Sunday, September 8, 2019

Whatcha Got - Unopened Hockey Pack Collection

So let's take a look at the unopened hockey pack collection. I didn't bother with some of the staples like Score, O Pee Chee, and the flagship Upper Deck sets. All in, about 240 packs in the collection, so let's go through some.

First, the over-sized packs because over-sized is interesting.

Happily in this case, not many, because they are a bit problematic for storing.

This is why I like keeping these packs - such a variety in packaging, but you get a taste of the stars of the day.

The trend of stars - or pre-stars continues through these heroes and prospects pacts as they show a glimpse more of who would be stars.

With all the packs I have, these are the only McDonald packs I have - the 2004 Atomic ones. ALso like the Kraft one - always get the best of both worlds with these type of food issue cards because many came in clear packaging so you can see what is in the pack while keeping it unopened.

I also wanted to highlight some of the Pacific packs because Pacific was quite different when it came to card designs at the time, and this was also true about the packaging. Also, I don't know that there were many sets that had real, different packaging like the Vanhuard ones here. Now, many had different details like different ads of mail ins, but not completely different fronts like this.

Not a huge fan of Prizm per se, but I did end up with a multi-pack which included a special green parallel pack with a few cards, so I had to keep that as well.

Also, some of the packs are pretty nice, like the Zenith hobby pack. I will stick to "packs" and won't be including anything like The Cup where a pack is really a box.

Love the Timmies and atleast it is consistent, and still uses Crosby and different photos each year.

Just to show, I will keep the variations as well - a retail and a hobby pack if such exist (and I get my hands on them both).

Artifacts is one of my favourite products which is why I have almost the whole run for the last decade.

Not quite as loving as Black Diamond, but enjoy it as well.

Of course, can't forget the "lower end" guys as well. I don't go out of my way to pick these up, but the tend to show up through repacks, and I keep them from there.

Getting enough packs, I will need to look at a better way to store them as right now I have them in open card boxes, but will need something like slightly taller boxes so as not to crush them...oh well, need to look into it, but open to ideas.


  1. 1997-98 Donruss Priority and 1997-98 Pinnacle Beehive are two of my favorite products from that era. You just need a pack of 97-98 Zenith Dare to Tear to complete the trifecta.

  2. Ton of cool packs there and that's too cool. Great post.

  3. Interesting question on how to store all those packs. Do you have any of the original boxes? It might be fun to store them that way. For example, if you had one empty Fleer box, you could put all your different Fleer packs in that box, and so on.

    1. That's not a bad idea. I don't have any of the boxes at this point - except for some boxes from Dave and Adam's I have to open at some point. May be a decent way to store the "normal sized" packs though.

  4. 240 is pretty impressive! That's 240 more than I have. I've always opened every pack when I get it.

    Seeing some of the older sets from the 90's and early 00's brings back some good collecting memories.

    1. That's exactly what I like about keeping them - it is the packs some times, more than the cards, that bring back the nostalgia feeling about collecting as a kid.

    2. Kind of makes me wish I had saved some of the Pacific packs I bought back then. They had quite a few cool sets and I remember buying a ton of them at my LCS and card shows back in middle school.

    3. Nice collection, I also collect unopened packs of Pittsburgh Penguins only , the way I display them is by using 4x6 penny sleeves and toploaders