Sunday, December 18, 2016

Retail Review #235 (14/15 Upper Deck Artifacts Retail Box)

I've had some decent success with the 14/15 Artifacts big retail boxes, so I don't mind purchasing them! These guys seem to put out a whole lot more than their standard blaster brothers. I've been snake bitten a bunch of times by Artifacts, and it has really put the brand off to me at the retail level, but that sentiment doesn't apply with these.

Price - 

Packs - 10
14/15 Upper Deck Artifacts Retail Packs

These particular Artifacts boxes are nice in that they guarantee you a special Ice preview card. The preview card is a cool looking acetate card that is unique to these boxes. There are 6 total preview cards in the set, so the set isn't particularly challenging to put together.

Initially, these boxes were about five dollars more than a regular blaster. I would balk at the price difference, but since I know these boxes are much more loaded up than standard blasters of Artifacts, I would go with these any day of the week if given a choice between the two.

Will something good come out? Let's open it and find out:

Review -
This box started off great with a hit at the beginning. There wasn't much else in terms of surprises after that, but I was already riding high with the autograph. These boxes give you a very nice amount of base cards along with the non-base that you find. These boxes really should be the standard for Upper Deck retail products. It's the perfect blend of cards that I think any collector would appreciate being able to buy at a big chain store.

These were my top cards out of this box:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Vincent Damphousse Card No. 70
If this were a regular Artifacts blaster, the only thing that would have probably come out would have been this red parallel card numbered to 599. As it stands now, it's the third best card out of the blaster.

#2 - Jonathan Toews Card No. P-5
I love the look of the Ice preview cards. I'm sure casual collectors would enjoy pulling out a card like this. I can see them possibly becoming curious about Upper Deck Ice and possibly being motivated to find some.

#1 - Mike Brown Card No. A-BR
It's hard for me to believe I got an Auto Facts insert out of this retail box, but here it is! I usually wouldn't be too happy with someone like this, but since it's a Shark, I'm definitely satisfied here.

Overall Value -
These boxes are the right price right now. Unfortunately, the supply has dried up a bit and I'm not sure if I'll be able to track some more of these down. I hope that they aren't all gone though! I'd love to get the chance to open a few more of these boxes up.

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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