Key First Rookie Cards Drive 2010-11 Certified Hockey

The quick timeline of the most meaningful accomplishments in the young NHL caTaylor Hall rookie cardreer of Taylor Hall goes a little something like this:

  • In June’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers made the 18-year-old wunderkind the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft
  • Last Thursday, the supremely talented LW made his NHL debut against his hometown Calgary Flames in a 4-0 victory that also include the rookie debuts of Hall teammates Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi.
  • Next Wednesday, Hall’s history-making first NHL Rookie Card will be included in the release of 2010-11 Certified Hockey.

Hall is one six future superstars – along with Tyler Seguin, Brayden Schenn, Jeff Skinner and Oilers teammates Eberle and Paajarvi – who made their NHL debuts in early October and, as a result, will appear on their first Rookie Cards with the launch of Certified Hockey next week.

Brayden Schenn rookie card“There was a lot of anxiety among the collecting community when we announced that we were moving the Certified release date,” says Al Muir, Panini America’s Hockey Brand Manager. “But it was a calculated decision we felt was worth the risk. Not only did the benefit of extra time allow us to get additional top-flight autograph content into the product, it afforded us the opportunity to produce the first Rookie Cards of the NHL’s next wave of superstars.”

Certified, which began packing out Tuesday, promises four autograph or memorabilia cards per 10-pack box (including at least one autograph guaranteed).

The product also includes on-card autographs of timeless hockey legends such as Bobby Hull, Darryl Sittler, Bernie Parent, Mario Lemieux, Ray Bourque and Jim Craig.

Boxes are pre-selling for $80-100 on on eBay