2008/09 Upper Deck Hockey Series 1 Hobby Box break, packs 5-8

19 12 2008

Now that we’ve examined Upper Deck’s hockey card philosophy, let’s take a look at more of their cards.

Pack 5

15 Pavel Kubina
30 Erik Johnson
79 Brendan Witt
HH7 Hockey Heroes Sidney Crosby

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170 Dion Phaneuf
192 Erik Christensen
160 Duncan Keith
153 Jordan Leopold

I’m trying not to be catty in light of the last post, but apparently another innovation from the hockey industry flag bearer is to recycle old insert sets.  Nothing against Sid the Kid, but how about doing something to get us more excited about his future rather than trying to cast his lot with the past?

Pack 6

86 John Madden
49 Peter Mueller
42 Sidney Crosby

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HH6 Hockey Heroes Sidney Crosby
173 Adrian Aucoin
178 Jaroslav Spacek
162 Eric Staal
180 Phil Kessel

A nice looking Crosby base card, and the first Ranger sighting of the box, I believe.

Pack 7

89 Shea Weber
18 Tomas Kaberle
17 Alexander Steen

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50 Ilya Bryzgalov
165 Rod Brind’amour
172 Corey Sarich
193 Ryan Getzlaf
HT10 Dany Heatly Hat Trick Heroes

Seriously, an all horizontal hockey set would be the awesome. Steen was a hyped rookie coming into the league, but has settled into a role as a two way player more than star scorer. He’s since been traded to the Blues, where’s he’s a third line center.

Pack 8

45 Tyler Kennedy
90 David Legwand
48 Petr Sykora
210 Mark Fistric Young Gun
161 Robert Lang
102 Mikko Koivu
190 Colby Armstrong
169 Jerome Iginla

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Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla (I kid you not) would be a household name if he didn’t play north of the border and on the west coast. He’s a two time 50 goal scorer, a Lester Pearson award winner, and has been hailed by many as the best player in the game. And how many times will he be on Versus’ hockey coverage? None. Way to showcase talent, guys.

The box so far:

Base: 56 out of 200 (28%)
Young Guns (1:6): 3 out of 50 (.06%) – Bogosian, Sbisa
Captains Calling (1:24): 1 – Brendan Morrow
Hat Trick Heroes (1:12): 2 – Joe Sakic, Dany Heatley
Hockey Heroes (1:12): 2 – Sidney Crosby x2


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