I went to the wrong golf course and as a result - missed my tee time.
It was brutal. Especially when I started receiving texts from my golf buddies heckling me to no end.
So I decided to do some office cleaning and card scanning. Not even close to making up for the "botch of the year".
But I digress. On to a nice story about cards.
Right before I left for my trip to Brazil, I managed to make it out for the local trade night. I knew it would be an abbreviated go as I still needed to pack....and but stuff....and just do a bunch of overall prep work. I like to leave things to the last minute it seems.
Anyways, while I was at the card shop I was really....REALLY wanting to open some packs. Sadly, there was no hockey product that was speaking to me. Even the baseball (which is my second choice) didn't have anything I was excited in. Not even the non-sports stuff was catching my eye.
Worried that I would be leaving with no cards in tow, I decided to take a flyer on the recent CFL product just released by Upper Deck. The price was right so I decided to give a box a go. Shall we see how I did?
2016 Upper Deck CFL
6 cards per pack
24 packs per box
I feel as though the CFL product has a pretty strong niche collector following - especially in Canada and I thought if I could hit a couple cards, maybe some trading could be had at future trade nights.
A breakdown of the base shows (and I'm going to go out on a limb with a guess here) that cards 1-100 are a given (I had about 15 doubles on top of that). So that's a real nice start. Cards 101-140 which are the special teams cards land about 1:2 packs. I ended up with 11 cards - no doubles. So some work to do if I want the complete base set. Cards 141-163 are All-Star cards and land 1:6 packs. I ended up with 5 so I exceeded the expected 4 cards I should have received. Nice.
Overall though, the base card offering in this product is pretty good.
They are 1:3 packs so I should have received 8 in total.
Eight it is.
There are patch variations /15 in this product and a quick look on eBay shows some impressive patches.
The more I look at this product, the more I see Upper Deck taking the best of the best from other signature sets and building a real nice niche product for diehard collectors. I'm impressed so far.
And a quick look at the checklist seems to reveal that these are an extension of previous UD CFL releases (as they are listed TL-51 to TL-62). Pretty cool.
I must say that I'm quite pleased with what this spur-of-the-moment pack ripping adventure has resulted in.
But if only that was all.
Offence base card autos (40 cards) run 1:96 packs, Defense/Special Teams base card autos (12 cards) run 1:256 packs and then there are the All-Star autos (11 cards) numbered to /25. There are also CFL Scripts (which is what I landed) and they are also numbered to just /25. Yes, it's a sticker auto but still....more good tradebait.
So.....I can say pretty confidently that I hit a really good box. Does that change my perception on the product? Maybe. Will I try my hand at another one? Doubt it. I really like that I have some good traders and should be able to recoup most (if not all) of my box dollars on this one. Pretty rare when that happens.
If you're a CFL fan....then I would think that this is a must-try product for you.
Have you ever stepped outside the box and tried a product you normally don't rip? How'd it go? Did it meet your expectations?
Well....I feel like I accomplished something tonight. Better than nothing I guess.
But make no mistake, I'd much rather be losing golf balls in the pond today. Ugh.