Release Date: August 2, 2011
Price Point: Approximately $25 per box at Dave and Adam’s Card World.
Product Loadout: 6 cards per pack, 36 packs per box, 20 boxes per case
Hit Ratios: 1 rookie per 2 packs, 1 MVP rookie per 18 packs
- 200 card base set (1-200)
- 50 card short-printed rookie set (201-250, 1:2 packs)
- Game Breakers (25 cards)
- Stars of the Game (25 cards, combined odds for Game Breakers/Stars of the Game is 1:2 packs)
- MVP Inserts (100 cards, 1:2 packs for regular cards, 1:18 packs for rookies)
Autographs, Relics and Parallels:
- Black base parallel (1:720 packs)
- Black rookie parallel (1:1440 packs)
- Red parallels (Retail fat packs only)
- 216 total cards
- 162/200 base cards, 0 doubles
- 18/50 rookie cards, 0 doubles
- 15 MVP Inserts
- 3 MVP Rookies (Alex Stalock, Greg Nemisz and John Moore)
- 9 Stars of the Game
- 9 Game Breakers
While I may not follow hockey to the extent I follow other sports, I do recognize a number of the brands. Upper Deck Victory is the first hockey product they release every year and is one of the lower-end products. That doesn’t mean that it’s cheap, however, merely inexpensive. The product doesn’t have tons of parallels and hits to chase, it’s all about building a set and having great-looking cards. In addition, this year brings in the relaunch of the MVP brand as an insert set in Victory.
The base cards are solid, featuring high gloss on both front and back. The front of the card has a picture of the player with his name and position at the bottom and his team’s logo just above it. The back of the card features the past five to six years of stats, pronunciation of the player’s name (very helpful!), a different picture as well as some player stats. Essentially, this is what I want a base set to look like. While you won’t get a full set in a box, the product is cheap enough and the short-prints are often enough that 3-4 boxes should get you a full set including the short prints.
The highlight of the set, though, in my eyes are the MVP inserts. They feature black borders and gold facsimile autographs as well as completely different photography and information. Perhaps I’m just easily swayed by the shiny, so to speak, but I think these are very visually-striking cards, especially the 2 per box rookie cards (or 3, in this case). Finishing off the product is the Game Breakers and Stars of the Game insert sets, both having 25 cards apiece.
Finally, there are two levels of parallels. Black parallels have a black border and fall approximately one per case, with rookie cards falling one every other case. There are also red parallels which are only available in retail fat packs, although I’m less certain of the odds on those at this time.
The market for Victory and other sets similar to it are quite different than most sets. That doesn’t mean the market isn’t there though. This set does very well at what its goal is, which is to deliver a solid set with good design. It’s definitely a good set to build and while it doesn’t have all of the top rookies, it does have enough of them to make this set worthwhile.
Total Score: 3/5