I'll start this blog post by saying that while I love picking up new pieces for this growing collection, I am not a (huge) fan of booklet cards.
Don't get me wrong, I think that new ideas in the hobby are always a good thing, and while some may not stick around, fresh ideas are always worth trying - at least once - to try and light a fire into a hobby such as collecting cardboard, which can become stale after a while, especially if you're the type of collector who always goes back for something more and exciting, that excitement can derail after awhile.
All that aside, when booklets were introduced into this hobby (I think the first booklet cards were in an old Upper Deck Black product?), I wasn't an immediate fan. I love the designs on some of them, and I beleive if split up into "normal" sized cards, they would be big hits within my various collections, but alas, I am a 'traditional' collector in the sense that I store most (about 95%) of my collection are trapped within the classic 9-pocket pages. So while booklets are beautiful in there own right, I have no way to display them and have them amongst the majority of my collection, which is a bummer. I'll give credit where credit is due though: Panini did a great job of really pushing this style of card in their products. These booklets aren't my cup of tea, but their aggresive push really helped make booklet-style cards "mainstream" in the hockey card world, even when they had left the sport, so kuddos for them on that.
But this booklet card was just too nice to pass up. I won this on eBay not too long ago, and it finally showed up today to join my collection. While I am not a huge fan of the booklets, I do really dig this card and I'm happy to own it. While the Miller patch is from the typical Buffalo Sabres logo, the Enroth piece is from the letter 'A' off one of their 40th Anniversary jersey's, which is cool to see.
It this PC addition may not be displayed like the rest of my collection, it fits in my collection all the same and adds some neat variety, too, which is nice.
What is your opinion on these booklet style cards? Do they have a place in your collection? Why or why not?
Also, please feel free to share you cards if you like :)
Author - Aaron
I've been collecting Hockey cards since the late 90's. Mainly the goalies since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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