It is now less than 5 days before the beginning of the 2010 MLB season.  As spring training comes to an end, collectors are now salivating over the prospects who are set to make their debut this season.

First and foremost on collectors minds will be the debut of Washington Nationals phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg.  Although Strasburg is set to start the season in the minor leagues, it is only a matter of time before the big club brings him up to The Show.  Not only do the Nationals need the excitement which Strasburg will bring as quickly as his fastball, but the Nationals need to show that they’re ready to become a contender.  2010 will mark the rookie debut of cards featuring Stephen Strasburg.

The other player drawing rave reviews this spring is Jason Heyward, an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves.  Heyward, like many players before him, already has rookie cards available from previous sets. Recently stipulations have been brought forward to keep minor league players from receiving a card before they appear in Major League games, however Heyward’s card appeared before that rule came into effect.  Heyward should have no trouble becoming the new fan favourite in Atlanta, a team which has been searching for the new wave of stars since the days of Glavine, Smoltz, Maddux, and Jones.

The 2010 MLB season will mark a new decade in the sport and in collecting. Who will we look back on in 10 years time with admiration?  Who will we be suggesting is a future Hall of Famer?  And who will we look back on and wonder… what ever happened to him?

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And The Award Goes To…

30 March 2010

… Canada Card World – The Blog?

Upper Deck has released the finalists for the inaugural Upper Deck Best Blog award and thanks to our loyal fans, we have been nominated.

Now.  It’s great to be nominated.  Most definitely.  But… just like everyone else, we would like to win the Best Blog award from Upper Deck.

And you can help!  In return… we might have free stuff for you!

To win the award, we need you to vote for us.  Voting is simple.  Just click a vote on our blog, enter the 4 digit number so they know you’re not a spammer, and that’s it.  No emails addresses, no pains.  The link is:

Upper Deck Best Blog Award Voting

After voting for the Canada Card World blog, post a comment on one of our stories.  We’ll give you credit.  Vote everyday and we’ll give you more credit. Recruit friends to vote for us and we’ll give you and them credit.  Only one vote per person per day but if you can recruit friends then you can really increase your chances.

If Canada Card World – The Blog wins the Upper Deck Best Blog award we’ll win free stuff from Upper Deck.  Free stuff for you!  In exchange for your comments and the credit you receive, you’ll get entries into a contest for free stuff.  We’ll post a video of these draws and who knows… you might be a winner!

The more you help us… the more you help yourself get free products from Upper Deck!

So vote!  And maybe we’ll both win!

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As collectors, we often wait excitedly for the new, upcoming products of the season.  So, without further ado, here is the newest hockey product release schedule for the 2009-10 season.  Checklists will be become available as the release date approaches.

UD SP GAME USED HOCKEY 09/10 – April 6th, 2010

UD ICE HOCKEY 09/10 – April 12th, 2010

UD SP AUTHENTIC HOCKEY 09/10 – April 27th, 2010

ITG SUPERLATIVE HOCKEY VOLUME II – April 30th, 2010

UD ULTIMATE COLLECTION HOCKEY 09/10 – May 11th, 2010

UD O-PEE-CHEE METAL HOCKEY  09/10 – May 18th, 2010

UD O-PEE-CHEE PREMIER HOCKEY 09/10 – May 25th, 2010

UD BE A PLAYER HOCKEY 09/10  – May 25th 2010

All of these exciting 2009-10 hockey products from In The Game and Upper Deck will be available at Canada Card World.

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The days of the Toronto Maple Laughs may be coming to an end.  The 2009-10 NHL season has meant the perennial door-mat team might be turning it around. With the additions of Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, the cornerstones could be in place.  But it’s the rookies of the 2009-10 season which will eventually decide the next 5-10 years for the team.

Viktor Stalberg, Tyler Bozak, Jonas Gustavsson, Luca Caputi, Carl Gunnarsson, and Christian Hanson are all rookies this season for the Maple Leafs.  As the season has worn on, the rookies have started to show their stuff.  Gustavsson has shown he is worthy as a #1 NHL goaltender and Stalberg has shown the type of skill which Toronto fans haven’t seen in years.

Tyler Bozak and Luca Caputi have also come into their own with second year pros Luke Schenn and Nikolai Kulemin.  The combination of youth and fan excitement has made Toronto a tough team to beat in the final quarter of the NHL season.

For years, Toronto has had few players worthy of collecting.  These days, there is much more choice beyond Doug Gilmour, Curtis Joseph, and Mats Sundin.  The key will be picking the best of the bunch before the prices start to rise.

Oh yes… and we haven’t even mentioned Nazem Kadri!

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Sunday Fun-Day Fun Facts

28 March 2010

Billy Ripken made his major league debut on July 11, 1987 and it marked the first time that a father had managed two sons on the same team.  Billy Ripken played alongside his brother, future Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and was managed by his father, Cal Ripken, Sr. during his time with the Baltimore Orioles in 1987 and 1988.  Actually, all three Ripkens appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated during the early part of the 1988 MLB season as the Orioles had lost their first 21 games of the season.

Unfortunately for Billy Ripken, he is mainly remembered for two things during his long MLB career which lasted over 10 seasons.  Firstly, he is remembered for being Cal Ripken’s brother and secondly, for an infamous baseball card mistake.

In 1989, Ripken’s Fleer baseball card showed him holding a bat with the expletive ‘fuck face’ written on the knob of the bat.  Fleer did not notice the error originally but rushed to correct the error in future print runs.  In their haste, Fleer released many variations in which the text was scrawled over with a marker, whited out with correction fluid, and also airbrushed.

On the final corrected version, Fleer obscured the offensive words with a black box and this version was included in factory sets. Both the original card and many of the corrected versions have become collector’s items as a result. There are at least ten different variations of this card.  Even though the days of putting a higher value on error cards and corrected versions are barely worth a mention in today’s hobby world,  the Ripken error and variations still command good prices on eBay to this day.

In later years, Billy Ripken admitted to having written the expletive on the bat; however, he claimed he did it to distinguish it as a batting practice bat.  Some collectors list the card as the “Rick Face” card since the script on the bat appears to make the bad word look similar to Rick.

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