National Treasures Hockey Marks End of Hockey Card Line for Panini

It’s an NHL farewell this weekend for one of the two companies that has been producing hockey cards.  2013-14 National Treasures Hockey will be the final issue produced by Panini, which lost its hockey card license earlier this year.  Boxes are being released Friday.

2013-14 National Treasures hockeyPanini has produced baseball, basketball and football cards under the National Treasures brand but this will be its Yakupovfirst and only National Treasures hockey issue.

Each box will contain one pack of eight cards (at least) that will include two cards from the base set (or parallels), one acetate-topped Rookie Autograph Patch, one autographed memorabilia card, one booklet card, one press plate and two additional hits.

The autograph patch card will feature oversized swatches, numbered to 99 or less including Tag, Fight Strag, Snap and NHL Shield variations.

Joe SakicThe booklet cards could feature dual, triple or quad panel booklets with jumbo patches and autographs.

Among the major hits will be:

  • SubbanTreasure Chest Memorabilia cards featuring 24 players on a single card.  There will be some branding cross-promotion with Flawless Diamond cards (actual diamonds embedded in the cards—numbered to five or less) with randomly packed 1/1 Platinum versions.  Collectors will also see Contenders and Dominion brands inside National Treasures.
  • Buried Treasure Autographs feature autographs with images of the Stanley Cup while Jumbo Quad booklet shields have four oversized NHL shield patches.
  • Treasured Twig Nameplates are booklet cards with jumbo game-used stick pieces from past and present NHL greats and there are Dual Stick Autograph Booklets.

Expect to pay $400 and higher per box.  Click here to see what’s been listed on eBay.