An Important Anniversary

By Karine Hains, Editor-In-Chief

Of all the franchises in professional sports history, only one will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the 2008-2009 season. Which one? ” Les Habitants”, “Les Glorieux”, “La Sainte Flanelle” yes I am referring to the Montreal Canadiens. Founded on the 4th December 1909; it’s the only team which was created before the National Hockey League. So far, the Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup 24 times in their history, more times than any other team. It is no surprise that they have decided to organize many events to mark their centennial as well as releasing many items More >

The Price of Game Used Galore

By Linda Mankefors

Collector’s obsession with pieces of game used materials has created a mass production of game used cards. Has it gone too far? According to many yes; the values are dumping, we are flooded with cheap game used cards we don’t know what to do with, and the thrill is really gone. But I find another reason why it has gone too far: the card companies are producing quantity instead of quality. They have done so for several years, who can really blame them, they’re in it for the profit. Yet somehow, they’ve always managed to keep a few More >

Win Big with Sportscardforum and NSCCanada.com

By Karine Hains, Editor-in-Chief

Since June, we have all suffered from one thing; the lack of hockey games. Well, not all of us but the hockey faithful like me have. Thankfully, the summer is over, the rookie camps are starting and before we know it, four of the NHL’s teams will be opening the season in Europe. On the other side of the Atlantic, the fans are getting frantic and everyone has an opinion on who will be hot or not this year. This can only mean one thing; it’s time for hockey pools again!

After the success of last year’s playoffs More >

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The Challenges in Building a Master Set

Guest article by Scott Kozlowski (Scottkoz20)

Building any type of set requires time, patience and a bit of luck when trying to find the cards you need. However, trying to build a master set of any product raises the level of difficulty exponentially. Not only would someone need to complete the main base set, they would also need to obtain various insert and parallel sets as well.

Currently, I am working on building out the 2007-2008 O-Pee-Chee Hockey master set. I chose this set to celebrate the arrival of my daughter Olivia because it was the set that had the most complete More >

Up to the Task?

By Karine Hains, Editor-in-Chief

As avid card collectors, we spend considerable amounts of money on buying the various products on offer. Depending on which sport takes your fancy, you have different choices of brands and different companies producing the cards. If you are a hockey fan, since the end of the lock-out in 2005-2006, your only choice for licensed product is Upper Deck. What are the implications of such a monopoly in the hockey market? Is Upper Deck charging hockey fans more for their cards as they are not in direct competition with anyone else? No not really, prices seem to More >

The Death of Price Guides

By Linda Mankefors

Are the days of Card pricing obsolete? I find myself complaining a lot about Beckett’s ways of pricing these days. Not that they were any better 5 years ago, at least now newly released cards are somewhat accurately priced. However, there is a big, no rather a huge problem with modern cards. Many collectors don’t even bother buying the price guides anymore.

The two biggest problems are:

1) Print run Many cards are limited to a mere 25 copies or less. So many cards actually, that a player’s card numbered to 10 might be worth less than a hamburger, I More >