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Updated Gallery: Panini America Initiates Pre-Packout for 2011-12 Prime Hockey

August 6, 2012

I returned to the office this morning following a whirlwind five days at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention to an email inbox overflowing with an array of stunning images from the upcoming 2011-12 Prime Hockey release.

Turns out Karvin Cheung, Panini America’s Director of Product Development for the NBA and NHL, is spending time at the printing facility today scrutinizing some of the product’s myriad mystifying memorabilia inserts in advance of next week’s packout. Thankfully, Cheung’s been kind enough to keep us updated all morning long via email.

Just so you’re seeing what he’s seeing, here’s a gallery of the previews he’s provided thus far today. As Cheung continues to send images, we’ll update this gallery as the day progresses. Until then, enjoy.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2012 12:21 pm

    Unbelievable memorabilia card gallery, such a great looking array of patches. Thanks Tracy, no jet lag?

    • August 6, 2012 12:24 pm

      Yeah, I’m dragging a little today. But no complaints. The show goes on!

      • August 6, 2012 12:27 pm

        I seem to remember Scott and a lovely lady doing a video about 5 hour energy some time ago, any of those still laying around the office?

      • August 6, 2012 12:28 pm

        There were until about 30 minutes ago! Time to restock.

  2. August 6, 2012 12:22 pm

    Very cool to see the cards “all together”. I’ve never seen them before arranged like that. Thanks for the look!

  3. richkulach permalink
    August 6, 2012 12:31 pm

    Every time I see previews, I look forward to this product even more Tracy. you guys are simply killing it. Just curious what kind of Rick Nash I will have to chase?


  4. Brad R. permalink
    August 6, 2012 12:33 pm

    Thanks for another look at those Mikita patches! Very cool to see the peek at the cut swatches – and now the finished cards.

  5. August 6, 2012 12:51 pm

    I was hoping they would have been out for the National!! Amazing looking patches. Mikita is great, but for some reason I really like the Robitaille, I may have to go for all four pieces and I’m not even a Kings fan.

  6. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 6, 2012 12:56 pm

    Welcome back!! How many Hackler cards did you have to sign??

    • Matt Gilman permalink
      August 6, 2012 12:57 pm

      On another note, this product looks like the best hockey release this year!! I really enjoyed Rookie Anthology..but I think this might beat it! You saved the best for last!

    • August 6, 2012 1:03 pm

      I think I ended up signing about 15 or so.

  7. August 6, 2012 1:01 pm

    Absolutely Amazing!!! Thanks for the preview pics.

  8. August 6, 2012 1:37 pm

    Those images are great, the Blackhawks logo deal is amazing and the captains “C” card are sweet.

    Great work at the show, you guys were the hardest working guys there. No wonder you are pulling away from the pack!

  9. John permalink
    August 6, 2012 3:07 pm

    You guys are getting as BAD as In The Game with NO PICTURES OF PLAYERS on the card. Please tell me this is the ONLY time you will ever do this!!!

    • August 6, 2012 5:09 pm

      Appreciate your feedback. While we understand your concern, there are player images on the back. And on the rare occasions when we go with no photo, it’s only so we can maximize the size of the swatch on the front.

      • Tyler permalink
        August 6, 2012 6:06 pm

        I am all for this… You couldn’t get swatches and a set like this without doing so. Great to know the images are on the back as well! Nice touch, can’t wait to see it in person and go earn some money so I can crack a box!

  10. August 6, 2012 4:02 pm

    I gotta say im not the biggest Hockey fan but Daammnnn!!!! I can tell u one thing Hockey has some of the sickest patches i have ever seen!\

  11. Ryan U permalink
    August 6, 2012 5:47 pm

    WOW! Amazing job with putting the patches into the sets where we can now “put them together” This is gonna create so much more hype in the secondary market. I really hope you guys continue to do this with at least the super high-end products for every sport!

  12. Jeff K permalink
    August 6, 2012 6:07 pm

    Absoluteley amazing stuff! Some of the best I have eer seen!

  13. August 6, 2012 6:20 pm

    That Crosby looks amazing!! Hell, it all looks amazing!

  14. August 7, 2012 6:51 am

    They are SICK… loving the big Bruins one!

  15. Oilersrule permalink
    August 7, 2012 7:19 am

    Is the Nugent-Hopkins NHLPA jersey just an exhibition jersey?

    • Karvin Cheung permalink
      August 7, 2012 12:13 pm

      Its the NHLPA Rookie Showcase Jersey from the game thats played during the event

  16. Brad permalink
    August 7, 2012 7:42 am

    Never been much into hockey and I’m still not even after seeing these amazing looking cards, but I can see the appeal to hockey collectors. Too bad football and baseball doesn’t have patches like that. Great looking cards Panini. Hope you had fun at Nationals Tracy. Hopefully I’ll get to make it there to ChiTown next year, just waiting to see if the Mayans had it right.

  17. daniel brault permalink
    August 7, 2012 7:08 pm


  18. jumper48 permalink
    August 8, 2012 1:25 am

    I really do not know what to say, this is just an amazing set. I bet there will be some hardcore collectors working to complete some of those Captains Cloths and logo sets.


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