Sunday, June 30, 2013

Retail Review #55 (09/10 Upper Deck Series 2 Blaster)

So the last time I broke an 09/10 Upper Deck Series 2 blaster I pulled out a Logan Couture Young Gun. Really, for me, I don't need to get any more of these! But I ordered a total of three... and today I'll be busting open the second one for you to see. With a Couture Young Gun already pulled, I'm not sure what I'm really hoping to find in these two remaining blasters... maybe another Couture? Hah, we'll see!

Price - 
3 for $21.95

Packs - 12
09/10 Upper Deck Series 2 Blaster Packs

It is totally possible for another Couture to come out of this blaster, but I really don't need another one. I'm not one to hoard certain cards, even if I PC the player. I would love for something rare to come out of the blaster though. A Victory Black rookie card would be a sweet pull. And even though they are a dime a dozen in hobby boxes, getting a game-jersey card out of this blaster would be really nice.

Jersey cards come one in every two-hundred and forty packs. I wonder why the odds are so long for them. I suppose Upper Deck's thinking is that the Young Guns are a big enough draw to keep the jersey cards harder to get. People are really buying these blasters for Young Guns, and a jersey would be the icing on the cake if someone were to pull one.

Well, let's go ahead and see what's hiding in this blaster of 09/10 UD2:

Review -
Like the OPC break last week, this UD2 blaster was a fun little break. I commented in the video that there weren't a whole lot of all-base packs. That's always good. Keeping those to a minimum helps the interest stay up with each passing pack.

My first pack contained a Young Gun of Colin McDonald. When I saw the Oilers jersey I got a bit excited... then I realized that 09/10 was not the year of the Oil - that would be the year after. Also, because the Oilers share a similar color scheme to the Islanders, I almost thought I had pulled a Tavares Young Gun... but of course that couldn't happen as Tavares is a Series 1 pull. Sigh. It was Colin McDonald.

This box turned out to be a pretty standard box of Upper Deck Series 2. I got a small mix of inserts and Victory cards. No card really stood out too much, so this week's top three was a bit more difficult to figure out.

Here are the top three this week, they could really be in any order:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Mark Messier Card No. HH23
Messier was probably the greatest name to come out of the blaster, but because his card was a Hockey Heroes card, he get's regulated to the third spot. I do like this picture of him though. It's a very nice photo of him raising The Cup.

#2 - Michael Grabner Card No. 339 (Victory)
Grabner was a decently hot rookie back in 2009/10. He showed a great amount of speed and scoring ability. He's since dropped off a bit in popularity - possibly because he's moved teams quite a bit. This Victory rookie card has a very nice picture of Grabner doing something he does very well - skate!

#1 - Steven Zalewski Card No. 488
I almost thought another Couture came out of this blaster! No, it was of Steven Zalewski. Even as a pretty big Sharks fan, I'm not too excited to get this card... but I'll still give it top spot billing since he's representing the boys in teal on this card.

Overall Value -
This wasn't a super box of 09/10 Series 2, but it wasn't terrible either. I guess it just sat right in the middle. I'm always glad to add new Young Guns into my collection of cards, so that's a positive for sure. Hopefully my third and final blaster of 09/10 Upper Deck Series 2 from my last order will be the best one yet! You'll just have to stay tuned to find out.

Let me know what you thought of my 09/10 Upper Deck Series 2 blaster in the comment section below. Have you ever pulled anything good out of one of these? I'd love to hear about it.

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