Random Review: End of the year Upper Deck E-Pack sale

I have had my eye on Upper Deck E-Pack for the past 500 days or so. Like most collectors, I didn’t know what to make of it.  I didn’t like that every pack didn’t guarantee you a physical card; then again I am a fan of breakers who ship their common cards. Today, I finally jumped in with my first foray into buying packs from the program. It helped that they are having an end of the year sale.

My purchase:
2 – 2017-18 AHL Hockey packs
$3.99, Buy one, get one free
1 – 2016 Goodwin Champions
$4.99, not on sale
2 – 2018 USA Football Packs
$9.99,  Buy one, get one free
Tax was charged on top of it

I was sold by the USA packs because they guaranteed a hit. For them, I was expecting the worst: a plain cheap jersey or a Canadian player Sorry Canada but there just isn’t many pro prospects with your players. Instead, I hit 2 USA high school players. One does not seem well regarded as he is 68th in the state at his position; and he doesn’t live in a big state like California or Texas. Still I feel that I didn’t do too bad by hitting 2 autographs.

The AHL packs did not offer much. Here is where I wish that I could get my base cards. These are the types of players where it would be fun to track their progress.

I didn’t hit a Ben Simmons in the Goodwin product but it was still fun. Bret Hart made an appearance; another one where I wish that I could get the base card. I got a mini of a water polo player.

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I was able to transfer 4 cards to my COMC account. I was expecting a wait but this was done instantly.

I am not sure that I will be buying more from Upper Deck E-Pack program. I would rather buy these cards in a card shop. Still, I can see myself jumping at a sale or two like today. I could have shipped my hits home instead of directing them to COMC. However, given that shipping is similar in price to PackRip, I would rather go with them for the time being. This is still a decent platform if you like Upper Deck products and are not a fan of accumulating base cards in your house.

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Random Review: 2017-18 Upper Deck Series One Hockey blaster

When it comes time to get me presents, my mom has great taste. She collected cards with me as a kid, so it’s not surprising. For Christmas she got me a blaster of this year’s Upper Deck hockey and a factory set of this year’s Donruss football. Her goal was to get me something that I wouldn’t buy normally but wanted. She hit it on the head this year.


Pulled 2 inserts and 2 Young Guns cards. Young Guns were of Denis Gurianov & Samuel Morin. Inserts were an UD Portraits of JT Miller and Shining Stars of Zach Werenski. I was hoping to pull some Vegas Knights base cards but didn’t get any. I have only one Young Guns card on my wishlist in Adrian Kempe so it was unrealistic to expect to land that.
As for the oversized card, I pulled one of the best card’s possible in Nico Hischier.

Pickups #2

Mark at LoneStarBoxBreaks.com is always doing something amazing. He started the month with a giveaway of a Jameis Winston autograph; all you had to do to enter was buy a pack from the site. There were a ton of options ranging from $2 Leaf packs to $8.50 Letterman packs. I chose an in between option at $4 in Upper Deck Basketball SP Authentic; it is a pack that I would buy  anyway. As you can see below, I didn’t hit anything. I didn’t win the giveaway for once; the guy that won is one of my favorite people in the hobby.

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Random Review: Upper Deck Series One tin

Ideally I would sandwich a post about Prestige here but I didn’t open another box since my last post. Instead I give you another hockey post.
I got caught up in the Young Guns hype and was desperate to open a few packs of Upper Deck Hockey. Between Dylan Larkin’s show during all star weekend, and the seeing your pack breaks on Twitter, I have been desperate to catch this product.

It took me a while to find anything more than a few retail packs of the product because it has been sold out everywhere I go, a rarity, but I finally found one. I came across a bunch of Series One tins at WalMart. For once I didn’t care about the price so I grabbed one at $30; and with that I am on ramen and whatever is in the cupboard until the 4th when I get paid – I had an unexpected expense pop up this month. At 12 packs for $30, not a bad value though.

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Random Review: 2 hockey blaster boxes

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.

The boxes:
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

Overall:
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.