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Prime Examples: The Hand-Picked Patches Headed to 2011-12 Prime Hockey (Gallery)

June 5, 2012

Contrary to what some New Jersey Devils fans may believe, the image above is in no way intended to serve as an editorial comment regarding how the Los Angeles Kings have sliced and diced the Devils during the first three games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.

Instead, that splendidly spliced specimen of an Adam Larsson-worn jersey is meant to illustrate the jaw-dropping quality of the massive 2 inch-by-3 inch patch pieces hand-selected for the Prime Colors insert in the upcoming 2011-12 Prime Hockey.

The product created massive amounts of buzz when it was first announced in April. It will undeniably create even more once hardcore hockey collectors see the gallery that follows detailing some of the sickest, heavily-hued patches the hockey hobby has ever seen.

Indeed, when Panini America NHL Brand Manager Chris Barr hasn’t been taking over the Panini America Twitter account during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he’s been logging massive hours with the rest of the hockey team back in Acquisitions, painstakingly pinpointing the perfect prime pieces for inclusion in Prime Colors. The team’s high-level handiwork is detailed below.

The following patches will be incorporated into Prime Colors as scarce collection-makers limited in quantity from 25 all the way down to one.

“We couldn’t call a product ‘Prime’ without providing the choicest patches to collectors that our jerseys had to offer,” Barr notes. “That boiled down to our team hand-selecting specific patches and logos from our vast inventory of jerseys. The team went through the arduous task of scrutinizing each jersey we had and identifying unique pieces we wanted to feature in the Prime Colors set.

“Once the swatches were picked, many long hours and weekends were spent cutting each individual patch for the set. We can only imagine the excitement when a collector pulls one portion of a patch. But if any collector is adventurous enough to re-build an entire patch, that will be quite a feat.”

23 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2012 3:53 pm


  2. June 5, 2012 3:56 pm

    This is amazing. Want that Lemieux so bad!

  3. June 5, 2012 3:56 pm

    I am simply stunned! This makes me want to buy Prime! ASAP!
    Well done gents!

  4. richkulach permalink
    June 5, 2012 4:00 pm

    Sorry, words just can’t do these justice. Must save money.


  5. Lee Patton permalink
    June 5, 2012 4:05 pm

    Holy Schnikes! Must Have Flyers!

  6. Matt Gilman permalink
    June 5, 2012 4:18 pm

    Most of my drool is getting caught by my keyboard luckily! Wow!! sick patches.

  7. David Langelier permalink
    June 5, 2012 4:26 pm

    Aaww man thats not right i dont even really collect Hockey but now im being submissioned into doing so, Lol!!! Has Panini thought about coming out with Prime for football? I know back in 2004 there was Playoff Prime, which was a sweet product that year!!!

  8. Dan Campana permalink
    June 5, 2012 4:33 pm

    It’s hard not to make a beautiful patch card from the Blackhawks’ indian head, but that Toews piece is downright unbelievable.

  9. mlscalgary permalink
    June 5, 2012 5:12 pm

    GREAT idea and post. Keep the pics coming.

  10. tom green permalink
    June 5, 2012 6:05 pm

    can hardly wait, what amazing patches

  11. chris permalink
    June 5, 2012 6:20 pm

    Would die if I could rebuild the nuge…WOW i’m in love

  12. Brad R. permalink
    June 5, 2012 6:37 pm

    Sweet Jeebus, that Toews…

  13. Stepan/ Hagelin/ Krieder/ Shumpert / Lin # 1 Collector permalink
    June 5, 2012 6:44 pm

    Game Worn Rookie Jersey/Patch is where its at…not event worn…Why cant you guys get Rookie Game Worn memb…..its more DESIRABLE..and More Valuable, Cmon Panini..start a New trend !

  14. Sam permalink
    June 5, 2012 7:34 pm

    Great to see how many swatches come out of the logos/patches.

    Look forward to chasing down a few of the Nicholls!

  15. Filip P permalink
    June 6, 2012 1:50 am

    Wow! Those pictures are absolutely sick!

  16. Fredrik Jansson permalink
    June 6, 2012 2:44 am

    Please do the one with Tom Barrasso!!!
    Hehe would never happen with would be awesome!

  17. Ron permalink
    June 6, 2012 12:49 pm

    Beyond amazing!

  18. June 8, 2012 5:40 am

    Oh man, some of those patches are going to RIDICULOUS. Great picks there Chris.

  19. Jeff permalink
    June 24, 2014 2:06 pm

    hey Tracy, I am looking for a pic of the Stamkos Pime Colors Logo /18… you got a complete logo pic of that one anywhere?


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