Sunday, November 10, 2013

Retail Review #74 (08/09 Be a Player Blaster)

You guys know I love opening these up! Be a Player blasters are always a fun time. I do think finding these blasters will become increasingly difficult as time goes on. Checking with my online source, sometimes it's stocked, sometimes not. Well, as long as they have them, I'll keep getting them! Because a guaranteed autograph in a retail product isn't something you see everyday!

Price - 

Packs - 2
08/09 Be a Player Blaster Packs

Each Be a Player blaster comes with only 2 packs. Usually, one pack will be all base while the other holds an autograph card in the middle. On rare occasions, the all base pack will yield an insert card or another hit. I was actually lucky enough to have that happen to me a while back. For the amount of cards in the box, there is a pretty large amount of packaging. I know it's not as nice, but perhaps a smaller blister style type packaging would have been more appropriate with these.

Let's go ahead and quickly open up this 2-pack bad boy:

Review -
Pretty quick, eh? Yep, that's just how fast they go. It's always a balance between getting a lot of cards to look at versus better hit content. Be a Player is always about the hit content. The base cards that I got were definitely just an afterthought.

I did get a few good base cards in the two packs that I opened from this blaster. Daniel Sedin was probably the biggest star out of the box... but he didn't make the top three because... well, I'll admit it, I'm biased against the Canucks.

In fact, I went ahead and picked a couple of guys who were former Sharks to be on my top cards list.

Here are the top three cards from this blaster:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Milan Michalek Card No. 150
I didn't really get to see Michalek when he played with the Sharks, it was before I got back into hockey, but I do know he has been a solid player for the Sens these last few years.

#2 - Dany Heatley Card No. 122
Yep, another Hany Heatly sighting! He's definitely fallen from the hobby's graces in the past few years... nobody gets excited about pulling a Heater card. I still do, a little, though.

#1 - Johnny Oduya Card No. S-JO
This is the first ever autograph I have received of Johnny Oduya. I have to admit I don't know too much about him... but he did win a Cup with the Hawks last year, so he has that under his belt!

Overall Value -
This wasn't the greatest box of BAP ever, but you win some and you lose some. I'm actually OK with the autograph I got because I know Oduya just doesn't have many autos out there. I was actually a little surprised when I pulled this auto from this blaster. And that's what I miss about BAP actually. Collectors had the chance to pull players from their favorite teams that might not get the royal treatment in other products. I'd love it if BAP made a comeback!

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 comment:

  1. NIce Break! You do amazing when opening these blasters! First the Travis Zajac Gold auto /15 and now the Oduya! Great break!

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