Now while Trev only had a cup of coffee in a Montreal uniform, his inclusion into the product celebrates a couple of "firsts". It's his first official product release card utilizing jersey pieces from his Canadiens jersey and it's the first time he will have an autograph card in red pen.
All the reason to go out and buy a box....right?
Yeah, I know. But I'm weak.
2012/13 In The Game
Like many of the products put out by In The Game recently (Captain C, Enforcers, Decades) this box is more like a pack. In it is 12 cards. 3 base, 3 non-memorabilia inserts, 3 autos and 3 game-used memorabilia cards.
The big question is....will I have a Toronto-heavy box or Montreal-heavy?
I would have like the photo to be more the focus as opposed to the framing that the pic is settled in. Too much space on the bottom half reserved for very little text. And a little too much head room up top. But still a nice card.
While a nice design, it falls into that group of cards that has a distinct ITG feel. This could have been an insert look from Between The Pipes or Heroes & Prospects or Captain C.
The concepts are nice though and once again look like it would be fun for the set builders.
Now if you are a Toronto fan and are building the auto set...this might be a desirable pull. After all, how many autos does this guy have out there?
I really like that ITG had all of the Leafs players sign in blue ink (and I bet you can guess what they had the Canadiens players do). Unfortunately, it appears that there have been some issues with the ink quality on some of the signatures. I can't confirm this, but I will be keeping a close lookout when I pursue my Linden auto.
BTW, to me Miroslav Frycer is that "he was an All-Star?" guy to me. I saw him play in the 1985 All Star game in Calgary. This was back in a time where each team had to have a representative.
I like the design of these cards. Lots of space for a signature, good photo in the lower left. Not too busy. My one critique is that this is the fifth or sixth change up in font style on the text so far. The consistency in the product as a whole is something that doesn't quite do it for me.
It's a nice sized jersey piece (which I am a fan of) and the design is what I would expect. I have no doubt that a person building the jersey set will have a nice project once complete.
There are blue/red (depending on the team you pull) versions that have a print run of 130. There are silver versions to 30 and gold versions to 10.
I'd like to see ITG utilize a serial numbering trend on these cards. It makes it so much less confusing. As well, I dan't know how to differentiate from one to another. I'm assuming it will be a color shift in the text or background.
Not shortprints so far in my box.
Overall, this was a fun break. If you're a fan or collector of either of these teams, I can see it being a great blast from the past. While a number of the cards didn't have the uniqueness I was hoping for and the inconsistencies in design style was a little broader than I would have liked, this product has some decent upside.
The auto set should be a huge hit. Hard signed - each and every one of them and no redemptions. That's how a product should be. Those building that project will be in for some fun.
For me, it's time to start trading. Wednesday is trade night and I'll have some new stuff in my arsenal.