First Buzz: 2016-17 In The Game Heroes & Prospects hockey cards

What: 2016-17 In The Game Heroes & Prospects hockey cards
Arrives: May 31
Box basics: 15 autographs or memorabilia cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf takes to the ice with some of the biggest prospects in the game as well as some of the biggest stars of the past in this nothing-but-the-hits release that is its finale for Canadian Hockey League cardboard.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Jack Eichel Collection hockey cards


What: 2016 Leaf Jack Eichel Collection hockey cards
Arrives: November
Box basics: One bonus autograph with each 30-card boxed set (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf commemorates the rookie season of its exclusive hockey star with a boxed set that will deliver an autograph every time — and sometimes they will be parallels.

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Leaf offers collectors chance to get other Jack Eichel cards signed


Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel is a Leaf Trading Cards exclusive when it comes to autographs, but the company is giving collectors a chance to get his ink on other company’s hockey cards via an upcoming private signing.

According to the company, it’s the only way to get non-Leaf cards signed as the former No. 2 pick will not sign them if asked to in-person.

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Upper Deck readies promotional card set for NHL Draft

2016-Upper-Deck-NHL-Draft-Pick-Set-Connor-McDavidThis year’s NHL Draft is set to start on June 24 and Upper Deck will be ready for the event with a set of trading cards available to collectors.

Cards of past draft picks since, you know, those strict rules about Rookie Cards are still in play.

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Gallery: 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum hockey cards

13083241_10153582731963951_5446063426979018766_nIt’s retro, but it’s not — and it’s arriving in hobby shops tomorrow.

It’s 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum and the hockey cards will have several colors and textures in a rainbow of autographs found one per hobby as well as a checklist that includes some of the biggest names in the game today.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier hockey cards

2015-16-Upper-Deck-Premier-hockey-McDavidWhat: 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier hockey cards
 July 27
Box basics: Five hits guaranteed per seven-card box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The biggest young names on some of the biggest Rookie Cards with some of the biggest swatches sums up what Premier delivers most — but that’s not all.

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Preview Gallery: 2015 Leaf Ultimate hockey cards

Leaf-Ultimate-1When 2015 Leaf Ultimate hockey cards arrive on Wednesday, they’ll show up with nothing but the hits in play as the high-end brand packs some of the biggest and baddest pieces of memorabilia in any sport.

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New Buzz: Products out this week (Jan. 24-30) include Signature Series, Leaf Trinity & new Yu-gi-oh release

15pndnsigserFB1Call this week the calm before the storm.

There are just three brands on the schedule for release this week — one football, one baseball, one gaming — in advance of 11 coming next week.

For football fans, Panini America presents 2015 Donruss Signature Series, which includes four autographs per box. The base set consists of 400 signed cards and every box includes an autographed rookie jersey — or a multi-auto booklet, which is found one per case.

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Who might make the cut for First Pitch in 2016 Topps Series 1?

Topps-AlbaOne of the surprises in last year’s Topps baseball card set was First Pitch, a collection of celebrities seen throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at MLB games.

It’s back for 2016 Topps Series 1 — a set that’s just 13 days away — and it’s still a secret as the checklist has not yet been revealed. (Nor has the design — so you can settle for last year’s Jessica Alba card above.)

But Buzz has done some research to perhaps discover who’ll be in this year’s set. We don’t know how many cards there might be, but they’ll be found a few times per box.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Leaf Metal Draft hockey cards

2016-Leaf-Metal-Draft4What: 2015-16 Leaf Metal Draft hockey cards
Arrives: March
Box basics: Five autographs per box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Metal Draft hits the ice with the cardboard debut of 16-year-old CHL star Joseph Veleno — a promising prospect who has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Leaf Trading Cards — while also delivering at least one Jack Eichel autograph in every case, too.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Best of Hockey cards


What: 2016 Leaf Best of Hockey cards
Arrives: February 2016
Box basics: One buyback card plus one Jack Eichel card

Lesf-BestofHockeyWhat’s buzz-worthy: Some of the greatest cards in hockey history will be found in this buyback brand along with cards of the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, who is a Leaf Trading Cards exclusive.

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Upper Deck’s National Hockey Card Day coming soon in two countries


We’re about a month away from this year’s version of National Hockey Card Day — an Upper Deck promotion that gets two different sets into collectors’ hands if they visit a card shop during the hobby holiday.

There will be one 16-card set available in the United States and a different 16-card set available in Canada — beginning on Feb. 6. Only one will include NHL newcomer and No. 1 overall draft pick Connor McDavid, though.

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Upper Deck MVP rookie redemptions coming soon after checklist reveal

2015-16-NHL-MVP-Upper-Deck-Connor-McDavid-Rookie-Redemption-CardUpper Deck revealed its checklist for the 2015-16 MVP rookie redemptions on Tuesday with 35 cards of newcomers headed to the printer and into collectors’ hands soon.

No surprises who’s at No. 1 — Connor McDavid has a standard card, an autograph card and a gold autographed card.

Who’s on the rest of the list? Keep reading.

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New Buzz: Products arriving this week (Nov. 1-7)

There are 10 new products on tap for this coming week with the newest Upper Deck Young Guns on the ice, the first college-focused baseball release from Panini America and a new gridiron rainbow from Panini Prizm going up against Topps’ latest version of Finest.

Phenom Connor McDavid paces the pack of Young Guns and he’ll be the first rookie on the checklist of 50 NHL newcomers found in the product. Joining him will be Artemi Panarin, Dylan Larkin and Max Domi to name a few, while No. 2 pick Jack Eichel will appear in Series 2 but be found in Series 1 boxes on a UD Canvas card.

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