Sunday, December 25, 2016

Retail Review #236 (14/15 Upper Deck Black Diamond)


First off, merry Christmas! Today's Retail Review comes out on Christmas day. I hope everybody got what they wanted! This morning I'm opening up a blaster of 14/15 Black Diamond. Earlier this week I opened up the brand new high-end 16/17 version of the product. I thought it'd be nice to keep the Black Diamond love going with this older blaster.


Price - 
$7.95

Packs - 6
14/15 UD Black Diamond Blaster Packs

Black Diamond was due for a big change and it got it a couple of years ago with its move into high end territory. I think collectors are still a little shocked at its transition! Opening up one of these older blasters feels totally right at home for Black Diamond, but I'm pretty sure I'll be reminded of why the brand needed a change. I had always complained that the Black Diamond formula was getting old and stale. The new formula may not be completely right, but I am glad Upper Deck is doing something to shake things up!

Let's see what cards come out of this blaster box:


Review -
I was actually a little more pleased with this blaster than I thought I would be. It certainly wasn't mind blowing and I didn't get a jersey or autograph, but I was able to get a few multi-diamond cards that I enjoyed finding. As it had been, Black Diamond utilized a unique foil design that was the signature of the product. The cards feel nice and have a strong design. They are cool, but they had fallen out of favor with collectors for a while. Maybe one day collectors will want them back, who knows!

Here are my top three cards out of this box:

Top 3 Cards


#3 - Jake McCabe Card No. 194
McCabe follows me around. One of my other breaks of Black Diamond on Retail Review had the same triple diamond Rookie Gem come out. 


#2 - Anze Kopitar Card No. 169
Kopitar is a very good NHLer and getting his cards is nice - even though he is on the rival LA Kings. This card is also a triple diamond, which makes it one of the better cards in the set.


#1 - John Tavares Card No. 204
You don't always get a quad diamond in a blaster, so it was pretty sweet to pull this Tavares out. I remember a time when quad diamonds commanded a good amount of money. Oh those days have long past!

Overall Value -
I paid under eight dollars for this blaster, so that was a good price. Though I didn't get a hit, I still was able to pull a few cards that I enjoyed getting. My favorite card was the John Tavares quad. There's just something about that card that I really enjoy. If you're nostalgic for what Black Diamond used to be, getting one of these blasters would be a nice blaster into the past!

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:
6.5/10

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