So what to do on a boring, run of the mill Sunday afternoon? Mow the lawn? Plant some shrubbery? Clean the garage? I know!! Bust some cardboard crack. I decided to bite the bullet and pick up a hobby box of 2010-11 Black Diamond a bit ago. I don't usually find myself picking up hobby boxes of BD each year because I can usually find blasters at most of the local retailers. When one of them does their shelf clearing blowouts, you can usually get a blaster box for under $15 (sometimes less). Since I usually build the set, the blasters tend to be enough to get me on my way.
But on the day I picked this up at the LCS, I was feeling froggy. With a couple exceptions, I wish I would have gone with my initial instincts and gotten something else. But I digress.
I have already done my best to review this year's BD with a video box break over here. I will spare you the pleasantries of a design review. As for a hobby box, as you can see by the box top, there are 6 Triple Diamonds (3 of which should be Rookie Gems), 2 Quad Diamonds (1 of which should be a Rookie Gem) and a bonus pack featuring cards from the Upper Deck Ice set that will contain 1 Ice Premieres Rookie. There are also 2 memorabilia cards on average and at least 1 parallel card that may or may not be numbered.
I'm not going to scan the base Triple Diamonds because there is really no point to it. Instead, here are some of the other highlights of the box:
Alex Tanguay Gold Parallel #'d/10 - Not a bad card at all (at least that's what I keep telling myself). Since this isn't the "all encompassing" set like an Upper Deck flagship or O-Pee-Chee, there aren't many "scrub" players to choose from (unless you are a Flames fan, then you might argue). With the low print run, I think I did okay for this one. Plus, the gold foil is definitely cooler to look at than the basic silver.
So that's it. Not that I didn't have enough Black Diamond already but this box was a bit underwhelming to say the least. The Tangradi was a nice edition to the PC and the Hawerchuk is a decent looking piece. The Tanguay could have been cool if it wasn't Tanguay. Definitely not enough here to pay for the box, that's for sure. Why I continue to punish myself with this set year after year, I'll never know.