Release Date: September 8, 2011
Price Point: Approximately $88 per box online.
Product Loadout: 9 cards per pack/box, 20 boxes per case.
Hit Ratios: Each box will contain one autograph, one relic, and one additional auto or relic.
- 100 card base set (1-100, limited to 180 copies)
Autographs, Relics and Parallels:
- Blue base parallel (limited to 50 copies)
- Onyx base parallel (limited to 5 copies)
- Papercuts Autographs (65 cards)
- Between the Seams Autographs (32 cards)
- Between the Seams Autographs Red (1/1)
- Between the Seams Autographs Gold (1/1)
- Between the Seams Autographs White (1/1)
- Autographs (89 cards)
- Autographs Blue
- Autographs Red (1/1)
- Autograph Memorabilia (5 cards, limited to 35 each)
- Double Memorabilia Silver (16 cards, limited to 90 copies)
- Double Memorabilia Gold (limited to 10 copies)
- Mega Memorabilia Silver (10 cards, limited to 165 copies)
- Mega Memorabilia Silver Limited (18 cards, limited to 90 copies)
- Mega Memorabilia Silver Extremely Limited (12 cards, limited to 20 copies)
- Mega Memorabilia Gold (40 cards, limited to 10 copies)
- Authentic Patch Silver (9 cards, limited to 30 copies)
- Authentic Patch Silver Limited (7 cards, limited to 9 copies)
- Authentic Patch Gold (9 cards, limited to 10 copies)
- Authentic Patch Gold Limited (7 cards, 1/1)
- Tools of the Trade Silver (6 cards, limited to 9 copies)
- Tools of the Trade Silver Limited (2 cards, limited to 4 copies)
- Tools of the Trade Gold (8 cards, 1/1)
- 9 total cards
- 6/100 base cards, 0 doubles (Steve Yzerman, Larry Walker, Northern Dancer, John Molson, Tommy Douglas, Donald Sutherland,
- 1 Double Memorabilia Silver (Pamela Anderson / Trish Stratus)
- 1 Autograph (Rich Little)
- 1 Mega Memorabilia Silver Limited (Ferguson Jenkins)
As always, In the Game puts together a solid set and checklist with good presentation. While the box itself is soft cardboard and easily bent (and nearly crushed as Fed Ex did mine), the cards are protected by an inner plastic box which held up just fine. The base cards are thick stock similar to what was used for Ringside Boxing and a few of their other similarly-styled sets. While I didn’t get any parallels, the base cards look very nice, and have a solid amount of information on the back to help me figure out who were on the two cards I didn’t recognize. The photography on all the cards is rock solid, and Panini could take notes on how ITG has refrained from showing any hint of logos on the Larry Walker base card. The memorabilia cards are solid with both pop appeal (Anderson/Stratus) and sports collector appeal (Fergie Jenkins). The autograph, as well, has some solid appeal as Rich Little is still famous today, if not as famous as he was years ago.
While this set is aimed directly at Canadians, there’s enough of the set that appeals to general collectors in general as it hits sports, music, Hollywood and other areas equally well. While I would have loved to have gotten Bret Hart, William Shatner and Gretzky, I can’t complain about what the box contained. While it may be a little high at nearly $90 for three hits, you’re generally guaranteed to not get ‘plain white swatched’ to death in the set, which is definitely a plus. It’s not a perfect set, but it’s definitely solid, and I enjoyed opening it.
Total Score: 4/5