1As promised, I felt like sending 2010 out with one last post on my opinions of this years crop of hockey card releases thus far. As you have probably surmised by the last post, with few exceptions, I have been less than thrilled with what we have had available to us. With new blood on the scene, that being Panini, I think there were some expectations by many collectors that were just simply unattainable. Anything short of genius would have been considered a failure and Panini has, in this blogger/collector's opinion, done just that...failed.
But this post isn't supposed to be a "shame on you, Panini" post. I will save that for the other doom-sayers out there in the blog-o-sphere because they do it much better than I. This is the follow up to my review of the 2010-11 hockey card releases that I have had the privilege (um, yeah that's a good word) of adding to my collection. I have already expressed my thoughts on Victory, Score, Certified, and Upper Deck.
The Retro variations are stellar this year as they look kind of like the 73-74 All Star cards and the Marquee Legends and Rookies share the same feel of design with the 76-77 set. The Stat Kings, Trophy Winners, and Team Leader cards have all been toned down too as they are now on heavy glossy stock instead of the foilboard from last year. The only foil I have seen so far from what I have pulled are in the parallels of the the Retro Parallel set...the parallels of the parallels. My only mystery is whether or not there are Retro back variations or not. I pulled a Sidney Crosby and Marty Turco retro parallel with different player stats on the back. The Crosby features Niklas Backstrom and the Turco features Jack Johnson. If anyone knows about these or can send me a link to some info, I would appreciate it. I can't honestly believe that these were printed in error.
So that's it for the new additions to the collection for this years releases. You may have noticed that there are a few issued sets missing from this list. Famous Fabrics Inks is one that comes to mind. I have no intention of purchasing a product that features 1 card for $100. Even if I knew what the card was, I wouldn't buy one card for $100. That's just insane. Another set is ITG's Ultimate Memorabilia set. I love ITG's releases but this one will set you back about $550 for 15 cards. Again, why? I don't want to be hosed with a $5 card that I paid $100 for. Panini Limited is out there. 1 pack, 7 cards for about $70. Considering their train wreck so far with releases, you would have to be smoking something illegal in all star systems to risk that. So for now, I'm biding my time until ITG puts out Heroes & Prospects, whatever Retro set they are working on (if any), and Between the Pipes. I also will pick up Series II Upper Deck and probably scold myself 100x's over after the fact but still pick up SP, SP Game Used, or SPx (or all three). Oh, and let's not forget the return of Pinnacle and Crown Royale (Panini, you better not screw these up).
And with that, I bid you all adieu. Happy New Year.