2008/09 Upper Deck Hockey Series 1 Hobby Box break, packs 1-4

17 12 2008

I know that you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the start of the hockey card avalanche, and it’s finally begun.  First up is Upper Deck’s flagship hockey release, with a design almost exactly like that of flagship baseball.  The only difference I can discern is the bar under the player’s name on these is in two colors split by a horizontal foil line, whereas the baseball release has a blended line and no split.

Each hobby box is 24 packs per box, 8 cards per pack, 2 jersey cards (on average) and 6 “Young Guns” cards a box, plus various other inserts we’ll hit on as the break goes on.

Here we go.

Pack 1

57 Mike Richards
9 Alexander Edler
20 Nik Antropov
234 Luca Sbisa Young Gun


131 Niklas Cronwall
176 Derek Roy
198 Jean-Sebastien Giguere
118 Fernando Pisani

Luca Sbisa was the 19th pick in the 2008 draft. He’s currently playing in the NHL and doing fairly well. He has 7 assists in 29 games, and has shown no reluctance to be physical when needed. Some project him to be a top 4 type of guy.

Pack 2

60 Joffrey Lupul
54 Ed Jovanovski
12 Henrik Sedin
125 Dustin Penner
114 Nathan Horton
195 Scott Niedermayer
HT4 Hat Trick Heroes Joe Sakic


As promised, here’s one of the insert sets. Hat Trick Heroes is a 14 card set inserted 1:12 packs. It’s a pretty dull set commemorating some of the hat tricks from the 07/08 season, including this one from Joe Sakic on October 13th.

Pack 3

36 Devin Setoguchi
6 Boyd Gordon
83 Johnny Oduya
201 Zach Bogosian Young Gun


157 Adam Burish
119 Andrew Cogliano
142 Jared Boll
188 Tobias Enstrom

Zach was the 3rd overall pick in the 2008 draft and played 8 games this season for the Thrashers before breaking his leg. He’s out indefinately. He’s a big physical defenseman with a strong shot and should improve with maturity and experience.

Pack 4
52 Martin Hanzal
13 Curtis Sanford
46 Jordan Staal


67 Jason Spezza
113 Stephen Weiss
167 Ryan Whitney
139 Steve Ott
CPT6 Captains Calling Brenden Morrow

I’d talk here about the Captains Calling insert (1:24), but it’s boring, too. In fact, I’m generally turned off by most of the inserts from this year’s hockey release, with the exception of the fat pack inserts. Those will be for another time, though.

Instead, there’s a nice looking base card of Jordan Staal, one of the young stars of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Staal currently sits with 18 points after 30 games this season. At present he’s streaky player stuck on the Pens third line behind Crosby and Malkin. Perhaps on a scoring line he’d be more consistant, but the Penguins won’t move two of the most talented guys in the league for him in order to find out.

So far, so good. A couple of third tier Young Guns (It appears there’s four tiers this year, with Stamkos and Schenn on tier one. These two are just above commons) with potential for improvement and a host of nice looking base cards.

The box so far:

Base: 28 out of 200 (14%)
Young Guns (1:6): 2 out of 50 (.04%) – Bogosian, Sbisa
Captains Calling (1:24): 1 – Brendan Morrow
Hat Trick Heroes (1:12) 1 – Joe Sakic