Artifacts was slated to coincide with the beginning of the 2012-13 NHL season. But we all know how that went. (For those of you reading this blog post 30 years from now, the 2012-13 season was delayed by a 3-month lockout.) Other than the rookie redemption cards, the labor dispute didn’t really have much of an effect on Artifacts, which is laden with current and former star players, as well as three memorabilia hits per box. Each box contains 10 4-card packs and costs around $100.
Here are the results of this box break:
29 base cards – This year’s artifact base cards have a minimalist design–relatively speaking, of course. A colorful action photo of the player is “cut out” and superimposed over an ice background. At the bottom is the player’s position, number, team logo and name, all in shiny foil.
2 Short Print veteran cards numbered to 999 – Simon Despres and Patrice Bergeron are shown in Team Canada uniforms, but many of the short-printed veterans depict players with their NHL teams. The Team Canada cards give Artifacts some variety.
1 Rookie Redemption Card – Who will it be? Guess we’ll know in 2014, right? Upper Deck will honor the redemption cards, but we’re just not sure who it will be good for. I see a Canadiens’ logo, so maybe this will be for Milwaukee native Alex Galchenyuk. Maybe…(fingers crossed).
Frozen Artifacts Jarome Iginla dual jersey card – One red swatch and one white swatch. Nice. I don’t understand why Upper Deck sometimes puts two swatches that are the same color of the same player’s jersey on the same card.
Shane Doan dual-patch card numbered 14 / 15 – It looks like both pieces of patch are from the Coyotes’ main logo. This resembles a base card, but replaces the silver stripe with gold holographic foil and is obviously much thicker.
Bobby Orr autograph – The good news is that it is Bobby freakin’ Orr. The bad news is that his autograph is signed on a sticker that has later been applied to the card. Not the end of the world because the sticker doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb–and it was put on straight, unlike this Louis Leblanc jersey card I pulled last year.
If jersey cards are your sort of thing–they aren’t really mine–then a few boxes of Artifacts might be a fun break. The base set design is sharp, and all the memorabilia cards seem to have at least two pieces on them.
Special thanks to Upper Deck for providing the box for this break.