In The Game’s Tough Customers was a great product for tough-guy collectors about 5 or 6 years ago.

ITG’s Enforcers will continue that tradition… and may just knock-out some collectors!

Enforcers box highlights:

  • 5 Autograph cards in every box
  • 2 Game-Used Memorabilia cards in every box
  • Instigator cards
  • Head-To-Head Combatants cards
  • Quadruple Tough Franchise

There will also be 5 base cards in every box. Some of the subsets to look for are:
  • Tale Of The Tape
  • Tough Franchise
  • Bloody Battles
  • Record Holders
In total, there will be 12 cards per box... and more than half of those will be autographs or memorabilia!

In The Game’s Enforcers will be released in January 2012 and is available for pre-order now at Canada Card World.

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The Return of the Nuisance

29 November 2011

He’s back!

There are few players who carry the sort of notoriety that Dale Hunter carries with him. From the legendary career to the legendary suspension to the legendary timely goals, Dale Hunter had a flair for the dramatic.

And now, he’s replacing Bruce Boudreau as the head coach of the underachieving Washington Capitals and a sulking Alexander Ovechkin. Things are about to change in The Capital.

For the last number of years, Dale Hunter has been coaching a great London Knights team in the OHL and tutoring future NHLers. Now he’ll be asked to bring Washington to the next level.

Amassing a staggering 3565 penalty minutes, Hunter currently has the second-most penalty minutes in NHL history, after Dave “Tiger” Williams. More impressive, while doing this he scored 323 goals and 1,020 points. When the Capitals retired his No. 32 jersey, he was presented with the penalty box from the demolished Capital Centre at the retirement ceremony.

Dale Hunter played 186 games without playing for a Stanley Cup-winning team. Maybe now, he can win one as a coach. He has the talent and the players to accomplish the feat.

And not only would it be a boost to his legend. It would also be a boost to his cards.

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The Canadian Football League.

Three downs. 110 yard field. Single points. No yards penalties.

There are some things that are consistent. But in terms of CFL football cards, the only thing close to consistency has been Jogo.

Topps produced CFL cards from 1962 to 1964, OPC took over from 1970 to 1972, All-World in 1991, 2003 Pacific CFL cards, and Extreme CFL cards in recent years.

But CFL and Jogo will always go hand-in-hand.

Jogo’s first release was issued in 1981. It was a 51-card set of the CFL’s top players.

In 2011, Jogo Football will be producing CFL cards for their 31st straight year. Besides Topps Baseball and Football, no other company has produced a brand of cards for that long consecutively.

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Today marks the 99th Grey Cup for the Canadian Football League.

In 1909, the Grey Cup was donated by Governor General Albert Grey, the fourth Earl Grey, to recognize the top amateur rugby football team. The game was played in front of 3,807 fans and The University of Toronto defeated Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 26-6

Although the first Grey Cup was played in 1909, the 100th Grey Cup will be played in 2012. From 1916-1918, the Grey Cup was not contested due to World War I.

During World War II, three Grey Cup games were contested by military teams. Amateur teams stopped competing for the Grey Cup by 1954.

1952 was the first year the Grey Cup was broadcast on television. The CBC paid $7,500 for the rights.

The only other time Winnipeg and B.C. have faced each other in the Grey Cup was 1988. The Blue Bombers beat the Lions 22-21 in a classic finish.

Most Grey Cup wins: 15 – Toronto Argonauts

Most Grey Cup losses: 13 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The 100th Grey Cup will be played at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, on Sunday, November 25th, 2012.

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The Nuge!

With 8 goals and 14 assists in his first 21 games, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is proving that he’s the real deal. Selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, this 18-year old could be the NHL’s next superstar.

Nugent-Hopkins played midget hockey for the Vancouver NW Giants during the 2008–09 season. During the 2008 Mac’s AAA midget hockey tournament, Nugent-Hopkins was named the Tournament MVP and was named the 2008 BC Minor Hockey Player of the Year, in recognition of his sportsmanship, leadership, and hockey skill.

Nugent-Hopkins made his WHL debut with the Rebels as an underage player during the 2008–09 WHL season. He played in five games, scoring two goals and four assists. The following year, Nugent-Hopkins played in 67 games and was awarded the WHL rookie of the year award. He was a finalist for the CHL rookie of the year but lost to Matt Puempel.

He played his first game for the Oilers in the team’s first game of the 2011–12 season, a shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-tying goal with less than 5 minutes remaining. In his third NHL game, he scored his first NHL hat trick. On November 19, 2011 he recorded an amazing five assists versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

A creative playmaker, Nugent-Hopkins has tremendous anticipation and an ability to find open ice. While he is undersized, it’s easy to forget that he is only 18-years old. He is very effective operating in tight spaces and is very comfortable putting himself in high traffic situations. He is a smart player, which is easy to see by his excellent positioning, angles taken, and impressive defensive game.

Rookie cards of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are available in most 2011-12 products. In addition, Nugent-Hopkins cards are also in 2009-10 and 2010-11 Heroes and Prospects products from In The Game. Many of these hobby boxes are available at Canada Card World.

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