2013-14 In The Game-Used Hockey CardsBrand: In the Game
After a ten-year hiatus, The Game-Used line returns with 2013-14 In The Game-Used Hockey, including a multitude of game-used memorabilia cards. Collectors will find four memorabilia cards in each box, including a shot at several signed insert sets.
With a name like 2013-14 In The Game Used, it should come as no surprise that the product is centered around game-used memorabilia cards. Single memorabilia cards drop one per box, and include a large variety of inserts, such as Game-Used Jersey and Game-Used Jersey Patch, Captain-C, Flashing The Leathers, Kick Save, Vintage Memorabilia Prospect Game-Used Jersey, One of a Kind, AutoThreads, Nameplates and Autographed Memorabilia.
The next batch of memorabilia cards include two relic pieces and fall one per box. They consist of One the Move, Enshrined Classmates, Classic Scraps, Teammates, Game-Used Stick, Game-Used Memorabilia, and Rocket Richard Trophy Winner.
Adding another piece to each card, triple memorabilia cards also fall one per box, and include Past Present and Future, Goalie Gear, Guarding the Net, Decades and Stat Leaders.
Lastly, quad memorabilia cards offer the final group of themed inserts in 2013-14 In The Game-Used Hockey. Each box will yield one quad memorabilia card from the following inserts: Quad Game-Used Jersey, All-Star Jersey Quad, Forever Rivals, International Influence, Captain-C, Stanley Cup Battles, Quad Franchise and Complete Jersey.
Product Configuration: 1 pack per box, 4 cards per pack
Price Point: High-End Hockey Card
Target Audience: Hockey Memorabilia Collectors, High-End Collectors, Hit Seekers, The Game-Used Fans
2013-14 In The Game-Used Hockey Box Break
- 1 Single Memorabilia Card
- 1 Double Memorabilia Card
- 1 Triple Memorabilia Card
- 1 Quad Memorabilia Card
- 4 Total Memorabilia Cards
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2013-14 In the Game-Used Hockey Product Review
Reviewed by Ryan Cracknell
Good: Plenty of memorabilia, some nice themes and combinations for team collectors, lots of letter patches, ITG continues to do strong job of masquerading lack of license.
Bad: Lots of plain swatches lessen overall impact, high price compared to some other ITG products that come with three memorabilia cards and multiple autographs, Gretzky cards look strange with image of jersey instead of face.
The Bottom Line: If memorabilia cards are your thing, 2013-14 ITG Used has lots of them. Granted, most memorabilia cards don’t carry the same clout today as they once did, but ITG has done a good job of making all of the cards in the product meaningful. As a hits-only product, the enjoyment will likely come down to what cards you pull. But the stars-focused checklist should make that much easier compared to a lot of other products — licensed or unlicensed.
Card Design: 3.0/5.0
2013-14 ITG Used Hockey comes with a standard design for the company. Most of the inserts are rather busy, which can take away from the memorabilia swatches.
One thing that ITG continues to do very well is hide the fact that its products don’t have any NHL or NHLPA licensing. Images focus on head shots where the players are clearly wearing a discernible jersey. Even more so, goalies have masks that show some very distinct team marks.
Although unavoidable, especially given the price point, is that most of the cards come with single-color swatches. Overall, the product does have patches and premium pieces, but collectors should go in expecting more plain pieces.
This set does an excellent job of providing big-name stars of both the past and present. Looking down the various checklists, every basic memorabilia card has at least one superstar. This means that the single-memorabilia cards all hold some desirability. For the multi-swatch cards, it means there’s at least one anchor to hold down the card. Many products in the past and present boast lots of memorabilia, but their checklists tend to be watered down with random pairings and second-tier players. This is something that 2013-14 ITG Used Hockey avoids.
While it’s tough to complain about the inclusion of Wayne Gretzky jersey pieces, the way in which the product goes about doing it is odd. Without the ability to use his image, ITG used a shot from the back of his jersey. This comes across extremely strangely on the multi-swatch cards they’re found on as the other images have player faces. The rest of the product feels so much more classy that this takes away from it.
Yes, basic memorabilia isn’t the most desirable today and 2013-14 ITG Used Hockey has lots of it. If you can call it lots. No single card has a print run higher than 60. This does good to ensure solid value.
Most of the multi-memorabilia cards carry strong themes that should appeal to team collectors. It doesn’t have the random feeling a lot of other jersey-centric sets do.
For those fortunate enough to get a premium swatch or autograph, ITG has created some excellent pieces. This includes nearly 600 Nameplates cards that have a full jersey letter.
The Fun Factor: 4.0/5.0
I enjoyed 2013-14 ITG Used Hockey more than I thought I would. It takes a lot for me to get excited about basic memorabilia cards now. What I liked about this product is that it did a good job of creating compelling themes so that even when the jersey swatches were plain and somewhat small, they had nice appeal for specific teams. And while it’s still a risk, there are enough big players overall that those risks are significantly lessened.