Sunday, September 18, 2016

Retail Review #222 (14/15 UD Black Diamond)

It's been a little while since I've opened up a Black Diamond blaster. And that's because honestly Black Diamond is not a great brand to open at the retail level. It's marketed as a superior product to Series One, but the value just isn't there. It's no wonder there has been such a huge price drop in Black Diamond blasters since their initial release.

Price - 

Packs - 6
14/15 UD Black Diamond Blaster Packs

Black Diamond as a brand has been completely revamped now. Instead of being a mid-level product it is now a super-premium product that many can't afford. But back in 14/15, Black Diamond was still a at that mid-level status and continuing on as it had been for many, many years before. Black Diamond started off years ago as a really innovative product that had a premium feel. As the years went on, the product never really underwent much in terms of change. It eventually got pretty stale, and the 14/15 iteration falls into that category. That being said, it's cheap enough to give it a try and have a little fun with. Though there's very little hope for it, maybe something good will pop out?

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

Review -
This blaster offered me up a very typical Black Diamond break experience. It wasn't too good, but at least the best card in the blaster was a single two diamond card - which I think actually happened to me once when opening up retail Black Diamond.

Every year of Black Diamond has the same feel in terms of the way the card looks, but these 14/15 base cards do have a nice look to them and the signature Black Diamond texture of the cards is pleasant. I'm not sure how long UD could have kept BD the same though. I'm glad they have moved on!

Here's the top cards from this blaster:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Pekka Rinne Card No. 121
Rinne is a stellar goalie, but I'm not a huge collector of his cards. He gets the third spot in my top three because of his two diamond status in the set. Every other card not in the top three was just a single diamond.

#2 - Jake McCabe Card No. 194
The Rookie Gems subset has always had interesting designs. I've liked them for their modern and classy looks. This Jake McCabe rookie card looks really nice. Rookie Gems are a bit underrated in the hobby.

#1 - Henrik Zetterberg Card No. 160
I didn't get any quad diamonds in my break, but Zetterberg as a triple diamond isn't too bad. He's a favorite in Detroit and well respected in the NHL.

Overall Value -
There really wasn't too much that came out of this blaster. Opening up this product for this first time in a while actually made me wish Black Diamond had a better legacy in years past. The potential was there, but the brand really slipped in the back of collectors minds as the years went on for it. I'd have a very hard time recommending this product to anybody unless the price was extremely cheap.

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. Honestly have never opened a Black Diamond box/pack. I usually look on YT before I buy products to see what comes out. Not to much of a fan of that series.

    Love the reviews though!! Keep it up!

  2. From the UK, looking to start collecting. Can only find MVP from like 2 years ago in UK so am going to ship some in from US. Which is best way to start, other than MVP.