The base set consists of 300 player cards featuring impressive photography, an
attractive design, and a unique and intriguing format on the card backs that will
surely grab collectors' attention.
Short-printed subsets including: Up Close and Personal (40 cards); Franchise Players (30 cards); NHL
Stats Leaders (18 cards); and All-Star Starting Lineup (12 cards).
The final 25 cards in the base set consist of the short-printed First-Round Draft
Pick subset which depicts a prominent NHL star (and first-round draft pick) from
early in his career on the card front. The back of the card will be even more fun for
collectors because it utilizes the player's draft-day "podium photo." There is also
an extra twist to this subset. Hobby packs will include one group of 25
First-Round Draft Picks. Retail packs, on the other hand, will offer a different
group of 25 First-Round Draft Picks.
First Edition includes a huge selection of Game-Used
Jersey cards. In the retail packaging, the first 130 players in the base set will also
be available in Game-Used Jersey versions. In hobby packaging, collectors will be treated to Game-Used Jersey cards of the
first 160 players in the base set.
Other game-worn memorabilia cards found in hobby packs include NHL Debut (20
cards) depicting NHL® stars with a piece of jersey from their original teams, and
Team Scoring Leaders (20 cards) which honor those who set the offensive pace for
their respective clubs in 2001-02.
Also includes a 10-card game-used memorabilia insert set entitled Magnificent Inserts. This set is devoted to the incomparable Mario Lemieux and includes cards sporting one to four different pieces of Lemieux's game-used memorabilia. Quantities of these cards will be very limited. The Magnificent Insert program will be implemented in a number of Be A Player and Parkhurst products throughout 2002-03.
Hobby packs of First Edition will also include the He Shoots, He Scores
Decoy/Redemption card program. Every hobby pack (except for those containing
memorabilia cards) will hold one He Shoots-He Scores card. These extra-thick
cards are intended to prevent pack searching. Each also comes with a point value.
Once a collector has accumulated enough points, he can redeem them in exchange
for one of 30 different memorabilia cards featuring an NHL® superstar. These
cards will be hand-numbered to 20 and are not available anywhere else.
Retail packs of First Edition will hold eight cards. Packs with a memorabilia card will contain six additional cards. Each retail box will hold 36 packs. Hobby packs will hold five cards plus one decoy or memorabilia card. Every hobby box will hold 24 packs per box.
Hobby packs will have Game-Used Memorabilia cards inserted 1:36. Retail packs will have Game-Used Memorabilia cards inserted 1:48.
The scheduled release date is August 21.