Product preview: 2011-12 Crown Royale Hockey

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

When a card design is successful, it’s difficult to replicate that idea without getting stale.

But sometimes a design is so well-received, all it takes is just a minor tweak to make them stand out again to collectors. In Panini America’s 2011-12 Crown Royale Hockey – due out Jan. 18 – the Rookie Silhouettes Rookies Cards seem to be another fan favorite based on early reactions.

Panini debuted the design last year with 2010 Crown Royale Football and 2010-11 Crown Royale Hockey. The cards feature on -card autographs below a cut-out of the player. Behind the player is an over-sized player worn jersey piece, usually in the form of a fantastic looking patch. Some of the pictures in the gallery include pre-signature images of the silhouette cards.

These cards seem to be the pinnacle of Crown Royale, but the product certainly has other things to offer collectors.

For $100, collectors will get a four-pack box with five cards in each pack. The hits include two autographs and two memorabilia cards in every box.

Some of the other subsets in Crown Royale, include die-cuts and Crown Royale Ice Kings (hockey legends’ on-card autographs).

Several of the signers for the set are listed as Jaromir Jagr, Steven Stamkos, Martin Brodeur and Alex Ovechkin.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.


Chris Wardner

The Rookie Silhouette cards are amazing!! I’ll have to go to the secondary market, cuz $100 for 2 autos and 2 jersey cards is way too much.

Posted December 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink
Don Davis

I have been staying away from Panini Hockey, mainly because no bang for the buck. This looks like a improvement. The Contenders also looks promising. But this will be the shame on me, if it fails to meet my customers approval.

Posted December 9, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

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