Fleer Hot Prospects Hockey debuts first Auto Prospect Patch cards

One of the most anticipated Fleer Hockey trading card sets of the year is now on store shelves. And the slick card design and robust selection of cool inserts are likely the first things collectors will notice about 2007-08 Fleer Hot Prospects Hockey. The collection’s “Autographed Prospect Patch” cards will have puck fanatics on their feet, as they’re the first true rookie autograph patch cards that have made their way into the market this season. With so many NHL prospects performing at high levels, these cards are certain to be at the top of every collectors “must have” list this month. Collectors can find one of these cards in every box, on average.

The regular version of these “Autographed Prospect Patch” cards are numbered to just 399 and include such impact rookies as Sam Gagner (Oilers), Brandon Dubinsky (Rangers), T.J. Hensick (Avalanche) and Nick Foligno (Senators). The most popular rookies appear in a short-printed subset numbered to just 199 in a move that will enhance the card values and collectibility. The eight heralded prospects found in this set are listed below: Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks), Carey Price (Canadiens), Peter Mueller (Coyotes), Patrick Kane (Blackhawks), Marc Staal (Rangers), Nicklas Backstrom (Capitals), Erik Johnson (Blues), Jack Johnson (Kings).

Rookies are not the only element that keep 07-08 Fleer Hot Prospects Hockey sizzling as the “Hot Materials” game-used jersey cards can be found two per box on average. There are also rare parallel versions of all the cards in the set. The “Red Hot” parallels are limited to 100 with the “Autograph Prospect Patches Red Hot” cards short-printed to just 25. The “White Hot” parallel cards are numbered to just 10 with the “Autograph Prospect Patches White Hot” cards being the most limited in the set, numbered 1-of-1 and including an NHL Logo Patch.

“The Fleer Hot Prospects brand has a great history of providing collectors with some of the most exciting rookie cards of the year,” said Karvin Cheung, Upper Deck product manager for Hockey. “Interest in hockey and this year’s rookie class is on the rise so hopefully 2007-08 Fleer Hot Prospects Hockey will help feed the fire inside the most passionate hockey fans. There are a lot of really beautiful patch cards in this product that will have collectors going crazy.”

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