Upper Deck Shows Off Gritty’s Rookie Card

The Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty has been making his rounds lately.  From The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to appearing with the Phillie Phanatic at Citizens Bank Park, he has been all over the place.  He’s already a pop culture legend that will bring endless amounts of entertainment to fans for years to come.  Gritty is awesome!!!

Last night Upper Deck surprised collectors with a preview of 2018-19 Upper Deck NHL Series One.  The preview contained an image of Gritty’s Young Guns rookie card.  On the back is Gritty’s complete origin.  Apparently he has been living under the Wells Fargo Center for years, and sneaking hot dogs.  Recent construction disturbed his hideout.

If you’re hoping to pull a Gritty rookie from a pack of 2018-19 Upper Deck NHL Series One, that doesn’t look like its going to happen.  This particular card will be given away as a promo.  How it will be given away is still a mystery.  Please follow the Upper Deck Blog and Upper Deck on Twitter for those upcoming details.  2018-19 Upper Deck NHL Series One will be released in November.

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Card of the Day: Dave Thomas 1999-00 Topps NHL All-Star FanFest #00

OYO Launches Line Of NHL Minifigures

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OYO Sportstoys began selling officially licensed NHL minifigures this week.  As of right now the teams they are offering minifigures for include the Rangers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, and Bruins.  Other teams will soon follow.

I’ve got to say that OYO really put some thought into their new line of hockey minifigures.  Included with every minifigure you’ll find a stand, stick, helmet, shield, puck, and skates.  OYO even designed the players to look like they’re wearing gloves.  They could have easily just copied the basic design they use for their baseball and football players, but they went the extra step in redesigning the hands.  The same could be said about the skates too.  It won’t be long until you start seeing these guys pop-up at your local hobby shop or sports venue.

Founded in 2011, OYO Sportstoys has seen much success with their line of officially licensed minifigures.  This success has even spawned off Field Sets for both baseball and football.  It really wouldn’t surprise me if we see hockey Field Sets down the road.  The best thing about them though is that they’re fully compatible with other building toys such as LEGOs.  Having a minifigure of yourself is almost an honor.  Just like seeing yourself as a character on Family Guy or The Simpsons.  Kids like LEGOs and kids like sports.  Its only natural to put them together.  Funky stuff like this is just awesome.  I hope OYO sees a boost in sales with The LEGO Movie coming out soon.

Card of the Day: Wayne Gretzky/Mario Lemieux 2005-06 UD The Cup NHL Shields

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2-Pack NHL TeenyMates Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Teresa on being the lucky winner of the 2-Pack NHL TeenyMates Contest.  Once Teresa sends me her mailing address, TeenyMates will ship these packs ASAP.  Thanks!

2-Pack NHL TeenyMates Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for 2 packs of NHL TeenyMates.  Inside each pack you’ll find 2 figures and 2 puzzle pieces.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 22, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so TeenyMates can ship them these packs for FREE!!!

2-Pack NHL TeenyMates Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to turbomom on being the lucky winner of the 2-Pack NHL TeenyMates Contest.  Once turbomom sends me their mailing address, TeenyMates will ship your packs ASAP.  Thanks!