Random Review: 2018-19 Upper Deck SP blaster

 

SP hockey is one of my favorite all time products. If I was only aloud to collect one thing in perpetuity and nothing else, SP hockey would be on my shortlist to consider. Usually it is out of my price range. This year it hit blaster. So naturally I grabbed one. Let’s see what is in it:

I haven’t see what other boxes yield but I am ecstatic about my box.

I hope that the print run on these is through the roof because I want to be able to grab a bunch of these. Unfortunately hockey collectors are not in my area so stores don’t carry hockey like they could – this says nothing of Los Angeles as a hockey town, as hockey fans Los Angeles is a surprisingly very enthusiastic hockey town.

I enjoyed it. If hockey rookies weren’t so expensive, I would consider chasing the set.

Random Review: Upper Deck e-pack 1988 Notre Dame Champions box

I didn’t see any of these on YouTube so I thought that I would add one. I have opened about 6 of these. These are a fun rip for any college football or Notre Dame fan.

e-pack username is PANDANWH

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.

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.