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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2014-15 ITG Leaf Metal Box Break

I'm really not a prospector when it comes to my hockey card collecting, but I decided to roll the dice on a box of 2014-15 Leaf Metal. The product is an all-autograph set, and primarily features players from the CHL, including the NHL's next big rookie, Connor McDavid, who is projected to go No. 1 overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. There are also a few autographs from current and retired NHL stars as well, and most five-card boxes seem to have a collation of 4 CHLers and one NHLer.

There are also plenty of parallels, but each one is pretty rare, as the highest numbered parallel is /25. Depending on where you live, there are USA and Canada Editions, with each having a parallel with a background representing that country.

Here are the cards that I pulled.

Ryan Kubic Base

Anthony Beauvillier Blue 12/25

Brendan Guhle Purple 3/15

Jeremy Roy Star is Born Die-Cut 14/25

Ray Bourque Canadian Pride Blue 3/10

Of course, the star of this box was the autographed Ray Bourque, numbered just to 10!!! Still, the others were pretty decent, too. Of the prospects, Beauvillier seems to have the biggest upside, scoring 42 goals and 52 assists this season for the Shawnigan Cataractes. It's always tough to tell this early, though, so only time will tell if any of the four are successful at the NHL level. Even if they are not, I still was able to walk away with an autographed card of an NHL hall-of-famer.

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