Preview: 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology Hockey

You remember all those rookies that you wished you pulled from Panini products earlier this season? How about those players that skated late and didn’t get a chance to get into some of Panini’s most valuable products for rookie autographs?

Well Panini has an answer to all those questions with the new 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology hockey.

The rookies who were pulled from products because of redemptions and players who skated later in the season are finally available in all of your favorite Panini designs. Rookie Silhouette? Check. Limited Phenoms? Check. Other designs you may not have seen this year? Check.

Each box will contain 10 packs with 5 cards per pack. Each box will deliver one Rookie Treasures dual memorabilia autographed rookie card, one additional autograph and two memorabilia cards. On a 12 box case basis you will find 1 Luxury Suite autograph patch, 2-3 Limited Phenoms rookie autographs, and either a Rookie Silhouette auto jersey, patch autograph, or a Rookie Treasures patch autograph.

If you’re a rookie collector, this is the perfect product to feed those needs.

Need to feed the need from more pictures? Check out the official Panini blog.

Personally, I think it’s a great idea to get players who skated late into products as well as using a later product as a hold out in case you have too many redemptions for a product. This is a nice creative way to releases those cards to the public while keeping them collectible instead of just adding more redemptions that collectors hate or waiting to create those new rookies next year.

The price and release date is currently to be announced, but we’ll have that information when it’s made available.

2011-12 Upper Deck Artifacts Autographed Rookie Redemption Checklist

When Upper Deck put in redemptions for rookie autographs inside 2011-12 Artifacts boxes, people were trying to figure out which player corresponded to which roman numeral on their redemption card. Upper Deck has finally released the checklist matching the players to the roman numerals and that checklist looks fantastic.

I     Ryan Nugent-Hopkins     Edmonton     #d to 99
II     Gabriel Landeskog     Colorado     #d to 99
III     Cody Hodgson     Vancouver     #d to 99
IV     Sean Couturier     Philadelphia     #d to 99
V     Brett Connolly     Tampa Bay     #d to 99
VI     Mark Scheifele     Winnipeg     #d to 99
VII     Ryan Johansen     Columbus     #d to 99
VIII     Adam Larsson     New Jersey     #d to 99
IX     Mika Zibanejad     Ottawa     #d to 99
X     Jake Gardiner     Toronto     #d to 99
XI     Erik Gudbranson     Florida     #d to 99
XII     Matt Read     Philadelphia     #d to 99
XIII     Teemu Hartikainen     Edmonton     #d to 99
XIV     Joe Colborne     Toronto     #d to 99
XV     Matt Frattin     Toronto     #d to 99
XVI     Craig Smith     Nashville     #d to 99

There are some pretty good rookies on this list and the fact that they are numbered to only 99, might make these some early sought after rookie autographs this season. We just wonder how long it will take Upper Deck to fulfill these redemptions.

But that’s not all, Upper Deck is waiting for more rookies to skate to fill the wild card spots so hopefully they pick some great wild cards as well.

Check out the Upper Deck Blog for more information.