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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13-14 UD Artifacts Christmas Box Break

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I decided to bust open a box of 13-14 Upper Deck Artifacts for Christmas. Here are my results:
 Rookies
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I pulled two decent rookies. Scott Laughton and Jonas Brodin (each numbered /999) were my two rookie cards in my box.
Inserts
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I received four various inserts. I pulled a sapphire parallel of Gabriel Landeskog . As well as a goalie short print of Jimmy Howard and a Team Canada insert of Brett Connolly. Finally, I also was able to pull a rookie redemption of the New Jersey Devils. As a Devils fan, I will be very happy to receive a rookie card of one of the newest Devils! I am presuming it will be Eric Gelinas. I was very content with the insert cards I pulled.
Jersey Cards
The jersey cards in this product are phenomenal. Being a Devils fan, I could not be more happier than receiving two cards for my PC. I got a Frozen Artifacts of Adam Larsson, a base dual jersey of Adam Henrique, and a Tundra Trios of Paul Stastny, Jean Sebastien Giguere
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The Big Hit – 
I was lucky to pull an unbelievable card from this box. Can you guess what it is with these clues:
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Ladies and gentleman I present you….
13-14 Artifacts Emerald Jersey Patch Autograph 6/8 Quinton Howden
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I was very happy with this pull and the box in total!!!
In the future, I might pick-up another box of this wonderful product. I totally recommend to get this product. The base cards are also a nice addition to this product. I am trying to build the entire base set.
I would give this product a rating a 10 out of 10.

Recent Pickups

Over the last few months, I was able to pickup a couple new cards to my Devils PC as well as obtain other new cards too.

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I got these cards 13-14 Panini Prizm cards in target value packs.

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I added to my Devils PC by buying 3 new Stefan Matteau cards. I got his 13-14 Score RC, 13-14 Trilogy Rookie Premieres Autograph 108/699, and his 13-14 Artifacts Rookie Card. I pulled the 13-14 Score Signatures card of Denis Savard in a 13-14 Score Jumbo Pack, and the Prizm RC was obtained through a pack of Prizm. I received the 3 Upper Deck jersey cards through a box of 12-13 Upper Deck Series 1. I got UD Game Jerseys of Jeff Carter, Josh Bailey (patch 7/15), and Victor Hedman.

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.

You lose one you win one – New Jersey’s offseason

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When the Devils entered Free Agency on July 5, they had one main goal they needed to accomplish. The Devils made a big move on the draft day by dealing their 1 round pick to Vancouver for goaltender Cory Schneider. Schneider will answer the question the Devils were looking for: “Who will be in net after Broduer retires? New Jersey needed to sign forward David Clarkson. Clarkson, a Toronto native, spent his entire NHL career with the NJ Devils. Clarkson left the Devils to join his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils were disappointed by the loss. Though, they filled the hole left by Clarkson by adding Rostislav Olesz, Ryane Clowe, and former 35 goal scorer Michael Ryder. Clowe will help the Devils with their toughness. Ryder really help the Devils because he can score goals. Though, when everything was going “Ok” for New Jersey, Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk has decided to leave the NHL and play for Russia. Two of the best goal scorers on your team gone in a matter of days. How do the Devils replace their best player and quarterback of the power play? With most of the free agents already signed is there even a possibly that the Devils can replace him. Well, Lou Lamoriello and the Devils have managed to find a player who been capable of putting the same numbers up as Kovalchuk. Jaromir Jagr has joined the NJ Devils. Jagr, scored 16 goals in the shortened season during the regular season with Dallas and Boston. Though, in the postseason, he did not produce and his team lost the Stanley Cup finals. Jagr is renowned for his leadership in the dressing room. He can help the Devils youngsters to progress into rising stars. This is exactly what the Devils needed. They can build their prospects into great players with the help from Jagr. Though, will Lou make another move. Damien Brunner was expected to be a Devil according to several reports. Mason Raymond was also thought to be an option for Lou and the Devils. Currently, the Devils are still looking. Though, with the addition of Jagr, I believe the Devils has evened their offseason additions with their subtractions. What do you think?

2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees: Brenden Shanahan receives the Hall Call

Brenden Shanahan

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Brendan Shanahan was drafted by the Devils 2nd overall in the 1987 NHL draft. Shanahan was developing himself into an elite scorer in his first stint as a Devil. Though, early into his career, he was traded to the St.Louis Blues for Scott Stevens.  Shanahan’s career gradually got better in St.Louis. Brendan posted two 50 goal seasons and was named to his first All-Star game. Shanahan then enjoyed a one season stint with the Hartford Whalers. Shanahan was then involved in a blockbuster trade sending him along with Brian Flynn, to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Paul Coffey, Keith Primeau, and a first round draft pick. During the 96-97 season, Shanhan was named to his All-Star and won his 1st Stanley Cup. Shanahan continued his success winning two more Cups as a Redwing. Brenden then went on to play for the New York Rangers.  Shanahan scored his 600th goal in New York. Shanahan’s career went downhill the season later producing low numbers. The New Jersey Devils then signed Brenden for his second stint as a Devil. Shanahan played for two more seasons  before parting ways with New Jersey. Brenden Shanhan is now part of the league serving as the NHL’s Vice President of Hockey and Business Development. He now bans players that do not behave on the ice. Brenden Shanahan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013

*Other 2013 H.H.O.F. inductees include Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney.

2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees: Scott Niedermayer receives the Hall Call

Scott Niedermayer

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Scott was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 1991 NHL draft. Scott brought a skill to the Devils defense. Not only he can he shut down defense of the opponents, but he could also score goals. Niedermayer is most notably known for his goal against the Redwings in the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals. Niedermayer carried the puck down the ice and scored the game winning goal in game 2. Niedermayer eventually captured his 1st Cup two games later. Niedermayer was the backbone of the defense in the 1990’s for the Devils. Winning Stanley Cups in 2000 and 2003 for New Jersey. Niedermayer won the Norris trophy as the best defenseman in the 03-04 season with New Jersey. Scott then continued his career in Anaheim. He would win the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also won the Conn Smythe trophy as MVP of the playoffs. Niedermayer won the Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver. Scott would then retire that season with the Ducks. The New Jersey Devils have retired his jersey No.27.

*This is part 2/3. Stay tuned for part 3 in the coming days.