The Be A Player name has been bounced around the card collecting world for years in various forms. Having done stints with In The Game, Pinnacle, and now Upper Deck, the BAP name in and of itself for most collectors conjures up images of one thing...autographs!
BAP has been pretty synonymous with autographs since it's inception in the late 1990s. That same tradition has continued throughout the years since. I found a deal on a box of 2007-08 Be A Player Hobby and couldn't resist the temptation.
Essentially what you get here is 1 Autograph in each pack. Yes, that literally means in each pack. And this isn't one of those 2 or 3 pack boxes either. There are 8 packs per box with 5 cards in each pack (40 cards for the mathematically challenged). Also, one of the autographs will be at least a BAP Duals Autograph, with the possibility of a BAP Trio thrown in for good measure. All the rookies cards and extended rookie cards are numbered out of /99. This 2007-08 incarnation of BAP also contains Players Club cards that are essentially the same as the regular release but serial numbered at different tiers; gold base /99, gold rookies /10, platinum base /25, and platinum rookies /1.
Would this box yield another Stamkos rookie (as I am now 3/3 on pulling Steven in 2007 hobby boxes)? Let's find out.
First the base cards in case anyone has never seen what these look like.
As you can see, there isn't anything too spectacular going on here. These look like a combination of Artifacts and MVP rolled into one. The front features a player in some action pose along with some airbrushing in the team colors, a small team colored stripe in the top left corner with a super imposed jersey number, and the name, team and position on the bottom. Strangely in this batch, I scanned all red based uniforms.
And here are a few more just for posterity. In this batch, I chose all the blue/white uniforms. That was completely unintentional. Also, I don't recall ever seeing Mark Recchi in a Thrashers uniform. He just looks weird.
I pulled on Players Club Gold card of Jerome Iginla numbered to /99. I have to say I like the gold parallels better than the regular base. They just look nicer.
And now the moment you have all been waiting for....the EIGHT AUTOS...
And the final pack...
Over all, this is a great box if you are looking for autos for a decent price. Plus it is fun opening packs knowing you are going to get a hit each time. My opinion is probably slanted though since I got three cards for my PC.