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Thursday, January 26, 2017

2016-17 Trilogy Box Break

Well, three weeks into the new year, and I finally picked up my first hobby box. I actually went into my LCS with baseball on my mind, but there wasn't much available, due to it being in between seasons right now. I was, however, able to find some 2016-17 Trilogy Hockey, and figured I'd give that product a try.

I did well on my base cards, with both of my Penguins, as I was very happy to get both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. I also pulled Ovie and Connor McDavid. With McDavid now, it is interesting, because after a year where anything you pull of his was a monster hit, now it is just another base card.

I also got two blue foil parallels of Jaromir Jagr (467/849) and Ryan Kesler (98/849). I know they look a little different in the scan, but they are the same type of card.

I got three of the Level 1 rookies, including the big one, 2016 number one draft pick Auston Matthews (55/999), which is really cool. I also pulled Nick Schmaltz (279/999), which is cool for me, as he played his college hockey at the University of North Dakota. Charlie Lindgren (393/999) is there, too.

As far as the hits go, I think I did pretty well. According to, the only thing guaranteed is two autographs, so the fact that I hit two autos and two memorabilia cards, makes me think I did really well. Anyway, here's what I got:

Aleksander Barkov jersey 20/381. It's great to get a card of a former 2nd overall draft pick, but the numbering is kind of weird. 381 seems like such an odd number, but I'm sure there's some significance to it.

Ryan Pulock Rookie Premieres Autograph (Level 2) 240/275. With Trilogy, the higher the "level," the closer of a player photo you get, and a lower serial number and all of that. Anyway, Pulock has played just one NHL game this season, spending most of the year with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Patrick Laine Rookie Premieres Jersey (Level 1) 83/399. This is a really good one, as Laine, 2016's second-overall draft pick, has proven to be one of the hottest young stars in the game. So far he is only one point (37) and one goal (21) behind Auston Matthews and is giving him some stiff competition as 2016-17's top rookie.

Ryan O'Reilly Signature Pucks. This, for me, is one of the unique things about trilogy. Each of these cards contains a piece of rubber that is meant to symbolize a hockey puck. In past years, there were logos printed on the "puck," with a gold signature. I'm a little bit torn on this, as I liked having the logo there, in the same way I like them on my actual autographed pucks. On the other hand it does do a much better job of spotlighting the signature, and the silver ink stands out much better than the gold of previous years.

Considering the fact that I got four hits (plus an Auston Matthews rookie) for the price I paid, I would say this is definitely a great product to break. I'm not sure if I'll do any more, but I was very happy with what I got here. 


  1. Looks like a great break to me. I actually like the rookie design more as you get more of the actual picture.

  2. That was a nice little box you broke.

  3. The Mathews RC and Laine jersey alone would make this a success, and I like the signature puck design a lot more this year - it looks more like an actual puck surface. Great break indeed!