The sell sheet:
I came home last night to find a box of this sitting on my porch. Brought it in and texted a picture to my wife who texted back, “EXCELLENT!” I usually wait for her to open up these products so that I can get a different perspective on how she feels about the cards. She came home and we tore it open.
The base cards are broken down as follows:
1 – 30 – Hero cards – These are sketches of players like Howe, Roy and Sundin. I think they look pretty good, however my wife feels they make the players look odd.
31- 50 – CHL Rookies
51 – 86 – OHL players
87 – 114 – QMJHL players
115 – 150 – WHL players
151 – 199 – Class of 2013 players (NHL Draft ready)
The prospect cards are good, with very little change in design over the years. Personally I like the cards because for many of these players these represent their first cards and I have something to mail out for them to sign through the mail.
A typical box should yield at least 70% of the set.
One word, AWESOME! I haven’t seen too many 3D hockey cards and these are all of the class of 2013. I believe there are 49 of them and they average about two a box. They are on very thick card stock (about the size of a blocker card). Definitely a subset worth chasing in my opinion.
These include Memorial Cup match ups, Memorial Cup champions, Subway Series, and Top Prospects. Although the cards are nice and show the rivalries that are so special in hockey, I tend to not like them. For me they are filler preventing me from finishing a base set.
Falling 1:7 packs, you should get 2 – 3 of these in a box. We got two of them. They are very similar to previous years, there are many short prints and extra short prints available. There are just over 160 subjects. All the hero cards are the extra short prints (still trying to find out how many are out there). Hamilton is already on the Bruins (9th overall pick) and Carrier is definitely an up and comer. Overall not a disappointment.
Game Used Cards:
Here is where in the game shines. Usually we get a multi colored jersey and we got two large ones including a silver parallel. They are so thick that they actually bulge out of the card. I do love this about ITG, how they give out the best looking jersey cards. We got three of them including a dual jersey card. The odds are at 1:7 so again you should expect 2 – 3 a box. Domi is going to be an NHLer very soon, Gregoire is going to be a hell of an enforcer, The dual card has two top prospects as well. Overall definitely not a disappointment.
With a price tag of $85, you really can’t go wrong. The ITG jersey cards are always a good seller on the secondary market and the autographs provide some players with their very first autograph cards. The 3D cards probably gave me the most enjoyment out of the who experience. I feel as though you do get value for your money.
Leave a comment about what you like and don’t like about the set and you will win one of the cards from the hits we got. Contest Deadline is 8:00pm 1/31/13