Sunday, July 21, 2013

Retail Review #58 (09/10 UD Series 1 Blaster)

Today I'm going to be breaking a blaster of 2009/10 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey. It's been an on-going quest to pull a John Tavares Young Gun! I've never done it before... but hopefully it comes out today. For whatever reason, Tavares rookie cards always seem to elude me (I think I've only gotten one JT of any significance... which I ended up trading). Other notable rookies from this year - Matt Duchene, JVR, Logan Couture, and others don't seem nearly as difficult for me to pull. Let's see what we get in this one.

Price - 

Packs - 12
09/10 Upper Deck Series 1 Blaster Packs

As many of you know, I love getting 2009/10 hockey products. It was when I began collecting again, and these products bring back memories of the excitement of rediscovering the hobby. I don't think this particular year was a huge stand out for big time rookies. I mean, Tavares is a pretty solid star, but I feel Stamkos from the year before and Hall/Eberle/Seguin/Subban from the year after are much more desired. Still, there are solid players form this year that could really be dark horses in the years to come.

This blaster box should contain two Young Gun rookie cards and some inserts. I remember really enjoying the look of everything from this year except for the base and Hockey Heroes cards. I'm hoping more in terms of the insert selection in this box.

Let's just go ahead and bust this blaster open and see what pops out:

Review -
This box had pretty much the bare minimum of expected cards - no more, no less. I was able to find my two Young Guns, an All World Team, a Face of the Franchise, and a Brodeur Hockey Heroes card. Nothing came out that was too exciting. Though some of the cards did feature some bigger names, overall the break was pretty lackluster. It felt like I had a large amount of all base packs - and I did as the majority of the packs were all base. That was a bit disappointing. Well, you can't win 'em all!

Here's my pick of top three cards this week:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Eric Staal Card No. AW17
I love the 09/10 All World Team design so much that this card would have probably been higher up on the list if the player were a bigger name. Not that Eric Staal isn't a very solid player, but hobby-wise he's not someone collectors are too excited to find.

#2 - Henrik Lundqvist Card No. FF7
King Henry has been an amazing goalie for the Rangers these past few years. He is definitely the face of the franchise. The design of this cards is really fun! Whoever thought to use a gigantic logo as the main background of the card gets big props from me!

#1 - Benn Ferriero Card No. 237
I'm always happy to pull out cards of former Sharks players pictured in uniform. Benn Ferriero played on the 3rd and 4th lines when he was with San Jose. He gave it his all while in teal, and I can respect that. Now he's been traded away and may become more of a journey-man type player in the NHL. I'll keep an eye on him though!

Overall Value -
This blaster was as standard as they come. There wasn't huge value to come out of it, and the Young Gun selection was pretty weak. These blasters are drying up a little as time goes on so I have seen a slight increase in the price of them. I initially thought they were $10, but checking the website now I see they are closer to $15. I think I'd still take the risk of buying one or two at that price... but anything higher than that would be a turn-off.

Let me know what you thought of my 09/10 Upper Deck Series 1 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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