Sunday, July 7, 2013

Retail Review #56 (10/11 Upper Deck Series 2 Blaster)

More Upper Deck Series 2! This time I move ahead one year to the 2010/11 edition of the venerable series. I chose this box to open today because of the recent Tyler Seguin news. No longer is Seguin a Boston Bruin... now he's a Dallas Star! That's probably not a great thing in terms of his hobby collectibility, but his 10/11 Young Gun will still be a card I look to pull whenever I go for these blasters.

Price - 

Packs - 12
10/11 Upper Deck Series 2 Blaster Packs

I have really enjoyed breaking these Upper Deck blasters. Series 1 and 2 both provide collectors with fun cards to pull out. And it's not just the Young Guns, I love getting all the different inserts and update cards that come in these boxes - it just feels like there is a good amount of added value. I'm expecting the same out of this box.

Let's find out what is hiding inside this 10/11 Upper Deck Series 2 blaster:

Review -
I was a bit surprised at the lack of insert cards in this box, but I guess that's just how it was with these. I did get one significant insert though - you'll see that in the top three!

The majority of the non-base cards were Victory updates. I got a few regular Victory cards, two rookies, and a gold. Sadly, one of my rookies was Alexander Vasyunov. He was one of many Russian hockey players tragically killed in a plane crash back in 2011. I have a few of his cards, and every time I see them I remember that horrible event.

As far as my Young Guns went, I actually 'sort of' got four! Korbinian Holzer of the Leafs was the first Young Gun to come out of the blaster. He's a big d-man that has seen some playing time with Toronto. He's not a big name, but pulling Leaf players is always good as they have a huge fan base.

A Tim Thomas retro card also came out of the blaster. Thomas is a polarizing player that has recently made the news a little. He took the last season off. Will he return to the NHL next season? And with who? I guess we'll find out pretty soon.

Here are the top three cards of this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Anders Lindback Card No. 320 (Victory Update)
Lindback was a decently popular rookie to get back in 2010/11. He showed promise, but playing behind Pekka Rinne didn't give him much playing time. He was traded to Tampa Bay last year. We'll see how he does in a more prominent role!

#2 - Paajarvi/Seguin/Shattenkirk Card No. 500
So when I said I 'sort of' got 4 Young Guns, you probably guessed that I pulled the Young Gun Checklist card. Upper Deck has done the three player rookie checklist for the past few years. It's a nice card, but not nearly as good as pulling the regular Young Gun card.

#1 - Bobby Orr Card No. HH-BO
I had no idea what this card was when I pulled it. All I knew was that it was different and looked amazing. With some eBay research, I was able to see that this card had some value to it! So... good looking and worth some money... we've got a winner here! This is a really sweet card of Bobby Orr. I really like it.

Overall Value -
The Orr card really made this box. If not for it, the score would have probably been a touch lower. The Young Gun checklist was a nice pull too though. Overall I was very pleased with this box. This was my last blaster of 10/11 Series 2. Now that Seguin has gone to Dallas, I'm not sure if I'm as inclined to get more... but you never know! These 10/11 blasters are still one of my favorites to bust.

Let me know what you thought of my 10/11 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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  1. well i had a really nice pull from series one.
    it was eberle yg. that orr is sweet it is a nice card and worth a decent amount

    youtube canucks rule

  2. it would be cool if you do a other Hockey Card Rankings top 20 like you did in 2010-2011. That the article who made me know you. i was back again in hockey card collection and i was searching what brand buy. Your article helped me a lot.

    1. thanks for the suggestion. i sort of did a similar thing with 11/12 products, but not as extensive. i'll definitely give it some thought though!

  3. i think that its a very good product and i dont really care if there are not to many inserts because of the young guns