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Thursday, November 19, 2015

2013-14 Upper Deck AHL Box Break

Keeping along with the minor league focus of my last post, this is a box break of 2014 Upper Deck AHL. This product focuses squarely on the NHL's top farm system league, and comes in a complete set format. Each box will contain a full 100-card set, along with five autographs. Dave & Adam's had it marked down to $24.95 (from $59.95), and at an average of $5 per auto, it was a deal I simply could not pass up.

There are three Penguins in the set, Eric Hartzell, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Brian Gibbons. All three are currently in the AHL still, but are no longer with the Penguins organization. Zolnierczyk is signed to the Anaheim Ducks, Gibbons is signed to the New York Rangers, and Hartzell is with the Stockton Heat, on loan from the ECHL team he signed with.


All is not lost, though. Considering the players available, I think I did pretty well on the autographs I pulled.

Oscar Lindberg is up witht he New York Rangers full-time this season, and doing well, too. In just 18 games, he has notched 7 goals and 5 assists, and is currently third on the team in scoring


Another player who has found a permanent home in the NHL, Sceviour has spent 17 games with the Dallas Stars, scoring 1 goal and 5 assists.


Cousins is still in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, where he is lighting it up with 5 goals and 10 assists in just 11 games.


Ortio made a big splash at the beginning of this season, performing so well in training camp, that the Flames decided to risk placing Karri Ramo on waivers to send him to the AHL, and left Ortio with the pro club.


Lastly, is Brandon Pirri. He bounced up and down between the AHL & NHL for a few years while with the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Ever since being traded to the Florida Panthers in 2014, he has stayed in the NHL, and this season has scored 3 goals and 4 assists in 14 games.


Overall, I was very happy with this product. Now that the price is so low, this is an absolute steal. You won't get any NHL superstars' autographs, of course, but as you can see from this box, you can get some very good players, and at an average of 5 bucks a piece, you can't do much better than that.

1 comment:

  1. Pirri is a guy that just couldn't be consistent enough on well stacked Hawks teams from 2010 until now. When he is good, he is really good. It's only those really good would be followed by "what the hell are you doing, Pirri".

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