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12-31-2013, 03:10 PM
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Quick breakdown of the current scene

Three manufacturers:
- Upper Deck
- Panini

Upper Deck and Panini both have NHL licenses currently, ITG does not(there cards will not include things like NHL branding, team logos and names)

Each manufacturer has a set of brands that are released yearly(some core brands and some interchangeable brands). These brands are typically categorized as Low End, Mid-Range, High End according to the price and value of hits(a hit being considered a desirable card like an auto or memorabilia piece)

Typical releases
Low End ($50-$65 a box, large amount of base cards, ~1 hit a box, lots of inserts): Opeechee(Upper Deck), Score(Panini)
Mid Range ($70-$180 a box, multiple hits per box): Black Diamond(Upper Deck), Limited(Panini), Hereos and Prospects(ITG) etc...
High End ($200+ a box, limited set of base cards, lots of low print cards, almost all the box is hits, only like 5-8 cards a box): Dominion(Panini), The Cup(Upper Deck), Superlative(ITG) etc...

If you have about $50 you want to spend I would suggest looking at getting mid range releases from a couple of years ago, they are the best bang for your buck. Some thing like 2011/12 Panini Contenders, you'll get a few player and rookie autograph cards a box and its on sale most places.

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