Redeem or sell: 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Mystery Redemption Item


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Each box of 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey contains just two cards. One card is a 1-of-1 sketch card while the other is a buyback for graded Rookie Cards or autograph cards or vintage cards.

One card is getting special attention from collectors – the Mystery Redemption Item.

The item could be for an unsealed box of cards, with many of them being from the 2005-06 season. That season was popular with the double rookie crop led by Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.

Collectors have already redeemed some of these redemptions for a 2005-06 Ultimate Collection box, a 2005-06 Upper Deck Series 1 box and a 2009-10 The Cup box.

When it comes to pulling this card, collectors are deciding between selling or redeeming. The first of the redemptions to pop up on eBay sold for $949.95 at a Buy It Now price. There are currently two redemptions up for auction (here and here), and both are above $200 with several days to go.

Considering a box of Best of Hockey can run collectors between $260-$300, pulling the redemption would seem like a sure way to make money back on a box. Even a case break would yield a good return when combined with the rest of the cards.

However, these cards are very rare and getting the opportunity to get a 2005-06 hockey product could be worth it. Unopened hobby boxes of UD Series 1 sell for $250 and above with a chance to pull a Crosby Young Guns (with a high book value of $300).

If you pulled the Mystery Redemption, would you redeem or sell?

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Hockey. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


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  1. rick 8 April, 2013 at 10:56

    Thanks for this article. I want to buy some of this product so bad, I just don’t have the ballz to pull the trigger.

    • Susan Lulgjuraj 8 April, 2013 at 11:25

      Do what I do when I can’t afford a product … watch lots of YouTube videos. :)

  2. rob b 8 April, 2013 at 13:42

    I would sell it and then go ahead and buy myself a Crosby Young guns and prob have cash left over for some Blackhawks!!

  3. ddizzal 8 April, 2013 at 14:10

    i have tried the mystery redemption in leaf before, ultimate basketball and ultimate baseball the baseball was a stan musial auto worth 80 mint and the basketball was a complete joke, the #1 WNBA pick’s auto on a 8×10. Thats not worth 10 bucks!!! Sell it because they are going to be useless to most people redeeming. just my 2 cents

  4. Bart The Explorer 8 April, 2013 at 15:49

    didn’t brian grey go off on companies about redemptions at the convention thing a couple of weeks ago?

    • Susan Lulgjuraj 8 April, 2013 at 17:05

      For redemptions that aren’t readily available like an autograph card. These redemptions – for actual physical hobby boxes – cannot fit into a regular box. So it’s a redemption for a large physical item that is ready to ship.

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