In a move completely out of character, I purchased a hobby box of 2010-11 Artifacts Hockey. Partly because I like the design and partly because I couldn’t find many quality vintage singles at the show I attendedon Saturday.
Plus, I never buy any high-end boxes. I’m tired of watching from the sidelines, so I decided to take the plunge and see if I get anything good.
31 Base Cards
It seems that I like the base set design of Artifacts every other year.I could care less for the 2009-10 design, but love these because they remind me of a movie poster.
The Western Conference players are featured against a blue/gray background, while the Eastern Conference guys are on yellowish-gold backgrounds.
2 Artifacts Rookies
Brayden Irwin 313 / 999 – the rookie cards are serial numbered to 999
1 Rookie Redemption
Washington Capitals Redemption – Once redeemed, this will get me card #230, Marcus Johansson.
2 Artifacts Stars
Drew Doughty 360 / 999 – I don’t see the point of having veterans in the short-printed set if they are also included in the base set.
Martin Brodeur 359 / 999 – I think I speak for everyone when I say that I’d rather have another rookie card instead of a short-printed veteran.
1 Artifacts Stars Silver
Jonas Gustavsson 13 / 25 – As if short-printed veterans weren’t bad enough, there are also limited, super-short printed veterans.
Jhonas Enroth autograph – Sigh. This was the autograph I got. For a split-second, I got excited and thought it was Ryan Miller. Oh well…I’m still digging on these autographed cards. They are well-designed and signed in blue.
Derek Roy Treasured Swatches 13 / 50 – Now, that’s what I call a jersey card. I’m not a fan of these, but we got both a jersey swatch and a piece of a number or letter. Looks great.
Vincent Lecavalier Jersey Bronze 072 / 150 – Also cool. A serial-numbered jersey card of a bona-fide superstar…and the swatches are color, too.
But nothing could prepare me for this next hit.
This might be the best card I ever got in a pack–ever!!!!
Are you sitting down? Then behold:
Sidney Crosby / Alexander Ovechkin Tundra Tandems Emerald 04 / 40 – Holy $#!T. I got a card that has patch pieces of jerseys from Sidney Crosby and Alexander freakin’ Ovechkin. I never got a Crosby or Ovechkin jersey card in a pack. Getting a card that has both players–and looks halfway decent, no less–is kind of an unreal feeling.
And here lies the problem.
Never will I pull a card from a pack as good as this one. Eventually, I’ll buy a few more boxes of Artifacts, but they will probably pale in comparison to this box.
I plan on building this set, including Short Prints and rookie redemptions. It might take me a decade, but I’m in no rush. If anyone has any serial-numbered cards from this set that you’d like to trade or sell, drop me a line.