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October 26, 2010

When 2010-11 Score Hockey releases to the puck-minded masses tomorrow, it will do so with a 59-card Hot Rookies subset sure to be in huge demand from the opening pack. But there are nine of those Hot Rookies in particular that collectors will find to be in considerably shorter supply than the others.

How short exactly? Never you mind. Just know that Cam Fowler, Derek Stepan, Nino Niederreiter, Tyler Seguin, Magnus Paajarvi, Jordan Eberle, Brayden Schenn, Jeff Skinner and Taylor Hall will be a little tougher to come by than any other Rookie Cards in the set.

Unless, of course, you happen to have a few good ideas. Apparently we know some people because we’ve managed to procure a complete nine-card run of the short-printed Hot Rookies and we’re looking to give it away to the collector with the most clever idea for future Score Hockey releases.

So put on your product development hat and tell us — by commenting in the area below — what you would most like to see in next year’s Score product. The collector with the most creative idea — as judged by an expert panel that includes the esteemed Al Muir, Panini America’s Hockey Brand Manager — will win the nine toughest Rookie Cards in all of 2010-11 Score Hockey.

74 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Johnson permalink
    November 8, 2010 2:44 pm

    My idea is for 4 different subsets, the first one is a subset featuring the old time arenas and the history or some kind of fact about them, There are many out there to choose from like Maple Leaf Gardens, The forum in Montreal and The old Boston Garden, the Igloo, Old Madison Sqaure Garden, The Spectrum in Philadelphia.

    My second subset is kind of quirky but neat as well. What about a subset of the Hairest players in the game dating back from the 70s up to now. They could have the old time hockey mullet or be rocking the “moustache” like Jagr did or Ian white does now.

    How about a subset of game changers but in a different way so people like Willie O’ree, Jarome Iginla, Or Borje Salming, People who have broken the color barrier or came from overseas and helped pioneer the way for future generations of players.

    What about a strictly captains subset, maybe with each one autographed, its 30 cards so its not that big.

  2. john roman permalink
    November 10, 2010 3:55 pm

    I would like to see Second year cards – and designated as so – what 50% of the rookie card value but
    a nice completment to next years rookie card selection. You continue the love with the Oiler rookies and Skinner etc. but also present next years hot rookies too. Rookie logos why not second year logos and as last point why not end of career logo on the player’s last issued card. So you have a set of final season for stars and maybe journeymen too. Ah, I have a Taylor Hall second year!

  3. John Schinigoi permalink
    November 15, 2010 8:18 pm

    because score is one of the lower end sets i don’t think that the set needs more hits inserted. i think that my idea would add a little bit more collect-ability to score.

    i think it would be cool to have a base set with variants of each player as part of base set. the variants would consist of each player wearing a different one of their 3 teams jerseys. so for example

    Alexander Ovechkin would have his Home jersey in card #1 his away jersey in card #2 and the “throwback jersey” is card #3.

    thanks for the contest!

  4. Brendan permalink
    November 17, 2010 8:39 pm

    How about an Edmonton Oilers subset next year, not just limited to the superstars (Gretsky,Messier,Fuhr, etc etc.) but some “did you know that Ken Dryden’s bother Dave played for the Oilers” or Jacques Plante, or Colin Campbell… Maybe have 6 cards devoted to their new cheerleaders… and one card should have the phrase “Sorry Edmonton Oilers fans for shafting you by having 3 of your most anticipated rookies in our 9 card short print hot rookies set”

  5. Kevi Kerr permalink
    November 18, 2010 3:00 pm

    How great it is to finally have an alternative to Upper Deck to collect. I have been collecting cards and memorabilia (hockey) for about 15 years and since hearing that Panini was getting (back) into the “game” of sport (hockey) cards, I have been overjoyed and excited to say the least. Upper Deck has monopolized the market and gotten way to sloppy and greedy for far too long.
    Since the release of “Score” hockey cards, I have purchased a total of 228 (two hundred and twenty-eight) packs (in variuos sized boxes and individual packs) and have not yet come accross even 1 (one) rookie redemtion card.
    Now, I may just be a very unlucky guy or, maybe it could be that you have made it just a little to hard to get one, or all, of the nine top rookies of the year.
    Might I suggest that you make it a little easier in the future to get the rookies that make up a complete set of cards and save the redmption factor for cards that are signed and accompanied with a piece of jersey (memorabilia) by the “Past” stars, “Present” stars and “Future” stars of the game.
    We All Love the Jersey Cards!

    • November 18, 2010 5:50 pm

      Here’s the skinny, straight from the email box of Hockey Brand Manager Al Muir: “There are no Rookie Redemption cards. We delayed the release two weeks and put the rookies live into the packs. No waiting!”

      • Kevin permalink
        November 19, 2010 12:32 am

        Thanks for your reply Tracy. I am a little confused. It seems that from what you are saying there are no rookie redemtions. All 59 “Hot Rookies” are obtainable without redemtion cards? The reason why I ask – and I don’t want to sound arguementive – is, when I go to the ‘’ website and view the checklist for the score hockey product it shows me two different rookie lists suggesting that the last 9 are only obtainable by redemption.
        The first, titled “Hot Rookies” is a list of 50 cards starting with #501 – Nazem Kadri and ending at #550 – Scott Jackson. Looking further, a second list, titled
        “Rookie Redemptions” shows a list of 9 more rookie cards starting with #551 – Cam Fowler and ending at card #559 – Taylor Hall.
        I have also noticed that, when I visit ‘ebay’, I have seen the occasional listing of cards numbered from 551 to 559 that are advertised as rookie redemtions. I am glad to hear that the idea of these cards being redemptions is an error and that they are out there “live” as you put it. I will keep buying and (cross my fingers) keep trying. Thanks again for your reply and thanks to Panini for offering such a great collectable product. I look forward to seeing more in the days to come.

      • November 19, 2010 12:38 am

        We were able to get the nine additional Hot Rookies, #’s 551-559, into packs. Those nine are, however, shorter than their other Hot Rookies counterparts.

      • Daniel Roe permalink
        December 19, 2010 1:43 am

        Hi Tracy,

        Are there stated odds for the short printed rookies? Websites that previewed Score Hockey stated that the odds of a SP rookie redemption was 1 per box. If the redemptions were pulled for actually cards, do they still fall in the same ratio? In my first box of Score, I was lucky to pull a Nino Niederreiter (I’m a Winterhawks fan!) but my second box did not have a SP rookie.

        Can you please help clarify?



    • Kevin Kerr permalink
      November 18, 2010 11:08 pm

      Ooops…the name is Kevin not Kevi…my bad…

  6. Sam G permalink
    November 18, 2010 5:52 pm

    Lots of interesting ideas so far!

    Mine mostly have to do with possible subsets. I would like to see the following in a future release:

    Honor a single Hall of Fame player from the past, much like the Bobby Orr subset from the 91-92 Score edition. Can include auto’s and memorabilia redemption for a signed jersey or stick. Player suggestions: Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky. Perhaps a group of players could be honored rather than just one? The possibilities are endless!

    “Triple Crown Winners” Subset
    Include players from the past and present who have won all three championships in their career – Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and World Cup of Hockey Championship. This would be a pretty exclusive group due to the NHL’s inclusion in the Olympics only 1998 and after. Examples would include Scott Niedermeyer, Martin Brodeur, Joe Sakic and Adam Foote to name just a few. An alternative idea with a somewhat larger scope, the set could include players who have achieved at least “three” of a particular award in their career such as three Stanley Cups or three Norris trophies.

    “Big Hits” Subset
    Include acetate cards depicting big hits from the past season. Not the “dirty” ones but the good, clean hits that we all love to see in the game! A “clear” portion of the acetate card would represent the “glass” in the boards while the rest of the card would show the players colliding, etc.

    “League Leaders” Sub-set with some differently themed cards as follows:

    “Blockade Battalion” – goaltenders with highest save percentage and the leading shot-blockers for the previous season
    “Ministry of Defense” – elite defensemen – highest point-scoring and plus-minus category ( let’s give “props” to the “shut-down” D-men around the league!) for the season
    “The Cavalry” – assist leaders, enforcers and players recognized for other skilled contributions to their teams – could be league-leading faceoff winners, physical/hit-makers, fourth-line shot-blockers, best plus-minus records, etc. This is almost like a “Hard-hat Award” category.
    “Sniper Squadron” – leading goal-scorers, shoot-out scoring leaders for the season
    “Iron Men” – either past and/or present consecutive games played leaders – Doug Jarvis, Trevor Linden, etc. Given the physical nature of the game and frequency of injuries, these players definitely deserve some sort of recognition!

    I am collecting this years’ Score hockey set with my children and I do believe that it is important to appeal to young people as much as possible by making a product that is both fun and collectible. Producing a set that also includes items of interest to older collectors (buy-backs, etc) is brilliant and the Score set for this year is a great example of this. Thanks for considering my ideas!

  7. serbianwolf permalink
    December 9, 2010 1:21 am

    I would like to see subset profiling the players that took place in World Hockey Championship as well as the future stars participants of World Hockey junior championship. Something like a top 5 players from each nation participating with association logo card and information card. It would be nice to know the players from all over the world since hockey is global game might as well have the global hockey cards.


  8. February 1, 2011 1:47 pm

    Insert set entitled “Signs of Fandom”
    The 30 card set would include a glossy image of 1 fan favourite from all of the teams in the league, along with a swatch sized cutout of an actual fan poster that was brought to a game. The reverse side of the card would show the entire sign, as well as the name of the sign holding fan, and a description of which game it was held, and what the players outcome in that game was.

  9. Brendan permalink
    February 3, 2011 8:55 pm

    Ok, I’ve been warming up to these short print cards, my newest idea is to have another 9 short print rookies next year as well, but also have a subset devoted to this years short print players documenting their first games/goals/assists whatever fits. Would like to see it as a recurring theme in the score series.

    Also probably not suitable for the score series, but with flash drive getting smaller/thinner and so many home electronics usb compatible would like to see hockey cards that could have a video highlight of a goal or play embedded into a card.

  10. Dale Norman permalink
    March 25, 2011 11:01 am

    It would be interesting to see cards (sub series) of previous cup winners and where they took the cup during the summer holidays .I’m sure there would be some interesting stories to follow each picture as well.

  11. Chris Campion permalink
    April 14, 2011 5:57 pm

    Having a little hockey player at home. I think having a redemption such as “include a photo and stats” and have a custom made score card. The kids would love having a card of themselves that looks and feels just like a short print rookie – not the rink side version. Obviously the option would be made available for an alternate for the collector etc… who know’s maybe someday one of those custom made “novice, atom, peewee, etc…” cards will end up being a first round NHL pick.

  12. April 15, 2011 5:17 pm

    I just purchased a jeff skinner HOT ROOKIES autograph numbered only to 9 made,but the card isnt authenticated on the back just numbered ?/9….any one know about these?ITS A STICKER AUTO.

  13. April 15, 2011 9:38 pm

    I sent photos front/back

  14. dan schertz permalink
    May 4, 2011 10:58 am

    i would like to have an oportunity to meet a top player ie Crosby as a contest in the set. And as part of this meet tickets to a game and a autographed memorbilia or photo.

  15. walt glonba permalink
    November 2, 2011 9:42 pm

    You could do a jersey or patch card with a overtime winnig goal puck for stanley cup finals what a nice low production set that would be and to kick it harder autos on lower numbered cards and for sure 1/1crest of the stanley cup in the middle of the puck game winning goal autographed I can see it sweet looking card

  16. October 8, 2013 10:17 am


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