Monday, January 18, 2016

Opening a Christmas Repack, Part IV

What a week. Besides completing a major National Guard exercise, looking through my past files, I realize I hadn't yet posted this particular article. It was supposed to follow Part III of my Christmas repack posts, but somehow it got overlooked.

Oh well, better late than never, I guess.

For Christmas, my wife picked me 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 first post, I opened the three National Hockey Card Day packs, in my second post, I opened the 2014-15 Artifacts pack and the 2013-14 Panini Prizm pack. in my third post, I opened the three packs of 2012-13 Score.  Today, It's the 2012-13 Upper Deck's turn.
Besides a nice autograph card, Upper Deck's Young Guns Rookie Cards would have to be near the top of the list of the cards I'd most like to find inside Upper Deck packs. These packs didn't totally disappoint, with RCs of then-Dallas Defenseman Brenden Dillon (#220), and Michael Hutchinson of the Bruins (#206). Getting a MVP Alexander Ovechkin (#47) card isn't too shabby, either.
Originally undrafted, Dillon signed on with the Dallas Stars in March 2011, until he was traded to the San Jose Sharks in November 2014 for D Jason Demers and a 2016 third-round pick. The 24-year old Dillon actually signed a five-year extension worth $3.27 million per season (including a $500,000 signing bonus) with the Sharks last June.
Hutchison, meanwhile, was the 77th pick in the 2008 draft. In July 2013, Hutchinson signed as a free agent with the Winnipeg Jets. As goalies tend to take longer to develop, he actually won his first NHL game,  a 2-1 shootout win against the team that originally drafted him, on April 10, 2014. G Ondrej Paavelec is currently on the Injured Reserve, so Hutchison and Connor Hellebuyck are splitting time in the crease for the Jets.        

Being a Blackhawks and Wild fan, it's always a bonus to find cards of your favorite teams, even though they may no longer be with that particular team. Still, I was more than happy to find Matt Cullen (#86) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard (#88) from Minnesota, and the Blackhawks' Marcos Kruger (#40). Cullen is no longer with the Wild and is now wearing a Nashville Predators sweater and Bouchard is now playing with EV Zug, of Zug Switzerland. Kruger, of course, is still up with the Blackhawks.
And when it comes to classic goalies, you can't go wrong with Martin Brodeur (#104), even though it comes near the end of his career.
The other cards I pulled were Saku Koivu (#1), Zdeno Chara (#8), Ville Leino (#16), Alex Tanguay (#23), Jarome Iginla (#27), Joni Pitkanen (#32), RJ Umberger (#47), Nikita Nikitin (#51), Brenden Morrow (#56), Niklas Kronwall (#64), Ales Hemsky (#71), Jose Theordore (#75), Jeff Carter (#80), Louis Leblanc (#95), Patric Hornqvist (#99), Patrik Elais (#110), Kyle Okposo (#112); Brtian Boyle (#123), Brayden Schenn (#134), Daniel Briere (#136), Marc-Andre Fleury (#147), Chris Kunitz (#149), Martin Havlat (#158), Brian Elliott (#166), Mathieu Garon (#171), Dion Phaneuf (#175), Ryan Kesler (#182), Brooks Laich (#190), and Alexander Burmistrov (#197).
Of course, most all of the cards on this and the previous three blogs are up for trade if anyone's interested in them.

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