First box to be broken, or should I say posted, is the 2003-04 Pacific Exhibit.
Other than the stupidity of the parallels, I really like the base set. The design is simple and attractive. The backs have the career stats and some info on each player. The pictures themselves tend to lack action but every one is a full body shot of the player. One issue I have is that this set must have been an early season release since there are many cards of players in their former teams jersey but with their current teams logo. I love the feel of the cards. It's a thicker cardboard stock and the backs remind me of the vintage style. As a collector and a TTMer, I am a big fan of the base.
The three blue back variations I got, each numbered out of 275, were Brendan Morrow, Ales Hemsky and Keith Tkachuk. The card front is the exact same as the base and yellow back version. Other than the numbering, it's a very underwhelming parallel set, but then again, aren't most parallels underwhelming.
The rest of the inserts are simple and once again, underwhelming. I like my base cards to be simple, but I like by inserts to wow. They feel more like subsets rather than inserts. The Standing on Tradition design, which is exclusively goalies, is the only one that makes me look twice.
For the oversized 3.5"x5", collation was perfect and then some. I got a jersey card, time warp, 3 blue backs, #'d out of 425, and 24 base. The base have a different design on the front but has the same back. Just the regular base, I really like these. The player stands out against the sepia tone background. The stock and the design gives a real vintage feel to it. There are 50 over-sized cards in the base set. Player selection for the regular sized cards vs the oversize is mutually exclusive. My three blue backs were Patrick Roy, Vincent Lecavalier and Olaf Kolzig.
One of the two hits is the box is a over-sized jersey card. There is one jersey card per box. The design is decent. Although with such a big card, you'd think the jersey piece would be bigger. There are 20 jersey cards in the set but the player selection is fairly mediocre. Most of them wouldn't make the the all-star game. Considering the options, I am happy with the card I pulled, Sean Burke.
Now it's the moment you have been waiting for, coming in at one per box, the Time Warp card
WTF? Are you kidding me? Get out of town! I fart in your general direction.
Overall, even with the expired redemption, I am quit pleased with the box. After shipping costs, it came out to around $1.50 per pack. I am on the fence about collecting the set. If I went for the set, I'd buy another box, with hopes of pulling a non-redemption Time Warp.
All inserts and parallels are for trade.