Mystery Hanger Box

Has anyone else seen these hanger boxes around? They've been haunting the aisles of my local Wal-Mart for several months now; I've been intrigued but have been able to talk myself out of buying one until today when I gave into the mystique.

Maybe I'm being naïve with the promise of 3 factory sealed packs. God knows this box may very well contain three packs of 1990 Pro Set. All kidding aside, these repack boxes are usually like a box of chocolates.

2015 Leaf ITG CHL Draft
#1 Connor McDavid, Erie Otters
Here's my guaranteed Connor McDavid card. The 2015 Leaf In The Game card that is also featured on the front of the hanger box. I wonder if all the McDavid cards inserted into the repacks are the same.

There were technically 4 factory sealed packs in the box. The 2015-16 Upper Deck Series II was a nice surprise. I was excited to dig into the pack and find out what it beholds inside. The hottest Young Gun from the Series II checklist is Jack Eichel; if I managed to pull it I'd go out and buy a lottery ticket tonight.

2015-16 Upper Deck Series II
##318 Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
Although I have a near complete set of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series I, I don't really have many cards from the second Series; I think I may have bought a fat pack or two previously.

2015-16 Upper Deck Series II
#362 Mike Ribeiro, Nashville Predators
2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Update / Rookie
#U33 Joonas Kemppainen, Boston Bruins
Kemppainen is a name I'm not familiar with. Apparently he made his NHL debut during the 2015-16 season suiting up for the Boston Bruins in 44 games during the regular season. Since then he has moved on to play hockey in the KHL as a member of Novosibirsk Sibir and most recently Ufa Salavat Yulayev. A little bonus here I suppose as this O-Pee-Chee 'Rookie Update' is a rainbow foil parallel.

2015-16 Upper Deck Series II / Young Guns
#470 Alexander Grenier, Vancouver Canucks
A Young Gun hit! This pack is coming along strong. Grenier saw action in just three games with Vancouver last season, as he spent the majority of his time with AHL Utica Comets. He recently signed a one year two-way deal with the Florida Panthers, but likely won't be a significant contributor with the team and will see more development with the team's AHL affiliate.

2015-16 Upper Deck Series II
#311 Patrick Sharp, Dallas Stars
This is my first card of Sharp in a Stars jersey; cool to see him coming back to Chicago for the upcoming season. The Blackhawks have shed a lot of their 'dynasty team' over the past couple of years but over this offseason they've regained both Saad and Sharp. Getting the squad back together.

I thought it was a pretty good pack overall, the rookies weren't guys to write home about but regardless they were nice pulls in general. I mean, it's not often I'm pulling Young Guns or Rookie Update cards from a single random pack, let alone both.

These two packs of 2012-13 Score felt like a dud. Because I've been working on a hard signed set of these cards over the last 4 years, I have seen every card a thousand times and they don't feel as attractive anymore. Like an overplayed song on the radio that you loved the first time that you heard it.

I'm not going to bother posting the contents of these packs. There wasn't anything worth noting anyway.

I don't believe this is considered a "sealed factory pack", probably an added bonus or something along those lines. I've gotten a few of these 'Hockey Greats' Coins from repacks over the years and never have the sweetest clue just what to do with them. How do you keep a coin in your collection? Maybe I should look into coin holders or design my own holder so that it fits sturdy inside a 9-pocket sheet. Any suggestions?

You can't do much better than Gretzky, calibre player wise. I think they did a pretty good job at etching the players likeness on the coins, at least this Gretzky looks alright and from the others I've seen they fair well upon accuracy.

The mystery box was fun to open. There wasn't much value from it but my hopes weren't set high so I wasn't disappointed by the outcome. Although I wish they would have added more variety to the packs; they could have switched up one of the Score packs with anything else and I would have been totally fine with that.

I'm a sucker for repacks so this probably won't be the last you'll hear from this product.


Catching Connor McDavid Fever

I have to get this off my chest - I can't wait for the hockey season to start back up. We got a little spoiled last year when the puck dropped earlier than usual because of the World Cup of Hockey; now the 2017-18 wait feels that much longer.

I love Crosby but I have to be honest; I'm probably looking more forward to another season of Connor McDavid. I just can't get enough of watching that kid play. He's a wizard on ice, it's like he’s playing a completely different game from everyone else - he has been on a whole 'nother level.

I just finished watching a compilation video of all 30 of McDavid's goals during the 2016-17 NHL season and I never realized just how many breakaway goals he potted. So much speed; it's unreal how he just blows by his opponents the way that he does, almost effortlessly.

I hope he stays healthy and plays another complete season; it's never good for the game when a generational player goes down with an injury for a significant amount of time, whether you like McDavid or not. I don't know how you can be a hockey fan and not enjoy watching him play though.

Many people believe he has what it takes to bring the Cup back to Edmonton - I'll have to agree. Just look how far he helped lift the Oilers last season; he led them to the playoffs for the first time since 2006, ending an 11-year span of missing the postseason.

The Oilers have that one-two punch in McDavid and Draisaitl. If Talbot can repeat his individual success from last year and continue playing on his head and we see development from some of the young guys on the back-end, I believe the Oilers have a really strong chance of to taking it even further into the postseason ahead. Ultimately, I buy the consensus that they are bound for a Stanley Cup championship sooner than later with McDavid at the helm.

As I mentioned previously, Crosby is my guy but McDavid has easily carved an 'arrow through a heart' into my invented oak tree of all-time favorite hockey players.


Welcome To The Family

Just a few flea market pickups from this afternoon.

Really like the Jagr and |Subban card, it's probably my favorite from the lot. The Miller card is pretty cool as well; despite it being plain white swatch, I can't turn down a game jersey card for a buck. 


Lookin' At Card Backs

I was shifting through a box and found myself looking at the backs.

Let's take a trip back to the 1992-93 season from a set that still stands up.


Base cards used to be memorable; the base sets from the recent Upper Deck sets have been lacking photography wise. They used to be the best but now, when it comes to creating their flagship set of the year, it feels like they just wanna get it out there for the sake of milking the newest 1st Overall Draft pick Young Gun card. Maybe I'm just blinded by nostalgia.

I believe that adding the extra photo on the back of the card with limited stats adds quality to the cards, kinda like saying that the manufacturers have put in the extra effort to build a quality annual card set. Basically, I think it's a great idea, adds a lot of quality to the cards and gives an impression that the manufacturers worked on this product.

The UD Canvas sets are great cards, one of the best current sets - arguably the best.
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