Start Collecting Nathan MacKinnon Hockey Cards Right Now

Start Collecting Nathan MacKinnon Hockey Cards Right Now

The name Nathan MacKinnon has become a familiar one for hockey prospectors. One of the game's best players, scouts have been praising his play for years. His time to join the NHL ranks is near. But collectors don't have to wait for Nathan MacKinnon hockey cards. The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft has several cards available now, thanks in large part to In the Game's prospect-driven releases of the past couple of years.

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MacKinnon has the potential to be one of the game's offensive greats. He's tremendously fast on his skates and is exceptional at moving the puck around. For opposing teams, that means MacKinnon is a major threat to score himself or draw the defense's attention and pass to a teammate. In 2011-12, is first with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, MacKinnon scored 31 goals to go with 47 assists in 58 games. Limited to just 44 games in 2012-13, the super prospect still managed to get 32 goals and 43 assists. MacKinnon proceeded to lead the Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup Championship, notching a hat trick in the tournament's deciding game.

The first Nathan MacKinnon cards came out in 2011-12. However, ITG made him an even bigger part of their 2012-13 products. Here's a look at some of the key Nathan MacKinnon cards available ahead of his official NHL rookie cards.

Early Nathan MacKinnon Hockey Card Highlights

2011-12 Halifax Mooseheads Nathan MacKinnon #14

Over time, team-issued cards can become difficult to find. The 2011-12 Halifax Mooseheads Nathan MacKinnon already is, relatively speaking. Aimed at local crowds more than card collectors, few make their way to the secondary market. Usually there aren't a ton to begin with. This Nathan MacKinnon card is part of a team set available originally to Mooseheads fans.

2011 12 Halifax Mosseheads Nathan MacKinnon 210x300 Image

2011-12 In the Game Heroes & Prospects Nathan MacKinnon #101

The first pack-inserted Nathan MacKinnon card is from 2011-12 In the Game Heroes & Prospects. Without any NHL rookie cards to compete with yet, it carries solid values. Interest may wain a little once he makes the jump, but this fully licensed CHL carry will always carry a lot of significance.

2011 12 ITG Heroes and Prospects Nathan MacKinnon 212x300 Image

2011-12 In the Game Heroes & Prospects Autographs Nathan MacKinnon #ANM

Like his base card in this set, the 2011-13 ITG Heroes & Prospects Nathan MacKinnon autograph is important for being a first. In this instance, it's his first certified autograph card. While it uses a sticker, you would hardly know with the clear labels and tight positioning that ITG uses.

2011 12 ITG Heroes and Prospects Nathan MacKinnon Autograph Image

2012-13 In the Game Heroes & Prospects Nathan MacKinnon 3D #151

Second-year cards usually don't carry a lot of clout. Second-year minor league cards? Normally, the collective response would be one of, "Meh," even for someone like Nathan MacKinnon. However, the 2012-13 ITG Heroes & Prospects Nathan MacKinnon is not your regular card. It's part of a 3D subset that takes the technology to a new level in the hobby. The fact that the subset is short printed certainly helps values also.

2012 13 ITG Heroes and Prospects Nathan MacKinnon 3D 214x300 Image

2012-13 In the Game Heroes & Prospects Autographs Nathan MacKinnon #ANM

It's a somewhat readily available autograph. What more needs to be said? Although, it is worth noting that the card is a confirmed short print among the product's autograph inserts.

2012 13 ITG Heroes and Prospects Nathan MacKinnon Autograph 215x300 Image

2012-13 In the Game Heroes & Prospects Jersey and Auto Nathan MacKinnon #MANM

Limited to 40 copies, the 2012-13 ITG Heroes & Prospect Jersey and Auto Nathan MacKinnon has a clean design that highlights both centerpieces. The swatch size is big compared with a lot of other memorabilia cards. The Gold version of the card is limited to ten copies.

2012 13 ITG Heroes and Prospects Nathan MacKinnon Jersey and Auto 214x300 Image

2012-13 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hero and Prospect Jerseys Nathan MacKinnon #HP04 with Mario Lemieux

It takes a lot for a basic jersey card to drum up a lot of interest these days, especially when they feature modern players. But there's something about the pairing of MacKinnon and Mario Lemieux that is very appealing. The 2012-13 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hero and Prospect dual jersey card is limited to 40 copies and is relatively affordable on the occasions that it pops up.

2012 13 ITG Heroes and Prospects Hero Prospect Jersey Nathan MacKinnon Mario Lemieux 211x300 Image

2012-13 ITG Ultimate Memorabilia Future Stars Auto and Patch Nathan MacKinnon #21

The 2012-13 ITG Ultimate Memorabilia  Future Stars Auto and Patch Nathan MacKinnon is by no means cheap. But it's on par with his more plentiful basic autographs found in Heroes & Prospects. The inclusion of a patch, high-end appeal and low print run of 24 copies make it a bit of a sleeper when it comes to early Nathan MacKinnon hockey cards.

2012 13 ITG Ultimate Memorabilia Nathan MacKinnon Autograph Patch Image

2013 In the Game Draft Prospects Autographs Nathan MacKinnon #NM, NM2

Nathan MacKinnon has a pair of autographs in 2013 ITG Draft Prospects. The major selling point for each is the on-card signature. Both are confirmed as short prints by ITG.

2013 ITG Draft Prospects Nathan MacKinnon Autograph NM 214x300 Image 2013 ITG Draft Prospects Nathan MacKinnon Autograph NM2 212x300 Image

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2013-14 Upper Deck SPX Foil Rookies SP #151 NATHAN MacKINNON
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2013-14 Playbook NATHAN MacKINNON #137 Rookie Autograph Jersey Booklet 189 199
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Nathan Mackinnon Calvin Pickard Limited Colorado redemption rookie
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2014 Upper Deck Fleer Showcase Stitches Game Used Jersey Nathan Mackinnon!!!
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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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  1. I own 5 8th inning sketch nathan mackinnon rookie cards with the mooseheads and am not able to find them anywhere, how many of these were distributed, im determined to find the rarity of these cards

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