Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2019-2020 Upper Deck SPx Review


What's a 'budget high-end' product? I guess you could call SPx just that as a box of it costs about the same as a mid-tier product. The only catch is that there are only 4 cards per box with just ONE CARD IN EACH PACK! Only Upper Deck could think of something like this! They also claim that each pack is a hit, but Upper Deck counts numbered cards and inserts as 'hits' so their definition is a bit different than the average collector's definition of a hit.

Product Thoughts
SPx is a strange product and is configured in a strange way. This product could have easily come in a small box with one 4-card thick pack, but they chose to go with four actual packs with only one card per pack. I guess this does give collectors and hobby retailers that want to sell packs an option to distribute the cards that way, but I don't think there are too many folks opening this product by the pack. Most likely, a collector will just buy a box and rip the entire thing.


With only four cards, you're not getting a whole lot. Typically a box of SPx will include a base card and some other SPx cards. My particular box came with 2 SPx branded cards as well as 2 UD Black cards. The SPx cards didn't impress me too much. The cards have a busy looking background, but the cards lack the glitz and glam that SPx was known for in the past. The SPx cards come off a pretty flat for a brand that should really be more in your face with its design. My autographed rookie card came with a sticker autograph - which is always a bummer for a 'higher-end' product.


The UD Black cards in the box were much more impressive looking than the SPx cards. The foil on the UD Black cards is shiny and makes the card pop. Even though the Kirby Dach I pulled only contained a plain jersey piece, the rest of the card is designed so well that it kind of makes up for it. The Dach card is a very good looking card and actually elevates the typical boring jersey card that you find in so many products.


The Jack Hughes rookie I pulled was also a very sweet looking card. The UD Black cards stand shoulders above the SPx cards just in their design alone. I would have been thrilled if the Hughes had an autograph on it, but I can live with a very sweet looking numbered card of the number one pick. Here's to Jack turning it around and lighting the NHL on fire soon!

If I'm buying any more SPx, it's really for the UD Black cards. I think they should have done UD Black with the SPx cards as a bonus!

Positives:
  • UD Black Cards look awesome.
  • You can find UD Black cards in SPx.
  • Mid-tier price point.
Negatives:
  • SPx cards look underwhelming.
  • Sticker autographs water-down this product.
  • Upper Deck has a strange definition of the word 'hit'.

Overall Rating:

7.5/10

15 comments:

  1. I'm in great video pretty good product

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  2. I’m in. Cards are good looking but not sure worth the price. With the base cards being in there.
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  3. I'm in. Good looking product.

    YT: Mike Schmidt

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  4. I'm in. Pretty solid box you managed to get. That Jack Hughes rookie sold for $36 Canadian on ebay. I like the design overall but I just bloddy wish there were 8 packs with some inserts and base cards to go along. 4 packs would take 30 seconds to open for me. Thanks for the giveaway and review:)

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  5. I'm in. I really don't understand why this product needs to exist. The UD Black cards look great, but even as a big Upper Deck supporter/fan, I believe SPx is one of (if not) their worst products.

    YT : TheHabsGuy

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  6. 1 card packs. Looks like UD is going back to the 90's.

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  7. I’m in. Good looking cards. You got a couple nice hits.

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  8. I’m in! I miss SPx when it was a mid-tier product! The only redeeming quality of this year’s set are the UD Black cards (I also like the Shadowbox cards too).

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  9. SPx as a whole, I don't like it... The UD black I like, and also the shadow box looks sharp, the rest, not for me... 5/10, not worth it to me... And don't get me started on the sticker autos!!!
    YT Rainy Daze

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  10. You got an unusually good box with 3 big hits out of 4 cards!!

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  11. Hi, SPX is a little overpriced, not a fan of sticker autos...
    Cards look good though!

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  12. Nice break really like the style of the cards! I’m in!
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