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Okay it has been a long while since my last blog posting. To those who follow my blog I apologize but it has been such a hectic time as we have several things going on for me to keep up on.

First is the move to our bigger and better retail store in Ajax. Yes I said Ajax. I know a lot of people like the Whitby area and so do I as I continue to live there but we unfortunately are faced with having to move again. The space we are in is too small, has no signage or parking and in plain and simple terms was a mistake. The building management made promises to us and then upon getting us here back tracked leaving us in a bad situation. After six months of headaches they sent me an email saying that are lease wouldn't be renewed or extended. So we were on the hunt for a new location and with escalating retail rates in Whitby we were left with few options. The move to Ajax will be a welcome one none the less with so many promising things available to us. First and foremost is the bigger and open store located at Harwood Rd. and the 401. A large rectangle shaped store this will allow us to feature better displays, more product, expanded lines and the chance to host trade nights right in the store. We will also be expanding to the net with box breaks, group breaks and case breaks plus better online sales opportunities. We are also bringing in a gaming expert to look after that aspect of the hobby. Our monthly card show will continue but be expanded and located at a far better venue which at this time will be the Ajax Convention Centre. What this means for our charities is the hope that with increased exposure will come increased donations. I will be picking up the tab for moving to the new location so our charities won't be affected by that. The move will take place between June 19th and July 1st. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on our new location.

Elsewhere in the hobby we will be hosting our monthly card show on Father's Day June 17th and we will be participating in the Panini Father's Day Wrapper Redemption Promo along with the promo from Upper Deck. June 18th will see us in Montreal for the Universal Distribution Summit where we hope to get a word in edge wise with the Upper Deck Reps to find out why they are dragging their feet with our request to be an A.I.R. We will also be there to claim our share of 'Expired Redemption Card' items for our customers. In addition a lot of rumours are running rampant about Upper Deck going under and this year's Series 1 and 2 having store bought jersey swatches on the jersey cards. Don't believe everything you hear. Also Panini will be releasing 'Dominion' again this year and there is lots of buzz about the ITG Broad Street Boys release coming at the end of the month. Still haven't heard anything about 'The Cup' but I doubt that it won't be released.

In general hockey related news:

*Hockey star Krutov dies at 52. Krutov (aka 'The Tank') and his CSKA teammates Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov formed a line known as the KLM line and were very dominant.
*Former Oshawa Generals tough guy Sean McMorrow guilty of drug trafficking in the USA. Sad to hear as he was a really nice guy but I guess it can happen to anyone.

Hope to post again soon ! Thanks for reading and Happy Collecting.


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