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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

11-12 Certified Box Break and Review

I know that Certified always has some great looking base cards, but I was wondering to myself, "What else can I find in there?" Each box has 10 packs of 5 cards, with a guarantee of four hits per box. At $11 per pack, I didn't want to risk going bust, so I got myself a full box. Here's a pack-by-pack breakdown of what I got.

Pack 1:  Eric Staal, Cam Fowler, Mike Green, Shane Doan, David Backes, Bobby Butler Fabric of the Game Jersey (Number Variation) 11/25

Pack 2: Bobby Ryan, Temu Selanne, Drew Stafford, Curtis Glencross, Joe Sakic Eternals

Pack 3: Alex Ovechkin, Dany Heatley Corey Perry, Brandon Sutter Dwayne Roloson, Greg Nemisz Rookie Auto Jersey 33/499

Pack 4: Dustin Byfuglien, Tyler Seguin, Cal Clutterbuck, Brad Marchand, Ray Bourque 335/500

Pack 5:Paul Bissonette, Michal Neuvirth, Erik Johnson, Ales Hemsky, Derek Roy

Pack 6: Daniel Sedin, Niklas Backstrom, Danny Briere, Jamie Benn, Kyle Okposo, Claude Giroux Mirror Red Dual Jersey 120/150

Pack 7: Steven Stamkos, Craig Anderson, Brenden Morrow, Brandon Dubinsky, Sam Gagner, Paul Stastny Mirror Blue Jersey 14/99

Pack 8: Jordan Staal, Jarome Iginla, Brad Richards, Joe Pavelski, Ilya Bryzgalov Masked Marvels

Pack 9: Martin Brodeur, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Toews, Ryan Kesler, Tomas Kubalik Freshman Signatures Auto

Pack 10: Martin St. Louis, Claude Giroux, Pekka Rinne, Tomas Plekanec, Jeff Skinner Mirror Red 195/199

So there ya go. Nothing earth shattering, but these are some nice looking cards. The bonus seems to be that instead of doing what most companies do, which is something like "9 cards per pack. Packs with a relic contain 8 cards," the relic is actually an extra card. To prevent pack searching, Panini inserted the thick cardboard decoy along with the five cards. In packs with the relic, that card simply replaces the decoy. A nice touch.

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