I was at my local Target yesterday and I have been pretty good about staying away from blaster boxes. But I always look for hockey card “repacks” that contain an autographed card. I found this–something called a “Hockey Cube.” For $19.99 plus tax, you get 2 autographed cards and a bunch of other cards you probably don’t want. So, I weighed the pros and cons of buying it:
Pro:: It has 2 autographed cards. I like autographed cards
Con: It probably has tons of Pro Set.
Pro: It has a Score Rookie and Traded Set that is still sealed.
Con: I already have two Score Rookie and Traded Sets (one for TTM purposes)
Pro: I want another Jeff Skinner from that set. Plus, I might get some good Gold Parallels.
So, the Pros narrowly outweighed the Cons. Here is what was inside the Hockey Cube:
A shitload of 1990-91 Bowman cards. Thirty-one to be exact. Not only are they worthless, but the Dave Lowry (left) is way off-center, and the Dan Quinn (second from left) has a crease. So, those two are worth less than worthless.
I then went back and opened the sealed packs:
The shrinkwrapped stack of cards actually turned out to be a complete 28-card team set of 1990-91 Swift Current Broncos. The best card is of Geoff Sanderson, who played 1104 games in the NHL from 1991 to 2008.
I saved opening the Score Rookie and Traded Set for last.
Here are the 5 Gold Parallels I pulled:
So, was it worth $20 plus tax?
To me–no, as I had most of these cards already, so really I was just in it for the autographs (and the chance of finding something random and cool).
But to a new collector–or someone who doesn’t already own the 2010-11 Score Rookie and Traded Set–then the Hockey Cube is actually worth picking up. The Score Traded Set is nice, and sells for around $10 to $15 on its own.