Robbery in Chatham, Ontario

31 January 2012

Gretzky rookie cards stolen in $40,000 heist: Shop owner
By Vicki Gough, QMI Agency

CHATHAM, ONT. – A sports card shop owner says 90% of his hockey cards — including three Wayne Gretzky rookie cards — are gone after thieves broke into his store sometime over the weekend.

“My life’s collection of sports cards is gone,” Mike Lucio said Monday, noting a Jean Beliveau rookie card from 1954 also went missing. He estimates the items taken in the heist were worth about $40,000.

Lucio discovered his shop was broken into Sunday evening. He believes thieves used a bolt cutter to cut the padlock on the steel bars that provide extra security over the side door, then used a crowbar to pry it open.

Lucio opened Rockets Sports Cards in the southern Ontario town just 15 months ago. He started collecting sports cards 20 years ago.

Some of the cards have serial numbers.

He told his distributor about the theft and the distributor sent out a mass e-mail to other collector card shops to be on the lookout for Lucio’s property.

“There are only three collector card distributors in Ontario,” Lucio said.

He’s also calling the local pawnshops to alert them of the theft.

Chatham-Kent police are investigating the theft.

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It’s NHL All-Star Weekend and what better way to celebrate than some free unopened packs for a lucky fan.

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Early word out of Toronto indicates that they’re gathering an impressive line-up of autograph guests for the 2012 Spring Sports Card Expo.

Held every year in Toronto, Ontario, the Expo is always a large draw. Collectors and dealers can browse hundreds of tables of rare and not-so-rare sports cards, non-sports cards, and various non-card related items.

The early autograph guest line-up for the May 4th to May 6th, 2012 show will include Gilbert Perreault, Ed Giacomin, Rogie Vachon, Darryl Sittler, and Dominik Hasek.

More guests will be announced as the event approaches.

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Panini has unveiled their plans for this week’s 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Fair wrapper-redemption program in conjunction with the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa, Ontario.

In addition to the impressive base card checklist and inserts, Panini has included a stunning list of autograph and memorabilia cards within its redemption program.


In addition to producing autographed versions of the base 2012 NHL All-Star Game set, Panini has stated that they have added signatures to many inserts from recent Panini products and stamped them with a special “All-Star 2011-2012″ foil logo.

Also, the special 2011 NHL Draft memorabilia cards of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, and Adam Larsson will feature oversized swatches of jerseys from the night they were drafted.

If you can’t make the event, make sure you check out eBay to find the cards needed for your collection.

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Gentlemen, start your bidding!

Now open is the latest Classic Collectibles auction. The auction includes items such as game-used jerseys, pucks, Stanley Cup rings, graded hockey cards, Bee Hive photos, and vintage memorabilia. The highlight of the current auction is Miracle on Ice member Ken Morrow’s Team U.S.A 1980 Winter Olympics Game-Worn Jersey!

Other notable items include:

  • Jacques Lemaire’s 2010 Olympic Team Canada Gold Medal & 10K Gold Diamond Ring
  • Eric Brolin’s 1926-27 Detroit Cougars Game-Worn Jersey
  • Kim St-Pierre’s 2010 Olympics Game-Used Blocker, Trapper, & Pads
  • Jacques Plante’s 1957 Montreal Canadiens Game-Used Jersey
  • Sidney Crosby’s 2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins Game-Worn Jersey
  • Phil Esposito’s 1972 Canada-Russia Game Jersey
  • Mike Bossy’s 1986-87 NY Islanders Game-Used Jersey
  • 1910-11 Sweet Caporal Postcard #41 Didier Pitre Graded PSA 4
  • 1924-25 William Paterson V145-2 Collection of 46 Including Vezina, Morenz, & Joliat
  • 1919-1921 W514 #2 – Babe Ruth – Graded PSA 3
  • 1933-34 O-Pee-Chee Series A #23 Howie Morenz Graded PSA 7
  • 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Graded KSA 3
  • Maurice Richard’s 1959 Montreal Canadiens 523rd Goal Signed CCM Game-Used Stick

The auction will run until February 22nd, 2012 and collectors can either bid at or via telephone at (450) 638-7058. Get bidding before it’s too late!

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