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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2011-12 Prime Hockey (Updated Images)

August 20, 2012

Hockey collectors, rejoice. The day you’ve been waiting for has arrived. At this very moment, Panini America NHL Brand Manager Chris Barr is at the company’s printing facility not-so-patiently waiting to scrutinize the first 2011-12 Prime Hockey QC boxes straight off the production line.

Luckily for all of us, he found something to occupy him while he waits: Several glorious specimens from the spectacular Prime Ties insert. Words alone can’t do these gems justice, so we figured we’d let the following preview images do the talking for us.

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.

Enjoy this splendid first look and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance throughout the day as we chronicle the in-progress QC process for 2011-12 Prime Hockey.

38 Comments leave one →
  1. chris ryker permalink
    August 20, 2012 11:20 am

    those look amazing!! Are they going to be redemptions? I ask only because i dont know how you would get 1 of those in a pack?

    • August 20, 2012 11:23 am

      Yes, they will be inserted via redemptions. The good news, of course, is that they’re ready to go!

  2. Rich permalink
    August 20, 2012 11:20 am

    Come on guys, this is just getting sick. Can’t wait for Prime!

  3. Steve McCartney permalink
    August 20, 2012 11:23 am

    Those cards are just TOO COOL! Great work Panini!

  4. Brad R. permalink
    August 20, 2012 11:24 am

    That’s just crazy. I gotta say, I think Joe Sakic ties the neatest knot of the bunch.

  5. Student of the Game permalink
    August 20, 2012 11:24 am

    Silly nice! The NHL brand needs Panini too! Tremendous job, Panini!

  6. Paul Samborski permalink
    August 20, 2012 11:29 am

    These look awesome!! I hope that Klingberg makes its way to me!!

  7. August 20, 2012 11:32 am

    In a word: WOW! Those are amazing memorabilia pieces, I’ve seen prime material bursting out of the card “window” but those are on a whole different level. Fantastic job as always by Panini, thanks for the preview Tracy!

  8. Matt Day permalink
    August 20, 2012 11:35 am

    Wow these are amazing! This is why Panini is my favorite sports trading card company!

  9. August 20, 2012 11:45 am

    These are what we have all been waiting for. Do you know approximately how many different players there are since these are 1/1?

    • Chris Barr permalink
      August 20, 2012 1:04 pm

      There are 100 cards in the set.

  10. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 20, 2012 11:54 am

    Wow…I can’t even put into words how great these cards look. Hope you guys expand this to the NFL and NBA..that would be really sick!

  11. Phil permalink
    August 20, 2012 12:07 pm

    I’d love to get the copy of Ryan Miller if he is in this set

  12. daveylangs permalink
    August 20, 2012 12:13 pm

    Those are so Awssoommee!!!! Who ever came up with this idea is on there game! Collectors are gonna be going nuts over these Hockey ties!!! And i do agree wit the last comment this must expand to the NFL and NBA! I myself will be heart broken if u dont! Im surprised this hasnt been done or thought of before! Nice job guys!!!

  13. August 20, 2012 12:27 pm

    Prime Ties looks out of this world! How am pts do you suppose the case that holds it needs to be?

  14. August 20, 2012 12:46 pm

    Ah man, what kind of crazzy toploader are you going to need for on of those?

  15. Griffin permalink
    August 20, 2012 12:51 pm

    Will these even fit in a toploader???

  16. August 20, 2012 1:01 pm

    Some of the coolest cards I have ever seen!

  17. Luke permalink
    August 20, 2012 1:16 pm

    I wonder how well these will grade?? JK

  18. mlscalgary permalink
    August 20, 2012 1:37 pm

    They may not be for everyone, but they’re definitely unique. Kudos for trying thinking outside the box.

  19. August 20, 2012 1:53 pm

    Will they show the Quality Control boxes being opened on the blog here? I cannot wait to see this product busted.

  20. Jeff K permalink
    August 20, 2012 2:12 pm

    KASSIAN AND LEMIEUX ARE SICK!!! These are the best cards I have ever seen. Everybody should note this as the start of a new generation of collecting!! PRIME is the future!!

  21. August 20, 2012 4:47 pm

    Those look amazing…we’re waiting not so patiently for this release.

  22. gregmalloy permalink
    August 20, 2012 4:51 pm

    Hey Tracy is Victor Hedman on that checklist?

  23. Lindas1st permalink
    August 20, 2012 5:20 pm

    Mind Blowin!
    You really set the bar high on this one.
    This is what happens when the hobby is run by hobbiests and not accountants.
    Awesome job Chris. You deserve all the compliments you get.

  24. Anthony C permalink
    August 20, 2012 7:30 pm

    I’m guessing the Prime Ties are not game worn. Is that correct?

    • August 20, 2012 9:39 pm

      The veteran players’ Prime Ties are from game-worn jerseys. Some of the rookies are event-worn from the NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

  25. jumper48 permalink
    August 20, 2012 8:32 pm

    The Prime Ties cards are easily the most awsome cards of the year, just insane. Amazing job.

  26. August 20, 2012 10:14 pm

    I want to know more about the collision course card, is that like an acetate over a patch deal?

  27. Jon permalink
    August 21, 2012 12:18 am

    Two thumbs up Tracy!! Love the cards, and really enjoyed the Net Presence from the Limited 11-12, so naturally Im drooling over the drawstring cards. I wonder how the heck we can get them in cases safelty haha. i guess maybe book card magnetics or sumptin. The will sell for a ton on cash on ebay just watch! I would love to get that Super Mario! Ant word on Price per box of this stuff? Again.. great job and send my best to the production dept of Panini, and yourself sir. Best regards!,

  28. Jon M permalink
    August 21, 2012 6:35 pm

    Is it me or are the Prime Namesakes manufactured patches? They don’t look like original game/event worn material. Just wondering!

  29. MItchell permalink
    August 21, 2012 9:30 pm

    What is in the Jeff Skinner card?

  30. Joey permalink
    August 21, 2012 9:39 pm

    I’m confused. The only Avalanche jersey to have laces that Landeskog would have worn is the Third, which is blue around the lacing… ???

  31. August 23, 2012 10:19 pm


  32. Sauli permalink
    September 1, 2012 3:11 am

    Are there 75 of each letter in Namesakes or are there 75 all together?


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