It's been hard for me to get excited about much in the world of hockey cards lately. Like many collectors the NHL lockout has me so soured on the sport that I just can't justify forking over my hard-earned money for anything related to that mess of a league right now. There has been one product that has caught my eye this winter though, the recently released 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures set. I think the design is great, and the checklist has a lot of players from the hockey collecting heyday of my youth that don't get represented in a ton of other sets. Best of all, on-card autos abound, in fact autographed cards fall at one per pack.
While I will not be shelling out $150+ for a 6-pack box, I will gladly (and frugally!) snipe certain singles on the secondary market. My first such purchase cost me a whopping $8.99 with free shipping, and arrived in my mailbox late this past week:
I think the simple, understated design of the card front works well, and as a Whalers collector I like that the team is a central focus of the card, featured in large font at the top along with logo. There's still plenty of room for a photo (and Panini selected a great one for Verbeek's card if you ask me), and as far as autos go you just can't beat on-card. These cards have a really retro feel, speaking of which, I think I may like the backs even more than the fronts:
In all fairness I own just a single card so far, but at the outset I absolutely love this set and will certainly be tracking down more cards. This is my second Pat Verbeek auto, and Panini is responsible for both of them so kudos for that. I've definitely been critical of Panini as a company before, but I want to say job well done with this one!
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