Sunday, August 10, 2014

Retail Review #113 (13/14 O-Pee-Chee Blaster)

O-Pee-Chee is one of the oldest brands of hockey cards you can buy. Though it's on the lower-end of the card spectrum, I really respect it for its longevity in the hobby. And I'm glad that its legacy continues on. Blasters of OPC usually contain quite a bit of cards to enjoy. OPC may not be a high-end product, but there is plenty of fun to be had with these blasters.

Price - 

Packs - 14
13/14 OPC Blaster Packs

OPC blasters have the same printed price as UD1 and 2 blasters. Given a choice, I'd go for the Upper Deck blasters for the chance at Young Guns. But what OPC has over UD are cards and inserts. You just get more physical cards when you buy a blaster of OPC. To a collector who enjoys building sets, OPC is the perfect product as it provides plenty of challenge at a manageable price.

This blaster of OPC was well under ten dollars. I have to admit that I wouldn't have gotten it at it's full price - the value just isn't there. But at about eight bucks, it can be worth busting for a little fun. I know that there will be plenty to look at and go over once I open this blaster, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what it yields.

Let's open up this blaster and see what comes out:

Review -
This blaster of O-Pee-Chee was a fun one to open. Every pack had either a rookie or a retro card, and some of the packs had an insert in them as well. Autograph cards come one in eight hundred packs, so none of them came out, as was expected. But that didn't matter. I was excited to see what came out of every pack I opened because I knew there would be at least one card in there that wasn't just a base card.

This blaster had a good mix of all the different types of cards you can find in OPC. I got some rainbow foil cards, retros, rookies, stickers, and a cut-out card. And with a base set of 600 cards, I was able to find a few major stars in the base pile. That's pretty good I've gotta say.

One thing that I definitely have to mention is the fact that these cards are printed like old school cards... on cardboard with the brown cardboard back. This is how cards were, and it's awesome to have this same feel in at least one modern hockey set. Baseball certainly has sets like this, but I'm very glad hockey does too.

Here are the top three cards from the blaster:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Capitals Ring Card No. R-29
This card is pure retro fun. Would I punch this ring out and wear it? Probably not, but I know someone out there would! To have a card like this in the set shows that Upper Deck is willing to keep things light-hearted in the hobby with some of their products.

#2 - Nail Yakupov Card No. 501
It's almost always good to get the number one draft pick in a pack. Yakupov cards definitely hold some value, but his play and attitude on the ice last year left a bit to be desired... so he ends up in the number two slot on my list. I'm sure Oiler fans want to see him pull it together next season.

#1 - Alex Galchenyuk Card No. 575
Galchenyuk was the third overall draft pick, but I have him here ahead of Yakupov as I like his overall play/attitude more than Yakupov's. It was pretty awesome to get both Galchenyuk and Yakupov in this blaster box. It'll be interesting to see who fares better as they continue on in the NHL.

Overall Value -
This was a very good box for the price I paid for it. The two rookie cards were amazing to get, and the rest were also fun. There wasn't any huge hits in this blaster, but there were plenty of cards that I enjoyed getting. If I were a set collector, OPC would be the product I would want to chase. Imagine trying to get all the base cards and inserts - that would be amazing!

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. That was a very nice blaster! Galchenyuk, Yakupov, Miller, Nilstorp, etc. For the price you paid, it was really good!