For the 2011-12 hockey season, Panini is bringing over the Elite brand to it’s hockey line up. 2011-12 Panini Elite hockey will be in stores in late February, but that doesn’t stop the folks over at Panini from providing an inside look at the product. Nothing stops Tracy Hackler from providing that insight. So here’s mine as I can’t stop, won’t stop. (Puff Daddy voice)
This product is loaded up for the hit loving collector with 1 rookie variation autograph, 2 memorabilia cards, three Aspirations parallels, and two additional Elite rookies per box. You will find 20 packs per box with 5 cards per pack in this product.
First off, I am psyched that there isn’t a billion rookies in this product like what Panini has been doing with every product. Although the rookie checklist is kind of big at 80, at least there isn’t like 15 rookies in a box. I am also psyched about the Aspirations parallels and the possibilities of some of the top rookies with that parallel. Imagine what an Aspirations Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would do?
Panini also is breaking ground with some of the newer and legendary inserts in this product. How about the new Social Signatures parallel autograph which highlights the social media presence of some of the game’s top players? I can just imagine a Twitter username on the card and a bunch of new followers for those players. New and interesting to me as I am interested in social media. A little gimmicky but I’m a fan of athletes on social media so I’m all for it.
Returning is the Passing the Torch insert set with a young superstar paired with a legendary player in autograph form. Prime Numbers returns with 3 versions of cards from some of the top players in the league, and finally the Elite Series will honor six hobby legends with a 6 card insert set of their own – Crosby, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Lemieux, Messier, and Yzerman. And there is a special 7th card that includes an on-card autograph.
Elite looks to be full of on-card autographs so make sure you check it out in late February. It already looks like a winner.