Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bring Back True Value Added Memorabilia

No this isn't a prop from Friday the 13th, it's a box-topper from Upper Deck's 2002-03 Mask Collection Hockey. Mask delivered 20 packs per box and 5 cards per pack and
an average of 4 rookie cards and 2 jerseys per box, plus a replica mask. Key rookies include an impressive lineup of talent headlined by Jason Spezza, Rick Nash, Henrik Zittererberg, and Ryan Miller. Boxes can still be found for between $72 and $85.

Last year, I did a 4-part post titled a tribute to box toppers. You can read the first in the series here. I'm a big fan of legitimate, value added box-toppers. Unfortunately, it seems they have gone the way of Pacific, Pinnacle and other now defunct trading card companies in that you don't see them anymore. Oh sure, you can still find over-sized parallels, the occasional refractor and other pieces of cardboard but nothing like this replica mask made famous by Hall of Famer Tony Esposito.

Simply referred to as The Mask, there is even a website detailing the creation of this revolutionary piece of equipment.

Some of which are:

Made in 1969 by David Britt in Montreal
Made of aircraft fiberglass
Worn from 1969-1984

I wonder when a real value added box-topper will make it's way into a product again and who will be the company that delivers it?


Corky said...

This made me think back to one of my favorite box toppers, the 2001 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia baseball and football sets. The baseball set had an autographed baseball per box and the football set had an autographed mini helmet per box. It was pretty cool to get an added bonus.

Andrew said...

This is what used to make memorabilia so great. The possibilities and added bonuses just seemed to be endless. Nowadays, memorabilia is down to nit-picky licensing laws and fragmented collections.

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