Sunday, March 23, 2014

Retail Review #93 (13/14 Upper Deck Series 2 Blaster)

In this Retail Review we get back to a pure hockey product. Upper Deck Series 2 was released not too long ago and blasters have started showing up at my local Target. I'm looking forward to opening this long-running hockey product today!

Price - 

Packs - 12
12 x 13/14 Upper Deck Series 2 Blaster Packs

I'm not a huge fan of spending twenty dollars of blasters, but I'll do it in this case. Upper Deck Series 2 is pretty new, and I want to give one of these blasters a try. The first thing that stuck out to me was the packaging of the these blasters. The box design and photography was different than what Upper Deck has done in the past. This change in look definitely drew me into this product.

Upper Deck Series 2 is filled with inserts and cards updated from other brands. I remember Series 1 lacking a bit when it came to getting these types of cards. I'm hoping that Series 2 will be a bit more loaded than those - especially since the Series 2 Young Guns aren't as big as the ones from Series 1.

Let's open this blaster up and see what we get:

Review -
Wow. What was that all about? This blaster was definitely lackluster for me. I thought that I would be finding more inserts and updated cards... but it seemed like there were a ton of all-base packs here. I was not a fan of sifting through lots of base packs.

And the inserts that I got were not very noteworthy. This blaster contained one canvas card of Cody Hodgson and a 1990s Hockey Hero card of Ed Belfour. If the canvas card had been of a more popular player I would have been happier. Hodgson was somewhat popular during his rookie year when he played for Vancouver, but his hobby interest has dived since then. And the Hockey Heroes card? Well, you know how I feel about that particular set of cards already!

On the OPC side of things I got a Bobby Ryan retro and Tyler Seguin standard base - again, nothing really worth much value-wise or to my personal collection.

Might as well check out the top three this week:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Petr Mrazek Card No. 466
This guy better be the second coming of Patrick Roy! I keep pulling his cards! I honestly should find out more about Mrazek seeing as I keep getting his cards in my packs.

#2 - Valeri Nichushkin Card No. 634
Nichushkin has had a pretty good year, but still, he is not considered one of the top rookies to find in this year's double draft class. Playing for Dallas doesn't help.

#1 - Matt Irwin Card No. 496
Top card billing goes to Matt Irwin of YOUR San Jose Sharks! I had to pull the homer card for this one. It's rare that I pull Young Guns of Sharks so when I do I'm pretty happy.

Overall Value -
For the price I paid for this blaster I wasn't too happy with it. Of course, you win some and you lose some. I hope this is not indicative of what you get when you buy Upper Deck Series 2 blasters though. I won't let this discourage me from dipping into the well once again, but I have to say I am a little soured on these blasters at the moment.

I did get the standard 2 Young Guns cards as well as a large stack of other cards to sort through. For those who can only purchase retail, Upper Deck Series 2 blasters will allow you to chase the set and give you a good amount of cards. For the hard core hobby collector, these probably won't do.

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.

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1 comment:

  1. I would go 1 of 10 but I avoid upper deck like the plague I dont want any of the sliminess getting on me. really 20 bucks for two rookie ygs no jerseys or auto is a rip rips/.rhe slimey I say we should boycott upper eck