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And So It Begins: Panini America Preparing 2012-13 Classics Signatures Hockey Autos

September 25, 2012

The often-arduous journey to producing a predominantly hard-signed trading card release can be a grueling, obstacle-filled test of patience and production. But the payoff, both for collectors and all of us here at Panini America, is a compelling set that stands the test of time — which is a perfect summation of the upcoming 2012-13 Classics Signatures Hockey.

The newest addition to the Panini America NHL roster, Classics Signatures is a timeless tribute to the greatest and most popular retired hockey players of all time that packs an old-school design aesthetic and tons of on-card autographs.

Yesterday afternoon, after a huge shipment of freshly printed Classics Signatures cards were delivered to Panini America HQ, the company’s NHL team began the massive undertaking of preparing those cards for shipment to the vast and varied list of former NHL stars who will sign them.

What follows is a quick peek behind the scenes at the sprawling spread of Classics Signatures cards as it appeared yesterday afternoon in the hallway leading to the Acquisitions department — before all of the counting, cataloging, second-checks and packing began.

We’ve also provided a few closeups of some of the cards, just to give you an idea of what to expect from Panini America’s first all-retired NHL product. Enjoy.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew McKay permalink
    September 25, 2012 1:23 pm

    Love the design and look of these cards. The names that you have shown are pretty cool as well. Can’t wait to try and collect this set.

  2. September 25, 2012 1:40 pm

    Any Flyers?

  3. Browny-David Brown permalink
    September 25, 2012 1:52 pm

    Showing Taylor the respect he deserves featuring him with all the other greats alreadys scores points in my book . Looks like another great Panini hockey product. Guaranteed sell out on release.

  4. September 25, 2012 2:54 pm

    I am really liking what I am seeing…Any idea on a planned release date yet?

  5. daveylangs permalink
    September 25, 2012 4:08 pm

    Cant wait to get my hands on some! Plus just lately i got into Hockey after all these years of collecting, so its been refreshing for me like a deep breath of fresh air!!! And also thanks Tracy and Panini for the Prime u guys sent me for winning that contest! It deff made my day!!!

  6. September 25, 2012 4:11 pm

    This may be the first master set I ever attempt!

  7. Jeff permalink
    September 25, 2012 7:00 pm

    Nice..see a few HOFrs in there too..wish Messier was in a Rangers uni though..are there multiples of players in different team jerseys ? What is the pack configuration ??

  8. panthersfan89 permalink
    September 25, 2012 7:34 pm

    Looks great! Hope the lockout ends before it comes out.

  9. Matt permalink
    September 25, 2012 8:18 pm

    Will Brett Hull be included as well?

  10. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    September 26, 2012 6:05 am

    You never realize how much of a process it is to do a product til you see it. You originally think yep, they hit the print button and the machines do the work. But looking at these pics and all of the sorting and collating and so on..wow just blows your mind. Thanks for the behind the scenes peek!

    And great looking product so far as well.

  11. Linard permalink
    September 26, 2012 6:12 am

    Thank you thank you thank you. The payoff of on card is well worth it.

  12. September 26, 2012 9:35 am

    Is there a gloss on the front of these cards? Therefore, these will be sticker autos?

    • September 26, 2012 9:36 am

      Yes, there is gloss. But it is signable-UV. The vast majority of these will be signed on-card.

  13. Matt permalink
    September 27, 2012 12:34 pm

    any rangers in this product?

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