Schedule Release Date: June, 2011
Box Configuration: 4 packs per box, 3 cards per pack
8 Autographs or Memorabilia cards (at least 2 will be autographs)
4 Rookie Cards
First up, way to go Panini on an awesome set.
Panini did right with this release and it shows. This looks amazing and even at $200/box I am sure it will sell well. Hockey fans are devoted collectors and stick by their favorite players.
I honestly am amazed at how well Panini did with this release. The entire design is created to highlight the players, relics and autographs. One thing that you will notice about the design is that there are no floating jerseys or extreme negative spacing. Take a look at the Stamkos Prime Patch card and compare it to the Mats Zuccarello autograph/jersey card. The relic die-cut window on Stamkos’ card is centered while the relic die-cut window on Zuccarello’s card was shifted up to make room for his autograph.
I do have a question about the base set. The press release clearly says that every card in the set is either an autograph, memorabilia, autographed-memorabilia or rookie card yet the press release includes a preview shot of an Alexander Ovechkin card which appears to be a base card. So I am not sure if there is a base set or not.
I would have loved to see Jeremy Roenicks Retired Autograph with him in a Coyotes sweater but I understand his longest tenure was with the Blackhawks.
Oh yeah, every autograph is on-card.
Variety of relics including prime patches, jersey pieces, logos and sticks
Costly (but cheaper than many high end products)
Not sure of the checklist yet (Not really a con)
I have to give this product 5 out of 5 because it is so complete. Panini has come a long way with this set and they put together something wonderful that hockey fans will appreciate. I hope this is something that will continue in to basketball and football. I would love to see a NFL Luxury Suite release.