Sunday, January 5, 2014

Retail Review #82 (Target Excell Re-Pack + 13/14 UD1 Pack)

Today I was back in the card aisle trying to decide which Upper Deck blaster to purchase. I have opened all of them recently, and none were calling my name. Next to them were the humble Excell Re-Packs. They were less than half the cost of a new UD blaster so I went for it. You never know! There could be something cool inside one of them. Since my UD blasters have, for the most part, been terrible, I thought I couldn't do much worse with one of these. I picked up one pack of 13/14 UD1 for good measure as well.

Price - 

Packs - 4 + 50 Cards + Bonus
1 x 07/08 UD Trilogy Pack
1 x 08/09 UD Collectors Choice Pack
2 x 08/09 UD OPC Pack

I have gotten these Excell Re-Packs before... and usually they aren't very good. The best to hope for out of these things are the random Young Gun hit you might find in an Upper Deck pack within the box. Looking at the open windows on this box, there were no standard Upper Deck packs. I saw a Trilogy pack and an O-Pee-Chee pack. I was a bit skeptical about the Trilogy pack as that has been traditionally a hobby only product. Was there a retail (crummy) version of it back then? I didn't know.

The 50-cards that come with the bonus box are just cards that are thrown in with little to no thought. It's just an odd mixture of old and sometimes newer cards. A lot of times these cards are in less than stellar condition. No serious collector would really enjoy these other than to flip through them for fun.

The 'bonus' in the re-pack has been all sorts of different things. I've gotten oversized cards that have been mangled as well as a single 'special' single cards. I guess it's kind of fun to find out what you get. But usually it's a let-down.

Let's just dive into the break and see what comes out:

Review -
Wow. That break turned out much better than I thought it ever would have! It's not like I pulled out a hundred dollar card or anything, but I got some pretty decent stuff that beats just about anything I could have pulled out of the other UD blasters sitting on the shelf.

The Trilogy pack turned out to be a true hobby pack of Trilogy. These packs at the hobby store went for $15-20 each at the time I believe. They are guaranteed to have either a rookie, auto, or memorabilia card per pack. Whoever put these Trilogy hobby packs in these re-packs made a big mistake! Oh well, that's my benefit for buying them I guess! I need to go back to Target ASAP to see if the other Excells have Trilogy in them!

My box of 50-cards was pretty terrible, but the packs were definitely decent, especially for the price I paid. I'm happy with this little haul of cards today!

Let's take a look at the top three cards from this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Pavel Bure Card No. 14
This was my 'bonus' card in the box. And thankfully, it's in pretty good shape! This Bure card comes from the 2002 Atomic Stratosphere set. It's very shiny and has a good thickness to it. I loved watching Bure play way back in the day, especially when he was a Canuck. I know, hard for me to say that now, but it's true!

#2 - Alex Galchenyuk Card No. C4
It's always nice to pull one of the top rookies from the current year. Galchenyuk has a ton up upside, and I'm sure Habs fans are eagerly picking up his cards. I don't have much of his stuff yet, so this is a nice addition to my collection. 

#1 - Wayne Gretzky Card No. 120
I couldn't believe it when I pulled this card out of the Trilogy pack! Such a nice looking card! If you watched the video, you saw me slowly peel away the protective coating from the card. I was a bit nervous that it wouldn't come off right after all these years, but once it was off I really enjoyed the beauty of this card. What a great card to come out of a re-pack product!

Overall Value -
This little break greatly exceeded my expectations... and you know what? Sometimes that will happen. I guess the lesson to be learned here is when you see re-pack products, take a good look if you can at what is being offered. The price of admission was very cheap for this pack of Trilogy... and I got some other stuff to go along with it! I'm very glad I made the choice to go with this over the other blasters on the shelf. We'll see if there are anymore... if there are... you know what next week's Retail Review will be!

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.

Overall Value Score:

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1 comment:

  1. The trilogy pack alone is well worth the 7.99. You never see anything that good in repacks....well done.