Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Pack Gambler Retro Break: 1997-98 Donruss Priority Hockey Hobby Box

This months Retro Break is another Hockey product we found at a local Walmart. 1997-98 Donruss Priority Hockey Hobby box. I remember when this first came out and had a little interest in it back then but never bought a box of the product.
The premise of this product is the mail. Postcards and Stamps of players are the focus of the product providing us with 36 Postcards with matching player stamps to collect. There are other inserts in this product like Direct Deposit, Postmaster Generals and Stamp of Approval. All themed with the mail service in mind. The cool thing about this product is that all inserts are numbered from /3000 down to /100. Compared to the serial numbered cards of current day these are not very good, but in 1998 these were the average and pretty good.

Here is the basics of the 15 pack box; 5 packs with 5 cards and 1 stamp card, while the 10 other  packs contain 5 cards and 1 Postcard per pack. Lets see how we did on this Retro break:

Base Cards Even: 46 (0 doubles)
Base Cards Odd: 24 (0 doubles)
1st Class Package: 7
Stamps: 3 - Patrick Roy, Paul Kariya, Brett Hull
Stamps Bronze: 1 - Chris Osgood
Stamps Silver: 1 - Jarome Iginla
Postcards: 10 - Yzerman, Kariya, Potvin, Thornton, Fedorov, Thibault, Tkachuk,Shanahan, Berard, Modano
Direct Deposit: 3 - Ryan Smyth, John LeClair, Steve Yzerman (all #'d /3000)
Post Master General: 1 - Bryon Dafoe /1500
Stamp of Approval Die-Cut: 1 - Darren McCarty 25/100 (Jersey number)

From a 15 pack retro box like this we did pretty well overall. The Base cards are pretty basic. Did you notice the Even and Odd listing above? Well for this product the Odd numbered cards are listed as Short Prints. The Postcard with matching Stamp concept is alright, again this is 1998 not 2013 so for back then it was a cool product. The key point about this product are the numbered inserts. Each card is numbered from /3000 down to /100. Very nice product in that regard and the insert cards are of nice design and chrome feel.
When the McCarty was first pulled it was pretty cool due to the die-cut design. Only after we flipped the card over did we notice it was numbered 25/100, which is McCarty's jersey number. Back in 1998 this wasn't mentioned too often in the community, but nowadays matching jersey and serial numbers are very hot and do well on the secondary market.
We paid $19.99 for this box at Walmart, knowing that you could find this for cheaper at a local card show or expo it might be worth your while. Totaling up the BV on the listed cards we came up to $70 which is very decent considering its a 15 year old product. The big item was the Yzerman Direct Deposit BV at $20, and we didn't even price out the McCarty as they are listed at 50x the base card value.

As always anything we have in our Retro breaks we send in to our COMC account. If you are interested in any of the cards we have listed or not shown please let us know at packgambler@gmail.com

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