13-14 Panini Titanium Box Break (Part 1)

 I am here with a story to tell before I get onto the box. A few weeks ago, Panini announced an autograph signing of Adam Henrique:
I decided to attend the signing today in Howell, New Jersey. I met Adam and I had a great time talking to him. He signed a couple of base cards I had sitting around my desk. It was a great event and it was a pleasure to meet him. Not too long after that, the store was holding a raffle. The raffle prize was two hobby boxes of 13-14 Panini Titanium. I decided to enter and I waited until the held the raffle. They were announcing the names and I was waiting for the ticket. They read the numbers and it turns out. I WON!!! I was very happy at the moment and received many Congratulations. I thanked the Panini representative and the store owner. As soon as I got home, I opened the box. I was not expecting anything big, but I was wrong. Here are the results of my break. But first, here are is Henrique card I got signed:
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Now onto the box – The hits
  1. Game Worn Gear Craig Smith
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  1. Game Worn Gear Marty McSorely
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  1. Metallic Marks Bronze Joe Finley
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And now for two great hits:
For the Boston Bruins, Captain, Olympian, Zdeno Chara:
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Game Worn Gear Jersey Auto /50
Now I thought that was the hit of the box and I was probably getting a jersey of some sort in the last pack. Nope, I got one of the nicest cards in the product…
Montreal…
Canadiens…
Home Sweaters….
15/25…..
Autograph…..
Dual Patches……
ALEX….
GALENCHENYUK…..
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BOOM!
A great hit to end of a single box. I was very happy with this pull.
I will bust the second box next week some time….
Everything is For Sale / For Trade.
Thank You for looking and comments are always appreciated.
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11-12 O-Pee-Chee Box Break

Not too long ago, I received a box of 11-12 O-Pee-Chee hockey. The brand, O-Pee-Chee, is produced by Upper Deck but originated from Frank Leclair. There were 36 cards per box and 6 cards per pack. So there were a vast amount of cards that I got. Let’s see how I did:

127 base cards (6 cards per pack)

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At 6 cards per pack, I found a ton of base cards. In O-Pee-Chee, I roughly averaged about two inserts (includes retro variations) and four base cards per pack. The design of the base cards are a change from previous years of O-Pee-Chee. There is a contemperary look with the blue border surrounding the cards.

 37 Retro variations 1:1

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Retro Variations come in every pack. They have a nice plain look with different colors on different cards. I got 37 of these because one of the packs had two of them in it. Here are some of my favorite Retro Variations I pulled:

2 Team Leaders – OPC Inserts 1:4

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These cards feature a team’s stats with their best players (in that particular category) on each card. I got “team leader’s” cards of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the San Jose Sharks.

1 League Leaders – OPC Inserts 1:4

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Like the team leasers cards, the league leaders card features the league and the best player’s stats (particular category). On this card, I received the league leaders in the hitting department. Cal Clutterbuck, Tuomo Ruutu, and Dustin Brown are all pictured on this card.

1 Trophy Winners – OPC Inserts 1:4

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These cards feature a player that won an NHL award during the 10-11 season. Martin St.Louis was the winner of the Lady Byng trophy in the 2010-2011 NHL season.

4 Beard Variation Cards

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These cards are variations of the base cards. They have the payer pictured during the playoffs. During the playoffs, most players son’t shave and leave their beards on their faces. This is a subset devoted to that. I got beard variations of J.P Dumont (pictured in Sabres uniform), Eric Staal, Cam Ward, Joe Pavelski

8 Marquee Rookie Cards – 1:2 Rookies/Legends

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This is the rookie card subset in 11-12 O-Pee-Chee hockey. I got marquee rookie cards of Alex Stalock, Romin Wick, Yann Sauve, Carson McMillan, Carl Klingberg, Andre Benoit, Launce Bouma, and Justin Dibenedetto.

4 OPC Update Rookie cards– 1:12

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Mattias Tedenby, Eric Wellwood, Evgeny Grachev, Matt Hacket.

These are update rookies from 10-11 OPC. They have a white background and say 10-11 O-Pee-Chee on the back.

1 OPC Update Retro Variation Rookie Cards- 1:36

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These are a retro form of the 10-11 O-Pee-Chee update cards. I got 1 of the 10-11 O-Pee-Chee retro variation rookie cards. I pulled former Red Wing rookie Cory Emmerton.

10 O-Pee-Chee Marquee Legends – 1:2 Rookies/Legends

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This a subset devoted just to the legends of hockey. Every two packs you open, you will either find a legend or rookie card. I got 18 legends/rookies. The 1:2 ratio was very accurate because I got 18 legends/rookies in 36 packs.  I also got 2 foil legends cards as well. One regular and one black bordered foil.

9 Regular Foil Variation Cards

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I got 9 foil regular cards. These cards have foil and gloss all over the card. I really like these inserts. These cards are not serial numbered. I got Chris Butler, Max Pacioretty, Matt Greene, Al Montoya, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wandell, Sami Salo, Darroll Powe, Mark Messier (legends).

5 Black Bordered Foil Varation Cards

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Like the regular foil cards, these cards have gloss and foil all over it. Though, these cards are serial numbered unlike the regular foil cards. I got Erik Johnson, Andy Bathgate (legends), R.J Umberger, Derek Stepan, and Trevor Daley.

Here is a picture of the back of a black border foil card. Notice the 41/100 numbering.

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Well, everything looked like a normal O-Pee-Chee box until…

BOOM!

1 O-Pee-Chee Souvenirs Jersey Card

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Really nice card here. Especially with the four-way jersey card instead of a standard jersey card. In addition to that, I also got the 2013 Stanley Cup Finalists the Boston Bruins. With four of their top players. I got Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask, and Tim Thomas.

Overall, I really like the 11-12 O-Pee-Chee product. There are a good amount of hockey cards and inserts.

Big Thanks to Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin for providing me with the box for the break.

The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions

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30 seconds can change the course of history. The 17 seconds can decide the fate of the Stanley Cup. For the Chicago Blackhawks, 17 seconds was just that. With goaltender off for the extra attacker the Bruins looked like they were taking this series back to Chicago. That changed when Duncan Keith chipped a puck to ‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. Toews then found Bryan Bickell, who put the puck in to inch the Blackhawks within one goal. Bryan Bickell has scored his 9th of the postseason. Bickell scored 9 goals in the entire regular season. He was an unsung hero for Chicago throughout the postseason. Everything seemed right for a fourth game that will go into overtime. Coach Joel Quennevillle put the Blackhawks thrid line and energy line on the ice.  17 seconds after Bickell’s goal comes yet antoher goal. A shot was fired from the point and hit the post. In all that Chaos, Dave Bolland was there at the right time to tap in the rebound the to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead with less than a minute to go in the game. Now the Bruins had the goalie pulled. This time  there were out of luck. The ‘Hawks clinched the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years. The Bruins had been stunned by those 17 seconds. 17 seconds is what decided the outcome of the 2013 Stanley Cup. 17 seconds was the fate of two teams who put in hundreds and hundreds of hours of work. In two blinks of the eye, the Stanley Cup was decided.

Captain Jonathan Toews holding the Stanley Cup

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The Conn Symthe Winner is…

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Patrick Kane

In all of 17 seconds of hockey, history can be changed.

Stanley Cup Finals Game 6: Will Chicago Win?

Tonight (6/24/13) is game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. After a 3-1 defeat in Chicago, the Boston Bruins now look to extend the series to 7 games on their home ice tonight. The Bruins will face a “do or die” situation against the ‘Hawks tonight. This is not the first time the Bruins find themselves in a must win situation. The Boston Bruins were one goal away from either going home or advancing in the postseason. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins were tied in overtime in game 7. The Bruins prevailed., while the Leafs went home. If the Bruins manage to force a seventh game, it would be on Chicago ice. If Chicago can win this one game tonight, they would be crowned champions for the second time in four years. Though, both teams have star players that are questionable for tonight’s game 6. Jonathan Toews was a victim of a Johnny Boychuk hit in game 5. Toews was not sure if he would be ready to go for game 6. Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins was hurt during a second period shift in game 5. Bergeron played 2 shifts and all of 49 seconds in the second period. Bergeron was seen leaving the game in an ambulance shortly after the second period was over. Patrice made the trip back to Boston following the game. He is currently listed as ‘Day to Day.” If Bergeron is not ready fro game 6, Bruins coach Claude Julien has two replacements ready to go. Jordan Caron and veteran Jay Pandolfo can fill in the void Bergeron would leave behind if he was unable to play tonight. Tuuka Rask and Corey Crawford have been good for their teams. Though, it comes down to tonight as both goalies will face situations that they have never faced before. Rask has never been facing elimination when playing for the cup. Crawford has never had a game that could clinch the Stanley Cup. If Chicago would go on to take the Stanley Cup tonight, the Conn Symthe trophy could also be handed out to the MVP of the postseason. The questions that all hockey fans have around the world could be answered tonight. I look forward to the intense game. All I can say is “good luck to both Boston and Chicago,” as the Stanley Cup could be handed out tonight.

Stanley Cup Finals: How Boston could win the Stanley Cup

The Boston Bruins are the Eastern Conference Champs after their tragic event that happened in their city. At the Boston marathon, the city was left devastated after a bombing. The people of Boston, and the Bruins,  were trying to recover. The Bruins did just that. The Bruins took the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the first round, they had a rough series ending against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After leading the Leafs 3-1 in the series, the momentum quickly shifted to Toronto. The Leafs took the next two games to force game 7. The Bruins at home were down 4-1 in the third period. With just 1:30 to go in the third the Bruins score two goals to tie the game. What I liked about that play was Claude Julien, the Bruins head coach, used Zdeno Chara’s 6’9 size in front of the net. Chara screened the Maple Leaf’s goaltender James Reimer on the tying goal. Reimer had no chance and was stunned by the shot that was from the point. Patrice Bergeron, a forward, took Chara’s normal point and scored the goal. The game 7 went to overtime and Patrice Bergeron scored the series clinching goal in the 1st overtime to give the Bruins the series. If the Maple Leafs just held on to that lead, history would have been changed! There are three reasons why I think the Bruins can win.

 1. The Bruins have a solid defense that can play in both ends of the rink 

The Boston Bruins have one of the strongest defenses in the league. They have rolled all three denfensive units throughout the playoffs. In the Bruins second round matchup against the New York Rangers, there was an unsung hero emerged to be a Bruins defensive threat. Torey Krug, a rookie, scored 4 goals in his first 5 NHL games. He has been an offensive threat throughout this postseason. Johnny Boychuk, another Bruins defenseman, has scored 6 goals up to the game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid have also been helpful on the back end. Adam McQuaid had the series clinching goal in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals that sent the Bruins to the Stnaley Cup. The Boston Bruins had swept the Pittsburgh Penguins to reach the Final. The Bruins top defensive unit, Denis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara have been their main reason why they have shut down their opponents. Chara’s size and Seidenberg’s nifty play is a threat to their opposing forwards. It is also why Tuuka Rask, the Bruins goalie, has been nothing short of brilliant.

2. The Boston Bruins can roll all four lines

The Bruins have found scoring in the playoffs to be easy. Wether it is from their top unit, or fourth line, they have found scoring. In the first couple of rounds, David Krejci, has lead the Bruins in on the score sheet. Krejci has scored 9 goals up to the Stanley Cup Finals. Milan Lucic, has rebounded from a relatively bad regular season. Patrice Bergeron has been clutch helping the Bruins in pivotal moments. Brad Marchand, a witty Boston forward, has used his speed to help with the scoring of the Bruins. On the bottom two lines, there has also been scoring. Gregory Campbell, a tremendous blocker, broke his right fibula in game 4 of the Eastern Coference Finals. Campbell has been a fan-favorite in Boston and occasionally scoring goaks by driving to the net. Shawm Thornton’s physicall presence fits perfectly in tje Bruins style of play. Thornton, has been to the Stanley Cup twice, winning both times. Chris Kelly has been a huge help chipping in goals when needed. The biggest suprise is the play by Daniel Paille. Paille has been great. He got the game winning goal in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in overtime. Paille got the Bruins even with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins have continued to score because of their versatile roster.

3. A Star Goaltender and Experience 

Tuuka Rask has been nothing short of outstanding in the Bruin’s crease. After his second round victory over the Rangers, Rask will have to face the 1 seed in the East, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins had Jarome Igilna, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin,  Brenden Morrow and other great goal scorers. Tuuka Rask had two shutouts against the top team. Rask only let up two goals. The Conn Symthe trophy, awarded to the playoff’s most valuable player, has been a trophy that Rask has been favorite for winning. Rask is now tied with the ‘Hawks 2-2 in the series.  The Boston Bruins had already won the Stanley Cup in 2011. Two years later, the Bruins find themselves in a similar position. 16 players have already one the Stanley Cup with the Bruins. 16 players know how this pressure feels being in the Stanley Cup Finals. This time, Tuuka Rask is not on the bench but in the crease instead. The Bruins experience is a key factor to their postseason run.

Card of the Week: 12-13 Panini Score Hot Rookies #531 Torey Krug

Throughout the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, there has been superstars and rookies scoring goals for their team. For the Boston Bruins, it has been just that. The Bruins have a surplus of offense up-front. David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand are all part of the Bruins offensive artillery. With the addition of Jaromir Jagr in a trade, the Bruins had enough scoring. On defense, they were lead by Zdeno Chara and  Denis Seidenberg. The Bruins managed to overcome the Maple Leafs in round one. In the second round alone, a rookie defenseman scored four goals. That defenseman is Torey Krug. Krug has 4 goals in his first 5 playoff games of his career. He also started off the scoring in game 5 for the B’s. Krug has a couple of rookie cards manufactured. Including Panini’s 12-13 score hot rookies shown below:

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I like how Panini made this card. This is a big improvement from 11-12 score hot rookies. 12-13 Score features a player on the ice and in action. On the left side “hot rookies” is written. Panini could not feature the prospects from the 2012 draft due to the lockout. Therefore, you would not see Nail Yakupov or other members from the 2012 draft. Their most notable rookie is Chris Kreider, whose card is classified as a short print. Though, Panini did the best they could trying to manufacture the rookie cards. They definitely did the right move by making a Torey Krug hot rookie card.