Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Preview 2010-11 Panini Dominion Hockey

Schedule Release Date: July 2011
Box Configuration: 8 cards/box
SRP: $350/box

Box Break:
6 Autograph or Memorabilia cards (3 Guaranteed Auto cards)
2 Base Cards or Base Inserts

My Thoughts:
This is a high-end product that delivers some insane cards, we are talking amazing patches, and limited numbers plus every autograph (except the cut signatures) are on card autographs. This set is apparently the “National Treasure” NHL version so you can expect something special out of each box.

Honestly Tracy Hackler did a wonderful write up of what to expect so I am posting some of his excerpts from The Knights Lance:

Highlighting Dominion’s myriad collection-making cornerstones are . . .

  • Kindest Cuts 1/1 cut signatures honoring the greatest hockey legends of all time
  • The hockey debut of Pen Pals autographs featuring signatures of two, three or four hockey greats on one card, with Duals numbered to 50, Triples numbered to 25 and Quads numbered to 5
  • Peerless Patches Dual and Quad booklet cards featuring the choicest pieces of memorabilia from hockey’s greatest stars of yesterday and today
  • Engravatures cards embedded with pieces of real silver that are engraved with the names of former Stanley Cup winner – just like on the real thing — limited to just 10 copies
  • The return of Nifty 50, one of the hobby’s most famous insert names, complete with hard autographs of hockey’s fabled single-season 50-goal scorers
  • Brass Bonanza on-card autographs that pay tribute to the legends of the Hartford Whalers, all numbered to 50 or less
  • The unique Tape to Tape insert featuring autographs from stars on actual tape sliced from their game-used hockey sticks

All autographs are on-card

Huge swatches

Nice autograph checklist

Hartford Whalers insert set (Brass Bonanza)


Some inserts (Franchise Legends, Honoured Rivals) have dime-sized relics


I give this set 4 out of 5, there are plenty of great things to like about this set and really the only downside would be the price. Interestingly it seems like most of the card companies can get hockey cards right.

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