The fronts of the base cards didn't disappoint. I love the design and the fonts used. I can see myself trying to fill out a set and then getting extras for TTM. After one box, I had the set 9% complete. That's right, I got 18 base cards out of the box. It did register at some point before I bought the box that I would only get a very small portion of the set but it didn't hit home until I finished opening my packs. As for the photos, the set seems hit and miss. In the three above, I really like the Nicholls picture. The picture is really clear and he jumps out from the background. On the other hand, when did Brent Sutter play? Was it the 80s or 90s, or was it the 40s or 50s. Seriously, a black and white photo?? Totally unacceptable for a player who wasn't Original Six.
At first glance I like the backs of the cards. I'll take the brief bio of the player as opposed to complete stats. I can get season-by-season stats for any of these players on Hockey Reference. I actually found the bios to be interesting. Milt Schmidt's first paycheque, the runner-up to Bobby Orr for the Calder, Marty McSorley building up his credits for his IMDB page by making appearances in Bad Boys and Con Air. No, there isn't a hyperlink on the card itself. I wonder if IMDB paid for that ad? The only thing I'd like to have added is the first and last year of the players career. It' be nice to have, especially for the obscure players. I am looking at you Bruce Shoebottom.
|Dear Mr. Shoebottom.
Please don't punch me in the face. I loved you in Zamboni Rodeo.
In each pack there is a Retired Numbers Banner card. I didn't realize they came one per pack. They suck. I am not even going to scan one. "Hey, I got a banner card in this case of beer" "Awesome!" "Hey, I got this banner card in a $30 pack of cards" "You're a sucker!"
Speaking of being a sucker, let's look at my auto haul. Craig Hartsburg, a three time all-star, as in all-star game, not 1st or 2nd team. Geoff Courtnall, a one-time 40 goal scorer. Brent Sutter, one time 100 points and one all-star game. I actually passed up on the Geoff Courtnall auto on eBay, it went unsold at 97 cents + s/h. I have nothing against these three players, they are just not $30 a pack material. But that must mean something good is still on its way..
Errrr..... no. Anton Stastny, one all star game. Darren Pang, perhaps the worst player out of the six autos but the most famous due to his tv appearances. John Ogrodnick, a 50 goal scorer and a 1st team All-Star in 1984-85. (Goulet was injuried, Messier moved to center, and also got injured) Again, a trio of players I like, but nothing that justifies paying $170 for the box. Hell, I couldn't see myself paying $30 combined for all six autographs. I would have preferred a Bruce Shoebottom autograph. Although, I do think Pang has a sweet signature.
So in the end I regret getting this box. I wish it had 24 packs instead of 6, but kept the 6 autographs and 6, or preferably less, banner cards. I have a feeling this set will follow the path of last year's Donruss Elite, which was originally around $120, but in a little over 6 months, is now a $60 box. Once this hits $90, or less, I might be tempted to try my luck again. It can't be much worse.
Did you know; Panini has produced more Bruce Shoebottom NHL licensed cards that all other card companies combined? Panini 5 - Pro Set 1