Monday, September 28, 2009

A Great Time of the Year!!

After enduring what has been a brutal last 6-weeks of baseball in Chicago, and with no compelling division races to tune in to nationally, I am SO ready for MLB Playoffs to start.

Couple that with the NFL season being in full swing and some highly touted rookies performing above expectation (Percy Harvin, Mark Sanchez immediatly come to mind) and tht NFC North proving to be a nail-biter all year, with the Vikings, Bears, and Packers, all jockeying for supremacy, and the 2009-10 campaign is shaping up to be great.

However, most importantly to this blogger is that the puck drops this week in the NHL!! Eager for the season to officially start hockey collectors will unfortunately have to wait for the first mid-range product to release. Upper Deck 2009-10 Artifacts is scheduled to release on 10/27

Per Box Highlights:

(3) Game-Used Memorabilia Cards and (1) Autographed card per box (on average)!

Key rookies: John Tavares, James Van Riemsdyk, Cody Hodgson, PK Subban

Get 2 RC's and 1 Rookie Redempton card per box

Pack out configuration: 4 cards per pack, 10 packs per box

Presell Price: $81

For those of you that can't wait, you can pick up Victory of Fleer Ultra. I actually like the Fleer Ultra brand and would like to Upper Deck utilize this for baseball. As for the Series 1 flagship release, November 10th is the date to get your hands on one of the Hobby's most coveted RC lineups int he form of Young Guns.

Per Box Highlights:

Rookie Cards
Young Guns – inserted 1:4


UD Game Jerseys – inserted 1:12

Pack out configuration: 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box

Presell Price: $62

I am really hoping the young Blackhawks can capitalize on the moment from last year and their playoff series wins. However, I do believe they are going to miss Marty Havlat more than they realize. As Scotty Bowman and company lead the organization for the first full season, hopes and expectations are high.

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