Cryptozoic Entertainment is planning a number of non-sport sets for 2012 including Smallville. For additional information on Cryptozoic’s upcoming Smallville product, see the February/March issue of Non-Sport Update magazine.
Believe it or not, Topps is already revealing a sneak peek at Topps Baseball 2012 Series 2. Although Topps Baseball 2012 Series 1 hasn’t hit shelves yet, check out their Facebook page for a look at the upcoming designs and potential big hits.
From The Want List:
The Want List Issue 11 is almost ready to hit store shelves. The upcoming issue will feature a tribute to the 1960s and George Armstrong will be the first Toronto Maple Leaf to grace the cover. The magazine will be released in January 2012.
From Beckett Media:
The always popular Beckett Hockey Rookie Roll Call is on bookstore and hobby shelves now. Featuring the 2010-11 Rookie Card Rolodex and the ridiculously popular P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens on the cover, the magazine will be available until the end of February 2012.
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Panini America’s Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha sit down to wish Panini collectors everywhere a Merry Christmas in this special episode of Panini Unwrapped.
If you’re interested in some free give-aways, make sure to visit their YouTube page and comment on this video. It’ll be an extra happy holiday season for the lucky winners. Make sure to stay tuned until the end to find out how to win.
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Collectors who pulled rookie redemption cards from 2011-12 UD Artifacts have been curious as to which player they will receive. As late December approaches and most teams have rookies in the line-up, the list is ready for release. Regardless, some NHL teams still have not called-up a rookie (Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars). Collectors with redemptions for Boston and Dallas will receive a rookie card from another team.
Upper Deck is reporting that photo selection and design is still underway and production will start in early 2012. In the meantime, this is the current checklist:
201 Devante Smith-Pelly – Ducks
202 Mark Scheifele – Jets
203 Anton Lander – Oilers
204 Zack Kassian – Sabres
205 Roman Horak – Flames
206 Justin Faulk – Hurricanes
207 Brandon Saad – Blackhawks
208 Gabriel Landeskog – Avalanche
209 Ryan Johansen – Blue Jackets
210 Kevin Marshall – Flyers
211 Brendan Smith – Red Wings
212 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Oilers
213 Erik Gudbranson – Panthers
214 Slava Voynov – Kings
215 Brett Bulmer – Wild
216 Louis Leblanc – Canadiens
217 Craig Smith – Predators
218 Adam Larsson – Devils
219 David Ullstrom – Islanders
220 Tim Erixon – Rangers
221 David Rundblad – Senators
222 Sean Couturier – Flyers
223 Andy Miele – Coyotes
224 Robert Bortuzzo – Penguins
225 Harri Sateri – Sharks
226 Cade Fairchild – Blues
227 Brett Connolly – Lightning
228 Jake Gardiner – Maple Leafs
229 Eddie Lack – Canucks
230 Cody Eakin – Capitals
231 Matt Read – Flyers
232 Mika Zibanejad – Senators
233 Gustav Nyquist – Red Wings
234 Lennart Petrell – Oilers
235 Dmitry Orlov – Capitals
236 Raphael Diaz – Canadiens
237 Alexei Emelin – Canadiens
238 Peter Holland – Ducks
239 Colten Teubert – Oilers
240 Corey Tropp – Sabres
241 Stefan Elliott – Avalanche
242 David Savard – Blue Jackets
2011-12 Upper Deck Artifacts was released earlier this fall and is currently available for sale at Canada Card World.
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In The Game’s Heroes and Prospects was introduced during the 2004-05 season and it has become an annual hobby tradition for many collectors. The first year of H&P featured cards from the very popular Sidney Crosby before he was eligible for the NHL Draft. Featuring the brightest prospects from the AHL and CHL along with legends from hockey’s past and present, In The Game is in the process of putting together their 2011-12 version of the set.
This year, Heroes and Prospects will have a base set made up of 200 cards. It all begins with the Heroes subset that includes legends like Red Kelly, Mike Gartner, and Tony Amonte. Many drafted prospects from the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL are part of the CHL subset along with many youngsters who have a shot at being selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
For the third year in a row, Heroes and Prospects will also include AHL and CHL rookies as part of their base set. Look for hot young CHL talents like Max Domi, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Curtis Lazar along with first-year pros like Carter Ashton, Zack Kassian, and Andy Miele that are tearing up the AHL. Returning to the base set in 2011-12 are the AHL and CHL Grads which looks back on many of today’s hottest stars during their early days in the sport. Rounding out the base set are special Tribute cards which recognize the accomplishments of five players that the game has lost in recent years.
This season, Heroes and Prospects is loaded up with signatures from many players who will make an impact over the next few years. Look for signatures from promising talents like Griffin Reinhart and Sean Couturier in addition to short-printed autographs from the Heroes and many CHL and AHL Grads. In The Game is also pleased to offer signatures from three of the players from the Tribute subset.
The lineup of Game-Used Memorabilia cards for this season is still in the development stages. As always, look for Game-Used Jersey, Number and Emblem cards along with Autograph versions plus collector favourites like the Complete Logo, Subway Super Series, and CHL Top Prospects Game sets.
Each box will contain 9 cards per pack and 18 packs per box.
2011-12 In The Game’s Heroes and Prospects will be released in February 2012 and will be available for pre-order soon from Canada Card World.