The 2012 Spring Expo in Toronto is only days away.
But before you head to the Expo, make sure to stop at a local hobby store and pick up your issue of the Expo magazine. Within Expo magazines, at more the 300 hobby stores, are special NHLPA Passports. These passports will give collectors (while supplies last) the opportunity to get an autograph in person from a current NHL star.
The special NHLPA Passport Guest will be former Montreal Canadien and L.A. King, and current Calgary Flame Mike Cammalleri. The flashy forward will appear at the Expo on Saturday at 3pm.
In less than one week, thousands of passionate collectors will descend upon the Toronto International Centre to take part in the 2012 Toronto Spring Expo. And once again this year, Panini will be promoting a wrapper-redemption program.
The show-exclusive set created for next week will include sequentially numbered rookies, unique memorabilia cards featuring towels used during the NHL All-Star Game, one-of-a-kind sketch cards, and instant-win redemption cards good for autographed memorabilia.
The special set, distributed via two-card silver-foil packs will include:
A 10-card NHL All-Star set that features short prints of Ovechkin and Crosby.
A 4-card NHL All-Star MVP insert
An 8-card Rookie Card subset with every card sequentially numbered to 299.
8 Rookie Patch Autographs.
The Private Signings autograph insert set.
The 5-card Tools of the Trade memorabilia insert with swatches of event-used towels.
Additional scarce insert cards randomly inserted and numbered to /5 or /1.
Original 1/1 NHL Player Sketch Cards
Autographed pieces of memorabilia distributed via instant-win redemption cards.
Here’s the breakdown of how wrapper-redemption packs will be distributed:
Collectors opening three packs of 2011-12 Donruss Elite Hockey at the Panini America booth will receive one wrapper-redemption pack
Collectors opening one pack of 2011-12 Crown Royale Hockey will receive one wrapper-redemption pack
Collectors opening four packs of 2011-12 Pinnacle Hockey will receive one wrapper-redemption pack
Collectors opening two packs of 2011-12 Certified Hockey will receive one wrapper redemption packs
Collectors opening one pack of 2011-12 Limited Hockey will receive four wrapper-redemption packs
Panini America announced yesterday that it has reached a long-term agreement with the National Football League and NFL Players Association granting the company rights for up to 18 product releases annually.
“We’re pleased to continue our relationship with the NFL and the NFLPA,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “The NFL and NFLPA are two of our most important licensors, and these new agreements will enable us to continue producing sought after products for NFL fans for years to come.”
The new agreement takes effect immediately and will be incorporated into Panini America’s first NFL product of the season, 2012 Prestige Football. This upcoming product will feature the first licensed NFL Rookie Cards of prospects such as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Justin Blackmon, and Trent Richardson.
“We are pleased to continue working with Panini America to offer our fans more ways to connect with the NFL and the players they love,” said Leo Kane, NFL Senior Vice President of Consumer Products. “Panini America has been – and will continue to be – a great teammate for the NFL.”
“The NFLPA is pleased to extend our partnership with Panini America, a proven industry leader and innovator of NFL player trading cards,” said Keith Gordon, President of NFL PLAYERS INC.
In the world of hockey cards, 10 years can see some tremendous changes and over the past decade, In The Game has managed to produce one of the hobby’s most popular releases in Between The Pipes.
Debuting in 2001-02, this collection has always featured many of the best goaltenders around and it has evolved over time. It was a landmark for hobbyists as it was the first stand-alone product that was devoted to protectors of the crease and had a great mix of autographs and game-used memorabilia as well.
The NHL lockout put BTP on the shelf for a year but it was back as a limited edition boxed set in 2005-06. Seeing the success of its first player-licensed effort, the company brought it back as a full-fledged part of the lineup the next year. Since that time, it has been a consistent release which features today’s top young stars and established pros along with the game’s greatest legends. The presence of the The Mask and Masked Men inserts has also been a big hit for goaltending enthusiasts.
In 2011-12, In The Game is pulling out all the stops to make the 10th edition of BTP a resounding success. It all starts with a big 200-card base set that is loaded with some exciting new subsets and well over 100 different Autograph cards to search for. Non-memorabilia inserts are also back with the continuation of the Masked Men and special 10th Anniversary inserts which look at some of the best goalies from the past decade.
Naturally, game-used memorabilia is one of the greatest highlights of this product and goalie collectors are sure to be pleased with the selection of cards they can potentially pull. In addition to old standards like the Game-Used Jersey and Game-Used Patch that feature large swatches, look for all-new two-piece efforts like Cup Tandems and Aspire.
The multi-swatch cards continues with favourites like Complete Jersey and Full Gear but ITG has also brought back the popular Shooting Gallery cards and added Decades and Franchises to the roster.
Giant memorabilia swatches In The Game will include Anniversary Jumbos with big pieces from gloves and pads along with the one-of-one AHL and CHL Complete Logos.
There are plenty of other surprises in store with the 2011-12 edition of Between The Pipes, but In The Game felt it was important to also pay attention to the hobby’s roots by presenting a new twist on the popular He Shoots-He Saves redemption program. This season, ITG produced the points cards in the form of nine-piece puzzles which can be assembled into a larger photo of some of hockey’s greatest netminders. Save up 200 points to redeem them for a special memorabilia card.
Releasing on May 3rd, 2012, Between The Pipes is currently available for pre-order at Canada Card World.