Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Early Preview Images: 2011-12 Panini Prime Hockey

Panini is releasing Panini Prime Hockey, a new high-end hockey product in July 2012. No price point has been announced but packs will contain 5 cards which will include one Rookie Auto Quad card (#/199 or less), one multi-memorabilia card, one autograph and one additional auto or relic card. From the preview images released the autographs all appear to be on-card too.
For the first time we will also be seeing sweater laces, in Prime Ties, and helmet decals, in Collision Course,  included in cards which is a new twist on relics.  With the way the Collision Course cards look they may be a shadow box style with the player hovering above the helmet decal.

Other relics include the Captain’s “C” and the Alternate Captain’s “A”, Genuine Marks are autographed game-used nameplate letters, and All-Star Signatures will use autographed NHL All-Star locker nameplates.

We can figure that the product will probably be on the higher end of product pricing and once it goes live there will most likely be a premium on the laces and helmet decal cards due to them being newer relics. The product seems to be nicely designed so it will probably do well with collectors.
Rookie Auto Quad Relic card

Prime Patch card

Rookie Shield Auto Relic card

Autographed Prime Patch

Autographed Nameplate Letter patch

Autographed All-Star Locker Nameplate card

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