Product preview: 2011-12 Crown Royale Hockey


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.


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  1. Chris Wardner 8 December, 2011 at 23:03

    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.

  2. Don Davis 9 December, 2011 at 11:40

    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.

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