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Old 08-12-2010, 08:04 AM   #1
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Default Upper Deck Unveils 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey

Upper Deck Unveils 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey with Autographed Quad Memorabilia Rookie Cards!Today’s release marks last go-round for O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey; sought-after set from Upper Deck will be more collectible than ever

Carlsbad, CA (August 11, 2010) – Packed with four great hits inside every five-card pack, Upper Deck’s 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey defines the essence of great hockey card collecting. Hitting store shelves today, OPC Premier is chock full of choice inserts including one autographed “Quad Rookie Memorabilia” card, one NHL superstar’s signature card, one manufactured patch card, and one triple- or quad-swatch memorabilia card or parallel card numbered to 25 or less, in every pack.

“O-Pee-Chee Premier is always one of our most sought-after sets and this year’s release is no exception,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager. “Once again, we’ve covered the gamut with incredible rookie memorabilia cards, autographs and legends of the ice. And since this will be the last time Upper Deck produces this high-end set for at least the foreseeable future, it should only add to its collectibility.”

Leaving few pucks unturned, Upper Deck’s insert lineup is second to none. In addition to boasting renowned NHL names like Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky as part of its newly unveiled “Premier Signings” autograph extravaganza, this year’s OPC Premier collection includes super-cool manufactured patch cards featuring nicknames, achievements and famous nicknames of some of hockey’s most celebrated players ever including Don “Grapes” Cherry and “Bam Bam Cam” Neely. Orr, Howe and Gretzky are all under exclusive contract with Upper Deck.

The lineup kicks off with the highly desirable “Quad Memorabilia” autographed rookie cards which are numbered to 299. The manufactured patch cards include OPC “Premier Stichings” versions numbered to 199 and OPC autographed “Premier Stichings” gems numbered to just 25. The outstanding array of memorabilia cards found within OPC Premier will satisfy the most rabid of hockey card collectors starting with “OPC Premier Remnants, Quad Jerseys,” numbered to 25, and “Triple Jerseys,” numbered to 35. Current standouts included in both lineups include Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, Joe Thornton, Jari Kurri and Ryan Miller. Retired greats include Howe, Gretzky, Messier, Patrick Roy and Steve Yzerman.

The overall assortment of autographed cards is one of Upper Deck’s strongest in years. The initial “Premier Signings” lineup is numbered to 50 and includes current superstars like Antti Niemi, Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Martin Brodeur and Ovechkin, alongside top rookies from this past season including John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Jonas Gustavsson, Victor Hedman and James van Riemsdyk. The additional levels of “Premier Signings” autograph card variations include: “Duals,” numbered to 25; “Triples,” numbered to 15; “Quads,” numbered to 10; “Gold Parallels,” numbered to 15; “Dual Gold,” numbered to 10; “Triple Gold,” numbered to 5; and “Quad Gold,” numbered to 1.

Upper Deck’s 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey boasts five cards per pack (one pack per box) and is currently available on hobby store shelves.

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Upper Deck is the leading sports and entertainment trading card and collectibles company. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit The Upper Deck Company: Sports Trading Cards, Authentic Memorabilia, Sports Collectibles, & Entertainment Products.
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