First look: 2011-12 Elite Hockey


By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Behold, hockey collectors. Elite is back.

As explained in Panini America‘s announcement this morning, “For the first time since the 1997-98 season, passionate NHL collectors will have a stand-alone Elite product to call their own.”

Scheduled for a late-February release, Panini’s latest brand resurrection looks to land with hints of the past and hits of the now. More on what makes Elite so elite after the jump.

By the box
Matching modern chase standards, Panini’s revamped release comes with a three-hit, multiple-parallel promise. Each box contains:

  • One autograph Elite Rookies variation
  • Two memorabilia cards
  • Three Aspirations parallels
  • Two Elite Rookies

By the case
Elite (no pun intended) case chasers can expect to walk away with plenty of hits, parallels, inserts and rookie worth.

  • 12 Elite Rookies autograph variations
  • Two Elite Rookies Aspirations Die-Cuts
  • Three cards from Elite Series subjects
  • Three Elite Series Duals
  • 12 New Breed Materials cards
  • One Social Signatures card
  • Six Elite Signings cards
  • 12 Elite Materials cards
  • One Prime Numbers jersey card
  • 12 Elite Stars cards
  • 12 Elite Rookie Stars cards

Details, details

  • Elite Rookie Cards: 80 in total, featuring 20 short-prints and 50 hard-signed versions
  • Social Signatures: A hard-signed insert set that showcases players in the world of social media
  • Prime Numbers: Inserts featuring on-card autographs or memorabilia (three different versions)
  • Passing the Torch: Two hard-signed signatures featuring a legend of the past and a prolific star from the present
  • Elite Series: Honoring six hockey icons with their own six-card insert set and one autographed version (featuring Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier and Steve Yzerman)

Stay tuned for more details on the revival as they become available.


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1 comment

  1. Tyler Uccellini 21 December, 2011 at 12:14

    I know 90’s collectors love this set but all I can say is “meh”. That Sakic has all the elements for a potentially amazing card, but it just leaves me wanting something more….

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