Sunday, August 31, 2014

Retail Review #116 (10/11 Donruss Blaster)

Last week I opened up a pretty nice blaster of Pinnacle. This week I'm going with Donruss, Pinnacle's little brother of sorts. Donruss and Pinnacle currently have very similar pricing, but Pinnacle's higher quality makes it a no-brainer to go to. Donruss still has its merits, and can be a fun break, but it definitely sits second among the two.

Price - 

Packs - 8
10/11 Donruss Packs

Like I said, I'd rather open up Pinnacle, but I also like variety in my collecting, so going for Donruss isn't a bad thing. You can still be surprised by getting something good out of a blaster of Donruss, so it is worth it to purchase it on occasion if you're looking for a fun and cheap break.

In Donruss you'll find a few different insert cards as well as the opportunity for a hit. You pretty much get a hit guaranteed in Pinnacle, but it's no so with Donruss. Nostalgic collectors can look forward to finding the Rated Rookies in Donruss. That is a set of cards that I think is better than the Pinnacle version (Ice Breakers).

I'll go ahead and open up this blaster and see what comes out:

Review -
This was an alright box of Donruss to open. Well... maybe more than alright since I was able to pull a jersey card out. I was a little disappointed to see so many base card packs though. It seemed to be a fairly high number.

Each pack has 10 cards, so you're actually getting a good amount of base cards when you buy Donruss. It's just too bad the base cards aren't anything to write home about.

In terms of rookies, I was able to pull three Rated Rookie cards. I'm still baffled by the fact that I haven't pulled more top named rookies out of 10/11 products recently. There were so many good ones that I thought I'd be bound to get one sooner rather than later.

Anyways, here are the top three cards this week:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Cody Almond Card No. 270
I pulled three Rated Rookies, but none of them were of any note so I just picked Cody Almond to represent the three rookies from the break. 

#2 - Dion Phaneuf Card No. 8
My lone insert card was this Ultimate Draft card of Dion Phaneuf. Phaneuf is a decent name to pull out of the cards as I've seen much worse to get. This set has alway puzzled me.

#1 - Maxim LaPierre Card No. 56
I was pretty happy to get this 2-color jersey card out of the blaster. At first I thought it might be a prime card, but it isn't. There is no numbering, but it's probably one of the nicer things I could ever expect to get out of a blaster box of Donruss.

Overall Value -
Other than the surprise jersey card, there wasn't much going on with this box of Donruss. I am pleased with the hit though, and that makes up for a lot of the lackluster-ness of the rest of the box. I would still pick up Donruss just to have a little fun with it every-so-often. Donruss can be a nice little diversion when you need something to break on a slow day.

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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  1. Would love to see a blog post as a summary of which hockey product is the smartest retail box purchase, as you've been doing these for a while now!