2012-2013 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Box Break & Review

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For all the headaches the NHL and NHLPA has been giving to the American hockey fan this season, opening a box of 2012-2013 ITG Heroes & Prospects is quite refreshing.  I guess when all else fails, just head to Canada.  This 199-card set is well designed with a a lot of bold photography.  The autographed cards found in a lot of ITG’s products do contain a white-like box for the player’s signature, but it is see-through which isn’t that bad.  Much better than those solid white boxes found on many cards from that other manufacturer :)  ITG also uses the nicest stickers for all their autographs.  You can barely tell that its a sticker which is exactly the way it should be if you can’t get the autograph on-card.

Being a collector from the United States, one of the most interesting aspects of this product in particular are the team names/logos.  The CHL not only is filled with a ton of young talent, but the names/logos are some of the most unique around.

Now lets get to my favorite part of 2012-2013 Heroes & Prospects – the 3-D cards.  Inserted at 1:9 packs, these 2013 Draft Picks truly look as if they are about to jump right off the card.  On the front of the box it states “Featuring 3-D Class Of 2013 Inserts”.  When I first saw this my initial thoughts were that they were probably going to be like those lenticular motion cards made popular in other products such as Sportflics, but no.  They have a surface that feels like them, but no motion.  I can see at least three different levels in the image.  In order to get the full effect, you need to see them in person.

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Boxes are currently selling for $80.00.

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Each box should come with at least (4) “hits”.  This product is loaded with some sick looking patches.

I pulled the following:

Auto/Relic

  • Josh Ho-Sang Jersey And Auto Silver Version #’ed/40

Autos

  • Josh Morrissey
  • Ryan Culkin
  • Scott Laughton

Relic

  • Mark Scheifele Game-Used Jersey Black Version #’ed/120

2012 Memorial Cup Champions

  • Gabriel Girard #MC-15

Top Prospects

  • Mikhail Grigorenko #TP-11

Subway Super Series

  • Mark Scheifele #SSS-10

Class of 2013 3-D

  • Seth Jones #153
  • Zach Nastasiuk #185

Rookies

  • Anthony DeLuca #41
  • Brayden Point #47
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand #48
  • Dylan Labbe #43
  • Connor McDavid #31
  • Michael Dal Colle #34
  • Miles Koules #46
  • Frederik Gauthier #42
  • Jake Virtanen #45
  • Laurent Dauphin #38
  • Josh Ho-Sang #36
  • Alexis Pepin #40
  • Patrik Polivka #50
  • Sam Bennett #33
  • Eetu Laurikainen #49
  • Ivan Barbashev #39
  • Daniel Audette #44
  • Roland McKeown #32
  • Dominik Kubalik #35

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Overall, I give 2012-2013 ITG Heroes & Prospects 4 zambonis out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  With the shortened NHL season and the announcement from the NHLPA that rookie cards won’t be produced, hockey fans have little to look forward to.  ITG’s Heroes & Prospects gives hockey collectors something very fun to open, and you have the potential to pull a rookie card of a very young star.  Dr. Price made the wise decision to turn down the opportunity for a NHLPA two-release one-year license.  By doing this he avoided a ton of obstacles.

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