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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015-16 Artifacts Box Break

So, just a few short weeks ago, I posted a really cool Charlie Coyle jersey patch card from 2015-16 Artifacts, and made mention of my indecisiveness on whether or not I even was interested in purchasing a box of the product this year. Well, just days later, I placed an order for a few boxes of cards, one of which was 2015-16 Artifacts.

As far as my base Penguins go, I'd say I pulled one and a half Penguins. You have Malkin, obviously, and then you have Kessel, pictured in his Toronto Maple Leafs gear on the card, but is now a Penguin, after an off-season trade brought him to Pittsburgh.

Each box has eight cards, three of which will either be an autograph or memorabilia card. The five packs that do not contain a hit, will contain a serial-numbered SP or parallel. The four I pulled were Anze Kopitar SP 929/999, Ryan Hartman Rookie SP 870/999, Zemgus Girgensons Ruby Parallel 69/399, and Brian Elliot Sapphire 26/85.

Of the five serial-numbered cards, one is a rookie redemption. These basically take the place of this season's rookies, as Artifacts was produced before the season began, which limited who they were actually able to print cards of. Each tame gets one, plus there are "Wild Card" redemptions, which cover teams with more than one rookie. Only time will tell who this one will be.

My first memorabilia card is of Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok. He is actually now in his third year with the team, and seems to be staying put. Not the greatest rookie to pull, but much better than the ones who play one game in the NHL, never to be heard from again.

A little bit os a bigger name is Victor Hedman, who is featured on this Treasured Swatches jersey card. Hedman was the 2nd overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry draft (behind John Tavares), and this card features a nice blue swatch from his Tampa Bay Lightning jersey.

Lastly, was another redemption, but a pretty good one: a Rookie Relic Redemptions II. Any hits for the rookie redemptions are assigned a number to a corresponding player, and player II is Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings. He has had a great season so far, and started things off with a bang, netting his first assist in the first period of the season opener, and his first NHL goal in the second period of that game.

Well, I took a chance on Artifacts, and I'm glad I did. This product, admittedly, can be hit or miss, but no matter what, I've always found it to be a fun box to open.

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