Sunday, November 4, 2012

Retail Review #21 (10/11 Donruss Blaster)

Donruss was one of my favorite card companies in the 1980's... their cards always had cool designs that stood out. When I found out Panini was bringing Donruss back a couple years back I was very excited about it. I was hoping for a sweet retro product in the vein of the 80's. Well, that was not to be. I don't think the 10/11 Donruss line did too well for Panini as we haven't seen it back yet... but there were still some interesting things they tried to do a couple years ago that did have merit. I'm looking forward to revisiting 10/11 Donruss in this Retail Review.

Price - 

Packs - 8
10/11 Donruss Packs

Like the last Retail Review, this one was a no-brainer for me to try for price alone. At about $7 for the blaster, this will be a fun and cheap little break for me. Although Donruss is definitely on the lower-end of things, it is not a product that has nothing to look forward to. There are actually well-thought-out inserts as well as hits to be found.

In terms of inserts, I remember being able to find cards with unique textures and materials in Donruss packs. And that's how companies should make their inserts... they should stand out! Using unique processes to create the cards makes them interesting, and more importantly, worth collecting - and I think collectors appreciate it. So I'm hoping that some cool insert cards come out of my blaster. I always think back to the 90's and all the crazy, wacky designs that came out. It was awesome, and I wish some of that fun creative energy was still around in card collecting today.

In terms of hits, both game-used material and autographs can be found in Donruss. I'm not quite sure if there was a guarantee one-hit-per-blaster with these, but I won't expect anything. It'd be cool to pull a Fans of the Game autograph though. I know some people are not a fan of non-hockey autographs in products, but I personally liked the idea. Some of these cards actually are worth quite a bit!

Let's see what I get in my 10/11 Donruss blaster box:

Review -
This break turned out to be pretty satisfying, more so than my O-Pee-Chee break from last time. I have to give all the credit to the inserts I pulled here as they reminded me that cool inserts are just cool. And I even got a hit out of the blaster too! Though now I'm thinking that all Donruss blasters have hits in them. Not 100% sure still... but maybe. If so, they are an even better value!

The only disappointment with this blaster were the base cards, but I knew that going in. The base cards were neither here nor there in my opinion - showcasing a generic design. I didn't even get a Rated Rookie in the blaster. Oh well, I did get a few Sharks including my PC player Logan Couture... so that made up for things a little.

In total I pulled five hits or inserts out of my eight packs - not bad. My one hit was a scrubby jersey card... but it's still a hit so I can't complain too much. And I did end up getting a Fans of the Game insert of Willa Ford, but unfortunately it wasn't autographed.

Coincidentally, my top three cards this week all feature goalies, and here they are:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Johan Backlund Card No. 33 From Boys of Winter Insert Set
Usually I'd put the hit as number one, but I don't think this card holds up as nicely as the other two I got. The Boys of Winter cards are pretty generic looking. The design scheme works, but is pretty uninspired. These are the jersey-type cards you find in the dollar bins. Still, a hit is a hit! Maybe some Flyers fan will want this card.

#2 - Jaroslav Halak Card No. 15 From The Goalies Insert Set
Acetate is such a great material for a card. I really liked it when I first saw it in Classic sports card products in the early 90's, and it is still awesome on the cards here with this insert set. The Donruss Goalies set is special all around - from the acetate to the language 'The Goalies' is in... much thought went into these. They are sweet and Halak is a pretty darn good goalie. Nice pull here.

#1 - Patrick Roy Card No. 3 From Ice Kings Insert Set
Now this is a stunning card in person. This Ice Kings card of Patrick Roy has a lot going for it. First and foremost... it's Patrick Roy... and that should be 'nuff said... but this card also has a textured canvas feel to it that compliments an amazing artistic rendition of the legendary goalie perfectly. If there weren't enough, the card has an extra touch of class as the position and player name are given the foil treatment. This is an extremely well done card of a great player. Top card honors for this one!

Overall Value -
This was a great blaster box for the price. I enjoyed breaking it and checking out all the fun inserts that it had. This box actually really made me want to buy another to crack open... and I might just do that with my next retail order.

Though Donruss is a low-end product, I feel like there is good value within. Maybe one day Panini will bring it back and do it even better. For now, collectors looking for a nice little break can turn to the 10/11 release and have a go at it!

Let me know what you thought of my 10/11 Donruss 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. Nice! Can't do much better than that with something like Donruss.