Panini America has previewed the 2012-13 edition of Certified hockey cards. The new edition, scheduled for release in November 2012, promises four hits (memorabilia and/or signature cards) in every hobby box.
Wrote Tracy Hackler on the Panini America blog, “The myriad refinements should be well received by those passionate hockey collectors patiently waiting for the third Certified release in Panini America’s NHL history.”
Certified had been Panini America’s first release in each of the past two hockey seasons, but this year it moves back to second in the hockey rotation. The new order has been well received by the hobby, with the less-expensive / more-extensive Score released in the NHL pre-season (August) and the premium / multi-hit Certified released in what would have been the second month of the NHL season (November).
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2012-13 Certified Hockey includes a 100-card base set that is bolstered by 20 Masked Marvels, 20 Immortals and 60 Rookie Cards broken into three different subsets (15 Certified Rookies, 25 Freshman Signature Rookies and 20 Freshman Fabrics Signature Rookies).
The pack-out configuration includes 10 five-card packs per box and 24 boxes per case; those 24 boxes will be broken into three eight-box mini cases. In addition to the aforementioned four memorabilia or autograph cards per box, collectors will also find one Mirror parallel and three additional inserts or parallels.
Hot Boxes will fall one per mini-case; Freshman Fabrics Signature Rookies will fall two per mini case.