Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2011 In The Game Canadiana hobby box (Hour 5)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2011 In The Game Canadiana trading cards (hobby box)
The cost now: 
$49.95 

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Not a bad view after popping the lid.

Packs per box: 1 (all cards in gallery below)
Cards per pack: 9
Base set completion: 
5 of 100 (5 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Glenn Gould, Sir Sandford Fleming, Terry Puhl, George Knudson, Oscar Peterson

Inserts: 1
Blue parallel (1) – Danny Gallivan (/50 announced print run)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 3
Autographs (1) – 
Ferguson Jenkins
Mega Memorabilia Silver (1) – Bret Hart (/90 announced)
Double Memorabilia Silver (1) – Mario Lemieux & Patrick Roy (/90 announced)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Take the sports and pop culture catch-all that’s Americana and limit it to just one country, Canada, and that’s what you have here. This one is a unique creation in that its hits — three per box — include a number of big names, while the base set drills down on the historical figures that might not be household names beyond Canada’s borders. This box? It pretty much runs right with that idea. These cards arrive in a slider case in a tray inside the box. so once you pop the lid you’ll know how it starts — and this one, as seen above, started pretty well with a dual of two huge names in hockey history. Sure, those are plain white sweater swatches but that’s still a solid find. After that, it included a jumbo denim memorabilia card from an iconic star from an iconic Canadian wrestling family and an auto from one of Canada’s best MLB players — in fact still the only Canadian in Cooperstown. These may make you think this is a sports product, but it’s not as the base cards here included musicians, an inventor, a broadcaster and then athletes. Among the possibilities here for autographs and memorabilia include Pamela Anderson, Trish Stratus, William Shatner, “Stompin'” Tom Connors, Steve Nash, Margot Kidder, Donald Sutherland, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Shania Twain, Don Cherry, Larry Walker, “Mad Dog” Vachon, Steve Yzerman, Jacques Villeneuve, Jean Beliveau and even Tyler Labine — aka Dale from the recent camp classic horror film Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. There are plenty of other names you may or may not know here among the signers and even more in a base set that seems wide in scope for 100 cards. This one is worth a rip if you like some serious surprise potential, though singles are much easier to find than wax boxes. This one was strong from a sports side, but I may rip another hoping for some non-sports finds.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
 A-
Fun Grade: B+

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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