Sunday, September 14, 2014

Retail Review #118 (13/14 Artifacts Blaster)

Once in a blue moon I like to test my luck with an Artifacts blaster box. 99% of the time getting one of these is the wrong choice, but for some reason I still will go for it, especially if I'm ordering a bunch of boxes and I'm looking for a little variety. I hope that I'll get something that I like out of this one, even though the odds are stacked against me.

Price - 

Packs - 8
13/14 Artifacts Blaster Packs

I've said it before, but I'll say it again - Upper Deck needs to re-think their Artifacts retail strategy. Sure, the base cards are nice and have a quality, premium feel to them... but collectors just aren't looking for a large stack of base cards. Usually a blaster of Artifacts will have some sort of rookie card or numbered card, but for a brand that calls itself Artifacts, I think there should be some sort of memorabilia in the blaster.

At a stated price of about twenty dollars, I would definitely avoid Artifacts. Instead I'd go for good old Upper Deck Series 1 or 2. Those products, while not as premium, will put out a much better value than Artifacts. I actually think the O-Pee-Chee blaster I just opened has more value and fun than one of these usually puts out.

Let's see if this blaster of Artifacts will give me anything good:

Review -
Wow. There really isn't much to say about this Artifacts blaster. As you saw in the video, it was base pack after base pack after base pack. I was actually thinking that the entire blaster would be base cards. It nearly was. And even the last pack with the numbered card wasn't anything to really get excited about. This was a blaster of Artifacts that should definitely warn people against the product if they see it on the store shelves.

It wasn't easy, but I had to find the three top cards this week:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Matt Duchene Card No. 57
Sure Matt Duchene is a good player, but I put this card at number three because it ties in with the number one card of this break.

#2 - Evgeni Malkin Card No. 27
This card stands out to me because the All-Star jersey Malkin is wearing is so different than his Pens one.

#1 - Matt Duchene Card No. 57
The only numbered card in the break. I guess I could go for the rainbow since I got two of these in this one blaster.

Overall Value -
As I feared from the beginning, this blaster was a terrible value... even for the half the stated price. Maybe in a day when base cards were desired this product might be 'ok'... but it's definitely time to change it up a bit. And when I say a bit, I mean a lot! It's sad that blasters like this exist. I'm pretty sure no collector would be satisfied with this box, but this is pretty normal for Artifacts. Steer clear!

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. I have made the mistake of buying Artifacts blasters in the past as well - always with the same level of success. The fun of "bustin' wax" never makes up for the disappointment in the results. Always have buyers remorse.

  2. I used to buy these a few years ago when I passed by my local Target for useful household items, and I usually had some luck with one hit per box (I think I got Iginla, Luongo jersey cards)... maybe I was lucky or they were more generous back then....