Wednesday, October 24, 2012

**Update: 2012-2013 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Hockey Canadian Redemption**

So back in late August I purchased two boxes of 2012-2013 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Hockey. The product was really well received and I also really enjoyed this years edition.

The one special thing about this years product is that Upper Deck offered a special Wrapper Redemption for Canadian residents only. The program details were that you needed to provide 50 Hobby Wrappers to a Certified Diamond Dealer (hobby shop) and they would send in for the redemption packs.

The packs would consist of 5 Red Boarded 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee parallel cards along with 1 All-Star card.

Depending on when your dealer sent in your wrappers depended on how long it took Upper Deck to send out the redemption packs.

I received mine just yesterday after waiting almost two months. The packs are in cello wrappers and you can see the top and bottom cards. The bottom cards are the All-Star cards which are very hard to find and collect since you would need 50 redemption packs to just maybe have a shot at the subset.

Here is who I received in my pack:
Red Boarder Base: Manny Malhotra, Wayne Simmons, Andrew Macdonald, Kris Versteeg
Red Boarder Marquee Legend: Jari Kurri
All-Star: Sidney Crosby

When I first saw the cello pack I thought that dealers would just pull out the top players and hand out the lower tiered to us collectors. If your not close with your hobby shop this might be a problem. My hobby dealer told me they had Bobby Orr, Crosby, Ovechkin and Joe Sakic come into the shop among others. Not too bad of pulls from the redemption.
As for the designs of the cards, they are the same as the regular base cards but just with a red boarder. Nothing too fancy here, but set collectors will want them. I was hoping they would be like the rainbow parallel set but free cards for wrappers is nothing to complain about.


  1. No doubt that happens with Hobby Shops. Then they turn around and sell them to their customers which should be free. If I saw that at a hobby shop I would report them and then tell them I would never buy anything again. Some of these shops whine about losing customers to the Internet but then turn around and stab you in the back.

  2. Agree, too bad they weren't in the silver packs that we have seen in the past. Would avoid this from happening. Again my hobby shop is great and didn't keep any of the packs they sent in and gave the cards to all customers.