I just recently heard the news that after Panini's licence with the NHL expired this summer, Topps was recently granted the licence to product the NHL Sticker Collection for the next 5 years.
Now, some of you may be thinking: I thought Upper Deck has an exclusive deal with the NHL?
Yes, and while that is very true, the key to these licences is in the details. Upper Deck holds the exclusive rights to produce NHL licensed Trading Cards, while Stickers fall into a different collectible category, so another agreement must be made with the NHL in order to product NHL licenced stickers, too.
Panini has held the sticker licence for a long time now, as they are the king when it comes to collectible stickers, so I was glad to see them still continue to produce something NHL-related after their trading card licence with the NHL expired after the 2013-14 season.
However, with that being said, I have taken a liking to what Topps has done with their Topps NHL Skate Digital App, and although they haven't held a NHL trading card licence since the early 2000's, I am hopeful that this is a trail period for Topps and the NHL to see how they can influence and sell actual physical products (instead of just the digital offerings) within the hockey collectible market. If Topps does well here, would they be considered when the next NHL trading card licence is up for grabs in a few years? Who knows, but I'm playing the optimistic card on this one (pun totally intended).
If these new stickers are anything like their digital offerings we've seen from Topps Skate, then I think the designs will be fresh and it will be very popular amongst collectors across the globe.
The release date for the 2019-20 NHL Sticker Collection is set for November 15th, 2019.
Welcome back to the NHL, Topps. We've missed you.
About a week ago, I was searching some items up on Tradera when I noticed this new listing pop up. I was immediately curious because it was a card I hadn't seen before. While it doesn't happen often, I'm always up for learning about new cards I didn't previous know the existence of. After planning my attack, and setting the opening bid, I set my notifications so I could check in on the auction in a few days time and went about my day.
A few days go by and when the final moments were winding down in this auction, the price for this card popped up way beyond what I had expected it to. Looks like we have ourselves an old fashion bidding war, folks. Luckily for me, I placed a fairly high enough bid with about a second left in the auction to secure this card for my collection.
What your looking at is a Team Issued Photo Card (i'd assume) from Team Sweden (aka 'Tre Kronor'). I assume it's a team issued item because of the quality of card stock used (not photo paper) and the unaltered candid headshot used on this card, which is harder for the general public to produce, plus images like these are primarily used for team giveaways and/or autograph material for the players to use when teams do autograph signings with the public, etc. So I'm fairly confident that this is what I'm looking at. European cards are always tougher to find information of.
This card is also 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide. While just slightly bigger than your standard trading card, it also falls into the same dimensions as other Team Sweden Issued cards I've seen previously.
Happy Collecting, everyone!
In a deal with a former Enroth collector (Craig) who has been a big help over the years unloading his Enroth collection to me, I was able to land these Ten 1/1 Printing Plates from 2009-10 Upper Deck The Cup last night.
I've never added this many 1/1 cards in one shot before, and it's fairly safe to say I probably won't do so again in my collecting lifetime. So I'm going to enjoy this one.
I'll let these pieces speak for themselves for this blog post, but this 1/1 mail day brings me up to 466 total cards for the Enroth collection. My 1/1 count now stands at a whopping 47 cards. Maybe 50 is in my future?
I hope everyone enjoy their long weekend! Cheers!
Card #456 entered the Enroth collection today!
[Am I going to start a running count until card # 500? Who knows, man... Okay, lets move on.]
Today's addition features a card showing Enroth at the 2019 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships hosted in Slovakia. Enroth only played one exhibition match in the tournament and served as a backup, but played a lot of matches leading up to the tournament for Team Sweden and was named the teams 3rd string goaltender once the tournament began.
This card is from the 'unofficial' but popular AMPIR Trading Card set that has been creating these IIHF World Championship sets for the last few years or so. The cards themselves are really well made in my opinion, with thick card stock and a dark but high quality shine to the face of the cards themselves. I really like this set and was hoping Enroth made the Team Sweden card set this year. I cool oddball addition to the collection for sure.
Added the Frederik Andersen to my Last Line Of Defence Green Parallel set tonight. Can't wait to add the final 2 (Jones & Rinne) to complete this small 15-card parallel set!
I received this in a trade with a fellow SportsCardForum member, Paul. Great guy and a very easy member to deal with. I was able to help with out with his & his daughter's collection with some sweet Price & Fleury cards. I'm glad they liked them!
Collectors helping other collectors - That's what it's all about at the end of the day.
This one may have took about a month to arrive, but it marks my 454th card in my Enroth collection to date!
SeReal surprised me with a late summer release with their 2018-19 Leaders of The KHL 11th Season product. I wasn't expecting anything in regards to new Enroth cards, so I almost didn't even bother to check the checklist for this product, but I am very glad I did. This triple insert card /18 features Enroth and two of his Dinamo Minsk teammates (Lisovets & A. Kostitsyn) and it shines just about as bright as the sun, which is really cool. It's not often you can add really shiny cards to the collection. What year is this? 1995? Either way, it's a very eye appealing card I am fortunate to add to the collection.
I was able to track down this card very soon after the product launched, so I was very happy about that. I wasn't sure what the competition would be like for these multi-player insert cards right out of the gate, but thankfully the hunt didn't last too long.
So this week I added the Carey Price and Marc-Andre Fleury to my ongoing 2018-19 Upper Deck Syngery Last Line Of Defence Green Parallel #/199 set. 2 steps closer! Can't wait to finally finish this set off. The Price & Fleury were going to be the toughest to add from this set, so I'm glad to have finally knocked them off the wantlist.
I currently need the following 3 cards to complete this small 15-card set parallel'd set:
#LD-4 Frederik Andersen /199
#LD-6 Martin Jones /199
#LD-7 Pekka Rinne /199
I missed the boat on last year's Spectrum FX Gold cards, so this year I decided to snag one for my Marc-Andre Fleury collection. These Spectrum FX Gold UD Bounty rewards cards are stunning to look at, and UD did another great job on this bounty set.
For those who aren't aware, these Gold Spectrum FX cards were earned if you collected & submitted all the scratch-off codes that were on the back of these Spectrum FX cards. If you were one of the first 50 collectors to submit the complete set of codes in time, you received a complete set of Gold Spectrum FX cards numbered to 50 (Along with a Silver & Gold Petterson). The serial number on your card is given by which set you redeemed. For example, if you were the very 1st collector to redeem your Spectrum FX set, all of your shiny new Gold Spectrum FX cards in this reward set would all be numbered #1/50.
Who knows how many of these cards will be availible, as I've heard a few of the people who will be receiving their rewards set will be keeping them for their collections instead of splitting the complete set up. I'm just glad I was able to add this one to my collection this week.
And yes, for those readers wondering, other than the Jhonas Enroth collection, I do PC a few other goalies I've always liked to watch. To view some of the highlights of my Fleury collection, you can click Here to view my Flickr album. There will be a time (hopefully sooner rather than later) where I aim for this website to become a hub for viewing my entire card collection. The main purpose of this site was to showcase my Jhonas Enroth collection, and it will not deviate from that, but it would be nice for incoming collectors to have a chance to view my entire collection in one place, ideally. As an added bonus, uploading card scans on here instead of Flickr will allow this site to become my very own image hosting site, instead of using other avenues to organize my card scans and post photos to hobby forums, etc.
Have a great rest of the week, everyone! Happy Collecting!
Thanks to Upper Deck's 2019-20 instalment of MVP Hockey, I was able to add this sweet Silver Script Stanley Cup Edition card to my Marc-Andre Fleury collection today.
It's not a huge card by any means (I was thinking about going for the Super Script parallel #/25 as well), but it will definitely nice to fill a fun, nostalgic hole in my collection for sure.
The 2019-20 Stanley Cup Edition set pays a nice homage to the 20-year-old original Stanley Cup Edition cards from 1999-2000 Upper Deck MVP. When I found out UD was going to release a tribute set, I just knew I had to track down one for the Fleury collection, serial numbered or not. Sometimes, the small PC additions mean just as much as the big ones.
Here's a look at a few of the MVP Stanley Cup cards from the original set released in 1999-2000.
I've been meaning to upload a fresh scan of this card on my website for a while now (View the 2012-13 Card Gallery Here), and this weekend I finally got around to it when scanning a few other things, so I figured why not showcase too?
The Dominion Peerless patches set will go down as a true classic in my opinion. The white & gold card designs mesh perfectly with this card, and the autograph stands out perfectly, not to mention the sweet patches that can be found in this set.
As for the jersey itself, I beleive this was the jersey used by Enroth in the 2011 NHL Premiere Series, as Panini acquired some of those jersey's from the Buffalo Sabres, and Enroth was featured in the 11-12 Panini Prime Premiere Game Patches #/3 set, so it's not a far stretch to say this patch is from the same jersey. This card features a two-colour patch (there is a bit of silver on the top left corner), but I actually prefer it that way. I love the Buffalo Sabres' navy blue colour, so to have a thick piece of the navy blue Sabres jersey crest works just fine for me. I may look to pick up another copy one day, but for now it's perfect. Honestly, it's probably one of my favourite cards in my entire collection. Love this thing.
Author - Aaron
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