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.
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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