Here's a look at the second box of 2012-13 Black Diamond that I opened. When I posted about box #1, which was LOADED with rare extras, I wondered to myself if that was the exception or the rule. As I found out with box #2, it was the exception.
There were no Stanley Cup Rings, no Hardware Heroes, and no super-rare parallels, but I did get better players for my two guaranteed dual-jersey cards with Nicklas Lidstrom and Claude Giroux. However, with these two, as with the ones from my first box, we see two swatches of the exact same color, which is one of my biggest memorabilia card pet peeves, second only to one-color patches. At least the Giroux swatches are a different color than the white pieces on the other three.
I wrote some descriptions of the set in yesterday's post, so I won't re-hash all of the details. Instead, I'll just give a quick rundown of the rest of the box:
Ruby Parallels: Ron Hextall 12/100 and Tomas Fleischmann 62/100
Quad Diamond: Bobby Orr and Jakob Silfverberg
Triple Diamond: Bobby Hull, Ron Francis, Mike Gartner, Mat Clark, Aaron Ness, and Ryan Garbutt
Dual Diamond: Marc-Andre Fleury, Paul Coffey, Anze Kopitar, Gilbert Perreault, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask
Upper Deck Ice bonus pack: Ryan Miller, Dany Heatley, John Tavares, Daniel Sedin, and Jason Zucker Ice Premieres 278/999
That's it for box #2. It's amazing how my opinion of the product would have been greatly affected, had I just bought one box. I could have either gotten box #1 and thought that this was simply a loaded product and one of the best I have opened this year, or I could have just gotten box #2, and thought that this product was a waste of my money, and never touched Black Diamond again. I guess this product, like all others, is simply a crapshoot. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose, and that's really all there is to it.