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?