Market Report: 2012-13 Prime Hockey Takes Center Ice in Special PPI Report (Gallery)


Just like most things in life, the best is often saved for last. The same can be said for the August release of 2012-13 Panini Prime Hockey. Months and countless hours were spent by the Panini America Hockey Product Development team putting together the intricate puzzle and memorabilia pieces of Prime Hockey – the last product release of the 2012-13 Panini America NHL product calendar.  In this special edition of the PPI (Panini Price Index) we examine some of the rare and popular cards moving the needle, as well as some new content included in the year’s release which has brought some cash contributions for collectors.

As you’ve likely already seen from extensive coverage on The Knight’s Lance, this year’s release of Prime Hockey includes just about anything and everything you can imagine from the ice. As Tracy Hackler points out, if it was worn, touched or any part of the player’s NHL uniform or equipment, then chances are it made it’s way onto a 2012-13 Panini Prime Hockey trading card.  Or, as Hockey Product Manager Chris Barr simply states, the vision with 2012-13 Prime Hockey is to “provide the most unique memorabilia cards in the hobby – unlike other brands where the autographs and rookies are the drivers, we try to make the memorabilia the main star of the card.”

Some of the strongest performers thus far have been the Captain’s Cloth cards which have fetched upwards of $500. Captains Cloth, which are numbered no higher than two, pay homage to Captains and Assistant Captains of the past and present and feature the game-used sweater “C” and “A” from the players jersey intricately cut and placed on the card.  Some noteworthy performers from this bunch include:

  • Gordie Howe #’d 1/2 – Sold for $500
  • Mark Messier #’d 2/2 – Sold for $400
  • Alex Ovechkin #’d 2/2 – Sold for $393.88
  • Sidney Crosby #’d 2/2 – Sold for $376
  • Steven Stamkos #’d 2/2 Sold for $375

A new twist for Prime Hockey this year includes breaking out the ever popular Prime Colors insert into three different collectible subsets:  logo, patch and number. The sheer color and vibrant display of the Prime Colors cards make them some of the most popular again this year, as they regularly bring north of $300 per sell. The high-dollar performers in this group include:

  • Scott Clemmensen Prime Colors Logo #’d 11/25 – Sold for $355
  • Alex Ovechkin Prime Colors Patch #’d 4/10 – Sold for $338
  • Patrick Marleau Prime Colors Patch #’d 5/5 – Sold for $328
  • Corey Perry Prime Colors Logo #’d 14/18 – Sold for $327
  • Mario Lemieux Prime Colors Patch #’d 4/12  Sold for $300

Collectors were greeted with a nice two-card bonus pack of Dominion Hockey included in every single box of 2012-13 Prime Hockey. The two-card set includes popular variations of Engravatures, Peerless Patches, Ensigns, Rookie Ensigns and Rookie Autograph Patches. Several of these cards net a staggering $500 per sell. Here’s a glance at those with a noteworthy nod:

  • Martin Brodeur Dominion Ensigns Game-Used NHL Shield #’d 1/1 – Sold for $585
  • Mario Lemieux / Jaromir Jagr Dominion Peerless Patches #’d 5/5 – Sold for $580
  • Jarome Iginla Dominion Ensigns Game-Used NHL Shield #’d 1/1 – Sold for $570
  • Chris Kreider Dominion Rookie Ensigns Game-Used NHL Shield #’d 1/1 – Sold for $499.99
  • Louis Eriksson Dominion Ensigns #’d 1/1 – Sold for $326.21

Other notable inclusions and staggering sales from Prime Hockey include sales from Remarkable Prime, new insert Prime Gloves Insignia, Genuine Marks, Prime Authentics, Prime Black Autographs and Prime All-Star Selections.  Here’s a small sampling of how some of these Prime Hockey standouts have performed on the secondary market

  • Jonathan Toews Remarkable Prime #’d 2/3 – Sold for $425
  • Ray Borque Remarkable Prime #’d 1/2 – Sold for $295
  • Gordie Howe Genuine Marks #’d 5/10 – Sold for $450
  • Jeff Carter Prime Gloves Insignia #’d 1/1 – Sold for $387.09
  • Felix Potvin Genuine Marks #’d 5/6 – Sold for $308.92
  • Sidney Crosby Prime Authentics #’d 5/5 – Sold for $287.87
  • David Krejci Prime Authentics #’d 4/4 – Sold for $280
  • Joe Sakic Prime Black Autographs #’d 1/1 – Sold for $258
  • Henrik Sedin Prime All-Star Selections #’d 4/4 – Sold for $241.50

As always, we will let the pictures do most of the talking.  And if you happen to come across any other staggering sales from 12-13 Prime Hockey, please feel free to share them with us. Enjoy the gallery below.


10 Replies to “Market Report: 2012-13 Prime Hockey Takes Center Ice in Special PPI Report (Gallery)”

  1. I was the one who pulled the Crosby captains cloth 2/2 in just my second box of prime. one of the best cards I ever pulled. I’m not a huge Crosby fan so I sold it to one extremely happy customer. Thanks Panini for such a great experience and can’t wait to see what’s next. I was also wondering if you guys had any timeline for the 2012-13 Limited hockey rookie redemption team cards. Any word on when we can expect them or what they will actually be like. thanks again.

  2. That Bourque “Remarkable” is truly remarkable. The piece of the #7 that’s autographed from an autographed game-worn jersey. I know it’s not the whole Signature, but you can tell it’s Bourque’s if you seen it in the past. Awesome.

  3. I think that the effort level you guys put into this product this year was tremendous, and it is good to see all that hard work being reflected in how much collectors are eating up the tremendous memorabilia cards you produced. I’ve to this point been able to get all but one of the SSP’d cards of my guy Josh Gorges, and I’m still mad at eBay for the temporary glitch I experienced that caused me to lose out on that card auction. Even though Gorges isn’t a big star in the hobby, for you guys to be making and inserting his cards into a high-end product like this makes me a very happy collector and it’s been a lot of fun pursuing those cards for my collection. Cheers!

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