I received three cards in the mail today and opened my first pack of hockey cards in probably 10 years. Hockey was one of my favorite sports to collect as a kid. While I did drift away from new hockey products, I never stopped buying singles that I needed.
By far my most focused player I collect is Jordan Leopold. Leopold played defense for the University of Minnesota from 1998 to 2001, where he helped them win a national championship in the 2001-2002 season and won the Hobey Baker award the same year.
The 2002-03 In the Game Be A Player Signature Series autograph was a card that I thought I had, but recently discovered I only had the gold version.
Also from the mail was this Andrew Brunette short print. Mid-2000’s Upper Deck Exclusive parallels can be hard to find at times, but when they pop up on eBay (for cheap), I make sure to grab them.
Beginnings of a set?
During a quick target run today, I glanced at the card section when I came in and noticed they had a single fat pack of 2019-20 Upper Deck MVP hockey, I hadn’t opened hockey in a long time, so I figured I would give it a whirl.
I am impressed. For an entry-level product, the design, photo quality, and card stock is really nice. Both sides have a really nice gloss finish. To top it off, the price point is actually entry level-ish.
A small rant; I didn’t realize just how bad Panini’s entry-level products are until I until I got my hands on this. Panini’s Donruss and Hoops use horrible design (only small changes from year-to-year), re-used photos, extremely cheap card stock, and bad gloss finish on one side. The high cost is justified by cramming in some sticker autos.
I’ll be on the look out for some blasters next time I am at the store.