Last year’s Pinnacle product released without much fanfare and with a mix of reviews from hockey collectors around the world. Some loved it, some hated it, but a lot felt it was just plain and average. People thought it was nothing too special. This year though, Panini has made some additions and improvements to the product that may get some buzz this time around.
First, they have redone the rookie card design of Ice Breakers and brought back the famous Nufex design that has made Pinnacle popular for years. This is a great change of pace over last year’s design which was kind of hard to make out so I look forward to the enhancements.
Second, they have created a 6 piece game used card called “Starting 6 Threads” which will feature game used jersey pieces from 6 different players. While collectors in general are moving away from game used jersey cards, this idea is nice, especially that it will feature an entire team. It would be great for team collectors out there. For me, if I pulled an Edmonton Oilers 6 piece jersey card of their “kid line”, that would be a pretty cool hit to me.
Last, they have added a brand new case hit, Pinnacle Black. This new one-per-case card sort of looks like a card from Elite Black Box with a full black design featuring some of the sport’s greatest stars.
All of these items are enhancements over last year’s product and should add some value to the product.
Autographs are a tough pull in this product, which is a good thing if the price point is right. Each box will yield 4 rookies, with autographed rookies falling one per case of the top rookies. You will also find one Home Game Materials memorabilia card, one Pinnacle Threads memorabilia card, two Tough Times inserts, two Breakthrough inserts, and one Rink Collection insert.
The 9 autographs per case should limit some autographs, but there are some Fans of the Game autographs in this product. I’m hoping these autographs of celebrities are found as bonus hits in the case as some people may not be too happy about pulling a celebrity autograph. I know that feeling carries over to collectors of other sports.
You can check out the official Panini Peek here with some more images and information about the product.
This product will release on November 23, 2011, for a price of around $70 at release date.