When Panini was in the hockey card game, the results and opinions from the collecting community are still debated to date, but like 'em or hate 'em, I think we all should appreciate what Panini brought into our little corner of the hobby when it comes to the hockey card market, some of which we can still see today.
One of the best examples I can current think of is the Panini Prime Ties set. This set once again pushed the boundaries on what memorabilia pieces "could" and "could not" be featured on a card, while stepping up and making it a beautiful card in the process. While this 13-14 Panini Prime product was a means to the end for Panini's time in hockey, this set moved the hobby forwards, which is always a good thing in my books.
So why write a post about a 6-year-old card set created by a company no longer involved with the sport?
In a recent Hobby Insider thread, I was once again pleasantly reminded just how cool these cards really are and I'm thrilled to be able to own on of these unique memorabilia cards in my collection. Like an unfortunate reflection in Panini's time in this hobby, this subset is either well liked or extremely hated by some members in the collecting community, which is totally fine, as we are all able to make our own opinions on companies, products, and of course the individual cards themselves.
I received this card from a huge Buffalo Sabres collector a few years ago and it's probably still one of my favourite cards in my collection due to the unique style of it. As I'm primarily a 'binder guy' when it comes to storing and viewing my collection (yes, even the 1/1's *gasps*), I don't see this card as often as I'd like to due to the physical size of this card being so massive, so it needs to be relegated into a storage box. I'm hopeful that one day I can display it alongside some other unique pieces within my hobby space once I figure out a layout. It's definitely one of those 'stop yourself in your tracks' kind of cards, especially for those not familiar with the hobby or who have been absent for sometime.
When it comes to my own player collection, there is another Jhonas Enroth Prime Ties card inserted in 2011-12 Panini Prime, which uses the jersey ties from the amazing Buffalo Sabres' 40th Anniversary jersey. I've seen a picture of it, but I haven't seen it come up for sale yet (I'll post a picture of it below).
So what's your opinion on these Panini Prime Ties cards (Or the 15-16 Upper Deck version in UD Black - Black Tie Affair)? Do you like these cards or hate them? Do you own any of these types of cards in your collection? Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts.
I'm proud to feature Al's stunning Jarome Iginla collection in my second Collector Showcase (I think I'll be changing the name to "Collector's Corner" from here on out) segment this week. For those who missed it, you can check out the last Collector's Corner feature here.
I've been following Al's Iginla PC for a few years now and his card collection is up there with the all-time collecting greats! Enjoy the show. I know I sure did!
I wanted to reboot this idea again after garnering much more interest by my fellow collectors voicing their interest in coming on this blog and answering a few questions for me. With that said, let's get into the 2nd Collector Showcase with Thorsten's absolutely epic Leaf In The Game Used collection. He's a collector from Germany who was more than happy to share more about his collection and provide some amazing pictures inside this featured article!
It's not often I found out about an older card that I have never heard of, but a little while ago I was introduced to an error card that I had no previous knowledge of.
2007-08 SHL Elitset The Guardians - Red (Ruby) Error Variation
These cards were pulled from the products prior to the release date, as these were not like the other parallels in the set. The original cards in this insert set has a blue/greenish shine to it to go along with the Silver parallels /35, but mistakenly shoved into the mix were these Red parallels that are also mistakenly numbered /35 on the back, but have no hand-numbered serial number like the Silver versions.
My guess is that they originally planned to release uber-rare Red (Ruby) variations, but the backs were all printed wrong (the backs look identical to the Silver Versions and have "/35" on the back, even though they are much rarer), so they had to disregard the Red parallels from the checklist and pull them from the product.
From the information I've received, there is less than 20 of these cards in total and there is an Enroth out there.... somewhere. So while it's a shot in the dark at this point in the game (13 years later), I hope that I can track down one of these Red Error variations one of these years.
Thanks to Andreas on Hobby Insider for bringing these to my attention a while ago. He owned the Joel Gistedt The Guardians Red Parallel shown above and he's seen a few others in Sweden as well.
If anyone see's the Enroth Red Parallel of the card below... Please let me know. :)
I want to preface this blog post by saying that I hope everyone is staying safe during these times in the middle of COVID-19. I hope that you are all adjusting accordingly and staying positive along the way.
Okay, now let's get to the cards!
Today I was fortunate enough to add 3 cards for the collection today:
The Brothers In Arms Patches /10 and the 3rd Sweater Prime /5 are two cards that I've been waiting to add for quite sometime, as I've lost out on a few copies of each card over the last couple of years, so seeing these cards being added to my extensive collection this afternoon was a sight for sore eyes.
The ITG Superlative card was an interesting one. Prior to acquiring this card, I had no idea that unreleased copies of this card from this specific set were included in this 2014-2015 In The Game Superlative Vault product release, so it came as a nice surprise when this Buffalo Sabres / Ryan Miller collector made this card available (along with the other two cards in this post) from his Personal Collection.
I will definitely keep my eye out for more stamp colour variations of this card in the future. From my limited knowledge of this product, there should be a Ruby (Red) Vault Stamped variation out there and maybe a Blue (Sapphire) Stamp variation as well. If anyone has any leads on some others, please let me know! :)
This small but mighty 3-card mail day had been a long time coming, too. I bought these cards exactly one month ago and it took a full month to arrive from New York. With everything going on, I was getting worried that this package was lost in the mail, but sure enough it eventually arrived. This tested my patience and I will be sure to use this as another lesson when the mail gets slow. Sometimes it's super fast..... other times it's not. It is what it is.
Anyways, I hope that with the added downtime we are all able to appreciate our cards and show some off to others stuck in the same boat during this time. I've had a blast scrolling through the hobby forums lately and seeing everyone's show-and-tell threads with all of their goodies.
Happy Collecting everyone and please stay safe.
- Aaron / Creasecollector
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