Sunday, May 7, 2017

Retail Review #255 (14/15 OPC Platinum)


Last week I opened up a blaster of 14/15 OPC. This week I'm 'upgrading' to the platinum version. These blasters are very different than the standard ones. These cards are heavily foiled, even more so than the foil rainbow parallels in the regular set... and you get way less cards in a box. I personally enjoy the regular OPC set better, but I'm sure there are those who may prefer these cards.



Price - 
$9.95

Packs - 6
14/15 OPC Platinum Packs

OPC and OPC Platinum really have nothing alike other than the basic look of the base cards. They are entirely different sets for different types of collectors. Where the standard OPC set was meant for more fun, Platinum goes for a more serious crowd - though I don't know how effective it is in doing so.

Platinum draws off the popularity of Topps Chrome, which made a foiled version of the standard Topps set. These cards were much more expensive and in a shorter print run. That set was very popular with collectors at the time looking for cards of higher quality and rarity. Nowadays cards like this are a dime a dozen. The only thing worth looking for here are autographs and extremely rare parallel cards. And in blasters, both are hard to find.

Let's see if anything good comes out of this blaster box of OPC Platinum:

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Review -
I wouldn't go as far as to say this blaster was really good, but it did contain some cards that I found interesting. When buying OPC Platinum, you're really looking for the special variants of the set. It was cool that in this blaster I was able to get a nice selection of different parallel cards - and one was even serial numbered. I just wish the names I pulled had a bit more star power behind them.

In terms of the regular cards, I was happy to get a good selection of rookies and veterans. The rookie cards are actually pretty plentiful in the set. The 'RC' logo is a little small and in a corner so it might be missed if you're not looking closely for it. Aside from the rookie cards, my best player out of this blaster was Alex Ovechkin. Getting an Ovi card may not be as exciting as it was a couple years back, but he's still a big name in the hobby.

These were my top three selections this week:

Top 3 Cards


#3 - Calle Jarnkrok Card No. 94
I picked this card as a top three candidate because I don't remember ever pulling a red retro foil card before. I very may well have, but as of today I don't recall. I think the red makes this card pop and stand out from the rest.


#2 - Barclay Goodrow Card No. 172
I've got to include Goodrow here because of his affiliation with my beloved Sharks! This card isn't worth much at all, but I still get excited when the parallel cards I pull out are from the team in teal.


#1 - Vincent Trocheck Card No. 155`
My top pick out of the blaster was this serial numbered cracked ice looking parallel rookie card of Vincent Trocheck. It was my favorite looking card that I pulled as the white foil really works for hockey cards.

Overall Value -
This was a decent blaster for picking up some interesting parallel cards, but that's about it. Like I said at the beginning of this post, if I had to choose between this and the standard OPC, I'd go with the standard. If you're a big fan of  foil though, this set does have some nice things to find at a decent price now.

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:
5/10

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  2. I really like the trocheck rookie card!!!
    Yt: Finessed Shots 4

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