2011-2012 Crown Royale Hockey Box Break & Review

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I don’t know what it is about hockey products, but they seem to be designed better versus other sports.  The 2011-2012 version of Crown Royale is much more calmed down in design when compared to others.  One of the best types of cards Panini has created are the silhouette patch autographs.  They look absolutely amazing.  You would think by covering up a portion of the relic would hurt the overall design, but it totally works.

All of my autographs are on-card and look nice.  The black and white Ice Kings look good, especially the autographed ones.  Not only are the signatures on-card, but the majority of the colors on the card are black and white with a little silver mixed in, and when you reach the signature you get hit with a blast of color.  I think Panini could have done something different when it came to the non-autographed Ice Kings cards.  There is too much of an empty space where the autograph would normally be.

Price: Photobucket

Boxes are currently selling for $100.00.

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11-12 Crown Royale doesn’t have a lack of “hits”.  You should find (2) autographs and (2) memorabilia cards per box.  I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Tomas Vincour RC Auto
  • Nicklas Lidstrom Ice Kings Auto #’ed/99
Relics
  • Curtis Joseph Mythology Jersey
  • Joe Nieuwendyk Mythology 2-Color Patch #’ed/10
Rookie
  • Yann Sauve RC #129
Parallel
  • Nicklas Backstrom Red #96
Ice Kings
  • Daniel Sedin #4
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Overall, I give 2011-2012 Crown Royale 4 crowns out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  The design is much better and the on-card autographs are great.  Even though I didn’t pull any redemptions, I’ve got the feeling there are plenty in here.  Panini’s products have been filled with them lately.

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A Royale Ray Lewis Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This week’s contest will be for a Ray Lewis 2011 Crown Royale – Calling All Captains Jersey #’ed/299.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2011 Crown Royale Box Break & Review

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This is a very generous rating.  My favorite element of ’11 Crown Royale are the Die Cut Patch cards that contain on-card autographs.  When you have a card that contains a large relic, many times you have to sacrifice the card’s overall design.  Having a die cut image of the player over the large relic helps maintain the card’s design.  I like the idea of having an all die cut base set, but some of the cards look busy.

Price: Photobucket

Boxes are currently selling for $94.00.

“Hit” Quality: Photobucket

There are (4) packs per box, each pack containing a “hit”.  Even though each pack has a “hit”, there are so many high-numbered plain colored jerseys.  I pulled the following:

Auto/Relic

  • Shane Vereen Die Cut 3-Color Patch Auto #’ed/299
Auto
  • Jordan Cameron RC Auto #’ed/499
Relic
  • Antonio Gates Calling All Captains Jersey #’ed/299
  • Ray Lewis Calling All Captains Jersey #’ed/299
Parallels
  • Mike Williams blue #’ed/100
Rookies
  • Lee Smith #156
  • Jay Finley #143
  • Stanley Havili #190
  • Evan Royster #132
  • Alex Green Crown Jewel Rookies #30
Other Notable Cards
  • Clyde Gates Rookie Royalty #18
  • Jan Stenerud Royalty #2
  • Brandon Lloyd Call All Captains #7
  • Reggie Wayne Kings of the NFL #2
  • Art Monk Living Legends #2
  • Percy Harvin The Zone #6
  • Billy Cundiff All-Pros #19
  • Bo Scaife Majestic #16
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Overall, I give ’11 Crown Royale a generous 3 out of 5 crowns (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Panini has improved upon this product since last year.  The Die Cut Patch Autographs look fantastic.  Something else you can look for are the Net Fusion cards.  This is a 20-card set dedicated to kickers and contain a piece of net embedded within the card.  They look interesting and collectors seem to enjoy them.  Kickers don’t get that much love from the hobby and I think they should.  Pacific did similar sets called “Net Fusion” years ago, but they weren’t limited to kickers.

Card of the Day: Antonio Brown 2010 Panini Crown Royale RC Auto

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Crown Royale Patch Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Susan Ladd on being the lucky winner of the Alexander Semin 2010-2011 Crown Royale 3-Color Patch card #’ed/50.  Once Susan Ladd sends me their mailing address, I will ship out this card for free.

We had 97 entries in this contest.  Thanks to everyone that participated.

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Crown Royale Patch Contest! – NOW CLOSED

On Friday, Panini sent over a box of 2010-2011 Crown Royale Hockey for me to review.  Probably the best “hit” of the box was this Alexander Semin 3-Color Patch #’ed/50.  I feel like giving it away.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2010-2011 Crown Royale Hockey Box Break & Review

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Crown Royale Hockey looks much better than the football version.  Panini calmed down the design, and they don’t look quite as busy.  Love the die-cut base set.  Those “Razor’s Choice Award” die-cuts look really good, but are condition sensitive.  Mine has a damaged corner.  Just like Crown Royale Football, I like the box design.

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A hobby box will run you about $88.00.

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Boxes only contain (4) packs, each one packing a relic or autograph.  I pulled the following:

  • Colin Wilson Auto #’ed/100
  • Josh Bailey “Heirs to the Throne” Jersey #’ed/250
  • Alexander Semin “Lancers” 3-Color Patch #’ed/50
  • Jamie Benn “Scratching the Surface Signatures” Redemption

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Overall, I give 2010-2011 Crown Royale Hockey 3 toothless hockey dudes out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  I wish every product could come packaged like Crown Royale.

Card of the Day: Jerry Jones 1995 Pacific Crown Royale #12

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2010 Panini Crown Royale Football Box Break & Review

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I’d really like to know what the design team at Panini was thinking when they came up with these cards.  They just seem so busy looking.  I was excited when I first heard that Panini was bringing back this classic Pacific brand, but I wasn’t expecting anything like this.  The die-cut design is great, but why did they have to clutter the hell out of them?  I swear they remind my of Christmas ornaments.

I will say something positive about the packaging.  These boxes are very small and compact.  They are even smaller than retail blasters.  In today’s hobby, manufacturers use all kinds of fancy packaging that adds a lot of cost to the product.  I wish more boxes were designed in the shape of ’10 Crown Royale.

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Each box will cost about $82.00.  With a lot of collectors not being a fan of the design, I predict the price to drop even though you get a hit inside each pack.

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Yes, you do get a hit within each pack, but the chances of pulling something big is difficult.  Collectors will find a ton of plain jerseys serial numbered well into the hundreds.  I pulled the following hits:

  • Vernon Davis Blue Parallel #’ed/50
  • Devin McCourty Auto #’ed/249
  • Ben Tate Auto Blue Parallel #’ed/50
  • Chris Johnson Jersey #’ed/299
  • Eric Berry Jersey #’ed/299

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Overall, I give 2010 Crown Royale 2.5 footballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  I think Panini could have done a better job when designing this product.  The cards are too clustered.  Remember Panini, less is more.

Card of the Day: Kurt Warner 1999 Pacific Crown Royale RC #116

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