Lofty Sales of Panini America Hockey Cards Highlight this Special Edition of the PPI
To say that we (and by “we,” I mean yours truly) might have over promised and under delivered on the “weekly” aspect of the Panini Price Index might be an understatement. However, a lot has happened since the last installment of the PPI, including the epic release of three superb Panini America NHL products. The trifecta of hockey bliss — 2011-12 Titanium, 2011-12 Prime and 2011-12 Dominion — finished out the 2011-12 hockey season for Panini America on a high note.
There’s more than enough that can be said for the blood, sweat and tears that Panini America NHL Brand Managers Karvin Cheung, Chris Barr and Tim Trout put forth to make these products shine. Each product offers the collector truly unique content and has created buzz-worthy and often eye-popping sales on the secondary market.
2011-12 Titanium Hockey returned to the market in a big way with its calling-card RCs numbered to the player’s jersey number. Several cards sold for well more than $500 apiece, including a BGS 10 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins RC (#59/93) that fetched a cool $1,629.99. An Adam Larsson RC (#4/5) also surpassed the $1,000 barrier, ultimately selling for $1,399.99. Also noteworthy is a Sean Couturier RC (#12/14) that sold for $649.99.
The world premiere of 11-12 Prime Hockey delivered collectors an amazing amount of content, including an industry-first with the Prime Ties insert, an innovative memorabilia card featuring game- and event-worn jersey lace-up pieces. Several of these newly-minted cards, all numbered 1/1, sold for hundreds of dollars, including a Patrice Bergeron Prime Ties that brought $560.
Key singles from the Prime Colors Logo Patch insert that beautifully displays the most luscious and colorful part of each team’s jerseys, also regularly hit the $500 mark. Among the top sellers in this batch include an Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators Prime Colors Logo Patch (#1/4) that sold for $676, and retired Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita Prime Colors Logo Patch (#1/5) that netted $555. Not surprisingly, though, Nugent-Hopkins came in as the clear winner for 2011-12 Prime Hockey with a sell of a whopping $4,500 on an autographed NHL Shield RC Patch numbered 1/1.
Last year marked the debut of Dominion Hockey, Panini America’s ultra-high-end hockey product. Back again for 2011-12, Dominion has not disappointed. Several cards have tipped the PPI at a grand or more since the product released in September, including a Steven Stamkos Silver Ensigns Autographed NHL Shield 1/1 that traded for a whopping $3,200 Equally impressive, a Jaromir Jagr Had It Stamped It game-used stick nameplate card 1/1 sold for $1,500.
The booklet cards in Dominion are quickly gaining favor as well. A Crazy Eights all-goalie booklet memorabilia card featuring Henrik Lundqvist, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas, Mike Smith, Pekka Rinne, Jimmy Howard and Mikka Kiprusoff closed at $350, roughly the SRP of a box of 2011-12 Dominion.
Enough from me, we’ll let the gallery below do the rest of the talking. As always, we hope you enjoy.
And if you’ve noticed other impressive sales from our hat trick of products to end the 2011-12 season, please share them with us in the comments section below.