One of the lasting impressions of the previous hockey hobby season (for me) was the overwhelming success of the Tim Horton's hockey release. It hit a wide audience, was a quality product (that wasn't ultra high end) and had some staying power while collectors and fringe fans tried to hunt down their set needs.
It caught me a little off guard as I really didn't think that the "restaurant issue" product would really fly. McDonalds did an admirable job with their sets over the years and really found a niche collecting audience, but what Tim Horton's did blew that out of the water. I really feel as though it introduced a lot of new people to the hobby....if only for a little while.
So I was excited to learn of the return to the market this month for Upper Deck and Timmy's. The drive home from work had me stop off and pick up a few packs.
Twenty - to be exact.
Three cards to a pack - two base and an insert. Lots of insert sets to be had and some tougher pulls (and crazy longshots) give something for everyone.
Ok, I guess UD decided that leaving Hall in the set as a n Oiler would be less of a headache than pulling the card and replacing him with another player. I would have loved the ol' 80's OPC treatment...
"Now With Devils"
That would have been sweet.
The base cards are your usual food-issue foil-type card. Nice, but not jaw dropping. Not much in terms of photography or player poses...pretty simple actually. But the checklist is solid.
100 base cards with a smattering of current stars, young studs and Tim Horton. Cool.
This Game Day Action card is a neat concept and it seems.....SEEMS as though the photos are taken from the actual game depicted on the back description. Not bad.
The Local Leaders set is a great concept that has had success in the past under different monikers. And in my opinion they should go back to them. Local Leaders doesn't breathe excitement. It feels like a city committee meeting roll call.
Still, nice card.
These should trade well.
Platinum Profiles though are not just full of tenders (bummer) but are left for the top stars. A good silver foil makes this easily smudgeable. Ha.
I would have liked a Connor McDavid....but hey, so would everyone.
Overall, this pack rip session was a lot of fun. There were no high expectations for big hits and I know that there will be a lot of people looking to trade. And at the end of the day, isn't that what the hobby should be about?
Will I buy more packs? Probably. But I doubt I'll binge for 20 packs at a time from now on. Maybe one overtime I hit up the drive-thru.
Good stuff UD. (except for the Taylor Hall flub......and why is Karri Ramo in the set?)