Another bell has rung as the 2011 Winter Auction from Classic Auctions has closed. Featuring items from Bryan Trottier and intriguing items from many others, the auction was a solid success by bringing in $1,260,000 US.

Some of the realized prices include (not including extra fees) :

  • Bryan Trottier’s 80-81 N.Y. Islanders Stanley Cup Championship Ring – $18,997
  • Vaclav Nedomansky’s 1968 Grenoble Olympics Hockey Silver Medal – $7,594
  • Leo Bourgault’s Mid-1930s Montreal Canadiens Jersey – $7,594
  • 1962 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Championship Gold Ring – $10,721
  • Alex Delvecchio 1954-56 Detroit Red Wings Signed Game-Worn Jersey – $7,853
  • Wayne Gretzky 1851st Point Milestone Record Goal Puck – $48,050
  • Mario Lemieux 90-91 Pittsburgh Penguins Playoffs Game-Worn Jersey – $12,650
  • Vladislav Tretiak 1973 World Ch’ship Signed CCCP Game-Worn Helmet – $11,120
  • Sidney Crosby 2010 Winter Olympics Team Canada Game-Worn Jersey – $18,522
  • 1933-34 O-Pee-Chee #33 – Harvey Jackson RC PSA 7 – $2,505
  • Gordie Howe 1970 Detroit Red Wings Game-Worn Jersey – $27,815
  • Syl Apps Late-1930s Toronto Maple Leafs Game-Worn Wool Sweater – $27,815

For those collectors with valuable and/or interesting items, Classic Auctions has extended the consignment date for their Spring 2011 Auction until April 18th, 2011. The highlight of the 2011 Spring Auction will be the personal collection of Luc Robitaille.

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In The Game has released a few more checklists for their product featuring only players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. ‘Enshrined’ will be among the front-runners for product of the year in 2011. If the previous checklists containing the names of Howie Morenz, Art Ross, Georges Vezina, King Clancy, and Ace Bailey were not enough to get collectors salivating, then they’re simply not human.

To further increase interest, In The Game has released more special insert checklists and photos.

Complete Package

  • CP-1 Bobby Hull
  • CP-2 Eddie Shore
  • CP-3 Guy Lafleur
  • CP-4 Jacques Plante
  • CP-5 Marcel Dionne
  • CP-6 Mario Lemieux
  • CP-7 Maurice Richard
  • CP-8 Patrick Roy
  • CP-9 Paul Coffey
  • CP-10 Raymond Bourque
  • CP-11 Stan Mikita
  • CP-12 Steve Yzerman
  • CP-13 Terry Sawchuk
  • CP-14 Tim Horton
  • CP-15 Vladislav Tretiak

Enshrined Nameplate

  • Bobby Clarke – Philadelphia Flyers
  • Bobby Clarke – Team Canada
  • Paul Coffey – Los Angeles Kings
  • Ron Francis – Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Dale Hawerchuk – 1987 Canada Cup
  • Pat Lafontaine – New York Islanders
  • Steve Shutt – Montreal Canadiens
  • Bernie Parent – Philadelphia Flyers
  • Gilbert Perreault – Buffalo Sabres
  • Denis Potvin – New York Islanders
  • Denis Savard – Chicago Blackhawks
  • Scott Stevens – New Jersey Devils
  • Vladislav Tretiak – USSR
  • Steve Yzerman – Team Canada
  • Luc Robitaille – Los Angeles Kings
  • Marcel Dionne – New York Rangers
  • Grant Fuhr – Buffalo Sabres
  • Rob Gilbert – New York Rangers
  • Borje Salming – Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Joe Mullen – Calgary Flames
  • Cam Neely – Boston Bruins
  • Mike Bossy – New York Islanders
  • Lanny McDonald – Calgary Flames

In The Game’s Enshrined is currently available for pre-order at Canada Card World and will be released on April 29, 2011.

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Baseball fan? Football fan? How about MMA or WWE? The Topps Company should have something to catch your eye. Below is the most current listing of release dates for upcoming Topps products.

Topps Tribute Baseball 2011 – April 6th, 2011

Topps Attax Baseball Game 2011 – April 20th, 2011

Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball 2011 – April 20th, 2011

Topps UFC: Title Shot – May 4th, 2011

Bowman Baseball 2011 – May 11th, 2011

Topps Pro Debut Baseball 2011 – June 1st, 2011

Topps Baseball Series 2 Diamond Anniversary 2011 – June 8th, 2011

Topps Rising Rookies Football 2011 – June 8th, 2011

Topps WWE Champions – June 8th, 2011

Bowman Platinum Baseball 2011 – June 22nd, 2011

Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball 2011 – July 13th, 2011

Topps Triple Threads Baseball 2011 – July 27th, 2011

Topps Football 2011 – July 27th, 2011

Many of these Topps and Bowman products will be available for sale at Canada Card World.

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More details have been released on In The Game’s upcoming product ‘Enshrined’. The product, which features only players which have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, is generating quite a lot of buzz around the collecting community.

There will be 200 base cards in the ITG Enshrined set and all of them will be limited to 175 copies, meaning that there will be a total of 35,000 base cards in total. No more, no less. It has also been verified that there will be 7,000 packs available with 5 base cards in each pack. Each of the 7,000 packs will be serially numbered.

Since ITG’s Enshrined celebrates the legendary players who have taken their place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, it is only fitting that besides the packs containing five base cards, each pack will contain one special insert.

The Special Insert Sets include:

  • Induction Year
  • Enshrined Lumber
  • By The Numbers
  • Emblematic
  • StickRack 1/1
  • Nameplates 1/1
  • Complete Jersey
  • Complete Package
  • Mega Memorabilia 1/1
  • Enshrined Cuts 1/1
  • Enshrined Autos (Hard-Signed)

Other highlights include:

Famous Fabrics Version

  • Ken Dryden 1983
  • Bob Gainey 1992
  • Wayne Gretzky 1999
  • Gordie Howe 1972
  • Bobby Orr 1979

The hard-core collectors will be most interested in:

Limited (/1 gold)

  • Jack Adams 1959
  • Clint Benedict 1965
  • Toe Blake 1966
  • Ace Bailey 1975
  • Turk Broda 1967
  • King Clancy 1958
  • Dit Clapper 1947
  • Happy Day 1961
  • Bill Durnan 1964
  • Bill Gadsby 1970
  • Chuck Gardiner 1945
  • Boom Boom Geoffrion 1972
  • George Hainsworth 1961
  • Doug Harvey 1973
  • Harvey (Busher) Jackson 1971
  • Red Kelly 1969
  • Elmer Lach 1966
  • Johnny Bower 1976
  • Harry Lumley 1980
  • Dickie Moore 1974
  • Paddy Moran 1958
  • Howie Morenz 1945
  • Frank Nighbor 1947
  • Joe Primeau 1963
  • Chuck Rayner 1973
  • Art Ross 1949
  • Nels Stewart 1952
  • Fred (Cyclone) Taylor 1947
  • Tiny Thompson 1959
  • Georges Vezina 1945

All special insert cards will either be numbered to /9 (silver version) or will be numbered /1 (gold version).

In The Game’s Enshrined will be released on April 29th, 2011 and is currently available for pre-order at Canada Card World.

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Sunday Fun-Day Fun Facts

27 March 2011

From RC Shivers on Yahoo Sports:

Baseball cards have been a staple of every American kid for years. Allowance day was always a chance to ride our bikes down to the store and buy a pack of cards with the worst tasting stale gum imaginable. We would chew the gum as we all traded cards for the ones we didn’t have or flip them against a wall to see who could get closest and maybe even score a leaner.

We would even clip the cards to the spokes of our bicycle tires and listen to them slap away like little motors. Most of those cards were the ones we thought were worthless. If I only had all those cards today, I could probably buy a nice car or a boat.

In 1979, just before I turned 12 years old, a plane crashed at Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio, the small Cessna was piloted by the New York Yankee great Thurman Munson. When it crashed, he was unable to escape and died. He was just 32.

That was the worst day for a young baseball fan in New York. I remember looking at my bedroom wall and all the baseball cards and posters that were hanging all willy nilly. I pulled the Thurman Munson card down and looked at it. I had taken great care of that card. He was one of my favorite New York Yankees ever. I waited for my dad to get home from work that day, and handed him the baseball card. He asked what it was for, and I said I wanted him to hold on to it until I was grown up.

I did not want to take a chance on losing it.

I recently asked my father if he still had that card, along with a 10 dollar bill printed only on one side. He did, and I added it to my odd collection of things I have saved over the years. Along with the Thurman Munson card, I have several Derek Jeter(notes) high school and rookie cards, a Kirby Puckett card and several others I held onto over the years.

The card that I had revered as a kid is not worth a million dollars. In fact, you can find it from about $2 to somewhere around $20. I couldn’t tell you how many other 12-year-olds did the same thing and now are handing that special Thurman Munson card down to their kids, but I can tell you that sometimes it’s is not about the money. Sometimes it’s about the sentiment.

Now I wait for my Derek Jeter cards to be worth something, but when I pull out the old box of cards and dig into it to find that classic 1979 Thurman Munson baseball card, the New York Yankee captain, I know it will never be sold by me.

I will hand it down and maybe my kid will sell it, but for me it’s more about the memory than the money.

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