Ok, I have always seen these boxes at the checkout counter but never actually bought one. I always wondered if it would be all scrub players and commons shoved into a plastic container or if there was a real shot at something good. At any rate, I broke down and bought one of the Gems Of The Game boxes that claims 10 Hockey Packs plus 1 Graded Card in every box. It also states that 1 in 6 have a Crosby or Ovechkin rookie. If that was really the case, why wouldn't you buy it? Ok, here goes.
Ok, the first card in the box is the graded card, of course. It is a BCCG 9 Steve Yzerman 1994-95 Parkhurst Vintage #V57. Not a common, not a high ticket but I am not disappointed at this juncture.
And now the packs.
Pack #1 2007-08 Ultra Retail
Colby Armstrong #41
Anze Kopitar #109
Michael Nylander #70
Mike Modano #132
Danny Bois (RC) Gold Medallion #208
Not awful, but not awesome either. The Bois Gold Medallion is nice.
Pack #2 2007-08 Ultra Retail
Miroslav Satan #73
Scott Gomez #83
Jay Bouwmeester Gold Medallion #115
Niklas Backstrom #100
Miikka Kiprusoff #168
Not impressed with that one.
Pack #3 2007-08 Hot Prospects (these have never been good for me)
Brad Richards #10
Niklas Backstrom #68
Steve Bernier #94
Guillaume Latendresse #31
Pack #4 2007-08 Hot Prospects
Nathan Horton #66
Jason Spezza #38
Jason Arnott #95
Jonathan Cheechoo #43
Pack #5 2007-08 MVP
Jack Johnson (RC)
The Johnson was not a bad pull, but the rest...unless you are a hockey fan you would have no idea.
Pack #6 2007-08 MVP
Rod Pelley (RC)
A much better mix of players. Better pack.
Pack #7 2007-08 Upper Deck Series 2 Retail
Viktor Kozlov - Victory Update
This was the "sideways" pack. The Moen, Foster, Fernandez, and Lundqvist are all sidways photo shots.
Pack #8 2007-08 Artifacts Retail (The one I was excited about. I like these cards.)
A sad, sad batch...but I still like these.
Pack #9 2007-08 Victory
Ryan Parent (RC)
Pack #10 2007-08 Victory
Extreme Uber-Booooo!! And I got cheated out of another card.
I guess I should have expected this but at least now I know...Pick the box at the back of the shelf.
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