Pack Rip – 2012-13 Upper Deck Hockey Rack Pack

While out shopping at the local Wal-Mart on Thursday night, I decided to take a look in the trading card area near the front registers.  I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, or if I was “looking” for anything at all.  But it’s something I normally do whenever I go to a big box store.

I knew I had nowhere near enough for a box of cards, but they did have these.

For $4.99, I couldn’t pass them up.  I’m usually pretty late to the game when it comes to buying packs of current cards.

Originally, I wanted to show the cards in the order in which I pulled them.  But I forgot this when I scanned them.  So, if we look at them from right to left, you will see the order I saw them in.

Oh.  And I started from the bottom portion of the pack(that’s where I started).

Not a bad start!  As usual, Upper Deck has a pretty decent photo selection.

  I would say that the Michael Del Zotto is my favorite of the first group(a Ranger will always win my favor).  A Jerome Iginla doesn’t hurt either.  The Phil Kessel is an MVP insert, falling at 1:6.

While Eric Staal and Daniel Sedin are great players, Lidstrom would be my favorite of the group.  He was one of those players I grew up collecting in my early teens.  And being that he retired last year, the photo selection couldn’t be better!

Of course, the stand out of this group is the J.T. Brown(no offense to Kovalchuk).  “Young Guns” card  Young Guns fall 1:4.  I’m not sure if he’s any good, but I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see.

And as you can clearly see here, there is no shortage of horizontal shots.

I guess I did okay.  A couple of inserts, and a decent player selection.  I’d say I got my money’s worth, and I’ll probably will buy a few more packs as I see them.

I know I’ve been on a hockey tear here, but I do have plenty of non-sports cards as well(I’ve just been on a hockey kick, due to the lock-out).  But here’s a preview of some non-sports pack rips you can expect to see somewhere down the line.

1983 Mike Eruzione M&M’s Card

I don’t know much about this card.  And to tell you the truth, I’m not entirely sure where I got it from.

I was one year old when the “Miracle on Ice” happened.  My father was an avid sports fan, so I had heard Eruzione’s name a bunch of times.  I can’t tell you everything, but I know he was the captain of the 1980 U.S. olympic hockey team, and he scored the game winning goal against the Soviet team on their way to the gold medal.

I don’t have many cards prior to 1989-1990, so this one definitley stands out in my collection.  It’s nowhere near mint, but I don’t care.  It means more to me than what it’s worth.

2001-2002 Topps Simon Gagne Game Worn Jersey

I pulled this from a pack I purchased from my base when I was discharged from the Army back in late 2001.  It is one of the few jersey cards that I actually pulled myself.  Back when he first came into the league, I thought he was going to be another superstar.  While he’s a decent player, he’s not quite the calibur I thought he would be.  He won the Cup last season with the Kings and you can’t balk at that.

I really don’t have anything negative to say about this card.  It’s a decent player, the photo selection is pretty good and it’s not a white swatch.  It’s a pretty thick card, and while I don’t collect Gagne, I’m still happy to have it in my collection just the same.