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The Hazards of Online Collecting

By Karine Hains, Editor-In-Chief

If you are reading these lines, chances are you are not only deeply involved with the hobby but also involved with the online aspect of collecting. Depending on how seasoned you are as an online trader, you might have experienced different problems and issues or you might have been lucky so far and have had no bumps in the road… Personally, I beneficiated from fairly smooth sailing over the last two years but recently, I’ve been experiencing a darker side of trading. While I must say these have been trying times, they have also made me think More >

The Exquisite Level

By Juan Martinez aka illadef5

Last time, I wrote about the players that have no business being in Exquisite. While I’m not a fan of the brand, I do realize the cachet it carries. With many collectors anticipating this upcoming release of Exquisite to be Upper Deck’s last stand, here is a dream checklist of players that need to be in Exquisite. Assuming they haven’t finalized anything, Upper Deck needs to do everything in their power to get every player in this set on at least one insert.

Every player on this list has been debated on in various message boards and More >

The Evolution of a Mixed Martial Arts Fan

By Steven C. Sanamrco aka Far-outdude

The first MMA fight I can remember seeing was Royce Gracie vs. Kimo on a tape I had rented from the local video store. Two things I remember from the fight; Kimo coming out carrying a huge cross and how well this small man (Gracie) was able to maneuver the big man with technique. I grew up a big guy and had always relied on strength, power and size to win any fight I may have gotten in and was just flabbergasted how this little man’s technique could just nullify the big Kimo’s power, for More >

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The True Stars

By Barrie Grice aka Prime_B  

Those of you reading this may or may not know about the exploits of my son Austin and me. One of the many things we enjoy doing as a father and son is going to get in-person hockey autographs. It is a great way for us to get out, hang out and have fun with very little cost involved. Over the past couple years we have acquired many signatures from a lot of great NHL players. The following, in no particular order, is a recap of some of our better moments and successes with autographs More >

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From one Goaltender to Another

By Karine Hains, Editor-in-Chief

They say records are made to be broken…It was true for Patrick Roy when he won his 448th game to overtake Terry Sawchuk in the all-time wins category and it is still true today, after Martin Brodeur signed his 552nd win to become the winningest goaltender in the history of the NHL. Yes, last night on the 17th March 2009 Brodeur managed yet another great win and just like that he marked history forever. Fans in New Jersey aptly renamed St. Patrick’s day St. Marty’s day as they celebrated late into the night the pride of New More >

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An Alternative Take on Parallels

By Aik Sheng Tan aka madyankees

Parallels. While there is no denying the popularity of this concept among collectors today it is hard not to be reminded of the saying “too much of anything is bad” when you look at many of the products in the market. Personally I have a love-hate relationship with these multi-colored parallels especially in recent years. Few would argue against the aesthetic appeal of a rainbow although their sheer number per set can be downright frustrating at times. These days we got, the typical gold, black, red, blue and a whole lot of other color names More >