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.

Preview: 2011-12 Panini Crown Royale Hockey

This is exciting news that Panini Crown Royale hockey is coming back for another season. Before last year, I had never opened a hobby box of hockey product nor had I opened any Panini product before. So obviously, this product has a special place in my collecting heart. So I’m happy to see a return from probably the most successful Panini hockey product from last year.

The Rookie Silhouettes will return as probably one of the hottest rookie autographed cards from last year. This trend will likely continue after all the great feedback I saw around the hockey collecting community and this may again be the hockey rookie card of the season. On card autographs with a patch from the player behind the picture.

But new this year will be a limited set of veterans with the Silhouette design which will surely make several collectors excited. They added this to football this year and I’ve only heard good things about it, but the hockey version will be different with on-card signatures.

Ice Kings will feature legends of the NHL with more on-card autographs limited to just 99 copies and Scratching the Surface will return with the autographs on the faux playing surface with signatures like Alex Ovechkin, Marty Brodeur, Jaromir Jagr, and Steve Yzerman just to name a few.

And surely several of your favorite inserts should return with jersey and patch parallels to fulfill all of your collecting wants.

I’ve said before that I love die-cuts so this product will always be at the top of products I want to open, plus of the special place in my collecting heart.

This product will hit stores in sometime in the coming months and the price range will probably be about $25/pack or $100/box.

Make sure you check out the official Panini Peek of this product for more information and photos!