Sunday, October 20, 2013

Retail Review #71 (10/11 O-Pee-Chee Blaster)

Today's box is a blaster of 2010/11 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. I've opened my fair share of OPC blasters, and have come to really enjoy them. With such a hit-centered focus in card collecting nowadays, OPC can be an overlooked brand. I know I certainly wasn't too excited for it when I got back into collecting... but I've come to appreciate OPC as I have broken more of it. They're fun little breaks!

Price - 

Packs - 14
10/11 O-Pee-Chee Blaster Packs

This year's OPC had some great content, but the base had a lot to be desired in my opinion. The drab grey borders made the entire set look subdued. Also, the player photos were very small as the graphical elements took up too much of the card. The subsets and retro variations brought more flair to this set. They are colorful and add a lot of fun character to this year's set.

As for inserts, I'm not sure what I'm specifically looking for except that many of the standard inserts come on a glossy card stock. I like the contrast that these inserts bring to the table as they have a very different textural feel to them than the standard cards in the set. I'm sure I'll get a few of these... hopefully they will be of good players!

Let's go ahead and rip into this 10/11 OPC blaster box:

Review -
As I thought it would be, this was a neat little break. I didn't get any hits, but that's ok. I did end up with a nice stack of base cards and inserts. In terms of base cards, I was surprised to pull a few superstar names. Jonathan Toews, Jarome Iginla, and Sidney Crosby all showed up! There were some other semi-nice names as well in my base card pile. It's always nice to get some good base... better than bad base, right?

My rookies from the blaster were Cam Fowler, Eric Tangradi and Philip Larsen. Neither Tangradi nor Larsen are very exiting to get hobby-wise, but Fowler is a decent name. I was actually much happier with my Marquee Legend subset cards. I was able to get some good names out of those. Stan Mikita was one that I really liked getting. He would have made top three, but there was one player that edged him out a little.

Speaking of the top three, here they are:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Guy Lafleur Card No. 558
Yep, Lafleur was the one who edged out Mikita. I really like the photo of this Habs great. Check out the hair! Gotta love that.

#2 - Doug Gilmour Retro Card No. 555
This card of Doug "Killer" Gilmour has a great design. The blue and the black borders frame this photo very nicely. I remember Gilmour as a great player back in the day.

#1 - Alex Ovechkin Card No. SK-7
Ovechkin has been putting up some great numbers this season. I thought he was slumping a couple years back, but he has since gotten back on track. I'm sure he'll be a 'stat king' once again this year.

Overall Value -
For under seven dollars this was a very fun and enjoyable break. I pulled some nice inserts, parallel, and even base cards! These blasters of OPC are a great to open up on a lazy afternoon. Just make sure you get them for the right price! I wouldn't buy this for the normal retail price of twenty dollars, but anything under $10 would be ok. See if you can find some and give it try!

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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