Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thoughts: The Cup vs Dominion

A lot of people are building this up to be an epic showdown between the two highest-end card releases of the year. That's all well and good, but I've got my own take. 

For me, it's not about the super high end stuff that you can get (i.e. Gretzky, Lemieux, Roy, etc), it's about my main PC guy Jimmy Howard. Whichever of the two offers me more in that regard, will be the winner of the two in my mind.

Now, I'm not afraid to admit I can't afford to go and bust case after case of this kind of stuff, frankly I think that would be dumb even if I could afford it anyway. Why? Because I care more about my PC needs than trying to make money out of busting packs and boxes. 

In the case of The Cup, there are absolutely no Jimmy Howard cards to be found. Epic fail in my mind, so I'm going to steer clear of it altogether. Dominion however, is another story. I was just perusing the Dominion checklist put out on The Knight's Lance and I was pleasantly surprised. At first glance there were around ten Howard cards for me to chase.

I did a little more digging and found these 19:

Base /199
Sapphire /10
Emerald /5
Black /1
Jerseys /99
Jerseys Prime /25
Jerseys Prime Brand Logo /6
Jerseys Prime Number /25
Jerseys Prime Laundry Tag /5
Jerseys Prime Nameplate /25
Jerseys Prime Patch /25
Peerless Patches /19
Signatures Ruby /50
Signatures Sapphire /10
Signatures Black /1
Plates Black /1
Plates Blue /1
Plates Red /1
Plates Yellow /1

Immediately this makes Dominion the winner in my mind. Does that mean I'm going to bust any of it? Probably not, I think I'll wait until his cards hit the market and hopefully buy or trade for them. We'll see...


  1. I'm with you, won't bust either (or any high end wax for that matter). I am just happy that the Hartford Whalers are represented in both products. I've already snagged a couple Whalers cards from The Cup, which I'll be posting when they arrive. I'm even more excited about the 10-card Brass Bonanza autograph set in Dominion though, which Captain Canuck brought to my attention a few days ago. Can't wait to see what they look like!

  2. I can't afford to rip into either of these products but I've seen some of the Cup stuff and I like the look of their base cards which can be picked up for a reasonable price online.

  3. I never have, and never will, bust any of this stuff. Both products have interesting cards to me. The Cup is the first product to offer an on-card auto of my man Adam McQuaid and I have already scooped one up. Dominion has a couple of nice Derek Sanderson autos that intrigue me, so I might go after one of those. Overall, though, I am giving the edge to The Cup because Panini just frustrates the heck out of me.