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First Look: 2010-11 Contenders Hockey by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Earlier this morning, Panini America revealed an early glance at 2010-11 Contenders Hockey. Shooting to score with avid hockey hobbyists, Panini’s late-March release should hit with recognizable characteristics from unique Playoff origins.

“[Contenders is] an instantly identifiable brand — nothing else looks quite like it — and I think that will make it compelling to hockey collectors who are looking for something unique to pursue, said Panini America’s Hockey Brand Manager, Al Muir. “Add that to the brand’s legacy of value thanks to the Rookie Tickets subset and it was the most obvious choice from Panini’s stable of brands to make the transition to hockey.”

With a bevy of hot players lending signatures and sweater swatches to the product, 2010-11 Contenders Hockey is set to deliver the best of its brand roots. Contenders delivers four autographs per box, including an average of three hard-signed Rookie Ticket autographs, which are favored staples in the line. The spring set also offers nine-per-box inserts like Leather Larceny, Against the Glass, Lottery Winners and more listed below in greater detail.

Straight from the mouth of the manufacturer:

  • Leather Larceny captures the game’s top puck-stoppers flashing the glove on leather stock (#’d to 1,000 with autographed versions #’d to 50).
  • Against the Glass acetate cards put collectors in the front row for the most bone-crunching action in sports.
  • The Great Outdoors will warm up collections with the best photography from one of the NHL’s signature events, the Winter Classic (#’d to 1,000 with autographed versions #’d to 50).
  • NHL Ink provides a pair of signatures from some of hockey’s hottest names.
  • Lottery Winners delivers the most coveted prospects in the sport selected over the last five years.
  • Golden Ticket Inserts are a revolutionary development in the trading card industry — 1/1 trading cards made with 11 grams of real gold.
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