Sunday, November 3, 2013

Retail Review #73 (10/11 Donruss Blaster)

It feels like it's been a while since my last Donruss blaster. I'm not not a huge fan of 10/11 Donruss, but I don't mind opening up a blaster of it to give it a try... especially given some space between breaks. Donruss is very easy to find on the cheap nowadays. This blaster was under six dollars... and hobby boxes can be found for around $20 now. Yep... HOBBY boxes! Twenty was the original price of a blaster when the product was new. Wow. This stuff's on the cheap!

Price - 

Packs - 8
10/11 Donruss Packs

Donruss and Pinnacle (which I opened last week) are like sister products to me. They both came out during the same hockey season, and both are similar in their target audience. While there definitely was a price difference when the products came out, the end result is that they both ended up at about the same discounted pricing. Both products can be found easily, and both are affordable for just about any collector.

Pinnacle definitely has the edge in quality of cards and quality of hits, but there is still plenty of interesting and fun cards to find in Donruss. And it can be worth it to pick up over Pinnacle depending on what you're looking for.

Speaking of looking, let's look inside this blaster of 10/11 Donruss:

Review -
This was a fun break for me. I've definitely enjoyed breaking these lower-mid Panini products the past two weeks. The box contained a jersey hit and a few insert cards. The best inserts made the top three this week. A Tough Times insert card of Basil McRae was very close to the top three, but was just edged out. For those of you who keep up with all my Retail Reviews, you know that I'm fond of the Tough Times design. They just look exactly the way a 'tough guy' card should look like. I wish a certain card manufacturer did their tough guy cards like these!

My one rookie card in the box was Trevor Frischmon from the Columbus Blue Jackets. He's not a big name at all, so he wasn't really even considered to go in the top three. Being a rookie card, the Frischmon contains a Rated Rookie logo. Rated Rookies were so cool back in the 80's. I hope Panini continues on with Rated Rookie cards... they are a classic card type that many collectors warmly remember.

Here are the top three cards from this blaster:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Marc-Andre Fleury The Ultimate Draft Card No. 1
The Flower is one of my favorite NHL players. His game can be up and down at times, but he is a very cool person from the times I have seen him on hockey shows. My minor PC of Fleury is definitely not a priority for me, but it's fun getting his cards still.

#2 - Pamela Anderson Fans of the Game Card No. 2
You know, this is a beautiful card... and I was just going to put Pamela in the top spot... but then I spotted the Vancouver logo. Nope, couldn't do it. Now, if this card was autographed I could have made an exception.

#1 - Max Pacioretty Boys of Winter Card No. 45
As this was my hit, it gets the top spot. Pacioretty isn't a huge name, but I do like the fact that the memorabilia piece is a unique color - green. I'm not sure where this piece of cloth came from. Is it from the Canadiens, or is it from another team?

Overall Value -
I can't really recommend Donruss over Pinnacle, but if you've broken a lot of Pinnacle, it might be a fun little break to get into Donruss. Though Donruss isn't the best brand to look for big hit cards, there are some hidden gems to be found! And at under six dollars, it's not hard to make this little purchase.

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. The Pacioretty might be part of a throwback jersey that the Habs wore during the 09-10 season. If so, they're from their 1910-11 throwbacks, which had green on both the sleeves and the bottom of the sweater.