UPDATED: Panini America’s Grand Plans for Next Month’s 2011 Toronto Fall Expo

October 26, 2011

Panini America will be making its second straight appearance at the Fall Expo when this year’s 2011 Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo begins November 11 at the Toronto International Centre.

To be sure, collectors won’t see a sophomore slump when Panini America dazzles hockey collectors with another of its trademark, show-stopping wrapper redemption programs.

Panini America officials have developed a unique show-exclusive, nine-card redemption set featuring three key rookies that just laced ‘em up and took the ice, three Legends (limited to just 399 copies), two Team Colors cards (limited to just 599 copies) and wait for it . . . the return of the signed Rookie Patch cards (limited to just 25 or less).

Randomly inserted into packs will be limited-edition autographed versions of the base set (including Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos) and the rookies (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog).

Collectors will receive two-card Expo-exclusive packs for opening boxes of Panini America’s NHL roster of products, including (details on how many per box to follow):

2010-11 Pinnacle
2010-11 Luxury Suite
2010-11 Contenders
2010-11 Zenith
2011-12 Score Hockey 

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance to find out about the company’s plans for instant-win prizes and Box Wars at the Expo, but for now here’s a look at the checklist and an early look at some of the base cards.

1          Alex Ovechkin
2          Steve Stamkos
3          Tim Thomas
4          Sidney Crosby
5          Nicklas Lidstrom
6          Corey Perry
7          Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
8          Gabriel Landeskog
9          Adam Larsson

HOF    Doug Gilmour
HOF    Joe Nieuwendyk
HOF    Ed Belfour

TOR    Phil Kessel
TOR    Dion Phaneuf