Sunday, March 13, 2016

Retail Review #195 (14/15 Upper Deck Artifacts Retail Box)


I've never seen this type of Artifacts box before. It's physically bigger than a blaster box, contains 10 packs, and also an Ice preview card. I'm not usually a fan of purchasing Artifacts because the chances of getting anything are slim to none, but at the price these were at I decided to pull the trigger.




Price - 
$6.95

Packs - 10
14/15 Upper Deck Artifacts Retail Packs

I'm actually not quite sure what to call this product. It's not a typical blaster, although it is configured similarly, and doesn't contain hobby packs. The originally price of this Artifacts product was $24.99 - five bucks more than a standard blaster.

I was pretty curious about it, and the price was right so I jumped in. I actually got two of them. This box is the first one I'm opening. You'll see the other one in a later Retail Review episode.

Let's open up this mysterious product and see if it's any different than a regular blaster:


Review -
Was this box different than a regular blaster? Definitely yes! Since this is the first box of this I have opened, I can't say that all these will contain the variety of things that I got today, but this particular box was much better than the standard retail level Artifacts break.

This box contained multiple serial numbered parallel cards, an Ice preview card, and even a dual jersey hit. It just kept giving and giving. Usually, an Artifacts blaster will spit out one serial numbered card with the rest of the cards being standard base cards. Not the case today!

I was definitely very happy with the results of this box and can't wait to see if there will be a repeat with the number of inserts/hits in the other box of this that I got.

Check out the top three cards I pulled:

Top 3 Cards


#3 - Alexander Edler Card No. 85
I don't like putting Canucks in my top three, but I had to choose this card because it was the most limited serial numbered card I got today. The blue foil parallel cards numbered to /85 look really good - much better than the reds IMO.


#2 - PK Subban Card No. P-3
Finding this acetate preview card of Subban in the blaster wasn't a surprise since the box stated it would have an Ice preview, but that doesn't diminish the fact that this is a sweet looking card and a nice little collectible.


#1 - Victor Hedman Card No. FA-VH
Wow, an actual hit out of Artifacts! As common as hits are in the hobby version of Artifacts, they are extremely tough at retail. I'm not sure if these boxes make them easier to pull, but I'm still elated to pull this hit out today.

Overall Value -
At the price I paid of under seven dollars, this was a great box. I would definitely recommend giving these a try at this price. My only wish for this box was that the hit I got was of someone a bit more noteworthy, but I'm not complaining. This box was a ton of fun to break and I enjoyed the entire experience of opening it. I'm so glad I was able to locate this product and give it a shot!

Let me know what you thought of my break in the comment section below. Have you ever pulled anything good out of one of these? I'd love to hear about it.

Overall Value Score:
8.75/10

Look for a new episode of Retail Review every Sunday!

2 comments:

  1. I bought one of those from DAcardworld as well recently and managed to pull a rookie redemptions. Other than that i got what you did, minus the blue parallel. Two red parallels and the ice premier

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