Saturday, October 31, 2009

2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee box break recap

There was four box-bottom cards - Alfonso Soriano, Miguel Cabrera, Derek Jeter and Grady Sizemore.

There were scratches on the box-bottom cards already because of the 'normal' wear-and-tear of handling a box perhaps - but it was fun to hand cut the cards individually with a scissor, even though the process may literally be more of a hack job, than anything remotely precise, exact or professional.

I paid $37 for the box, which is probably the equivalent of two blaster boxes and about six more packs - plus the idea of having a hobby box, instead of retail product [s] in my hands.

I'll concede this isn't a product you bust for hits or future value - it seems more like a $25 a box product which seems to be designed for beginning collectors to be able to build sets perhaps.

The non-glossy base cards [by my count I pulled 161 out of 600] are nice looking, somewhat reminiscent of the 1976 Topps/OPC design - but then the borders sort of resemble the 1989 Topps design as well.

The ink from the text on the back of some of the cards had left imprints - on top of the one-per-pack black parallel cards, usually in the middle of the pack.

1 New York, New York (30 cards, 1:36): A.J. Burnett

It would have been nice to have at least one autograph [1:216 actual odds posted on wrapper] and/or one game-used memorabilia card [1:108 actual odds posted on wrapper] inserted in the box - I'm not busting this for nostalgia and there maybe other boxes [in the $30-$40 range perhaps] where I can pull a random autograph and/or memorabilia card.

O-Pee-Chee hockey David Wright insert - only card that tangibly reminds me, that this product was supposed to be inspired by the Topps / O-Pee-Chee brand.

I pulled 35 black parallels, one blank-backed black parallel of Andy Pettitte - and one mini black parallel of Kerry Wood [1:36].

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I opened a box and pulled a 1971 buy back auto of Jim Palmer, Game #3 of the 1970 playoffs, numbered 11/14. Can't find it in or on ebay. Must be a rare pull.