The hockey world has been buzzing all season about the young stars that are sure to be selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and In The Game has been extremely busy over the past few months with the preparation of their 2013 Draft Prospects product.
While it has been a long time since a hockey card manufacturer has created a product specifically tailored to the Draft, In The Game is breaking ground by putting together the first set which focuses upon prospects before the big day comes. Set for release on June 20, the issue will include top names from the CHL such as Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks as well as Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin from the Halifax Mooseheads.
“The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is certainly one of the most intriguing ones in years because of all the tremendous talents that are available,” said In The Game’s President, Dr. Brian Price. “With the absence of a true rookie class from NHL-licensed products this season, collectors have embraced many of today’s top prospects.”
Each 12-card pack of 2013 Draft Prospects starts with seven Premium Foil Base Cards which are part of a 180-card set made up of several exciting subsets. The first 59 cards are 2013 Draft Prospects and in addition to the best players from the CHL, In The Game has signed several top international players including Aleksander Barkov, Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Ristolainen that could be popular with collectors. The next 30 players in the set are Future Draft Prospects which include 2014 eligibles such as Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart along with the extremely popular Connor McDavid, who is already considered a front-runner for the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This subset also includes recent OHL draftees Travis Konecny, Dylan Strome and Sean Day along with future WHL stars Tyler Benson and Sam Steel.
In The Game also created two great subsets for this base set that pay tribute to first round picks from years past such as Mario Lemieux and Eric Lindros and also Draft Day Surprises like Brett Hull, Ron Hextall and Henrik Lundqvist who became stars.
Each of the 180 cards in the base set will have four different versions with varying levels of scarcity.
Each pack will contain three Autograph cards and they are all hard-signed – something In The Game says it spent many months trying to achieve. There are over 50 players to collect and the lineup includes besides the “big three”, top names like Darnell Nurse, Hunter Shinkaruk and Jordan Subban to name but a few.
“With a bit of lead time on a product like this, we made the decision to take the route of having the players sign on-card,” said Price. “We hope that this will appeal to collectors and make these cards special.”
Each pack of 2013 In The Game Draft Prospects will contain two limited game used memorabilia cards. In addition to standards such as Game-Used Jersey and Game-Used Patch, you can find Draft Year, Country of Origin, Teammates, Complete Jersey and First Round Pick Nameplates.