Panini Prime Hockey Released…Best of the Year?

2011-12 Panini Prime hockey was released today and I’ve been watching box breaks of the product all afternoon and everything that I’ve seen I’ve been hugely impressed with. In a time where football products are just getting started and the hockey season is well over, this treat before Dominion is exactly what Panini needed to remind collectors that their season isn’t over yet.

From game used letters, to giant swatches of patches and regular jersey cards, to strings from the jerseys, beautiful on card autographs, this product has everything you could probably want in a product with a price half of Dominion.

With some amazing and colorful cards to be had, the breaks look like a ton of fun. It feels almost like the “Gold Standard” product moved to hockey, but with a much better usage of the game used hits. Instead of small plain jerseys, there are a ton of large swatches and large patch cards. It’s a formula that the basketball and football teams could use in their similar products.

Either way, Prime hockey looks to be one of the best hockey products of the season. All around with the design and the beauty, quality, and uniqueness of the hits, it’s going to be hard to beat Panini Prime as a product. Will Dominion or The Cup take over or can Prime sustain the current title of one of the best of the year?

Hockey fans, what do you think of Prime hockey?

Preview: 2012 Panini Rookies & Stars Football

Rookies. Stars. What more could you ask for?

2012 Panini Rookies & Stars is back again for it’s 15th season and is slated for an August release. Back are some of your favorites and not-so favorites along with some new-old additions.

To start, you’ll be getting 24 packs per box of this product with one rookie per pack to get your rookie fix of this product. You’ll also almost get an insert per pack as well with a number of inserts like the Longevity parallels, True Blue parallels, and my favorite, the return of die-cut pennants featuring players and teams.

Don’t worry hit lovers, at 4 hits per box you’ll have enough to satisfy your box and case breaking habit. The four hits per box will be cards like Rookie Material Signatures with oversized swatches and autographs, Rookie Slide Show with autographed film from the shoot, and Department of Defense material cards featuring some of the best defensive players in the game, amongst other great insert sets.

You can find more information, and more pictures, on the official Panini blog.

You can find our review of 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars Football here for comparison.

Blogoversary Contest #4 Winner

Well the blogoversary is coming to a close and a nice lot of game used and autographed cards was made available for this contest. I made sure there was a little of something for every sport and manufacturer so if you won, I’m sure there was something in there that you would like.

Anyway, everyone wants to see the actual number for the winner so here it is. After the first year of SportsCardBlog.net on the internet we have received:

That many total views. With current numbers almost hitting 20k per month, I think that’s a pretty solid debut.

So that means the winning guess is:

127,750 guessed by Shane K.!

There were a couple of other very close guesses within a few hundred by Shane pulled out victorious. Shane, I’ll be sending you an email shortly for your address to send this wonderful lot out to.

Thanks to everyone who has helped make this blog successful, at least in my eyes.

 

Preview: 2011-12 Panini Prime Hockey

The buzz has already begun for this product just hours after the initial information was released to the public on the official Panini blog.

The newest addition to the hockey family looks like it may stay around for awhile if the product is as good as it looks. 2011-12 Panini Prime hockey looks like Panini Limited and the older Topps Unique had a child and this popped out.

Some spectacular pieces of memorabilia are in store for this product’s debut and when I say spectacular, it’s things that you haven’t ever seen before. How about probably the hottest new game used insert set in any product called “Prime Ties” featuring the laces on the front of the sweater?

Only one word describes that, unbelievable. It’s just a shame they had to cut off the NHL logo shield a little bit to make this spectacular looking card.

Okay, stop the drooling. Odds are tough on these but there are a ton of other hits in this product. The “Collision Course” insert looks to be Panini’s response to the ever popular Upper Deck “Shadowbox” cards which adds great value as non-game used or autographed inserts. But also like some Upper Deck products, Panini is now incorporating player nameplates into the mix, but taking it a step farther. These nameplates will be actually locker room used nameplates and autographed by the player from the All-Star game. No scrubs there! If you were thinking of nameplates as in letter patches from the jersey, this product has that covered for you too.

At one pack with 5 cards per pack you will receive one rookie auto quad card numbered to 199 or less, one multi-memorabilia card, one autograph, and one additional autograph or memorabilia card. Like I said, Panini Limited meets Topps Unique.

Nothing excites me more than a brand new product that looks great like this does. While I don’t have release date information yet or a price, you should definitely watch out for this product when it releases.

Preview: 2012 Sportskings Series E

From the mind of Dr. Price, Sportskings Series E will be around again this year featuring some of the best athletes in sports with some of the most artistic cards created to date. Where other products may go wrong with handling the lack of a license in a multi-sport product, this product dazzles and you’ll see why.

The one thing I’ve seen in some multi-sports products is the lack of in uniform shots. While some people enjoy the casual setting, I like seeing my sports cards featuring the subject either playing the sport or in their uniform. That means there is some extra work to be done, but Dr. Price does a great job with his designers photoshopping out the logos.

Where I’ve seen some multi-sport products have plain old one-color game used items in their products, Sportskings does a great job in utilizing the entire uniform including some fantastic patches and other beautiful pieces of equipment.

Each box of Sportskings Series E will contain 5 cards with 4 base cards and 1 insert card. Insert cards are either autographed cards or game used memorabilia cards. There are many sports here represented, but no matter who you follow there is something you will like in this product.

Finally, in each master case of Sportskings will be an original 1/1 piece of art created by artist Jared Kelly, known for some beautiful artistry in several Upper Deck and ITG sets. Each master case will also contain an authentic cut signature as well as one Spectacular Patch card.

If you’re a fan of multi-sport products, Sportskings looks to be a winner this year. It releases on May 3, 2012, with a price around $93 per box. It may be a tad pricey for one “hit”, but we’ll have to wait and see what a regular box break looks like.

You can check out the memorabilia checklist or the autograph checklist for what else is in this product.