2005-06 UD Trilogy
Packs Per Box: 9
Cards Per Pack: varies from 2-5
Cards Per Box: 33
Set Completion: 11 percent (24 of 220)
Quality Control: A few minor corner dings that would annoy the most finicky of collectors
WHAT WE PULLED
Honorary Swatches (3) Marty Turco, Ryan Smyth, Saku Koivu
Honorary Signed Swatches (1) Joffrey Lupul /10
Frozen In Time (3) Chris Drury, Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla
Ice Scripts (1) Daniel Briere
Auto Scripts Future Stars (1) Maxim Afinogenov REDEMPTION
Rookie Premiere /999 (3) Jeff Hoggan, Andrew Alberts, David Leneveu
Say: There's no denying that Trilogy is a flawed product, but like the
hot girl you just know is going to break your heart, you can't help but
take a chance.
On the plus side are the Frozen in Time subset
cards, which are spectacularly chunky slabs of plexi-glass that offer
as much eye-appeal as any card we've seen in years. I'd bet the
plexi-glass Ice Scripts autographs will become the most hotly pursued
signature cards of the year. Even a yawner like we pulled, Briere, is a
must-have on the merits of its looks alone. If UD manages to top these
this year, it'll be quite an achievement (one suggestion--save the
plexi-glass for the RCs!). The only problem with these cards is that
they're incredibly easy to pack search. More care needs to be taken
with that in the future to ensure the viability of these packs on store
Finding a jersey in every-other pack provided decent value for the
money, even with the semi-star level pulls. The signed Lupul/10 was the
stunner of the box, but for cryin' out loud guys--if you're going to
limit a jersey card to 10, could you at least include a premium swatch?
If you're going to make a special card, make it a special card!
base set design is attractive, but it looks recycled, and too many of
the photos are a couple years old (Jason Spezza wearing #39? Scott
Gomez with a 2003 Cup Finals patch???).
This year's rookie crop
is packed with potential, but for some reason we keep pulling defensive
defenseman Andrew Alberts and Phoenix stopper David Leneveu from every
box we open. And come on: at this price point, a print run of 999 on
the RCs is much too high. These should have been limited to 300 or
fewer to ensure value. Finally, the less said about the indignity of
pulling yet another Afinogenov redemption card, the better.
has just enough ooomph to ensure that the entire run is busted over the
next few months. After that, be prepared to lay out some serious coin
for the Ice Scripts autographs. The rest of the product may be
forgotten, but these have long-term collectibility written all over 'em.