It's everybody's favourite day, release date for In the Game's Between the Pipes.
What? It's not your favourite day? Well, it should be. Plus, it's Thursday, so only one more day until the weekend.
This year's box artwork borders on epic.
Alright, forget the borders... it is epic. Look at those masks!
Unfortunately, in my box, I didn't get any cards with any of theose masks on them. Is it my bad luck, or are they not in the set?
Hopefully, it's my bad luck. I have no other kind.
This product has a 200 card base set. Like past issues, the first section is for the CHL Prospects.
Nice, colourful photos with colour matching borders... a slight peek into the background, but not too much. A little busy on the full page, but individually, each card really pops.
*Cross Canada Redemption Tours are when certain card shops host a BTP box breaking frenzy where you can redeem your box tops for special 1/1 BTP cards. There's another one coming up here in Calgary on May 11th. To check out if your area has one coming, go to ITG's website. LINK
The next section is for our current favourites. What I like about these is that for the most part, all of the Stars have their current mask on display. No old photography from last year etc... found here.
I'll show off this particular card on it's own.... Marc-Andre Fleury's current mask, complete with a rendition of last year's ITG BTP card of himself on the side. Hockey cards featuring masks featured ON a mask!
Then, my favourite part of the set. The Decades section... featuring goalies from past decades...
Other than that, some great names from International competition. Again, an obvious name missing from the checklist is Ken Dryden. But Mr Dryden isn't about to sign with any card company. Just not his thing.
Another cool part is the older Decades cards... guys from the 30's and 40's.
So give them some love and appreciation.
For you hit chasers, autographs are found 1:7 packs. With 18 packs per box, you'll get two. With four of every seven boxes getting an extra.
Mine weren't overly thrilling.... with young Etienne here in dire need of some penmanship lessons.
Next we have current Dallas Stars starter, Kari Lehtonen.
Relic cards are 1:8 packs. So every other box will get a third.
I got a nice dual of Jordan Binnington and Curtis Joseph. Cujo is retired now and Jordan was drafted by St Louis in 2011.
While I didn't get any of the really cool hits available in BTP ( I never do), I was lucky enough to get a three auto box.... and a really sweet third auto it was.
Also this year is the return of the Decoy/Puzzle pieces. These should be fun to build again this year.
He's 1/3 of Bernie Parent.
Okay... you've waited long enough. Found at 3 per box, here are the three I was lucky enough to get.
Cory Crawford (almost called him Carl)
Oh. Have you met Rogie?
Effing sweet. They really upped their game with the 10th anniversary diecuts last year. Since a diecut 11 wouldn't work well, I really like what they've done.
Looks like I'm chasing this set of 50 again this year.
I still need 4 more for last year.... *sigh*....