Sunday, March 16, 2014

Retail Review #92 (2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions)

This box break represents the end of a trilogy of sorts for me. If you've been keeping up with Retail Review, you'll know that I've been buying out of the Target discounted card section as of late. I got a couple World of Sports blasters, and now I got the final discounted item worth getting - Upper Deck Goodwin Champions. This is a product that I have bought into before, and that I like. It was pretty cool that this particular product was discounted and available!

Price - 

Packs - 12
12 x 2012 Goodwin Champions Blaster Packs

I chose to go for this box last out of the three because I have done several of these blasters already in previous Retail Reviews. These blasters are like the World of Sports blasters in that they contain a variety people from different sports... but unlike that product, Goodwin Champions includes celebrities and other famous people as well.

Goodwin Champions is a product that contains all artwork-based cards. It's a beautiful set that captures the subjects in a fun and different way. Collectors will find unique poses and renditions of their favorite stars here.

I know going into this break that getting any sort of hit will be very difficult. I've gotten these boxes before... and I think I may have only gotten a jersey card once out of it. There is a chance at a hit here, but the odds are pretty long.

Is there a hit? Let's open this blaster up and find out:

Review -
This blaster turned out to be a typical Goodwin break - there were no hits to be found in it. Goodwin does deliver mini cards though. There is definitely a part of the collecting hobby that enjoys this mini format card, but it's a small part, and mostly baseball collectors I think. For me, I'm not as big of a fan of them. I'd rather have better odds at a hit than getting a bunch of minis in a box.

All the players and famous people in Goodwin Champions are notable, so I did get quite a few very big names in my blaster in terms of the base cards. I found Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Sidney Crosby all in this blaster. It's too bad nowadays base cards aren't really valued so much... this would have been pretty outstanding back in the day to get players of such calibre.

Here are my top three cards of the break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - USS Yorktown Card No. MM4
I generally haven't been a fan of these Military Machines inserts within Goodwin Champions, but aircraft carries have a soft spot in my heart. I've been aboard an aircraft carrier before, and they are amazing... so this insert card of the USS Yorktown makes the top three.

#2 - John F. Kennedy Card No. 72
One of the most beloved presidents ever was John F. Kennedy. His death is still a mystery and is speculated upon quite often. 

#1 - Tiger Woods Card No. 100 (Lady Luck Mini)
Tiger has been declining these past few years, but he still has many fans around the world. Not only is this card a mini version, it's the more rare Lady Luck variation. Is it worth a lot? Probably not, but it was the best card from this blaster.

Overall Value -
This blaster was a bit of a disappointment after getting hits the past two weeks. Had I been able to get a jersey card from this box, any jersey, I would have been happy. I'm not going to be too upset as this box was heavily discounted, but if anyone were to have paid the full $20 price for it... I'm pretty sure they would have been displeased.

Goodwin Champions is a unique product that is fun to open, but getting a hit or any card of significance is extremely difficult. I couldn't really recommend it unless a collector was really into getting a huge variety of unique sports and historical personalities. That being said, if I were to see this product at the price I got it for today, I'd probably pick it up!

Let me know what you thought of my 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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