Three months from now, during a time when most young hipsters are smack dab in the middle of spring break, Panini America will be giving hockey purists the real reason to party: The serendipitous return of Pinnacle Hockey after more than 12 seasons away.
Three months from now, at a time when most young hipsters are smack dab in the middle of spring break, Panini America will be giving hockey purists the real reason to party with the serendipitous return of Pinnacle Hockey after 12 seasons away.
The March 16 release of 2010-11 Pinnacle Hockey will mark the celebrated reemergence to the market of one of the sport’s most revered brands, complete with many of those true-to-its-roots touches that made the franchise so popular in the first place, including Museum Collection parallels and Artist’s Proofs.
“The whole team has really bought into what we’re trying to do with Pinnacle, and I think it will show on every card,” says Al Muir, Panini America’s Hockey Brand Manager. “From the photography to the reinvention of the card back — seriously, you’ll want to check these out — this will be a base set that any hockey fan will want to spend hours with. On top of that, we’re cramming four autograph and/or memorabilia hits into every box. Then there’s the Museum Collection, the Artist’s Proofs, the Tough Times ’70s insert … every box should be a blast to bust. We think this is going to be the start of something really big.”
Indeed, to Muir’s point, every box of the product should yield four autograph or memorabilia cards, four Museum Collection parallels, four Ice Breakers Rookie Cards, one Artist’s Proof parallel and one Tough Times insert card. The autograph/memorabilia card lineup is bolstered by the likes of Pinnacle Threads, City Lights, Pinnacle Penmanship and Rookie Team Pinnacle Signatures to name four.
In all there are 50 Ice Breakers RCs on the checklist, including 20 that are autographed.
Enjoy the following preview images from the 2010-11 Pinnacle Hockey and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for more information on the product.
15 Replies to “Panini Peek: 2010-11 Pinnacle Hockey”
I like the idea that you are bringing back Pinnacle brands and the insert sets one that there are not many of that were real cool were the Hit List cards….star players that were not afraid to lay on the body even though they were scorers with plenty of skills that lit the lamp…….it would be real cool to bring those back you don’t get to see many inserts where the photography depicts a beauty of a hit…..it is a huge part of the game and would be nice to see those included…..the same goes for the pinnacle mask cards with dufex tech. with the many new mask designs those would be cool as well……..just a thought……..
Love it all, the one set that really grabbed my eye was City Lights. I love those picturesque type shots of a city lit up with the player superimposed over it. Adding an autograph just takes it to a new level. Hopefully you guys do a Kopitar version of this card for my son to chase.
I cannot tell yuo how many wonderful warm and fuzzies I am getting again about the hobby seeing all these “old” sets being reinvented. It is so awesome to see the new technology implemented in making these sets even better. Plus you are producing products that kids will enjoy. Not every kid will be attracted to simple jersey this auto that. Some of these sweet looking inserts are the one’s that will grab a kid and hopefully draw them into collecting. Keep up the great work you guys, I am super impressed so far and I am, admittedly, one of the most jaded people in this hobby.
One more note to add, if the Datsyuk depicted is the design for the base set that is an absolutely AWESOME set for in-person autograph seekers.
that image is a “cover/title page”, not a card design.
I see that there are 50 rookies in the set. I was wondering if anyone knows how many base cards there will be?
LOVE seeing that Pinnacle logo again. Gotta bring back the Masks and Clear Shots!
Looks like another great product from Panini!
I’ll pass your kudos on to the Panini hockey team. Thanks.
very nice cards. i actually miss the cards where they actually had a diamond in the card. championship fever i think 😀
just grabbed a box of this and am very impressed 😀 1st pack netted me a card from my favorite team, Evander Kane Thrashers – City Lights. Also got a Dallas goalie rookie, and get this, his rink collection AND artist proof. Finally to top it off I got one of the IceBreakers Signed Rookies /299. Great box break, hopefully my next break of Pinnacle nets me a Prime Version
Good stuff, Marc. Thanks for sharing. Glad you enjoyed the break.
I have a question. I have a 2010-11 Pinnacle Ice Breakers Autograph Rookie of Mats Zuccarello. It is number 263 in the set and serial numbered 129/299. It has his signature and also has “go rangers” I can not find another card of his like this. Usually they just have his signature. Can you shed some light on this subject. How many are made?