Sunday, September 1, 2013

Retail Review #64 (08/09 Upper Deck Legends Masterpieces Blaster)

This week I am very excited to open up a product that I have not opened before - 08/09 Upper Deck Legends Masterpieces. The name of the product gives away the concept of the cards; each is a work of art. Though this is my first official sealed box of Masterpieces, I have gotten some cards from this set in the form of buy-backs inserted within Upper Deck packs. I remember them being very well done, great looking cards. I'm really looking forward to seeing some amazing artwork as I open packs today.

Price - 

Packs - 8
08/09 UD Legends Masterpieces Retail Packs

Before seeing this blaster available at, I did not know it came in retail form. I had always assumed Legends Masterpieces were hobby-only, as they have a hobby-only feel to them. Being a more difficult product to find, I thought I'd splurge a bit and give it a try, even though it is a little more than what I usually go for when buying retail. I just had to appease my curiosity!

I am not sure what to really expect as I open this box. I know that I will see some nice artistic interpretations of players, but in terms of hits, I have no clue. Upper Deck usually makes it pretty hard to score a hit within their retail offerings.

The side-panel of the blaster advertises the fact that parallel cards are available. I have some brown bordered parallels in my collection already. My guess is that most collectors will find a parallel-bordered card when they open Masterpiece blasters. The unnumbered brown parallels should be pretty plentiful. Other cards with different border colors feature relatively low serial numbering... I'm sure getting one of those is difficult.

Let's open up this blaster of Legends Masterpieces and see what pops out:

Review -
I very much enjoyed this blaster of cards. Though there wasn't much variety in terms of insert cards, the high-quality base cards, big names, and cool artwork made up for it. In terms of the base cards, each card has a satisfying canvas feel to it. Upper Deck has used this technique with their Series 1/2 Canvas parallel sets recently, and collectors seem to really like it. It's as if by having a canvas feel, Upper Deck has reserved only the best pictures for the card.

It was awesome to see many legends of hockey in the packs. There were images that were iconic. And seeing them in an artistic form was a treat. One card in particular, the one with Gretzky holding up his new LA Kings jersey, stood out as it mirrors a very famous Topps base card.

Each pack only has four cards. While so few cards per pack makes the break feel over a bit too soon, I feel it makes the cards that much more special. You don't end up with an enormous pile of cards that you may not care much about. By having fewer cards, the feeling that they are worthwhile and important is heightened.

Here were my choices for top three cards from this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Lady Byng Card No. 3
It's not everyday that you get to pull a card of Lady Byng! I've actually gotten a brown bordered version of this card, but I still got a chuckle out of it this time around. Lady Byng is a handsome lady.

#2 - Lord Stanley Card No. 1
How cool is it to have a card of Lord Stanley!?!? This is my first card of his, and it's a great addition to any hockey collector's collection. His trophy is the most coveted in all sports!

#1 - Billy Smith Card No. CC-BS
Wow, a hit out of an Upper Deck blaster! Memorabilia cards in Masterpieces aren't impossible to find in blasters, they have a rate of 1:24, but they still aren't easy either. Even though this is just a jersey card, I am quite happy to see it come out!

Overall Value -
This was a very fun break for me. I have to say that the price was a bit higher than I liked, but the cards were of quality. I think I'd be willing to pay this price again for another box of Masterpieces. Being on the rarer side, I'm sure there isn't much of this product out there for the general public to buy still. I would recommended picking it up if you see it out there at your local store. They don't come out with stuff like this too often nowadays. Get it while you can!

Let me know what you thought of this break 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. I have to say the cards look awesome! The hit was pretty nice and I just loved that Family photo card of the Sutter's. I would love to pick up a box like this so I may just have to find one.

  2. Really nice cards - love that Lord Stanley! Off to ebay to see if I can score one.

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