Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In drips and drabs

Upper Deck tells us that the 2008-09 O-Pee Chee set will be released Oct. 7. Now that the product page has been updated, offering first looks and checklists, key rookies include Phoenix's Kyle Turris, the Islanders Kyle Okposo, Florida's Shawn Matthias, Dallas' Mark Fistric and Columbus' Steve Mason.

Now, if Upper Deck would catch up with its 2008-09 Black product, one of its new high-end lines ($125 for a two-card hobby pack) that was released Sept. 25. Even if it's loaded with premium cards, a 42-card base set will prove more useful to speculators than blue-collar collectors.

Fleer, a subsidiary of Upper Deck, also tells us that 2008-09 NHL Fleer Ultra was released Sept. 26. Too bad, though, that's the only information on the product page. At least we can get a look at some of the set here.

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