Sunday, February 19, 2017

Retail Review #244 (15/16 Upper Deck Series Two)

This morning I'm opening up a blaster of 15/16 Upper Deck Series Two. Earlier this week I had the chance to open up a hobby box of the current Series Two, so this seemed like a nice pairing. Upper Deck blasters are always a good buy as they are filled with sweet looking cards from the NHL season.

Price - 

Packs - 12
15/16 UD Series Two Blaster Packs

Initially I thought I was opening up a blaster of Series One. I'm not sure why I thought that! But anyways, this was indeed a blaster of Series Two. Series Two should contain more inserts than its Series One counterpart. Upper Deck's inclusion of update cards has always made Series Two a little more interesting than the first. I always look forward to breaking Upper Deck blasters because they give out a good amount of content per blaster. With 12 packs to open, it's a solid break that is satisfying.

Let's crack this blaster open and see what I get:

Review -
I was really hoping to get more out of this blaster box. Out of the 12 packs, just 5 had either an insert, update card, or Young Gun. Of my inserts, I didn't really get any big names that I would enjoy getting. My biggest named player came as a base card. I think what was most disappointing was the lack of update cards. In my break of 16/17 Series Two earlier this week, I got quite a few updates. This blaster box only contained one. Well, they all can't be winners I guess!

Here were my top cards from this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Hunter Shinkaruk Card No. P-79
It was a struggle to pick the top three this week. None of the cards I got were really that exciting. I chose this Rookie Portrait insert as my third because I do like this insert set. In 15/16 these cards stand out with their bright white borders.

#2 - Chris Wideman Card No. 460
Neither Young Gun was particularly great, so I just chose one to go in the top three. I went with Wideman. Young Guns are one of the primary reasons to get Upper Deck blasters. It's great when you hit a big one, but getting lesser Young Guns isn't too exciting.

#1 - Sidney Crosby Card No. 398
I went with Sid-the-kid because he's always a great pull... and this is a very nice photo of him. I was a little disappointed with 16/17 Series Two photos, so this was a nice reminder of the quality of photos Upper Deck should have in their main line product.

Overall Value -
Though this blaster was pretty ho-hum, I'd still recommend Upper Deck blaster boxes to anybody looking for a nice box breaking experience. You don't get a guaranteed hit or anything, but for anyone new to collecting cards, you do get a substantial amount of good looking cards to enjoy. And that might be good enough for a new collector.

Let me know what you thought of my blaster 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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