With an expansive mix of autographs, high-end memorabilia cards and other key content, it didn't take long for collectors to take to 2012-13 SP Game Used Hockey. The fact that its release coincided with the end of the NHL's labor dispute also helps.
The main draw of the set are the hits. The set's new configuration delivers either an autograph or memorabilia card in every pack. While there are plenty of cards with plain jersey swatches, there are also a lot of multi-player cards and cards with unique pieces. Low-numbered patches and over-sized stick pieces are just some of the possibilities. 2012-13 SP Game Used Hockey also has cards with pieces of the nets used during last year's Stanley Cup Finals, giving collectors a direct connection to the Los Angeles Kings' first championship.
Rookie cards are a tough pull in 2012-13 SP Game Used Hockey. Numbered to the player's jersey number, the format borrows from 2011-12 Panini Titanium Hockey. For the set's key rookie cards like Chris Kreider, Sven Baertschi and Jakob Silfverberg, this means print runs of less than 50. For those lucky enough to hit them, these could mean big returns as they're bound to be the rarest rookie cards of the year.
Below is a real-time look at the 50 most-watched 2012-13 SP Game Used Hockey cards currently listed on eBay, giving collectors a sense of what's hot and garnering the most interest.
E-Mail Author | Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.
His 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.