Full of turkey yet? Falling asleep at your computer screen? Hopefully this won't put you further into the abyss. I mentioned last weekend that I had a 2nd box of Upper Deck hockey from the Toronto Expo to show you, so without further adieu, here we go.
Base set: 149 cards with no duplicates. Both boxes that I opened from the show had no dupes, kudos to Upper Deck for this.
Love the shot UD gets here of Mikka Kiprusoff of the Flames, the eyes show the concentration. Great photo!
Inserts: Captains calling: 1 Johnathan Toews ...same as the first box (fail)
Playoff Performers: 2 Roberto Luongo and Jarome Iginla...same as the first box (Epic fail)
Draft Day Gems: 2 Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Hejduk...same as the first box (Fail cubed..wtf!!!)
Hockey Heroes: 2 At least these Messier Heroes were different from the first box
The Champions: 2 Ben Agosto, Hayley Wickenheiser. I've had time to think about this insert, and have decided it would have been better served in another product, such as Goodwin Champions, or something to that end. Figure skaters and ice hockey, at least for me, don't go together.
Young Guns: 6 MacGregor Sharp, Devan Dubnyk, Andrei Loktionov, Andreas Thuresson, Bobby Sanguinetti, Braden Holtby. At least I have heard of 3 of these guys, and there were no duplicates from the first box.
Victory: 1 per pack. I think I did quite well with these in this box. I pulled two more gold cards, plus 4 Leafs Rookies (Reimer, Gustavsson, Stalberg, Bozak). Plus the design of the cards is clean and simple, not a lot of logos or anything else cluttering up the card.
And finally, the one per box relic card.....well....
Sadly, not quite a household name, but as we know with most of the card companies in this day and age, not all of the relic cards are going to be superstar versions.
Furthermore, between the two boxes, I was not able to put one base set together (200 cards).
428,429,432,438,442,448 are the 29! cards I need to complete a base set....not good at all, considering there were no triplicates at all in the 2 boxes. I could see coming maybe 5-10 cards short, but 29 is totally unacceptable.
Negatives: Between this many cards needed to complete a set, the 3 different inserts that were carbon copies in both boxes, there were too many excuses for me to knock the total grade down.
Positives: No duplicates for the Victory inserts, or the Hockey Heroes cards of Messier. The Young Guns were all unique as well, though I could do without the damn checklist being shortprinted (WHY IS THIS?)
The only thing that saved the two boxes from a D grade was the price...$22 each is less than 1/2 of the original box price, so that makes a big difference.
Final Grade: C-
Thanks for reading, Robert
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