Thursday, April 15, 2010

Upper Deck Releases 2009-10 SP Game Used Hockey Cards

Upper Deck Releases 2009-10 SP Game-Used Hockey!

When it comes to securing top-notch jersey, patch and gear cards,
this lamp-lighting collection represents the NHL's one-stop shop for collectors

Carlsbad, CA (April 14, 2010) - With this season's NHL playoffs set to begin tonight
with four first-round matchups, the Upper Deck Company is proud to announce the
release of its latest NHL-licensed trading card set: 2009-10 SP Game-Used Hockey. A
100-card regular set, SP Game-Used provides all the thrills and chills for hockey
card aficionados looking to get as close to the game as possible with at least one
memorabilia or autographed card in every pack, on average.

"Our SP Game-Used set truly does have something for everyone," said Josh Zusman,
Upper Deck's hockey brand manager. "The signed manufactured patch cards are now an
annual offering, as are last year's debut of the 'Fight Strap' cards. And with two
rookie cards per box, as well as our various autographed cards sprinkled throughout,
collectors really can't go wrong with buying a box."

The hits just keep on coming as Upper Deck's lineup of insert cards leaves no puck
unturned. In addition to the likelihood of landing either a memorabilia or
autographed card in every pack, SP Game-Used Hockey boasts an incredible assortment
of inserts starting with the readily available "Authentic Fabrics." Moving right
along, collectors will seek out "Inked Sweaters" autographed jersey cards (numbered
to 50), featuring the likes of John Tavares, Matt Duchene and Patrick Kane, as well
as "Legends Classic Patches" (numbered to 25), including past hockey standouts like
Bryan Trottier, Butch Goring, Billy Smith and Dale Hawerchuk. And let's not forget
about the red-hot "Letters of Distinction" inserts with varied numbering, which
sport the actual "A's" and "C's" right off of players' game-worn jerseys!

The depth of autographed cards inside the set is especially significant as rookies,
current stars and retired legends abound. The two levels of the "SIGnificance"
offerings (numbered to 50 and numbered to 25) are jam-packed with talent young and
old as names like Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos, Steve Yzerman, Brian Leetch and
even Johnny Bucyk jump off the checklist. The dual-signed "Extra SIGnificance"
(numbered to 25) and thrice-signed "Triple SIGnificance" (numbered to 10) cards will
no doubt have collectors screaming with excitement upon cracking lucky packs.

Lastly, the sought-after rookie cards that are available - "Authentic Rookies"
(numbed to 999) and "Authentic Rookies SP" (numbed to 99) - will round out one's
collection very nicely. And the "Rookie Exclusives" autograph cards are all numbered
to 100. With names like Tavares, Duchene and Victor Hedman waiting to be discovered,
excessive crack-packing will be at an all-time high.

The product, currently on store shelves, includes three cards per pack, six packs
per box.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Topps Unveils Jason Heyward as Finest Rookie Redemption #1...With a Twist!

Topps announces the player redeemable for the 2010 Topps Finest Baseball Rookie Redemption # 1 is Atlanta Braves slugger Jason Heyward. And to spice to up the offer, 10% of the Jason Heyward cards redeemed will be AUTOGRAPHED! (on-card that is!). Collectors will be immediately notified if their version is autographed once they unlock their code online. If you have already unlocked your code on, go back and check your online redemption account to see if you have been awarded an autographed version!

Throughout the 2010 Major League Baseball season, Topps will announce the subjects for the 10-card Rookie Redemption set. Each Master Box of Topps Finest includes one Rookie Redemption. In addition, collectors can also find redemptions for Blue Refractors (#’d to 199) and Gold Refractors (#’d to 50) versions.

Stay tuned for Rookie Redemption # 2!