Friday, December 30, 2011

2011-12 Panini Certified Hockey NHL Trading Cards Box Break Recap and Review

There is a lot of goodness that comes out of boxes of 2011-12 Panini Certified Hockey cards.  Chances are you will hit something nice, whether it comes from a top veteran of the game or one of the Freshman Fabric Autograph cards.  It doesn’t hurt that the base cards look great too.

We classify Certified Hockey in our premium cards category.  Each box contains 10 – 5 card packs. with 4 Autograph or Memorabilia cards per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled from our box.

 Base Cards
Alex Ovechkin base, front and back

Ryan Miller, Dustin Byfuglien, Steven Stamkos

The Sedins, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Taylor Hall

Tim Thomas, Eric Staal, Brad Marchand

Ryan Callahan, Jordan Eberle, Cam Fowler

Joe Mullen Immortals #/199,  Johnny Bucyk Immortals #/500

Marc-Andre Fleury Masked Marvels

Travis Hamonic Collision Course

The Hits
Brent Burns Fabric of the Game Mem #/399, Brenden Morrow Mirror Dual Mem #/150

Eric Condra Freshman Signatures Autograph - Not Numbered

Jeff Skinner Fabric of the Game Prime Patch Autograph #/5

Overall Look
These are great looking base cards, front and back.  Kudos to Panini for securing a photo session with Byfuglien soon after the announcement of the Thrashers move to Winnipeg to become the Jets.  Hit design here is classic to the Certified line of cards.

Quality and Variety of Players
This is a nice selection for the 170 veteran players base cards. All 55 rookie cards are available autographed and checklists for the inserts work well.

Do the Hits satisfy?
You are bound to get a Fabric of the Game card that is your standard swatch and unfortunately the classic Certified design does not enhance those single colored swatches, but get them in the numbered version with prime fabrics and that design becomes easier to overlook.  What helps everything here is that the majority of the hits are very solid. 

Will you keep coming back for more?
Multiple boxes of Certified is understandable, especially if you are riding the way of a hot box or coming off a big hit.  As the first really premium offering of 2011-12 in hockey, collectors will be attacking cases.

4 1/2 out of 5

2011-12 Panini Certified Hockey is a great opportunity to flex collector’s premium muscles while pulling some great hits out of these boxes.

Review box provided by Panini


  1. Skinner is a great hit and any collector would love that one. Certified looks very similar to last season, which are both good and bad things!

  2. man that skinner is awesome!!!! I would give this product a 4.5 as well!