168 Base Cards
Kris Versteeg had a three-point game yesterday (1G, 2A) so he seems to be an appropriate choice as the base card du jour. (See my previous box break for more info about the base cards).
6 Young Guns Rookie Cards
3 Shining Stars Inserts
1 Shining Stars Royal Blue Insert Card
2 Hockey Heroes 2000s
3 UD Canvas insert cards
1 UD Canvas Young Guns insert cards
2 Game Jersey Cards
Two guys who played in the Stanley Cup Finals: Drew Doughty of the L.A. Kings and Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers. Both are pictured in their road white jerseys, but both cards have colored swatches. Things that make you go hmmmm.
But wait…there’s more.
What the…? Why….? Who…? You got to be kidding me. Upper Deck has taken a 5-cent card from their 1990-91 Upper Deck card, stamped a silver “25th Anniversary” logo in the lower left corner, then hand-numbered it 13/25 in blue Sharpie marker. What makes this card even more ridiculous is that it came in a penny sleeve, to keep it “mint.” Now, I could understand if the card was autographed by Uwe Krupp…but this is just dumb. I have like 10 of this card already. I don’t need one with a silver logo stamped on it.
What I like about 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 1: The base cards look great. The 200-card base set can usually be completed from buying two boxes. You get six Young Guns per box. Enough people tend to collect the inserts, so you can easily sell or trade off what you don’t want.
What I don’t like about 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 1: The insert cards are not all that inspired. Shining Stars? Canvas? Hockey Heroes? And the 25th buybacks are just laughable.
The inserts are redundant, and the jersey cards found in UD Series 1 are never really worth much. And frankly, I thought any 25th Anniversary insert card would be way cooler than just re-purposing a card from 25 years ago. But I like the base card photography and the range of Young Guns offered. Even if you just go after the base set, you won’t be disappointed.
Question: Is anyone else collecting Upper Deck Series One this year?