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.

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.

2011 Upper Deck Parkhurst Champions Box Break

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Recently, I got a box of 2011 Parkhust Champions. I really like this product because this is a set devoted to legendary hockey players who played decades ago. Everybody in this set is retired. When this set released in 2011, I had three reasons why I liked it. I liked the look of the base cards. I also enjoyed the fact that this product is different from the other sets that contain current players. What I really like is Upper Deck modernized the look of old players on hockey cards. When this players skated throughout the 20th century, hockey cards were made of cardboard. There was no gloss on these cards. The look of old hockey cards is very old school. That is one reason why I dislike old products such as Bowman and Score. The look of Parkhust Champions brings a fresh look to hockey cards that feature old players. Here are the contents of my Parkhurst Champions break
68 base cards
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The base cards are my favorite part of Parkhurst Champions. These cards are glossed. There are 100 base cards in this set. The green look and colored photos is a nice
Combination.
20 Champ’s Minis
I got 20 Champ’s “mini” cards. Each photo on the card looks like a painting. I got 17 black back minis. The black ink on the back of the mini card is the standard for Champ’s minis.
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3 Champ’s Minis Green back
On the back of these Champ’s Minis, there are green ink instead of the black ink. I got green Champ’s Minis parallels of Johnny Bucyk, Mark Messier, and Rogie Vachon. Here is a side by side comparison of the black and green ink parallels.
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3 Renditions 
What I noticed about both the Renditions and the Minis subsets, is that both look like they are painted. I got Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky, and Eric Lindros
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1 Black and White Renditions
These are harder to pull then the regular rendtions cards. There is a Black border around this rendtion compared to the other regular renditons. The black and white renditions I got was of Jean Beliveau.
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4 Wire Photos Single Player Cards
Wire photos capture a moment from hockey history and give it a retro look. Each wire photo is glossed with no color. Also, there is a short biography of what the player is doing in the picture. These cards remind me of black and white newspapers. The wire photos I got were of Larry Robinson, Marcel Dionne, Gordie Howe, and Johnny Bower.
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2 Multi-Player Wire Photo Cards
These wire photo cards contain two players on one card. The odds of pulling one of these cards is 1:20 packs. I got Brett Hull, and Dominek Hasek on one card. The other multi-player wire photo card had Denis Potvin and Mark Messier. This multi-player wire photo of Hull/Hasek has the 1999 Stanley Cup clinching goal.
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2 Autograph cards
The odds of pulling an autograph card is 1:20 packs. Each box should contain 1-2 autographs. All of the autographs in Parkhurst Champions are all hard-signed. Meaning that there are no manufactured sticker autographs. I got 1 base card autograph card of Darryl Sutter. Sutter is currently the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. The other autograph I got was on a Champ’s Mini card of Borje Salming. The back of the card is in black ink. I have seen red ink short print autographs on these mini champs cards too.
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Darryl Sutter
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Borje Salming
Overall, I really enjoyed this box. I would definately consider picking up another box.
Big Thanks to Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin, who provided the box for this break.

2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees: Chris Chelios receives the Hall call

Playing sports, is a very difficult thing to do. No matter which sport one might play, it is very difficult. Athletes, no matter which sport they play, have one dream that they would like to accomplish. To achieve the goal of being inducted the Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame recognizes the best players from that sport. These players are no ordinary players. These players are players who have devoted their life to the sport. In hockey, the Hall of Fame has been going on for about a century. Recognizing players from different eras. Most notably, though, is the fact that these players have committed themselves to the sport of hockey on the ice and off the ice. To me, that is the biggest difference in  the Hockey Hall of Fame. These players play with all there heart and do not take anything for granted. Not only do the players on the ice get inducted, but the people behind the work can also get inducted. Such as coaches and staff. Another honorable mention is when a female player gets inducted. That is a very hard thing to do considering the talent that male players have. So being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a very hard, yet great, thing to achieve. Let’s take a look at this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees:

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Chris Chelios (1/3)

Chris is a very special person. Only him and Gordie Howe have been able to lace ‘em up after the age 45. Chelios, was part of the Montreal Canadiens organization to start off his career. Chelios won his first stanley cup in 1986 with the Habs. Chris then pursued his talent with the Chicago Blackhawks. Chelios won his third Norris trophy in his stint with the ‘Hawks. He then went on the play for the Detroit Red Wings. Capturing the Stanley Cup two times in Detroit. Chelios continued to play with the Wings until he was 46, winning yet another Cup. In the AHL, Chelios enjoyed his time with the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Chicago Wolves (Atlanta). The Thrashers then brought up Chelios to play 7 games. Chris Chelios then retired at the age of 47

* This is Part 1/3. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 in the next few days.

2 pack break of 12-13 Panini Certified

Recently, I picked up two packs of 12-13 Panini Certified hockey. Certified is a high end product from Panini. In a 10 pack box there is an average of 4 hits per box. The odds are, every 5 pack you buy, there should be an average of two hits. I have already opened many packs of this year’s Certified. Finding hits of both Colby Robak and Jimmy Hayes. This time around, I was hoping to have luck and maybe add other hit to my collection. Here are the results of my two packs of 12-13 Certified

 

Pack 1:

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Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, Marian Gaborik, Brad Marchand, and Martin St.Louis

Pack 2:

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Steven Stamkos, Nazem Kadri, Robert Mayer Freshman Signatures 165/999, James Reimer, Dustin Byfuglien

 

In my two packs lf Certified, I was able to find another hit. Robert Mayer is currently part of the Montreal Canadiens organization. Though, with the new addidtion of Zachary Fucale, Mayer might not see as much NHL action as he would like to see. All in all, I was very happy with these two packs of 12-13 Panini Certified.

Stanley Cup Playoffs (Part 2): The Unexpected

Both #2 seeded teams are eliminated

The Anahiem Ducks and the Montreal Canadiens were on the losing side of their handshakes in the 2013 playoffs. The #2 seeded Ducks lost in 7 games to the Detroit Redwings (7). The Montreal Canadiens (#2) lost to the Ottawa Senators (#7) in 5 games. Both the Canadiens and Ducks had an outstanding regular season. They had high hopes going into the playoffs, but both were eliminated during the quarterfinals.

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17 playoff games went to overtime

17 playoff games went to overtime. Playoff hockey is sometimes very nerve racking. There are usually around 10 games that go to overtime in the quarterfinals. Though, all 17 overtime games ended in the first overtime period. 3 of the 8 series in the quarterfinals ended in overtime. Sharks, Penguins and Bruins all clinched their series in overtime.

The Capitals and Alex Ovechkin did not produce 

Alexander Ovechkin led the regular season with 32 goals.  The Washington Capitals under head coach Adam Oates were confident that they could contend for the cup. In their first round match-up vs. the New York Rangers, the Caps found trouble late in the series. Alex Ovechkin scored his lone goal in the first game of the series. They led all throughout the series until the seventh game. On home ice, in game 7, the Capitals were eliminated by a score of 5-0.

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