This is an assessment of 2 retail packs versus 2 hobby packs. Both pretty much offer the same amount of cards. Hobby packs have been going for $10 to $15 while the ballpark price on retail jumbo is $5.
Retail has 15 inserts per pack as opposed to hobby having 5. My hobby pack that yielded an auto, but only had 4 inserts. Hobby does offer 10 rookies per pack versus the 6 each that I got. I have opened up about 10 retail packs and have yet to get a hit.
If you are putting together a set like I am, retail is a great way to go. The inserts in Score this year are fun. Aren’t products that breakers hate fun? Is that why I am enjoying the product this year?
A ton of the bigger rookies will get overproduced. Score is fun in the sense that it is one of the final filters before these players start to make a name for themselves. If you are a player collector of a future bust then this will be a good set to come back too.
For once, I don’t have a conclusion. It depends on your collecting goals. I can’t tell you which way to go as both offer benefits; especially to this collector. All I can say is that if you are a hit chaser, avoid retail packs at all costs.
Hope that everyone had a great weekend everyone. I was busy this weekend helping a friend move – something I will probably be doing a few more times. After helping my friend move, I could really use a glass of wine or two. Unfortunately, but probably fortunately for my body, I gave up alcohol for Lent. So I traded one vice for another and bought two clearance blaster boxes from Target on my way home.
2013-14 Upper Deck Hockey Artifacts
2013-14 Panini Score Hockey
The big grabs the boxes:
An expired Artifacts Rookie Redemption for Capitals – if anyone knows if Upper Deck will redeem this, please tweet me – https://twitter.com/angryccollector.
Emerson Etem Rookie numbered to 999
Bryan Trottier numbered to 399
Countless Score gold cards with the highlight being a Nail Yakupov Rookie Gold
Michal Jordan Hot Rookies – sorry had to
Martin Brodeur Netcam insert
Brandon Yip Black
I finally got to open an Artifacts box, which is something that I have been wanting for a while. I would say my opinion hinges on the redemption being valid but the reality is, it is probably a crappy rookie. I am very disappointed and could still use that glass of wine. I am over blaster boxes as their is no value in them. I saved a Christmas gift card specifically for a time like this so at least I didn’t lose any money from it. I have a hunger for an Upper Deck box so I can try for a Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid Young Guns card, although I did pull an Oilers number one pick rookie card.
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