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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.

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ITG Celebrates Miraculous ’80s with Decades by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

“Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”

Quoting broadcaster Al Michaels in a recent press release, In The Game officials highlighted a Team USA Gold Medal victory as one of the many hockey miracles that occurred in the 1980s. Pointing to an era of growth and rising stars in the sport, ITG revealed the historical significance of its upcoming Decades – 1980s product.

“Back in 2009, In The Game surveyed collectors to determine which year they would like to see covered as part of a special trading card release. The winner was 1972, but 1980 was a very close second,” said In The Game’s President Dr. Brian Price.

Scheduled to release in March, Decades will offer appearances from USA Gold Medal team members like Jim Craig and Mike Erzione, and other luminaries who debuted in the era. Prominent players like Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey, Patrick Roy, and Mario Lemieux first graced the ice as pros in the ’80s, thus adding a powerful allure to the set. Appearing throughout the 150-card base set, on inserts, and in game-used memorabilia cards, these greats add a strong foundation for the forthcoming release.

Beyond memorabilia and mugshots, big-name and cult-collected hockey heroes also impact the set with hard-signed autographs. Alongside Hall of Fame players like Mark Messier and Mike Gartner are signatures from underrepresented favorites like Barry Pedersen and Bob Sauve. Several players in this era-specific set will debut with their first-ever autographed trading cards.

Stay tuned for more information on In The Game’s Decades – 1980s.



Steiner Sports teams up with Madison Square Garden by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the leaders in sports collectibles is teaming up with the World’s Most Famous Arena. Madison Square Garden and Steiner Sports Collectibles announced a memorabilia partnership what will feature items from the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and MSG.

“We are extremely excited to be working with the most famous arena on the planet, and with Scott O’Neil and his management team,” said Steiner chairman Brandon Steiner. “Artifacts featuring the memories of yesterday and future historic moments will be embraced by fans of the Garden and the teams.”

Steiner Sports already has deals with a number of New York-based athletes such as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Eli Manning. It adds MSG to its already extensive group of partnerships, which include New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Dallas Cowboys, Syracuse, Notre Dame and the University of Alabama.

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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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Yogi Berra’s perfect game jersey already topping $240,000 on auction block by Chris Olds

Years ago, one part of “The Price of Perfection” was established when former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen sold his perfect game memorabilia at auction.

Next month, Grey Flannel will help memorabilia collectors determine the price of the other half.

The jersey that Yogi Berra wore during Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series is up for grabs from the Westhampton, N.Y.-based auction house.

Bidding sits at $241,577 with more than two weeks to go before the April 14 closing date.

According to Grey Flannel, the uniform had been tucked away for years after it was issued to prospect Ron Stevenot when he reported to camp in 1959. (Uniforms were commonly re-used in the past.) It had the year “1956” sewn onto the No. 8 jersey along with Berra’s name.

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