Thursday 21 January 2021

As a Matter of Artifacts - Box 2

 What was hidden with the packs of Box #2?  More dinged up base cards, and these:

At least one of the base cards was a candidate for my Kitchener Rangers alumni collection. I've never been too much of a stickler for condition for that, although if a better card does appear, I'll make the switch.
Here's a look at the design for the Legends portion of the base set, or at least the copper parallels. 

Any other season, this would be a guarantee of a card of the #1 draft pick. But since UD was granted an exemption to include cards of Alexis Lafreniere in their sets prior to his debut, probably not this year. Seeing this going for 3 digits on ebay with the high likelihood this isn't a Lafreniere card makes it really suck to have a conscience.
No Aurums here! So that does mean 3 hits in the box. Egor played one game in the NHL, and has been loaned back to the KHL for this season. Still, a hit is a hit!
While I would have loved to have seen Rangers-alum Jeff Skinner as one of them, this is still a pretty nice card from Artifacts' mainstay Tundra Teammates insert set. Like before, these quad cards are /99. I'm glad they're all the same colour, since it gives a connection across the card. If there had been a single outlier, it would have looked strange. 2 blue and 2 white would have worked as well as all 4, since it doesn't give a 'one of these things just doesn't belong' vibe.

And here's my first Artifacts auto. Jake looks to be sticking around in Montreal, so that's pretty impressive for a 7th round draft pick. With Viktor Olofsson and Ondrej Kase also being 7th rounders in 2014's draft, that's a decent group of late round NHLers.

I might try one more box of this over the next few weeks. For now, there you have it!

1 comment:

  1. If it's not Lafreniere it'll be K'Andre Miller, so that's a win either way. They are the only two rookies we have this year.