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Hot Off the Press: A Pre-Ink Peek at 2011-12 Crown Royale Hockey’s Rookie Silhouettes

December 3, 2011

Like Wayne Gretzky on a breakaway, Patrick Roy in net or noted Fan of the Game Pamela Anderson sitting rinkside, Crown Royale Hockey’s Rookie Silhouettes Rookie Cards are a thing of incomparable hockey beauty. They commanded the hobby’s attention — and much of its discretionary income — when they debuted in Panini America’s 2010 Crown Royale Football and 2010-11 Crown Royale Hockey last season.

This year, they’ve done the unthinkable: They’ve become even more attractive.

Late Friday afternoon we received the first wave of Rookie Silhouettes for 2011-12 Crown Royale Hockey, an impeccable 20-card batch of cards that was literally still hot off the presses. What happens next? Panini America NHL acquisitions guru Alex Carbajal began the process today — yes, on a Saturday — of QC’ing the cards and readying them for shipment to their respective players for autographing.

The next time you see these gems, they’ll be signed. But for now, just sit back and bask in their unrivaled beauty.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2011 12:21 pm

    WOW!! Those Hawks pieces are outrageous! These were far and away nicest-looking RC’s out of the mid-range products last year and it looks like you guys are ready to bury another one in the back of the net!

  2. December 3, 2011 12:24 pm

    Also much like Pamela Anderson, the cosmetic surgery this year makes these even more beautiful.

  3. Jonas permalink
    December 3, 2011 12:27 pm

    Where’s the Scheifele?

    Big miss not to include him in this set!!

  4. Jamey permalink
    December 3, 2011 12:42 pm

    I have to say that superimposing players over patches is unique and totally sweet. Those cards are hot

  5. Ryan permalink
    December 3, 2011 12:51 pm

    Gorgeous cards. That Landeskog is outta this world.

  6. Derek Stepan & Carl Hagelin # 1 Collector permalink
    December 3, 2011 1:36 pm

    Looks like it could be one of the Best set’s(Rookie Silhouttes) of the New Year from Panini..awesome patches (Nice Tim Erixon) ! Hopefully you guys could get NY Rangers “The Prince of New York” Carl Hagelin…he’s Super hotttt in New York..Thanks for the peek !

  7. December 3, 2011 1:48 pm

    The design for these cards in Football was gorgeous so it makes sense that it would work well for Hockey, but these are ridiculously good looking. But that is obvious.

    I did notice something else though. Pamela Anderson’s Fans of the Game card was in Donruss. I pulled an insanely sweet Patrick Roy Stickside Signatures with him in net from Dominion. PLEASE tell me their might be a “breakaway” situation and we will see a “Great One” or two or many cards coming to Panini soon.

  8. December 3, 2011 2:43 pm

    Will Louis Leblanc make it into Crown Royale and Contenders? He debuted on Wednesday night in Anaheim.

  9. matt permalink
    December 3, 2011 5:54 pm

    i ope matt frattin and matt read will have cards in this set?

  10. Matt Gilman permalink
    December 4, 2011 5:19 am

    They look great even without the signature. Would be awesome to pull one of these without the signature. Makes them appear like they are skating. with the blank area. Awesome! The football Crown Royale were great and the hockey look just as sick.

  11. Brad Rabig permalink
    December 5, 2011 6:41 am

    Gorgeous cards. Should the Saad or Kruger not pass the quality control check, I’ll take ‘em off your hands.

  12. Ernest Hebert permalink
    December 5, 2011 7:29 am

    Sizzling hot sure to melt the ice…..big time score with those beauties!

  13. December 5, 2011 9:22 am

    Will there be a veterans’ version of these at some point? It would be sweet beyond words to have a Price Silhouette. Maybe use that sweet red stick from the Vault video. :)

    • December 5, 2011 9:29 am

      Good question. I know we incorporated some veteran presence in football this year. Seems like a natural progression.

  14. deloreanfan81 permalink
    December 6, 2011 1:01 am

    some of the nastiest patches I have ever seen, awesome guys

  15. December 6, 2011 11:14 am

    thanks for sharing, another great job and another product i need to save my pennies for

  16. Daniel permalink
    December 11, 2011 7:29 pm

    Any chance Roamn Horak will get one?

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