2012-13 Black Diamond was released 4 years ago this month while the NHL lockout continued to drag on. Therefore, like most of the releases from 2012-13, the only rookies are those who debuted late the previous season and during the playoffs. In a nutshell, the rookie crop was weaker than usual. On the bright side, the slim pickings of notable rookies has severely lowered the cost of the majority of hobby boxes from that year - you can pick up a hobby box of Black Diamond for as low as $50-60.
Despite the lack of top rookies distributed in the product; Black Diamond offers quite a few unique inserts, memorabilia cards and autographs at an affordable price.
I rolled the dice and grabbed a couple of packs for cheap while at the flea market this past weekend.
|#70 Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|#98 Nathan Gerbe, Buffalo Sabres|
|#85 Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers|
|#60 Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche|
|#41 Dany Heatley, Minnesota Wild|
|#82 Alex Tanguay, Calgary Flames|
|#146 Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings - 2x Diamond|
|#57 Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars|
|#ATG-16 Chris Drury, Colorado Avalanche, Championship Rings (All Time Greats)|
It was a very nice surprise to pull this sparkly acetate insert featuring Chris Drury of the Colorado Avalanche. At a rate of 1:168 packs, these 'Championship Rings All-Time Greats' fall at an average of 1 per case. A case hit, totally unexpected.
Drury received his Stanley Cup ring in 2001 after helping the Avalanche put-away the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals 4-3.