With 2017-18 Upper Deck Hockey.
This will be their first foray into the world of hockey (and my first hobby box of a hockey product). Will it produce adequate results? We'll see.
So with baseball the mission was always to rescue Yankees padawans and knights (and maybe grandmasters), oh and that Luis Torrens guy. This time there aren't any Yankees, but Zippy Zappy has a hockey team he calls his favorite so Rex will be on the look out for them.
The Rangers! In particular Rangers padawan Filip Chytil, the 18 year old Czech rookie for the Rangers who has a "Young Guns" card in the set. Apparently these Young Guns are more prized than really anything else because in the world of hockey, it's all about the rookie card.
So there are 24 packs and Rex will be inspecting them 12 at a time.
Upon opening the box the first thing that greets the world is this pamphlet by Upper Deck. I'll have to make a note to run out and get some packs on March 3rd next year...
Right, enough with the ads, onto the packs!
A whole lot of nothing. Except maybe TTM fodder.
Although the photography is impressive on a few cards, like the Carl Soderberg and the Frederick Andersen.
Ey, we have a Rangers hit in Jimmy Vesey (sidenote, I am looking for his Young Guns card from 2016-17 Upper Deck).
Rex also uncovered this relic of Kings defenseman, Jake Muzzin. I remember him having some key moments against the Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals. Therefore this card will be banished (and sent straight to Kings fan, Stealing Home).
These horizontal shots are pretty great. Upper Deck's calling card of near-full bleed photography still works to this day. I also dig the Tukka Rask shot.
Ey another Ranger with Michael Grabner!
Also we have our first Young Guns insert of Will Butcher, aka the wrong NJ Devils rookie.
Ranger! Brady Skjei!
William Nylander needs to be a New York Islander in the future. His name won't allow otherwise.
A Shining Stars insert of Mikael Granlund, who apparently inspired this song.
When I think of Finnish music I think of Helsinki based hip hop and death metal. Then again they are European so house music isn't out of the realm of possibility.
The Mikael Backlund and Derick Brassard shots are my favorite of this bunch. Both reinforce my belief that baseball cards would look great with locker room shots and pictures of the players coming off of the field.
Another Ranger with Kevin Hayes! That's a pretty sweet shot too. Even if he's just reaching for a disembodied hand.
A J.T. Miller! Just in time since there's a chance he's doing a public signing event next month. Although I'd prefer to get his Young Guns card for that.
Also note that the cover boy for Series 1, Auston Matthews, is here.
A Young Guns insert of Denis Gurianov. And a bunch of horizontal shots.
The first UD Canvas card we've uncovered so far. The Leo Komarov is a nice shot, mainly because we actually see the sky on a hockey card.
Last pack of part one features a red tinted Auston Matthews insert.
It's never really fun to immediately pull a hit so early in the break, but considering how the jersey relics are only in 1:36 packs (and a hobby box only has 24 packs total), not bad?
No Chytil either. Rex and his men will have to regroup and hope for something good/salvageable in the second half of the box.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).