Today is the day. It's been marked on a lot of people's calendars for months. For Canadian card shop owners, it's christmas. Yes, it's the day Upper Deck Series 1 hockey comes out. The most anticipated release of the hobby year.
My LCS asked me not to be lined up outside his door at noon when he opened. Maybe around 2:00 he said. At 2:00, the delivery truck rolled up and dropped off the awesome. I was handed the first box out of the first case. I felt euphoric. The guy behind me was handed the next two. The next two CASES. I was brought back down to earth. But I'll take what I get.
24 packs per box, 8 cards per pack. 2 jerseys per box. (I wish they would call them sweaters. Hockey players don't wear jerseys) 6 Young Gun rookies per box. And numerous hard to get inserts.... Let's see what this year's looks like.
The base card, full bleed as usual, bright, vibrant colours and interesting photography.
The card backs are plain, but all the important information is included. Player's name, number, position, height, weight, birthplace, birthdate, and CAREER stats. I cannot stress how important career stats are.
They brought the All World set back again, two per box...
It's Upper Deck's 20th Anniversary this year, and they're celebrating by putting in retro inserts in the style of their original 1990/91 hockey set. These fall at 6 per box....
My six? Well, no Hall or Eberle of course. I got Nick Johnson of the Penguins, Kyle Clifford of the Kings, Cody Almond of the Wild, Mr Bonino here, showing again why foil should be banned.
All in all I like the set. By far the best hockey release so far of 2010/11. With Upper Deck base, you know what you're going to get, and you get it. No surprises, no disappointments.
One box will give you 170/200 cards in the set with no duplicates, 6/50 Young Guns, and a few inserts. Key word 'few'.