Hockey Card Holiday Gift Buying Guide

Hockey Card Holiday Gift Buying Guide

It has been a tough couple months for hockey fans -- at least those who live and breath the NHL. Despite the ongoing labor dispute, it hasn't stopped Panini and Upper Deck from releasing new hockey cards. At least, not yet. That's great news for hockey card collectors. It also helps those looking for gifts for hockey fans.

Here are our picks for some of the best hockey cards to give this holiday season. The products we've highlighted are for hobby boxes, which, typically offer more autographs, memorabilia cards and other special insert cards that packs found at retail stores. Because there is such a broad mixes of collectors and budgets, we have also sorted our picks by price.

Hockey Card Boxes Under $85

2013 14 O Pee Chee Hobby Box 181x300 Image2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Hockey

Few names bring up the tradition of hockey card collecting than O-Pee-Chee. This release is aimed primarily at those who like to build sets. Chiming in at 600 cards, the set is also the largest of the year. Targeting an old-time feel, 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Hockey cards are printed on old-fashioned cardboard card stock. Although autographs and memorabilia cards aren't guaranteed in boxes, there are a ton of other inserts to ensure a fun break and solid value.

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2013 14 Panini Prizm Box 260x286 Image2013-14 Panini Prizm Hockey

2013-14 Panini Prizm Hockey fills a void on ice. It's currently the only set to have a chromium theme. The result is a shiny look that includes lots of colorful Prizm parallels. Busting a box leaves a nice stack of cards, lots of inserts and a pair of autographs. Gold Prizms numbered to 10 are among the set's most popular cards.

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2013 14 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Hobby Box 260x179 Image2013-14 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

When it comes to rookie cards and mass appeal in hockey, nothing compares to Upper Deck Young Guns. Even without autographs or stated print runs, the cards move very well. 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey is popular with set builders. The loaded double-rookie crop makes it especially strong this year. Hobby boxes have six Young Guns and a pair of memorabilia cards.

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Hockey Card Boxes Over $85

2013 14 Select Hockey Hobby Box 260x136 Image2013-14 Select Hockey

Select's hockey debut includes the first official autographed rookie cards of 2013 draft picks who have made their NHL debuts. Combine that with the rookie holdovers from last year and you've got a very strong checklist. 2013-14 Select Hockey also has lots of different Prizm parallels that give the product even more flash. Hobby boxes have four autographs.

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2013 14 Upper Deck Artifacts Box 260x216 Image2013-14 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

A favorite among memorabilia card collectors, 2013-14 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey hobby boxes have three game-used cards and an autograph. Game-used cards have pieces of jerseys, sticks and other equipment used during games. At least one card in every box has swatches from two or more players. Other highlights include base set short prints and rookie redemption cards.

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2012 13 Panini Prime Hockey Hobby Box 260x176 Image2012-13 Panini Prime Hockey

Thanks to the labor dispute, 2012-13 wasn't the hottest year for hockey cards. One of the notable exceptions is 2012-13 Panini Prime Hockey, a high-end offering filled with big-time memorabilia pieces and unique cards. The addition of a pair of Dominion cards further up the ante.

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2013-14 Score Hockey Hobby Jumbo Box, 10 packs per box, 52 cards per pack
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2013-14 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey Hobby Box, 21 packs per box
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2013-14 O-Pee-Chee (OPC) Hockey 12 Box Factory Sealed Hobby Case
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13-14 TITANIUM Hockey Hobby Box PANINI 5 pk one auto or memorabilia + limited rc
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2013-14 Upper Deck SPX Hockey Hobby Box - 12 Packs 4 cds pack + BONUS
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2013-14 Panini Prizm hockey cards sealed Hobby Box
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2013-14 In The Game ITG Decades The 90's Hockey Hobby Box
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2013 14 Upper Deck SP Authentic Hockey Hobby 12-Box Case
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2013-14 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Factory Sealed Hobby Box
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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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