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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pack Break - - 2006-07 BeeHive Hockey Retail

2006-07 BeeHive Hockey Retail
4 Cards/Pack

(This is almost the same post as over on A Pack To Be Named Later. I added some things.)

BeeHive is one of those brand names that has a long history in the world of collecting. With its roots in card sets back in the 30s and 40s, BeeHive has put out some of the most sought after cards in all of hockey, featuring the Original Six teams.

I'm not going to get into the history of the BeeHive product but if you want to know more about them, there is a great web resource for all things BeeHive. It is called The BeeHive Hockey Photo Museum. You can find the link here. There are a lot of pictures of the images used for the card production and you can even purchase many of them at pretty good prices. If you are interested at all in nostalgic hockey collectibles these are worth a look.

As for this incarnation of the product, Upper Deck's design is very similar to the Group 3 cards of the mid to late 60s. With the wood border framing, the cards capture the vintage feel but with the modern photography that Upper Deck is known for. The backs of the cards show the last year of game play stats as well as the "Did You Know" facts section which feature a morsel of info about the player and another random fact. For instance, Did You Know that Bobby Carpenter was the first American born player to post 50 goals in a season? Actually I did know that, but I bet other people didn't.

As for production, the retail version feature rookies at about 1:8 packs. There are also five parallel sets featuring different border color variations and randomly inserted GU and Autos with the 5x7 PhotGRAPHS falling about 1:250 packs in the hobby versions. Here are some samples.

#14 Doug Weight

#31 Jason Spezza

#72 Pascal LeClaire - Wood Border Parallel

#17 Jonathan Cheechoo

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