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The Panini America Drool Gallery: 2011-12 Prime Hockey Prime Ties (103 Images)

September 5, 2012

I have a confession to make: When I first laid eyes on the overwhelmingly unique Prime Ties insert cards from the new 2011-12 Prime Hockey, I was speechless, my tongue tied and twisted in knots like the laces I was looking at. That was two weeks ago, during the quality-control process for the ballyhooed product.

Here’s what I wrote at the time right here on The Knight’s Lance about the revolutionary memorabilia cards featuring game- and event-worn jersey lace-ups: “Words alone can’t do these gems justice. Simply, these are some of the coolest hockey cards I’ve ever seen. Here’s betting you’ll agree. Obviously, these ties to die for won’t fit in a Prime box; but they are ready to go and will be issued via redemption cards as soon as they’re entered into the Panini America redemption system.”

The truth of the matter is that I would say that about these cards even if I didn’t work here. But luckily, I do. And as a result, I was able to secure images of every card in the set — before they started making their way out to collectors earlier this week — for the following Panini America Drool Gallery.

Enjoy . . .

34 Comments leave one →
  1. Lindas1st permalink
    September 5, 2012 3:56 pm

    First in the Hobby. Well done Panini !

  2. September 5, 2012 3:59 pm

    Tracy: Thanks for posting the pictures, I can’t wait to receive the Blake Wheeler prime ties that I pulled! Just was on the phone with customer service and they told me the card ships tomorrow (9-6) WoW can’t wait!!!!

  3. Rob B permalink
    September 5, 2012 4:03 pm

    Whew…just one Blackhawk…saves me some money…

  4. Student of the Game permalink
    September 5, 2012 4:06 pm

    Those are really cool!

  5. September 5, 2012 4:07 pm

    Reblogged this on sports card magazine and commented:
    Tracy Hackler from Panini shows off these new images!

  6. September 5, 2012 4:19 pm

    Those are ridiculous, literally off the chain

  7. Tim Y permalink
    September 5, 2012 4:25 pm

    Tracy, I’ll be frank with you. From what I’ve seen and watching over a hundred box breaks online, Panini’s hockey team have really outdone themselves with this product. You may not be making the price of a box back, but with the size and quality of the prime pieces being included (Jumbos, Mark, Genuine Mark, Remarkable Mark, etc) and on-card autographs galore, it’s been fun to watch and I have a box on the way. I think they’ve really raised the bar. Tell the football and basketball team they’ve got work to do. Ditch those nickel size memorabila pieces and give us half dollar bill sized memorabilia for a product. Peace out and enjoy the game!

  8. September 5, 2012 4:46 pm

    WHERE’S THE RAY BOURQUE :(

  9. September 5, 2012 4:47 pm

    Didn’t I see an Ovechkin get pulled? I don’t see one of those that match his laces…..

  10. September 5, 2012 4:53 pm

    The Flyer ones are must have and one is a Jagr!

  11. September 5, 2012 4:59 pm

    WOW!!

  12. Ernest Hebert permalink
    September 5, 2012 5:57 pm

    Insane!!!!……..I can remember my very first jersey had laces like those on it….keep in mind they have just recently brought them back…….so these cards really take me back to my childhood days….great stuff AAA+++

  13. September 5, 2012 6:03 pm

    Tracy,
    You guys have really out done yourselves with this product absolutely unbelieveable gallery.
    Thanks for all the hard work. This is a type of card only unique to hockey.
    Thanks,
    T

  14. September 5, 2012 6:24 pm

    They might not be for everyone, but you guys like to think ‘outside the box’ and that’s the key.

    Keep the fresh ideas coming.

  15. Matthew Kettleson permalink
    September 5, 2012 10:41 pm

    Amazing cards but how do you store these? Is there like special one touches? lol

    • September 6, 2012 9:36 am

      I do know that Ultra Pro recently came out with a 360-point one-touch. We’re shipping them to customers in snap-tite cases.

  16. jumper48 permalink
    September 6, 2012 1:05 am

    This is about the coolest insert that I have ever seen, nice job staying ahead of the other card companies. I would love to get a hold of the DiPietro card.

  17. September 6, 2012 5:56 am

    These are really amazing looking cards, I hope there are similarly formatted cards in store for other sports in the future as well. Thanks for posting the gallery Tracy, great job as always!

  18. Linard permalink
    September 6, 2012 7:45 am

    Absolutly ridiculous. That is taking it way past the next level. WOW.

  19. September 6, 2012 10:43 am

    These need to be in the NHL Hall of Fame…this is one of the greatest innovations and products ever made..and thats saying a lot knowing that you guys have put out some amazing products this year so far.

  20. Tebow Forever!! permalink
    September 6, 2012 5:05 pm

    Any chance I can win any of these? ABSOLUTELY LOVE the laces in the cards idea. It is super cool- any amazing ideas like this for football cards would be even better?

    • September 7, 2012 11:52 am

      I wish we could give one of these away! These are 1/1 masterpieces that were inserted via redemption into 2011-12 Prime Hockey.

  21. September 6, 2012 9:14 pm

    Canucks Jerseys don’t have laces on them, so where did the Kassian one come from?

    • September 6, 2012 9:21 pm

      It’s from the jersey he wore during the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

    • Brad R. permalink
      September 7, 2012 8:40 am

      Quite a few of those rookie Prime Ties cards are from NHLPA Showcase jerseys, AC. The Kassian you were asking about, Adam Henrique, Marcus Kruger, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. It’s nice that they included a picture of the back of the RNH card, where it clearly identifies it as an event worn piece of memorabilia, and even includes a picture of RNH in the NHLPA jersey.

  22. September 7, 2012 3:17 pm

    As someone who quit the hobby a while back, every time I see another Panini release, I get a little closer to coming back. Well done guys.

    • September 7, 2012 3:22 pm

      High praise indeed. Thanks for that; I’ll share it with the team. We’ll get you back soon. :)

  23. Mike L permalink
    September 7, 2012 5:37 pm

    Really? Only two Sharks players and both are from their previous teams? TJ I understand but Burns? He was in SJ the whole season….

  24. September 7, 2012 6:41 pm

    Tracy: Fed Ex delivered my Blake Wheeler this afternoon. What an AWESOME card. Thank you again for a great, great card! Can’t beat the turnaround either. Received the card in less than one week! Great work by your redemption team as well. Thanks again, Ron

  25. September 7, 2012 10:51 pm

    whoa. I can teach my kid to tie his shoes!!!

  26. Dave permalink
    September 11, 2012 12:37 pm

    Panini did very well for this product…

  27. wille9 permalink
    September 21, 2012 3:29 pm

    Will Prime return for 12-13?

  28. AndroSFL permalink
    October 3, 2012 7:00 am

    I REALLY want that Ryan McDonagh Ties!

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