The latest Hockey product to hit the shelves is 2012-13 Panini Limited. Product is presented as 1 Pack with 7 Cards. Each Pack will contain 1 numbered Autograph, 2 Autograph and/or Memorabilia cards, 1 Base card and 3 other Parallels, Inserts or other cards.
Each of the cards in this product are numbered from the most at 499 down to 1 of 1 cards. There are 150 cards in the base set which at one per pack is very hard to complete for set builders unless you go the secondary market to find all of them. Limited also has a good share of Short printed cards from the Captains Set, Monikers, Private Signings and Shield patches.
With the Strike shorten season, Panini has introduced 12-13 Rookie Redemption cards inserted at 1 every other box per case. These will be used to redeem XRC of current rookies (checklist not yet available) and will be numbered our of 499. There will be 1 per team and should create some interest on the secondary market for the teams with rookie standouts.
I saw someone open up a couple of boxes at my LCS and decided to take a chance on the product. Being that Panini has done so well in the Hockey world the past year I thought it was a good chance I might pull something decent and on a whim buy it could turn into something. So here is how I did;
Base Cards: 1 - Andy McDonald /299
Base Silver Parallel: 1 - Dustin Byfuglien /49
Phenom Autographs: 1 - J.T. Brown /499
Limited Jersey Prime Patch: 1 - Nicklas Backstrom /25
Limited Travels Dual Jersey: 1 - Ray Bourque /199
Trophy Winners: 1 -Joe Sakic /199
Limited Rookie Redemption: 1 - Washington Capitals /499
I was lucky enough to pull a Rookie Redemption for the Washington Capitals. Not knowing who this will be is a mystery to keep it or not but I will take this over pulling another insert card any day. Values of Rookies in hockey are always high and with the way things are these XRC cards could develop a strong following once a checklist is out there.
Gambler Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Fun Aspect: 4/5