Just as reported yesterday, Samsung Galaxy Nexus units have begun arriving in Verizon retail stores. We have the photographic evidence to prove it, too. A friend passed along the above image of a newly received Nexus awaiting activation. Our source says this particular store received twenty GNex handsets. When asked about a release date, a December 9th launch was once again confirmed.
Further lending credence to a release on the 9th is this recently uncovered document purporting to be a Verizon equipment update list. You will see 12/9 for the Galaxy Nexus as well as a 12/12 date for the Xyboard series of tablets and 12/22 for the Motorola Droid 4, so take the above document as you will.