Originally posted 9/11/12 on our website:
Let me first start off by saying that I do not (yet) collect Hockey cards. I am an old school Baseball card collector. I prefer to collect sets as opposed to chasing the box/case hits. However, since Topps has the exclusive rights to the MLB license, it limits the products and designs available to baseball card collectors. That is frustrating as a collector when I see much better quality in the NFL, NBA and NHL cards.
I recently watched a live box break of the 2012 Panini Prime Hockey, brought to you be my twitter friends Card Board Radio (http://tinyurl.com/8frzqfc). I was fascinated by the quality of the product. It was bold with bright colors. The Autos jumped off the cards. The base cards were all numbered. It offered a variety of rookies and veterans. The patches were very colorful with team colors.
Having team colors on a card, to me, is very important. I am an Oakland A’s fan and I just LOVE spending big money to get a patch that is white. I hope you caught the sarcasm there. If not, I will wait for it to catch up. White? Really, Topps?
Now, I will not pass myself off as an expert on hockey. I have not broken a box or even opened a pack. I am just a casual observer who admires the product. I must say, however, that I am intrigued enough to consider buying a pack/box. I give credit to Panini for developing a product that is so good, that a non-collector of the sport is considering using “baseball card money” to purchase a hockey product. That means that have went above and beyond their call of duty to offer a solid product to their customers.
Credit to Panini! I have always admired Panini since 1988 when I bought my first Panini book to fill with stickers! I am envious of the work that they do and wish I had a chance to buy their product with a MLB license attached!
And a special thanks to Doug at (@cardboardradio) for sharing his video and offering his insight! (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cardboardconnectionradio) Doug hosts a Wednesday and Friday evening radio show. I highly recommend checking them out! It’s a great listen and well worth the time!
Till next time,
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