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.
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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.

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: 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.

Card of the Week: 11-12 Upper Deck Victory # 47 Brent Seabrook

Brent Seabrook is a defenseman on the Chicago Blackhawks. Seabrook is a native of Richmond, BC, Canada. Seabrook had represented Canada in the olympic games in 2010. Seabrook also won the Stanley Cup that same year as a member of the Blackhawks. Seabrook and the ‘Hawks are currently the number one seed in the tournament. Brent Seabrook scored a pivotal and decisive game 7 goal between the Redwings and Blackhawks in round two. The Blackhawks and redwings went to overtime tied at one a piece. The ‘Hawks had a goal late in the period, but it was disallowed. The next goal scored would sent their team to in the Western Conference Finals. Seabrook found the puck near center ice and carried the puck into the offensive zone. Seabrook then released a wicked wrist shot that found its way behind Howard and into the net. The buzzer went off and the crowd was crazy! The ‘Hawks are now playing the defending Cup champs, the Los Angeles Kings.  Here is Brent Seabrook’s 11-12 Victory card:

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I did not just pick an ordinary Brent Seabrook card. The name “Victory” describes Seabrook’s actions in game 7. Therefore, that is why I picked Upper Deck’s Victory card to show. I like how this Upper Deck card is glossed and how “Victory” is written in the background.

Sweet Signatures: Andrew Ebbett and Wayne Simmonds 09-10 Upper Deck MVP One on One Dual Signatures #A-ES

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.

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Andrew Ebbett has a real slick signature with his number. You can make out his name on this card.

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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.