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Posted on January 25, 2011 – 10:12 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Editor
Topps wants you to save your hobby wrappers — and this time they’re telling you in advance.
The arrival of 2011 Topps is just around the corner and the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards is celebrating its 60th anniversary in countless ways.
One of them, announced Tuesday, is a wrapper redemption program for 2011 Topps Series 1.
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Posted on January 24, 2011 – 9:25 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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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.
Posted on January 24, 2011 – 11:59 am | Author: chrisolds
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Wizard magazine, the leading publication dedicated to comic books, has ceased publication after 20 years and a digital magazine will be launched in its place.
The first issue of Wizard arrived in July 1991. Its final edition is the one on shelves now as the magazine’s staff was reportedly let go today. A digital magazine will be forthcoming from Wizard World Inc., a company that went public on Monday.
Wizard’s parent company had branched out to publish other magazines — ToyFare, for example — and promote comic book shows through the years while the scope of its flagship magazine had grown to include more than just comic books.
On Monday, Wizard founder Gareb Shamus, who is CEO of Wizard World Inc., announced that its Comic Con Tour will hit 12 cities this year and unveiled its plan to launch a digital magazine called Wizard World in February. That magazine will focus on pop culture via content on comic books, toys and more.
“This is a very exciting day for Wizard World and the industries it serves,” said Shamus in a news release. “Having the Tour produced by a public company provides additional opportunities to expand and grow the Tour. The new digital magazine Wizard World will give consumers the content they want in a magazine format with which they are familiar, but distributed in a form that is always available at any time on any device. It is a natural evolution for us in this market.”
Posted on January 21, 2011 – 2:44 pm | Author: tolentinotown
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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor
Fortifying its role as a major hockey hobby player, Panini America has teamed up with the National Hockey League Players Association to deliver a sweet sweater from next week’s 2011 NHL All-Star Game.
Considering that the prize is a jersey worn by the game’s MVP, the rules are simple:
Lucky fans who correctly select the MVP from the 42 options will be entered into a drawing to win a game-worn sweater from that player.
Mindful of making everyone a winner, Panini and the NHLPA joined forces to offer another incentive. Upon registering for the contest, every entrant will receive 10 free virtual NHL Adrenalyn cards with the use of promo code, NHLPAMVP.
Posted on January 20, 2011 – 9:45 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
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With the NFL getting closer and closer to its Super Bowl champions, Topps has released a new set of Allen & Ginter Super Bowl Champions on its ETopps.com website.
The first three cards in the 15-card set were released on Monday with Howie Long, Jerome Bettis and Vince Lombardi.
Posted on January 20, 2011 – 5:51 pm | Author: tolentinotown
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For the past two decades, Upper Deck has made an effort to promote hockey-card collecting at various NHL All-Star festivities. This year, the major manufacturer will make a three-day appearance at the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair in Raleigh, N.C.
“We’re anticipating a great turnout, so we’ve come up with a highly sought-after lineup of All-Star redemption card sets to hand out each day of the show,” said Jodi Wasserman, Upper Deck’s Director of Marketing.
From Friday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 30, thousands of fans can enjoy various programs organized by Upper Deck and other hockey advocates.
Bringing its wrapper redemption program to the booth, Upper Deck will offer one commemorative 2011 three-card All-Star pack to fans who open three packs of any 2010-11 Upper Deck hockey product (excluding Victory). These tribute packs come in three different versions, as listed below: Read More »
Posted on January 20, 2011 – 5:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010-11 ITG Heroes & Prospects hockey cards in this latest editon of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on January 20, 2011 – 9:41 am | Author: tolentinotown
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“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.
Posted on January 19, 2011 – 9:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
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In The Game‘s foray into the baseball card market is inching closer toward a reality as 2011 Heroes & Prospects Baseball “Hits” Series 1 is set to arrive on Feb. 24 with a little something as its name suggests.
Nothing more than hits.
Each box will contain five autograph or memorabilia cards — there are no base cards in the product — for a suggested retail price of $95. Every 12-box case will include a 1/1 card, while each master case is made up of four 12-box cases.
Although the product was announced at last year‘s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, ITG has opted for a spring training-timed release.
The product is mostly prospect-driven but does include memorabilia and autograph cards of Hall of Famers, retired stars and current MLB players. Some of the notable signers include Johnny Bench, Tommy Lasorda, Yogi Berra, Tom Seaver, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly and Harmon Killebrew among others.
Notable prospects who signed for the set include Brandon Belt, Yonder Alonso, Wil Myers, Dellin Betances, Jameson Taillon, Kyle Drabek and Mike Trout to name a few.
What can you expect to find? See the images … after the jump.
Posted on January 18, 2011 – 8:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
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He’s a small-town guy from Nebraska who went to a small school — Chadron State — where he was the best player in the nation two years in a row as the winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy and destroyed the record books with 7,962 rushing yards and 109 touchdowns, both NCAA records.
He went undrafted in 2008 and toiled on the New York Jets practice squad before getting some playing time last season. He was cut earlier this year after getting attention on HBO’s Hard Knocks and featured treatment from Coach Rex Ryan‘s memorable mouth (“Look at that little *&^%$#$,” said Ryan, watching a preseason touchdown), only to sign on with the New England Patriots where he’s become a cult hero of sorts.
He’s a small-in-stature guy, just 5-foot-7 (though 200 pounds), who could probably blend in well behind the counter at your local fast food joint or working the shelves at Modell’s — after all, he has sold his own football jerseys in relative anonymity despite the fact that he scored six touchdowns this season while playing alongside the likes of Tom Brady and Wes Welker.
And worst of all? He has yet to appear on a single licensed NFL trading card released in pack form. (But that will soon change — keep reading.)
His name? Danny Woodhead.