Sunday, February 5, 2017

Retail Review #242 (13/14 Upper Deck Artifacts)

The last time I opened up one of these blasters I gave the overall break a 0.5/10. It was a terrible break with all but one card being base cards. This blaster surely has to be better than the last one I opened. I'm just trying to see when an Artifacts blaster will actually deliver anything. So far they have really missed the mark.

Price - 

Packs - 8
13/14 Artifacts Blaster Packs

There are eight packs per blaster of Artifacts. Unlike with a product like Upper Deck Series 1 and 2, there really isn't much to the product besides base cards and serial numbered cards. With a name like 'Artifacts', you'd think you'd find some treasure (ie. jersey or autos). That is not the case. I guess the product name is more about the way the cards look than the stuff you can find in blasters of it. Well... I guess finding real treasure is pretty hard... so if Upper Deck was making it a treasure simulation experience, they really nailed it.

I'll open up this box and see what comes out of it:

Review -
Really? All the cards but one were base. I guess I shouldn't be surprised though. This is what Artifacts always gives you when you open up a blaster box. It's terrible! At least in a product like Series 1 or 2 or even MVP, you can look forward to parallels and inserts. This product gives you pretty much just a stack of boring base cards. At the end of this break I had a stack of base cards that just didn't satisfy. I would be very mad if I had gotten this blaster for twenty bucks... I'm actually pretty mad about it anyways.

Here's a top three (I guess):

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Dale Hawerchuk Card No. 17
You can tell I'm really stretching this week for a top three cards of the break. Why did I choose Hawerchuk? I mean, he was a great player and all... but I just think the old Jets uni was a stand out.

#2 - Claude Lemieux Card No. 14
I'm going with an oldie but a goodie for card number two. Claude Lemieux was an excellent hockey player back in the day, and I just wanted to continue the retired player theme in this top three.

#1 - Matt Read Card No. 58
Matt Read breaks the retired player cards because it has serial numbering . This card is absolutely not exciting at all to pull, but I just put it here because it was sadly the top level card in the break.

Overall Value -
This blaster of Artifacts was terrible at no matter what the price - it would even have been bad for free! The last blaster got 0.5/10. I'm seriously going to score this blaster even lower than that one. Yuck! Artifacts is terrible!

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. Kinda dissapointing. Like the cards as I am a TTM guy and they look good signed

  2. Very disappointing.. I wouldn't even give this to a kid just for fun.. Even the hobby boxes are a hit or miss!

  3. Bad cards good review yt mark haan