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. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

A very Merry Christmas hockey repack

 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday with their family and friends. I know I did.
 
For Christmas, my wife picked me up a 10-pack hockey re-pack box for my Christmas stocking. Since I haven't posted on this blog for awhile, I figured this would be as good a time as any to attempt to resurrect my "Hockey Card Geek" blog.
 
 
 
 
I can't say I was unhappy with the selection of the 10-packs inserted into this repack box. First off, there was 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.
 
I am going to spread opening these packs over a period of a few days, though. I will begin with the Canadian Hockey Day packs. Of course, we have our own version here in the states, but I've always enjoyed these Canadian cards. Unfortunately, they've always been hard to come across here south of the border.
 
The first pack of the 2009-10 cards included a Jonathan Toews (#HCD12), Matt Duchene (#HCD2), Vincent Cavalier (#HCD7) and a Mike Richards (#HCD9). Being a Blackhawk and Wild fan, I'll take a Toews card any opportunity I can.

The second  pack included a Martin Brodeur (#HCD8), Wayne Gretzky (#HCD14), Evander Kane (#HCD4), Rick Nash (#HCD10), and a Jarome Iginla (#HCD11). Actually, I like the layout of these cards, with the Canada, Rookies and Heroes titles laid vertically across the card. The sepia-toned backgrounds tend to make these pretty interesting, as well.

The 2012-13 National Hockey Card Day pack featured a Sidney Crosby (#NHCD6), Casey Cizkas (#NHCD5), Mark Stone (#NHCD4), Mario Lemieux (#NHCD14), and a Martin Brodeur (#NHCD10). Again, I love me these Canadian cards.

For my next column, I'll be opening the 2014-15 Artifacts pack and 2013-14 Panini Prizm pack.