Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Box Break: 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Hockey

It's that time of year again, where I can go to the pharmacy to get my diabetes meds and leave with an additional box of cards; this time, it was a 24-pack blaster of Upper Deck's 2016-17 MVP set:
The box was on sale, $26.99 instead of $29.99, which comes up to $31.25 after taxes, for 120 cards.

Here's how I fared:

Three Rookie Cards, of Mark McNeil, Hudson Fasching and Steven Santini:
Three Silver Script fac-simile autograph cards, of Sean Monahan, Thomas Vanek, and John Carlson:
One Silver Script Rookie Card, of William Nylander:
One Gold Script of Nicklas Backstrom, numbered 12/165:
One NHL Territory card of Gabriel Landeskog:
One Leading Lights card of Mark Scheifele (the scan doesn't do these foil cards justice):
And six "Puzzle Back" cards that have the regular-issue picture of a card in the front with the card number and information there as well, with the back being a 1/9 piece of a picture of another player; case in point, this two-card comparison of the regular-issue (left) and Puzzle Back (right) cards of Nathan MacKinnon, with the back showing Erik Karlsson's right arm:
The regular backs show up to five years' worth of statistics.

There were 19 regular-issue cards of players currently on Canadian teams (easier for me to get signed), including these two of my hometown Montréal Canadiens, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher:
I also got nine "High Numbers" cards, including two of retired Hall Of Famers, Bobby Hull and Al MacInnis (but also of Zach Parise, Alex Ovechkin, Filip Forsberg, Henrik Zetterberg, Morgan Rielly, Kris Letang and Father Time himself, Jaromir Jagr):
As usual with these types of boxes, I failed to get an actual autograph or jersey card.

All told, however, these are a slight improvement on last year's set. They keep that faux-classic style, only the "Script" inserts have the fac-simile autographs, the pictures are action shots with the action behind faded out so it doesn't look like an awful crop, and the colours are crisp.

I give it an 8/10.

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