Archive for the ‘Upper Deck Young Guns’ Category

2010-11 Upper Deck Hockey – Hobby

24 Packs – 8 cards per pack

Pack 1

Jarkko Ruutu, Tuomo Ruutu, Lout Eriksson, Marc-Edwards Vlasic, Jarome Iginla, Daniel Cirardi, Flyers Checklist, Tuukka Rask (20th Anniv)

Pack 2

Stephen Weiss, Patrik Berglund, Niklas Backstrom, Drew Doughty, Mattias Ohlund, Daniel Alfredsson, Steven Stamkos P.K. Subban (Young Gun)

Pack 3

Blackhawks Checklist, Ryan Callahan, Mark Ciordano, Mike Green, Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Jaroslav Spacek, Hockey Heroes Card

Pack 4

Michal Handzus, Ryan O’Reilly, Trent Hunter. Brad Stuart, Nicklas Backstrom, Kyle Brodziak, Dwayne Roloson, Cody Almond (Young Gun)

Pack 5

Bobby Ryan, Jonathan Ericsson, Rich Peverley, AJ Umberger, Henrik Sedin, Dave Bolland, Andrew Brunette, Michael Ryder

Pack 6

Brad Boyes, Martin Erat, Erik Cole, Gilbert Brule, Dan Boyle, Zach Parise, Matt Duchene, Steve Yzerman (Hockey Heroes)

Pack 7

Jean-Scbastien Ciguere, Ryan Kesler, Antoine Vermette, David Krejci, Darren Helm, Brandon Morrow, Scott Upshall, Marian Hossa

Pack 8

Pekka Rinne, Radim Vrbata, Henrik Zetterberg, Curtis Glencross, Wojtek Wolski, Jeff Deslauriers, Steve Downie, Andrew Cogliano (20th Anniv)

Pack 9

Martin St. Louis, Milan Lucic, Phil Kessel, Dainius Zubrus, Cotton Orr, Cuillaume Latendresse, Jonathan Toews, Erik Johnson

Pack 10

Cam Ward Joni Pitkanen, Mason Raymond, JP Dumont, Dustin Penner, Brent Burns, Brandon Dubinsky, David Backes (20th Anniv)

Pack 11

Matt Niskanen, Martin Brodeur, Brad Richardson, Alexandre Burrows, Tomas Fleischmann, Tom Pyatt, Chris Stewart, andres Lindback (Young Guns – 20th Anniv)

Pack 12

Marc Staal, Ryan Malone, Brooks Laich, Nik Antropov, Jonathan Quick, Matt Moulson, John Tavares,Ryan Miller

Pack 13

Joel Ward, Rob Scuderi, John Mitchell, Scmyon Varlamov, Ville Leino, Ray Emery (Game Used Jersey)

Pack 14

Llya Bryzgalov, Ryan Whitney, Martin Hanzal, Michal Rozsival, Corey Perry, Troy Brouwer, Mike Cammalleri, Kyle Clifford (Young Gun)

Pack 15

Niklas Hagman, Stephane Veilleux, Jay Bouwmeester, Brian Elliott, Cory Stillman, Drew Stafford (Game Used Jersey)

Pack 16

Nick Johnson (Young Guns), Ryane Clowe, Andy McDonald, Chris Butler, Ron Hainsey, Tuukka Rask, Brian Cionta, Stephane Robidas

Pack 17

Chad LaRose, Lubomir Visnovsky, Duncan Keith, Daniel Paille, Rick Nash, Mikael Samuelsson, Johan Franzen, Nick Bonino (Young Guns)

Pack 18

Joe Pavelski, Mike Richards, Brian Campbell, Bryan Little, Alex Coligoski, Evander Kane, Vernon Fiddler, Jarome Iginla (All-World)

Pack 19

Nazem Kadri (Young Gun), Tim Connolly, Blake Comeau, Bryan McCabe, Martin Caborik, Kristian Huselius, Brad Richards, David Clarkson

Pack 20

Francois Beauchemin, Scott Hartnell, Martin Havlat, Jordan Staal, Tobias Enstrum, Sergei Samsonov, Dion Phaneuf, Marco Sturm

Pack 21

Fedor Tyutin, Brian Boucher, Derek Morris, Cody McLeod, David Backes, Jusst Jokinen, Kris Russell, Niclas Bergfors

Pack 22

Tyler Kennedy, Erik Karlsson, Nick Schultz, Matt Carle, Valtteri Filppula, Dustin Brown, Jay McClement, Mark Streit (20th Anniv)

Pack 23

Mike Fisher, Hal Gill, Carey Price, Cal Clutterbuck, Anze Kopitar (All-World), Jamie Langenbrunner, Shea Weber, Steve Sullivan

Pack 24

Craig Anderson, Jaime Brown, Jason Blake, Matt Carle (20th Anniv), Sami Salo, George Parros, Michael Frolik, Jochen Hecht

Apparently there have been widespread issues with damaged Young Guns being pulled out of 2009/10 Upper Deck Series One boxes, and thats not good since the Young Guns are the main hits from this product. The dealer manning the Atlanta Sports Cards table at the Sun-Times show in Chicago, this weekend claimed it wasn’t true, and didn’t know anything about it. 

But apparently, Upper Deck noticed there was a problem, and during the Spring Expo in Toronto they took steps to attempt to correct it.  The following was posted at quincy at Hobby Insider:

On Thursday when the issue first came to light, they had an urgent high-level meeting. By Friday, sleeves of fresh, unblemished YG replacements were being packaged up from the printers to be sent to Expo and overseen by no less a person than UD’s CFO (according Karvin). They were overnighted, expedited through customs and actively being put into use by Saturday afternoon.

Apparently, YG replacements are being given to distributors after the close of Expo with instructions to spread the word and expedite card replacement as best they can. Not an ideal solution, but a pretty good one.  So, now it appears that the Tavares Young Gun that I was so excited to pull has been reprinted by Upper Deck.  Fine, if they were going to oversee a one-to-one exchange.  Not so good if they are pounding these out to their distributors.  There are shady characters in this hobby, and UD is relinquishing control of the major hits out of their flagship brand.

UD made things right with collectors at the Expo.  My main issue is that UD seems to have dealt with this problem in a panic, rather than giving this some deliberate thought, probably because they were faced with a number of angry people at their tables at the biggest show of the year for hockey.  That’s all well and good, but while those collectors were angry, and in person – they are by no means a majority.  These collectors were compensated (as everyone should be), and then some received a few extras as well.

So, for the guy in Vancouver who pulled these damaged Young Guns, here’s the situation.  He either has to send them back to UD (at his cost, probably tracked to make sure they don’t go missing, and in the interim they are probably going to lose 50 % of their value), or attempt to track down a distributor and try that route.

So, after listening to me rant, you are probably wondering if I have a better solution.  I do, but UD has already had many chances to implement it – fix their QC/QA department.  Or even better – actually a hire a QC/QA department.  Barring that?  Eat the criticism you get in person at the Expo, and ensure all collectors have equal access to these cards – and keep them all in your hands.  There might be one backdoor at UD, but that’s better than having Tavares Young Guns trickling out all over the continent.

Atlanta Sports Cards – $57.99

DAcardworld – $62.95

Blow Out Cards – $57.99