Sometimes two of my worlds merge together into one beautiful little subscription or mystery box - this is one of those occasions. Ultimate Autographs is a sports autograph retail site - but, they also provide mystery boxes wit ha chance to get an expensive autograph at much less of the cost. I just had to try it!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The mystery boxes aren't always available - my hockey mystery box is from series 7 and was limited to only 100 boxes.
The Cost: $75+ (This review is of the $150 Hockey Jersey box)
The Products: One mystery autographed item per purchase. The have 5 boxes:
- The Ultimate Mystery Box: Baseball Edition
- The Ultimate Mystery Box: Hockey Jersey Edition
- The Ultimate Mystery box: Baseball Jersey Edition
- The Ultimate Mystery Box: Football Helmet Edition
- The Ultimate Mystery Box: Football Jersey Edition
I must say, I haven't been this anxious to see what I received in a box in a long time! This box is definitely limited to autograph hunters since there is a chance that you might not receive something that you like.
They operate within a Series set. For hockey jerseys, this was Series 7 and was limited to 100 total boxes in the series.
They highlight the big name autographs that are available in the current series, but do now - it is NOT a guarantee that you'll receive an autograph from one of these players.
Series 7 included:
- Mario Lemieux
- Patric Marleau
- Shea Weber
- Teemu Selanne
- Steve Yzerman
- Jarome Iginla
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Paul Henderson
- Patric Hornqvist
- Milan Lucic
- Gordie Howe
- John Tavares
- Martin St. Louis
That's a fantastic list!
Your autographed item arrives double boxed, with the inner box being completely sealed with plastic wrap. Inside, you'll find your jersey in plastic protection.
The jersey I pulled was autographed by Oilers defenseman and past GM Kevin Lowe. I've seen values of his autographed jerseys go for as little as $73 to $300 - so I'm not sure where to value it in that spectrum - my guess is to the lower end since that jersey looks pretty similar.
It comes fully authenticated, which is super important for any collector.
While I'm a Penguins fan, I must admit that the classic Oilers jersey is one that I've always loved - so while I didn't get a player that I'd prefer - I did get a jersey that I really love.
Kevin Lowe wouldn't even break my top 100 of players to receive an autograph from - but, he was part of that great 80's oilers dynasty, and for that reason, I was still happy to see this autograph in the box.
Verdict: Naturally, I was hoping for a Penguins player or an all-time great HOF player - so my first reaction was 'eh' but then slowly transformed to 'this is pretty cool' - but I would hope for more from the price of the box. My main concern is that a jersey that is nearly identical to this was sold at auction for only $73 - nearly half the cost of the box - so while it looks like you could score a major autograph, it also looks like you could lose big time. So, if you're up for the gamble, it could be worth the try. For me - I probably wouldn't buy a second time unless I was guaranteed a certain minimum value.
What did you think of The Ultimate Mystery Box? Have you ever tried this out yourself?