Monday, December 28, 2015

Opening a Christmas repack Part II

For Christmas, my wife picked up a 10-pack hockey re-pack box for my Christmas stocking. It contained a pair of 2009-2010 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day Canada packs; a 2012-2013 National Hockey Card Day Canada; three packs of 2012-13 Score; a 2014-15 Artifacts pack; a 2013-14 Panini Prizm pack; and a 2012-13 Upper Deck Series one pack and 32-card pack.
In my last post, I opened the three National Hockey Card Day packs. Today, I'm going to open the 2014-15 Artifacts pack and the 2013-14 Panini Prizm pack.
I've always enjoyed the Panini Prizm hockey cards. Unlike Panini's MLB counterparts, Panini at least has an agreement with the NHL, rather than the Player's Union, so they don't have to airbrush out the team logos on the sweaters. While Panini puts out some rather fine cards, their MLB cardboard is just a bit disappointing in that regard.
With crisp, player photos and a nice black background, these cards don't disappoint. In the four-card 2013-14 Panini Prizm pack I got a Danel Sedin (#187), Prizms Red Brent Seabrook (#128), Patrik Elias (#47) and a Brad Marchand (#5). I've always liked Seabrooks' defensive efforts. And since this is the 2013-14 series of Prizm, the Blackhawks haven't given him the "A" for his sweater yet.

While I also generally look forward to each year's issue of Artifacts, I found the 2014-15 version a bit wanting, at least as far as the layout goes. I don't like how they use a silver box to split the Art - facts title at the top. And while I know the backgrounds are supposed to resemble blade-scratched, game-used ice, I don't think it works real well. I also don't like the use of the box holding the name plate, position, jersey number and logo at the bottom, which fades out the lower portion of the player, often at about knee-level.

Of course, that's just my particular take on the cards. As for the cards themselves, I pulled a Jordan Eberle (#56), Ryan Kesler (#80), Milan Lucic (#68), Vincent Damphousse (#70), and a Team Canada-clad Dan Boyle (#82).

For next post, I'll be tackling the three packs of 2012-13 Score. 

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