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02-08-2013, 11:18 AM
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Lockout impacts sports card dealers

Because the season started so late, card manufacturers chose not to include high-profile rookies such as Nail Yakupov in this seasonís product lines.

That decision hits Saadeh Helou in the wallet. Heís owned Helouís Sports Cards and Collectibles in Windsor, Ont., for 21 years.

ďNormally, we have 14 or 15 sets a year and this year weíll have six or seven sets. Thatís going to hurt my business, for sure,Ē he said. ďIím very upset. Itís a huge impact.Ē

Helou predicts his overall sales will be down 50 per cent. Nearly three quarters of sales are hockey cards, he said.

Chris Carlin, the sports marketing and social media manager for card company Upper Deck, confirmed his company will produce fewer product lines and shorter product runs. However, he said some of the price points will be lowered.

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