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.
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.