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Friday, February 21, 2014

2013-14 SP Game Used Edition Box Break

After waiting a few weeks for it to show up at my LCS, I finally got my hands on a hobby box of 2013-14 Upper Deck SP Game Used Edition. I busted open a box of the stuff last year, with some amazing results, so I figured I'd try my hand at this year's offering. Each box contains five packs of five cards each, with one autograph or memorabilia card in every pack. Also this year, as in every other product, you get the double rookie class, which gives the rookie content that extra bit of extra top-tier talent.

Here's a video of the break, with scans to follow:


My lone Penguins base card was of Paul Coffey. The Hockey Hall-of-Famer only played a season and a half with Pittsburgh, but won a Stanley Cup with the team in 1991, to go with the three he had already won while with the Edmonton Oilers.



My one dual jersey card if of Boston Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Ray Bourque. Next to Bobby Orr, Bourque is considered to be the second greatest defenseman in franchise history, and Chara is right up there with him. I do like with this card that even apart from the same team that they went with a theme for matching the two players up. It also helps that they are two top-notch players. That's always nice.


I ended up with three Rookie Fabrics cards, the first one being of Anaheim Ducks goaltender Victor Fasth. The rookie goaltender played split time with Jonas Hiller during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, getting the Ducks off to a great start with a 8-0-0 record. He finished the season 15-6-2, and now is serving as Hiller's backup for the 2013-14 season.


My second Rookie Fabrics card was of Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton. He was selected ninth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, with a pick acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel Trade. In return for Kessel, Toronto sent a 1st round pick in 2011 (Hamilton), a 1st round pick in 2010 (Tyler Seguin), and a 2nd round pick in 2010 (Jared Knight). Hamilton made his NHL debut in 2012-13, playing the full lockout-shortened season in the NHL.


My third Rookie Fabrics card is of Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek, and it is a bit different. This one is a gold parallel, numbered 28/34, to match his jersey number. A fifth round draft pick (141st overall) in 2010, Mrazek made his NHL debut during the 2012-13 season. He only played in three games, but did pretty well, posting a 2-1-0 record with a 2.02 GAA and .922 save ptg.


My final hit of the box was a big one. A couple of years ago, I pulled an autographed jersey card of Neely from 2011-12 Limited, but soon after, I ended up posting it on Ebay, getting a lot less in return that I wanted, and have regretted that one more than any other card I have posted. So, that being said, I was very happy to be able to add a Neely autograph to my collection. Even apart from that, any time you can add an autograph of an NHL Hall-of-Famer to your collection, that's a good thing.


With my second box of SP Game Used being opened, I'm 2-for-2 on pulling at least one major hit. As far as I'm concerned, this is a product that is absolutely worth a look for anyone wanting to take a chance on a box of hockey cards.

4 comments:

  1. do you have an email? i'd like to contact you about some of ur set needs. specifically 2013 archives. i have about 16 of your wants. thanks

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  2. I bought a single pack of this. Rookie jersey of Charlie Coyle from the Wild.

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