Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2010-11 Donruss Hockey NHL trading cards. An All About Cards review.

When Panini took over Donruss’ license, collectors were waiting to see what they would do with it.   With the release of  2010-11 Donruss Hockey, collectors can breathe a sigh of relief that the franchise is in great hands.  This set of hockey cards works so well, it is clear why it is the winner of the All About Cards 2010 Sports Card Award for Best Hockey Trading Cards.

2010-11 Donruss Hockey has a deep base/insert card foundation, so it is categorized as trading cards for the purposes of our review.  Each hobby box contains 24 – 10 card packs. Let’s take a look at the cards we pulled from the box.

First from the base set
 Alexander Ovechkin Base card front and back

 Jamie McBain Rated Rookie

From the inserts

 Felix Potvin Les Gardiens 

 Jamie Benn, Mikael Samuelsson and Teddy Purcell Boys of Winter

 Justin Bieber Fans of the Game

 Joey Kocur Tough Times

 Mike Bossey and Gerry Cheevers Ice Kings

 Jaroslav Halak and Zach Parise The Ultimate Draft

Our Hits were

 Rene Bourque and Peter Budaj Boys of Winter Jersey Cards

Montreal Canadiens Michael Cammalleri, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta Line of the Times

Overall Look
These cards feel like an upgraded set while still retaining enough homage to Donruss releases of the past.   By combining Rated Rookies, Ice Kings and Donruss Elite lines, this set has a lot to offer.  The base card photography is great and the layout of the graphics and type is fantastically designed.  Les Gardiens acetate see through design is very cool and Ultimate Draft cards are as informative as they are attractive.  Ice Kings and Tough Times stand out as special cards.

Quality and Variety of Players and Subsets
300 players between the base and Rated Rookies and. great stars players of the past on Ice King cards make for a perfect lineup.  

Do the Hits hold up?
With the Line of the Times cards, Rookie Showcase cards, and plenty of autos, this set has some great hits.

Will you want to collect them all?
This is a strong entry for set builders and hit seekers alike.   Attempting to collect all of the base and insert cards is within range and could prove to be an exciting task. 

4 1/2 out of 5

2010-11 Donruss Hockey is an impressive first Panini/Donruss release and makes us excited to see what the future holds for Panini/Donruss products.

Review box provided by Panini

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