Archive for the 'Hockey' Category

Revealed: 2006-07 SP Game Used Letter Marks Short Prints

Auto Date Friday, August 10th, 2007

Beckett has posted a chart of the letters within a player’s name that are available in lesser quantities.

You can take a look at the chart here.

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Sidney Crosby Rookie sells for $10,000

Auto Date Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

A 2005/06 Upper Deck The Cup rookie autographed patch card of Pittsburgh Penguin phenom Sidney Crosby recently sold on eBay for $10,000.  The auction ended on April 5th at the Buy-It-Now price of $10,000.  The card was numbered 59 out 99 and included an impressive 3 color patch.

Sidney Crosby was the first pick of the 2005 NFL Draft and finished his rookie season with 102 points.  During the 2006-07 season, Crosby scored 120 points and won the Art Ross Trophy which goes to the NHL’s high scorer.  He became the youngest player and only teenager ever to win the scoring title of any major league sports league.

The actual card sold is pictured to the left.

[tags]Sidney Crosby, Upper Deck, The Cup, eBay[/tags]

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Upper Deck includes 2 Rookie Cards of Hockey Player

Auto Date Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Upper Deck inadvertently issued 2 rookie cards of Minnesota Wild first round pick Benoit Pouliot in it’s 2006-07 Hot Prospects hockey set.

Upper Deck came to an agreement on a signature deal with Pouliot late in the process and added an autograph patch rookie card (#126) which is numbered to 599.  They forgot to pull his non-autographed card from the set (#163), which is numbered to 1,999.

Since both cards are part of the base set, they are both considered to be rookie cards.

Note: The card on the right is not from the Hot Prospect set.  It is a 2006-07 Upper Deck Young Guns #475

[tags]Upper Deck, Rookie, Error, Benoit Pouliot[/tags]

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Upper Deck Obtains Rights to O-Pee-Chee Brand

Auto Date Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Upper Deck has secured the rights to the O-Pee-Chee brand name and will release a 700 card set later in the hockey season.

O-Pee-Chee cards dates back to 1933 and over the years contained some of the most sought after rookie cards including the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky rookie card.

The 2006-07 set will consist of the following:

  • Industry’s most comprehensive hockey set
  • An average of one themed subset card in every pack
  • One memorabilia card per box
  • O-Pee-Chee autograph cards

Signature and Memorabilia Cards

  • O-Pee-Chee Swatches – game-used jersey cards – inserted 1:36
  • O-Pee-Chee Autographs – signature cards – inserted 1:36

Parallel cards and inserts

  • Regular Cards – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Hall Worthy – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Team Checklist – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Stat Leaders – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Rookie/Sophomore Showdown – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Marquee Rookies – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)

Regular Set

  • 500 Regular Cards
  • 25 Hall Worthy
  • 30 Team Checklists
  • 15 Stat Leaders
  • 30 Rookie/Sophomore Showdown
  • Marquee Rookies

1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card

[tags]O-Pee-Chee, Upper Deck[/tags]

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Upper Deck Sponsors NHL Giveaway

Auto Date Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Upper Deck and the NHL have created Upper Deck Hockey Card Night.  Upper Deck will supply each of the 28 participating teams with 10,000 team packs.  The first 10,000 fans in each city to attend a game on the designated night will receive a complimentary team pack.

This is part of Upper Deck’s Lucky Shot hockey promotional campaign which includes television, print and online advertising. 

Giveaway Nights

Minnesota Wild – January 26
Phoenix Coyotes – February 1
Carolina Hurricanes – February 3
San Jose Sharks – February 3
St. Louis Blues – February 3
Washington Capitals – February 4
Atlanta Thrashers – February 6
Nashville Predators – February 8
Florida Panthers – February 10
Vancouver February 10
Boston Bruins – February 10
Columbus Blue Jackets – February 11
Edmonton Oilers – February 11
Detroit Red Wings – February 11
Toronto Maple Leafs – February 13
Buffalo Sabres – February 17
Calgary Flames – February 17
New York Islanders – February 17
Pittsburgh Penguins – February 18
Colorado Avalanche – February 22
Philadelphia Flyers – February 24
Ottawa Senators – February 24
Los Angeles Kings – February 24
New Jersey Devils – February 24
Tampa Bay Lightning – February 25
Chicago Blackhawks – February 25
Dallas Stars – February 25
Anaheim Ducks – TBD

[tags]NHL, Upper Deck, Promotion[/tags]

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Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card sells for $80,000

Auto Date Saturday, September 16th, 2006

17.jpgA PSA Gem Mint 10 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie card of Wayne Gretzky recently traded hands for $80,000. 

Rick Snyder, founder and President of MINT State, brokered the sale between two of the company’s clients.

“Our consignor purchased the only PSA-graded Gem Mint 10 of Gretzky’s OPC rookie card in August 2005,” explained Snyder. “He made a recent decision to refocus his collection and asked MINT State to find a buyer. In less than 30 minutes, the card had sold to a private collector for $80,000, the highest price ever paid for a single hockey card.”Snyder continued, “Extremely high grade football, basketball, and hockey cards continue to escalate in value at higher rates than their baseball counterparts. The buyer viewed this as a rare opportunity to acquire the finest known rookie card of a major sport’s universally recognized all-time greatest player.”

It is the only PSA 10 Gretzky O-Pee-Chee ever graded by PSA.  According to the Beckett Grading Services population report, there have been 2 cards graded a Gem Mint 9.5 and none graded 10 Pristine.

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