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Collector's World 0201

Collector's World 0201

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT HOCKEY EXPO ’91

Dimension Design and Promotions Group are pleased to announce that they will be staging “Hockey Expo ’91” from Nov. 1 to 3, 1991 at the Metro East Trade Centre conveniently located just minutes east of Metro Toronto at Highway 401 and Brock Rd., in Pickering. Featuring free parking, the three-day extravaganza promises to be a hockey feast for attending fans, players and parents who will meet to celebrate all aspects of the world’s fastest game. There will be more than 150 corporate and card dealer exhibitors participating in this year’s show. Hockey Expo ’91 show features include free skate sharpening courtesy of Cag-One with each admission. Simply leave your skates with the sharpening attendant and pick them up when you leave the show. Your daily pass will also entitle you to numerous…

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AMONTE

The kid with the slightly spiked hair leaned against a concrete wall in the basement of the Glens Falls Civic Center and talked as if he’s just another rookie trying to make the team. Yeah, right. Tony Amonte is that way. He said he hasn’t spoken with New York Rangers’ coach Roger Neilson. He said he’ll play anywhere to make it to the NHL. But Rangers’ GM Neil Smith, you can be sure, didn’t open his wallet and lure Amonte from an Olympic dream last spring to have the talented left/right winger not make his team. Amonte, at the age of 21, is in the Rangers’ immediate plans. And we don’t mean Binghamton’s. Over the early parts of the summer, in fact, Neilson speculated that one interesting line might be Amonte, Bernie Nicholls and…

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FOOTBALL CARD WARS RAGE OVER ROCKET

It seems like the last missiles in the Rocket war have been fired. Months of bickering between card companies fighting for the rights to Raghib (Rocket) Ismail are at a calm after the storm. You won’t find Ismail, the Toronto Argos’ $26-million superstar, complaining. He bagged a reported $250,000 deal from AW Sports, which bought his exclusive Canadian Football League rights. With a percentage of sales included, Ismail could haul in $400,000. He also got a reported six-figure deal from The Scoreboard Inc., to appear in its Classic NFL draft picks set. So AW and Classic are happy, Ismail’s ecstatic, why the war? Enter Jogo, an Ottawa-based company which has been producing CFL cards since 1981. Two unsettled $500,000 lawsuits (from AW and Rocket’s agents) and a court case later, Jogo is Rocketless. But co-owner…

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THIS YEAR’S THEME: BIGGER IS BETTER

It’s going to be one interesting—and confusing—winter for hockey card collectors. Not to mention expensive. After last season’s record numbers, the major card manufacturers are continuing their bigger-is-better philosophy with their 1991-92 cards. In addition, four non-NHL licensed companies are producing draft pick/prospect sets for release early in the season, (For more on the draft pick controversy and the four new companies—Arena Holograms, Classic, Smokey’s and Star Pics—please see pages 20-22.) Once again Pro Set is the first company to hit the market with its product. But unlike last season, this was no rush job as errors were virtually negligible. Pro Set was the one company to actually decrease the size of its set. The Dallas-based company made 345 cards in its Series 1 after producing 405 last season. Four Collectible Cards,…