First NHL Autographs of San Jose Sensation Tomas Hertl Hitting 2013-14 Select Hockey
While San Jose Sharks 19-year-old sensation Tomas Hertl didn’t break the Internet Tuesday night with a mesmerizing four-goal display against the New York Rangers that included a reality-defying, between-his-legs capper, the 2012 first-round pick out of the Czech Republic had to have come precariously close. Twitter went berserk, YouTube went berserk and all across North America, collectors went berserk.
All the while, officials at Panini America continued counting down the hours to November 6, when the company’s 2013-14 Select Hockey product arrives in stores equipped with Hertl’s first NHL autograph and autograph memorabilia Rookie Cards.
“Hertl was among the top prospects we targeted for sets this year, along with fellow members of the upcoming Double Rookie Class,” said Panini America NHL Brand Manager Chris Barr. “The second he stepped on the ice for the Sharks on opening-night, we began the process of incorporating him into 2013-14 Select Hockey.
“After Hertl’s otherworldly performance against the Rangers on Tuesday, collectors should be just as excited to pull his first autograph Rookie Cards as we are to provide them.”
In Select, Hertl will be featured on a base Autograph Rookie card numbered to 399 that includes a Gold version numbered to 10 and a Black 1/1. He’ll also appear in the Autograph Rookie Jersey set (numbered to 199) that is paralleled by scarce Prime, Patch and Tag versions.
Hertl promises to be a featured attraction in all of Panini America’s remaining 2013-14 products, including Dominion Hockey (on autographed patch cards, no less). He’ll also be a major draw on the the 2012-13 Certified and Limited Rookie Redemption checklist. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional details on that in the coming weeks.