Here I am, back again! I decided to start from scratch and pick the hobby back up for the meantime. I've just really missed collecting and blogging about hockey cards as a pastime.
What better way to kick things off than with Upper Deck's annual flagship release. A set that I have decided to pursue in putting together. As per usual, the set contains 200 cards featuring veteran players and as expected, 50 Young Guns cards - off course, I'll be chasing those as well.
Speaking of chasing, on a whim I broke the seal by picking up a few blasters. I thought it would be a good way to get my feet wet again while accumulating the base set as well as whatever inserts and Young Guns may fall. I'm not going to lie, pulling a coveted Auston Matthews rookie was certainly dancing like sugar plums in my head.
I've decided to post the contents of each box individually showing my favorite cards from each break.
In my opinion, the design looks fantastic! The photography selection is a step above from last years release as I thought there were way too many close-ups in the 2015-16 Upper Deck set.
|#12 Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes|
|#24 Ryan O’Reilly, Buffalo Sabres|
|#99 Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens|
|#112 Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils|
|#121 John Tavares, New York Islanders|
|#146 Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|#144 Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|#145 Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|#148 Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks|
|#131 Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators|
|#152 Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks|
|#180 Derek Dorsett, Vancouver Canucks|
|#183 Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks|
|#195 Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets|
|#212 Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets YG RC|
|#215 Zach Sanford, Washington Capitals YG RC|
|#244 Austin Czarnik, Boston Bruins YG RC|
|C113 Lawson Crouse, Arizona Coyotes YG|
Lawson Crouse has been having a promising rookie year with the Coyotes, developing into a valuable role-player on the team whilst showing flashes of power-forward potential.
I also pulled a couple UD Portraits and Shining Stars but those insert sets haven't 'done it for me' since their inclusion in the annual flagship roll-out.
It was a fairly decent tin of cards overall, no complaints here. I picked up nearly half the base set and although I didn't hit any of the highly touted rookies that I was hoping for, it was a good mix of cards all-around. I'm looking forward to sharing what's inside the next box.