Friday, January 7, 2011

Early-2000 Pack Breaks

I stopped collecting in 1998 after the birth of my first son, and did not pick the hobby back up until after the needless to say I missed out on a LOT of cards during that time.  I have slowly been trying to fill in the gaps, but I have found that acquiring cards from this period of time has been a bit of challenge...

So I happened upon a seller who had two auctions ending within a few days of each other loaded with unopened hockey packs from the early-2000's.  I thought that it was worth the money since I don't have a ton of cards from those years.  The price tag on both auctions was $25 for 50+ packs with $10 shipping.  I decided to give both of the them a shot and ended up winning both auctions.  Here is a breakdown on the packs I won:

7 01/02 Upper Deck Series 2
7 01/02 UD MVP
13 01/02 UD Vintage
19 00/01 SP Authentic
1 01/02 Stanley Cup
1 01/02 UD Challenge for the Cup
13 2002 Between the Pipes
3 2002 Topps Archives
1 01/02 SP Authentic
6 01/02 Topps
3 01/02 Stadium Club
3 01/02 Top Shelf
6 01/02 Spx
11 01/02 Challenge for the Cup
8 00-01 Topps Chrome
2 01/02 UD Ice

They arrived today and I anxiously began the ripping...I started with the packs I was less interested in and moved my way up...what did I find???

From a Topps Chrome Pack:

Not bad right?  Well I moved onto the Topps Archive packs next...and looky what we pulled out of the last pack...

WHOA BABY!!! We hit pay dirt, and in the set of packs I never expected any real hits!!!  No sticker autos here people...that's all card baby!!! 

Unfortunately, the next sets failed to live up to their predecessor's accomplishments: 01/02 UD MVP, 01/02 UD Vintage, 01/02 Stadium Club, 01/02 Topps. A few RCs and inserts, but nothing really special.  In fact, there were a few of the Topps packs that had cards fused together so bad I ended up tossing them all...oh win some you lose some right?

So having gone through the packs I was semi-interested in, it left a nice stack of packs left to rip...on we go...

The UD Ice packs were a HUGE let down since some of the cards were stuck together and ended up getting damaged when I was separating them.  I did get a numbered redemption for the Devils which expired nearly a decade ago...too bad.

The Series 2 packs yielded three YGs (no one really worth mentioning), one insert, and a JP Dumont Exclusives numbered 080/100.  I lost a few of these cards as well since they were stuck friggin annoying...

Next was the Challenge for the Cup...which ended up being not much of a challenge since it yielded NOTHING!  Not one card other than base!  BOOOOOOOO!!!

I moved onto the BTP cards.  The second pack in revealed yet another hit which made me squeal like a little girl (ok, maybe not that bad, but I was pretty excited)...

2001-02 Between the Pipes Masks #13 Patrick Roy!!
WOW, I had seen these in auctions in the past, but never in person...VERY NICE!!!  I was pleased...but a few packs later what did find???

2001-02 Between the Pipes Masks #1 Jacques Plante
VERY NICE!  I also got the Lalime card from the set...color me pleased!!!

Next I ripped the Top Shelf packs and pulled a no-name rookie and base cards...

The SPX packs were next and yielded plenty of base and SPs, but no rookies...

Next to last I opened the Stanley Cup pack...and pulled two base cards and...

2001-02 UD Stanley Cup Champs Sticks #SJJ Jaromir Jagr
Well now...this is has to be the cat's meow huh???  SA-WEET!!!!!

Lastly, I ripped the 20 SP packs...they yielded a number of nice inserts including a Gretzky Power Skaters insert, one rookie (Michael Riesen), plenty of base cards, and Sakic All-Time Greats card...oh yeah, did I mention that I also pulled a Sign of the Times auto??  I didn't???  Well...

Another on-card auto and for one of the best defensemen in the NHL over the past two decades!!!

I still have to sort through the cards, but I am pretty sure I hit on all of the biggies...

I am thrilled with my pulls and had a great time opening all of the packs...happy days!!!  Well worth my time and money!!


  1. I've always wanted a stick card!! Sweet pick ups!!

  2. amazing breaks!! love those old products better then what they put out now!! congrats!

  3. Those are some crazy cards out of random packs. Very nice.