Monday, November 19, 2012

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Limited Hockey

As hockey fans continue to wonder when the lockout may end Panini is finishing up the final details for the release of Limited Hockey. Set for a December 26th release date boxes will run $100 and contain 7 cards, which at least 3 will be hits, either autographs or memorabilia.
Box Break:
3 Autographs or Memorabilia cards
The set will consist of 150 base cards and 3 subsets; 30 Captains, 20 Retired Captains and 40 autographed Phenoms Rookies. The base cards will be #/299 and the Captains & Retired Captains subsets will be #/99. The autographed Phenoms are #/299 or less plus there will also be a 1/1 parallel.
I am not a big fan of the base card design; it reminds me more of what I would expect from Titanium or one of the other Pacific-rebirth hockey products. The Net Crashers and Manufacturers Mark relic cards are pretty cool, I like that the companies are looking to go with more original relics like the net strings and shoe strings from the skates.
Even though this is only $100 (pretty standard for Panini products), I would put this more on the upper-end product list because you only get 7 cards out of the box. While I can justify paying $100 for 3-4 hits out of a standard Panini product I cannot see paying that price here, the difference being 20-24 packs versus 1 pack. I just find opening 20 packs more enjoyable than a single pack, there is the hope and anticipation each time you rip one open.
It does not help that the NHL season seems more like a dream as each day passes. It should be noted that only games through November have been cancelled so if an agreement were to be reached games could potentially begin December 1st and run on a shortened season schedule.


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