When Panini America’s 2013-14 Crown Royale Hockey releases to anxious hockey collectors across North America on Wednesday, the product’s sickest Silhouettes, its scarcest autographs and a celebrity-laden list of signers are likely to steal most of the new-release buzz. But there’s another aspect of Crown Royale’s kingly inclusions sure to generate its own share of headlines: The return of the product’s decadent die-cut memorabilia cards.
One look at the museum-quality cards dotting the Silver Chalice, Regal Achievements and Heirs to the Throne inserts and you know you’re looking at something special — in terms of innovation, in terms of design, in terms of the history-making game- and player-worn memorabilia and in terms of “Wow!” factor. But instead of simply taking our word for it, we thought we’d offer a comprehensive Sunday sneak peek at some of the cards and let you judge for yourself.
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