2012 NHL Winter Classic Celebrated with Panini Hockey Cards

2012 NHL Winter Classic Celebrated with Panini Hockey Cards

In just a few short years, the annual Winter Classic has become one of the NHL's showcase events. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers hosted the New York Rangers in an afternoon tilt held outdoors at Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Panini was on-hand to give out packs of an exclusive set of cards made specifically for the event. Distributed in five-card packs, the 2011-12 Panini Winter Classic set has 20 cards. Both the Flyers and Rangers have five cards each, showcasing the top names on both squads. The checklist also has cards of previous Winter Classic games called "The Great Outdoors" and player cards of top stars like Alex Ovechkin and rookies of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog.

The cards feature excellent photography based on the 2011-12 Pinnacle design. The Great Outdoors subset comes from 2010-11 Playoff Contenders.

Each of the 20 cards also has a one-of-one autographed version.

2011-12 Panini Winter Classic Checklist

  • NYR1 Brad Richards
  • NYR2 Derek Stepan
  • NYR3 Henrik Lundqvist
  • NYR4 Marian Gaborik
  • NYR5 Tim Erixon
  • PF1 Chris Pronger
  • PF2 Claude Giroux
  • PF3 Ilya Bryzgalov
  • PF4 Jaromir Jagr
  • PF5 Sean Couturier
  • WC1 Tim Thomas
  • WC2 Gabriel Landeskog
  • WC3 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  • WC4 Steven Stamkos
  • WC5 Alex Ovechkin

The Great Outdoors

  • 1 Alex Ovechkin
  • 2 Jonathan Toews
  • 3 Marian Hossa
  • 4 Ryan Miller
  • 5 Tim Thomas

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Derek Stepan

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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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