Card of the Day: 1974 Topps Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Champions #216

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1972 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Press Pin

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After a lot of negotiating and wondering if there would be a season at all, the NHL started their shortened season today.  Fans will once again be able to cheer on their favorite team while watching what I like to call “boxing on ice”.

As you can see, this pin was given to members of the media during the 1972 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.  That year, the Boston Bruins went on to defeat the New York Rangers and win the Stanley Cup.  Bobby Orr was the MVP.  The last pin like this one sold for $159.00.

One thing that this temporary lockout did was limit collectors the ability to obtain new rookie cards for the 2012-2013 season.  The NHLPA made this decision on Thursday.  I’m not sure why they came to this conclusion.  It most likely had something to do with money.  Dr. Price of ITG wrote a great piece on this topic yesterday.  Rookies are still going to play this year, and its far from what happened in the 2004-2005 season, but I still think they should allow manufacturers to issue rookies.  Rookies are one of the major driving forces behind new products, and not being able to include them this season is really going to limit the amount of hockey products released.  Those dealers that rely on hockey products are really going to feel it.  The lockout was bad enough, and then the NHLPA pulls this garbage.

Eagles Contenders Rookie Ticket Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest will be for a Stanley Havili 2011 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Auto.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 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
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Lord Stanley ’08 UD Masterpieces #1

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Doesn’t it look like he’s holding a baseball bat?  Weird 🙂

The Way Cut Signatures Should Look

I could write up a whole blog post about how Topps lost their Player’s Inc license yesterday and probably won’t be able to produce football cards in 2010, but this being the “Year of the License” it shouldn’t surprise you that these things are happening.  I’m not going to repeat everything that has been said already.

Yesterday in the mail I received a copy of Insider’s Edge magazine and I came across an interesting article about Sean Broderick.  Mr. Broderick probably has one of the best cut signature collections The Hobby has ever seen, especially if your a hockey fan.  His collection doesn’t consist of cards that were pulled from packs.  Instead he purchases authentic documents signed by players such as Art Ross, Lord Stanley, and Georges Vezina.  For those collectors not familier with hockey, these players are equal to Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Cap Anson, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Alexander Cartwright, and Jim Thorpe.  In many cases these signatures are much harder to find.  With help from Garret Morrison, these rare signatures are inserted into custom made cards just for Broderick’s collection.  In the end they are slabbed and authenticated by PSA/DNA.  In my opinion, these are some of the best looking cut signatures I’ve ever seen.  You rarely see photography like this on cut signatures.  They have the perfect balance of photograph and autograph.  Take a look at the windows too.  Usually a cut signature is placed in a plain square.  These windows have unique designs and cater towards the signature themselves.  Mr. Broderick was nice enough to send over a few images for you to take a look.  He is constantly looking for more signatures of players and donors from this era.  If you have something you think he might need, please e-mail him at: seanieb21@hotmail.com.  For a closer look, click on each image.

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Kollectors Krazy for KISS Kards

Scheduled Release Date: 4/15/09

Formed in New York City in 1973, KISS redefined live performances with their blood-spitting, fire-breathing, and pyrotechnic displays.  Their outrageous antics rocketed them to worldwide fame, and the band has yet to heed the curtain call.  KISS enters 2009 in full force with a full concert tour planned for the US and Europe, a new record, and new trading card set from Press Pass!

KISS Ikons goes behind the scenes with a 90-card base set that includes rare and never-before-seen photos, along with quotes directly from current and former band members about everything KISS.  Discover everything from how the band got its name to the inspiration behind some of their most memorable songs like this quote from Gene Simmons about the inspiration behind the song 100,000 Years:  “I read a book called 100,000 Years where 100,000 years ago we were visited by aliens. I was reading all kinds of space and time continuance stuff, and it was all swirling around my head. I started to think what happens if you’re an astronaut and you leave, how long could you stay in love?”

KISS fans can also own their very own piece of KISS memorabilia!   The KISS Klothes insert features authentic memorabilia worn by the Demon himself, Gene Simmons.  Memorabilia includes black lace-up pleather pants and a black jumpsuit.  Fans and collectors can also look for instant win cards for authentic autographed 8×10 photos of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

The KISS Army is still going strong after all these years, and KISS Ikons includes an awesome lineup of KISS Stickers and Tattoos that every KISS Army member will love!  Whether you’re a fan of the Demon, the Starchild, the Spaceman, or the Catman these cool collectibles are a great way to show off your KISS pride.

KISS Ikons ships April 2009.  Check the Press Pass website for more details at www.PressPassInc.com.

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