Like the gamble? Buy vintage wax packs.

By Linda Mankefors 

I have wondered for months why collectors silently put up with the extremely high prices modern card products have. After all, it is one big lottery. It’s nice to have one or two super high-end products every year; something for us mortals to window shop at and for the more wealthy citizens to buy. But this year’s situation has stepped up a notch. We don’t only have The Cup and ITG Ultimate; we have Superlative, OPC Premier, Black, Masterpieces, and what not.

Take your pick, any high-end or mid-end product, and it’s all one cheap gigantic lottery. You have More >

Upper Deck –friend or foe?

By Linda Mankefors 

A quick reality check coming in from the cold summerrain.

 Just learning The Cup is in fact released July 25 (according to trustworthy sources), I wonder what Upper Deck is really doing. Speaking to storeowners, I hear Upper Deck wants to keep it a secret so collectors instead will put their hard-earned money on presells of upcoming highend releases such as OPC Premier and Black. When that money is booked, The Cup is revealed, and collectors empty their pockets scrapping for more, because The Cup is still THE product to get when it concerns rookies and autographed ultra highend More >

The grades of cards – more important then you think

By Linda Mankefors 

There are two camps within hockey collectors: Those who send cards for grading, and those who don’t. The majority is the latter, and the majority often consider the first group as somewhat picky, peculiar nerds. This article won’t be about the art of grading, but the art of judging condition of a card based on grades.

I have found that collector’s ways of dealing with this matter is sloppy and ignorant to say the least. Since I don’t want to draw the conclusion everyone is trying to make their cards better (which equals more value) it most likely comes More >

Ovechkin’s year? A Season in Review

Well, the 2007-2008 campaign has come and gone, and it is now time to reflect on the highs and lows the NHL brought to us this season. An amazing fresh rookie crop, a venture in Europe and plenty of physical play, September was full of promises, but did the league live up to the expectations? To fully answer this question, it is necessary to step back in time and see what happened from the pre-season to Lidstrom raising the Cup first for the whole of Europe.


Before the season even began, the Penguins surprised no one in naming their new captain. More >

The next step of Evolution

By Linda Mankefors

We know the trend ever since the start of this new century; more jersey cards, more autographs and more rookies and lower serial numbers for each.

Anyone else but me quite tired of it?

Buying a box ”guaranteed” to contain two or three jersey cards, or even one jersey card per pack, frankly, is as thrilling as the little burp you allow yourself after breakfast at home. We’ve come to a point where a common game-used card simply is worthless. I suspect per paper weight, an envelope might cost more. It doesn’t matter if Beckett claims they’re worth $5 or More >

Who’s Hot but really Not?

 By Linda Mankefors 

And vice versa. Hockey cards are pretty much like stocks, and many collectors today don’t buy hockey cards for their own keeping but as an investment. No matter what one’s opinion is about that phenomena, it’s widely spread. Which exlains why rookie cards are the hottest cards on the market. It’s unlikely today’s rookie cards will hold much value at all 20 years ahead with the current “hot today, gone tomorrow” attitude, but we can speculate in what players is hot today, will cool down, or will become hotter months or years from now.

Here’s my own little guide More >