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Saturday, November 28, 2015

2014-15 Upper Deck The Cup Box Break

My final box of cards in the lot purchased from Dave & Adam's Card World is a box of 2014-15 Upper Deck The Cup. This is the highest of the high end when it comes to Upper Deck, so each card not only packs a value, but a higher end look overall, with think card stock and plenty of autographs and memorabilia pieces.

Each box is supposed to come with 5 cards: 1 base, 1 rookie auto patch, 1 auto patch, and 2 other autograph or memorabilia cards. Mine came with six.

Here's what I pulled.

Vincent Damphousse 93/249
While he was a great player during his time, he never got the mainstream recognition of his contemporaries. He reached the 90-point mark four times in his career, and was selected to play in four All-Star Games, winning the game MVP in 1991. He would eventually win his only Stanley Cup in 1993, with the Montreal Canadiens. 

Klas Dahlbeck Rookie Auto 190/249
The Cup's bread and butter is the Rookie Auto Patches, but due to the sheer number of rookies throughout the year, not everyone gets that treatment, getting either just an autographed rookie, or an unsigned rookie card. Klas Dahlbeck is one with just an autograph. Although he is pictured here as a Blackhawk, Dahlbeck was traded to the Arizona Coyotes in a deal that sent Antoine Vermette to Chicago. I actually got a puck signed by Dahlbeck toward the end of last season before a Coyotes morning skate, so this card is my second autograph of his.

Andy Andreoff Rookie Auto Patch 28/249
As I said before, the Rookie Auto Patches are the big draw of this product, with cards of the top rookies sometimes selling in the thousands. Unfortunately, I did not get one of those top guys, and pulled Andy Andreoff of the Los Angeles Kings. This card features an on-card signature right below the player's image, and beneath that, is a piece of his jersey patch, which is mostly silver with a sliver of black on the right side.

Gustav Nyquist Scripted Swatches 10/35
So, this is the only time I can excuse a solid-colored patch on a card, especially in jumbo form. The whole idea of these, is not only to feature a premium swatch, but also to have the autograph be right on that material. Here, they take what is most likely the back jersey number from the away sweater, and have Nyquist sign the fabric in gold. The card looks fantastic, and the gold of the pen matches the gold foil very well. I know there are bigger names in this set, but it's such a great looking card, that I'm really just happy to have it.

Carey Price Signature Renditions
I got two pretty big autographs in this box, and this is the first one, of last year's Hart, Vezina, Lindsay, and Jennings Trophies winner, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.  Signature Renditions is a simple, clean design containing a photo that is shaded on the sides, and a nameplate on the bottom. The picture is taken from a specific game that is detailed on the card and this one spotlight's Price's 4-0 shutout over the Bruins in the 2014 Playoffs that would avoid elimination and force a game 7.

Ray Bourque/Glen Murray Dual Signature Patches 5/35
Now this one is really cool. It's a basic design, and similar to ones they used in the past, but if it isn't broke, there's no need to fix it. It's a low-numbered card, and features both on-card signatures and multi-colored patches of two Boston Bruins greats. Next to Bobby Orr Bourque is a one of the most beloved players in Boston Bruins history, and despite not being known as well nation-wide, Murray had some great years during his two stints in Boston, including a 92-point season (44G, 48A) in 2002-03. 

That's it for this break. Of course, this is an expensive box to open, and I'm really only able to pick one up every year or so, but it's nice to know you really get something for the money you spend. I'm sure there are better boxes out there, but overall, I'm very happy with what I pulled.

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