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Inside Upper Deck’s signing with “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky by Chris Olds

Upper Deck completed a signing with NHL legend Wayne Gretzky today and wanted to show off some of the cards that will be found in upcoming products and going out for redemptions.

Among them is a 1990 Upper Deck Buyback that was a surprise redemption in packs of 2010 Upper Deck baseball cards.

Check ’em all out after the jump …

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NHL Veteran Rob Blake Discusses Crosby, Ovechkin — And Trading Cards by Tracy Hackler

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Judging by the brevity of the responses you’re about to peruse, it’s a sure bet that stalwart 20-year NHL veteran Rob Blake won’t win any awards for being gregarious.

Luckily the soft-spoken, seven-time All-Star always has let his actions do most of the talking.

The venerable defenseman is about to enter his second season with the San Jose Sharks following 19 solid years in Los Angeles and Colorado that included a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001 and the 1998 James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s top defenseman.

Blake also happens to be the favorite player of frequent Beckett contributor and ardent collector Barrie Grice, who no doubt was beside himself while doing this exclusive interview during which he deftly sashays from on-ice queries to a few hobby hard-hitters.

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