Day set for Jan. 30 by Chris Olds
December 20, 2009, 8:55 am
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Hockey card collectors should have it marked on their calendars right … about … now.

Set for Jan. 30, National Hockey Card Day is an event that will take place at Rexall Pharmacies, Toys R Us stores as well as a few other corporate locations and select hobby stores in Canada (A list will be found here.) Sorry U.S. residents, you will lose here — unless you cross the border. Canadian residents often lose out on giveaways and contests here in the states so now they have the upper hand.

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Heads Up on a Signed Hockey Helmet by Tracy Hackler
December 10, 2009, 12:11 pm
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Upper Deck is giving away this autographed helmet from the 2009 NHL Rookie Photo Shoot to one lucky collector. The company plans to release the pertinent details of how on Monday via its Facebook page. Until then, here’s a status report on some of the NHL’s top young superstars.

John Tavares – Islanders star is the early favorite to win the Calder Trophy.
Viktor Hedman – Logging heavy minutes on the blue line for the Lightning.
Matt Duchene – Closing in on double digit goals early in his rookie season in Colorado.
Cody Hodgson – He’s Canucks property, but he won’t play in the NHL for a few years.
Mikael Backlund – The Calgary Flames gave him a taste last year but he could be a late-season call up.
Tyler Bozak – He got his taste of the NHL and he’s now playing for the Toronto Marlies.
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First Look: 2009-10 SP Authentic Hockey by Tracy Hackler

In a move that might be considered cruel and unusual punishment for hardcore hockey collectors, Upper Deck on Monday released a handful of drool-worthy images from 2009-10 SP Authentic.

The cruel and unusual part? The product doesn’t release until around April 1, 2010 — no fooling. The good news, though, is that the product appears to be well worth the wait based on the following images.

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Upper Deck rewards hockey fans with weekly promotion by Chris Olds

Upper Deck is set to reward hockey card collectors with a new program that can only be found in hobby shops that are among the company’s Diamond Dealers.

The program, 2009-10 NHL Biography of a Season, will give unique cards to collectors who buy $5 worth of UD hockey cards at those shops each week.

There are 30 cards planned for the set with Upper Deck already unveiling a selection of the cards. Who’s in so far? Stanley Cup winner Sidney Crosby (his card proves it), Alexander Ovechkin and top rookie John Tavares, among others.

See more images after the jump.

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What You Missed Yesterday: Thursday, Nov. 5 by Tracy Hackler

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Miss one day of Beckett Media’s unparalleled online coverage of the sports collectibles industry and you miss a lot. In fact, here’s what you missed yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 5.

Impressive First Impression: 2009 Topps Mayo Football

Press Pass Full of Bull

Topps, Minor League Baseball Name Players of the Year

Contest: Become the Face of Upper Deck SPx Baseball

Box Busters: 2009 Topps WWE Wrestling

Coming to Newsstands: The New York Yankees

eTopps Honors Yankees’ 27th Title

Howe, Gretzky, Tavares Highlight Upper Deck Priority Signings Roster

Previewing Free Stuff Friday

ITG Unwraps More Ultimate Memorabilia 9 Eye Candy

Team-Signed Memorabilia Highlights Steiner’s New Yankees Offerings

What a Difference Three Days Make

— Tracy Hackler



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

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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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First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey cards by Chris Olds

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Upper Deck released basic product information and preview images for its 2009-10 NHL Series 2 hockey card set on Wednesday.

Each 24-pack hobby box will include six Young Guns Rookie Cards, two The Champions cards, two memorabilia cards, 24 Victory Update cards, one  Victory Update Gold parallel and six Superstar inserts.

Every 12-box case will include one Fab Four Fabrics jersey card, one Acetate card, one Signature Sensations autograph card, six parallel cards and one Victory Update Black parallel.

See more cards after the jump.

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ITG “Super Boxes” of 2008-09 Heroes and Prospects by ejahnke

In honor of the Canadian National U20 Junior Team winning the gold at this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship, In The Game is issuing 400 special edition Heroes & Prospects Super Boxes.

The “Super Box” contains thirty packs of 2008-09 Heroes & Prospects plus a specially-stamped autograph card from one of these nine players:

John Tavares

Thomas Hickey

Alex Pietrangelo

P.K. Subban

Jordan Eberle

Tyler Ennis

Angelo Esposito

Zack Boychuk

Cody Hodgson

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