Sunday, October 21, 2012

Retail Review #19 (10/11 Certified Blaster)

I got a nice medium sized box from UPS last week... and it contained more retail blasters for Retail Review! Yay! If you check out my Youtube channel, you can see what I got. It's definitely not as large as my first order during the summer, but there are some exciting things to bust in the upcoming weeks. I'm going to start with a blaster of 10/11 Panini Certified as that's what most people told me they wanted to see. So here we go!

Price - 

Packs - 3
10/11 Certified Packs

My last blaster box of Certified was, simply put, amazing. I pulled a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins autographed jersey rookie. Though I'm not expecting anything of that magnitude from this blaster, I still have high hopes for something good. Certified blasters seem to give out a fair amount of quality cards.

I wish that I could find more Certified blasters in the area in which I live, but they are on the higher-end of retail products. Since hockey is not very popular in Woodland, California, I rarely see it. I'm glad that Dave and Adam's Card World offers it on their website though. And it's at a great price as they are sold for half the amount it would have been at Target or other chain stores.

With only three packs per blaster, the break will be short. But I guess quality makes up for quantity in this case - and I'm really all for quality. Knowing that there is a hit to be found in the blaster makes it very exciting.

Well, time to stop typing and see what I get in my 10/11 Certified blaster box:

Review -
The first thing that hit me as I opened the packs was how nice the cards were. The quality on these 10/11 Certified base is top notch. I totally forgot just how well-done the cards were that year. They probably aren't, but they feel heftier and thicker than their 11/12 counterparts. These cards have a serious tone to them, and they mean business!

Right away I was able to pull out a serial numbered card of a legendary Sabres player. It wasn't Pat Lafontaine (who I have a minor PC of), but I enjoyed getting the card all the same. Getting serial numbered cards in blasters can sometimes be a rarity.

I was also pretty surprised to pull out a ton of San Jose sharks base cards from the three packs. It was a very concentrated amount for sure. I'm always happy to pull Sharks base, and these three packs were a gold mine for them.

As for my hit, though it wasn't a huge one, it was still PC as it was yet another Sharks card! Wow, this blaster was totally Shark crazy. Good for me... not sure if other collectors would have been as happy.

Here are my top three cards of this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Gilbert Perreault Card No. 158
Something struck me as a little odd when I got this card... and now I realize what it is... it's in color! So often now Panini goes for the black and white look when it comes to legends. I love how this card has an older color photo of Perreault on a modern fancy-shmancy background. The card looks great and is serial numbered to 500. I have to admit that the Sabres are one of my favorite teams in the NHL after the Sharks. Love the buffalo on their jerseys!

#2 - Sharks Cards Nos. 121, 122, 123, 124
Wow, talk about a bunch of Shark base in three packs that contain only five cards per! Like I said before, these cards look great and I think these Shark base cards are awesome. If I'm going to get a bunch of base cards in my breaks, they better be Sharks. Too bad there was no Logan Couture base that year... wait... never mind. Certified has too many parallel cards... Logan not being there saved me a ton of money.

#1 - Joe Pavelski Card No. JOP
My hit of the box was Pavelski, one of the top Sharks! Though it's just a simple jersey card, it's a card that I don't already have and that I can add to my personal Sharks collection. PC hits are always great in any product you open - be it a pack, a blaster, or hobby boxes/cases.

Overall Value -
I was pretty happy with this blaster of Certified. This one was tailor made for a Sharks collector so I'm glad it found its way to me. Certified is a great Panini brand, definitely one of their best, so I wouldn't hesitate in recommending a blaster of it to bust open.

If you're getting it at the retail store, they will set you back quite a bit ($30), but you can find them for more reasonable prices online like I did. I am definitely thinking about going back to the well and getting my hands on some more of these.

Let me know what you thought of my 10/11 Certified blaster box down in the comments below. Have you ever gotten anything good from one of these? I'd love to know!

Overall Value Score:

Every Sunday look out for another exciting installment of Retail Review!

1 comment:

  1. Couple of weeks back I bought 9 of these blasters from D&A and had tremendously good fortune for a Canucks collector; Schneider red dual jersey 12/50, Burrows blue jersey 34/100 and a Daniel Sedin Fabric of the Game 171/250. Also scored a Matt Duchene red dual jersey 11/150, Zach Parise blue jersey 2/100 and a Prime Tuukka Rask Fabric of the Game 1/25.

    Needless to say it's been one my best buys of the year.

    - reebz0r