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.
I got these cards 13-14 Panini Prizm cards in target value packs.
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Well, everything looked like a normal O-Pee-Chee box until…
1 O-Pee-Chee Souvenirs Jersey Card
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.
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?
09-10 MVP was produced by Upper Deck. 09-10 MVP was a set not known for their autographs. Recently, I pulled a magnificent card with not one, but two autographs on one card. Andrew Ebbett and Wayne Simmonds were the two players that I pulled. Andrew Ebbett’s signature was on the front and Wayne Simmonds’s signature was on the back of the card. Both autographs are on manufactured stickers. Andrew Ebbett is currently playing with the Vancouver Canucks. The 5’9 center has played with 5 NHL teams. Those teams were the Pheonix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks. Wayne Simmons is now playing with the Philadelphia Flyers. This card contains both Ebbett’s and Simmonds’s old teams. Wayne Simmonds has a more substantial NHL career than Ebbett. THe 6’2 right wing hsa played on two NHL teams (the Kings and Flyers). This card has pictured Wayne’s former team, the Los Angeles KIngs. Simmonds was part of the deal that sent Mike Richards to the Kings.
Andrew Ebbett has a real slick signature with his number. You can make out his name on this card.
On the back side of this card is Wayne Simmonds’s signature. Wayne’s signature is a little less intricate than Ebbett’s signature. Though it is still a great signature.
I really like that Upper Deck put two signatures on a single card. This makes this hit more special than other hits that contain one signature. I hope to see more of these dual signature cards by Upper Deck in their upcoming products.