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Monday, March 14, 2011

Finally got around to opening a box of 2010-11 Crown Royale hockey.

So finally here's my review of one box of 2010-11 Crown Royale hockey.  My local shop has pretty much stopped carrying any new hockey so I had to get this box online.  

It's a 4 pack box with 5 cards per pack. 

Every 12 box case contains at least:

- 8 Rookie Royalty Signatures #'d to 499
- 1 Rinkside Signatures #'d to 50
- 1 Voices of the Game Signatures #'d to 100 or less
- 7 Heirs to the Throne Materials #'d to 250 or less
- 1 Heirs to the Throne Signature Materials #'d to 50 or less
- 3 Premiere Date Signatures #'d to 100 or less

I really like the base cards. So far they are my favorite of any of this seasons hockey releases.  The card top die-cut crown looks awesome and the photography looks great. 

The Lidstrom is the base card the Miko Koivu is the premier date version 83/100. 

Out of my box I got one Legends card of Martin Brodeur. I like the look of the card with the black and white photograph. The only bad thing is the back top and bottom of the card. Like most dark colored card there are susceptible to chipping and damage. Mine had a bad lower corner and a touch on the bottom left. 

The other inserts I receive where an Achievements Mike Modano 279/499, and a Lancers Teemu Selanne 80/250. Great designs, I love the clean look of the Modano card.

Now on to the autographs and game used cards. 

I ended up getting only one game used card which was a surprise. I was expecting 2 or 3 not really  knowing how they really fell odds wise in a box. The lone game used hit was an Evander Kane Heirs To The Throne 205/250. 

The three autographs where: 
Tyler Ennis Premier Date 20/100, Luke Adam 74/499 RC, and a Kelly Hrudey Voices Of The Game. 
The good: 2 of the 3 where on card. The bad: one, the Ennis, was a sticker. Shocking as this will seem I would of rather had the Ennis and a redemption if they could have him sign on card. I'm not sure how many of the other autographs in the set are stickers. Maybe because it was the Premier Date version it was a sticker. I do think it takes a little bit away from them as a set to have a mix of on card and sticker autographs.

Overall I think Crown Royale is a solid product with great looking cards. Nice inserts and the addition of (mostly) on card autographs shows that Panini is doing great things with their hockey license.