Thursday, 17 August 2017

One Card Only: Sadness

That's what Joe Hoerner feels when he looks into the crystal ball, and realizes Jay Johnstone will win the hat war several years later with his choice.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

PWE Chronicle

Time to recap a nice little envelope that showed up from Kerry @ Cards on Cards last week, as I try to catch up on mailings.
6 cards. 3 teams represented. Only one of the Toronto teams showed up, and it was this DeRozan from Excalibur. Thankfully, this wasn't one of the cards I landed in my case break Raptors purchase. And yes, it is die-cut to resemble a...column? Sorta. I guess.
While I haven't become a Nuggets super-collector, I have become a Jamal Murray super-collector. Gotta get cards of the rare local guys who get cards in something other than hockey. Which consists of Murray, and former KC Royal pitcher Ryan Braun.
More Jamal! This pink parallel, the second of the Optics, is numbered to just /25. A nice low print run for a desired rookie card from the '16 class.
Rediscover Topps? There it is!
Golden Tom! And there some more Topps I can rediscover as well!
And purple Yo!

Thank for the 6 great cards! I hope my most recent return package made its way to you safely.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 22 - Once, Twice, Three Times a Repack

A trio of $1 hanger bags from the Dollarama. And they all had cards from 16-17 UD flagship as one of the visible cards.

Repack #1:
2016 UD - Brandon Sutter - A visible 2/14 card! I was fairly certain I had this card already, but I didn't notice it in the binder when I searched. This is my 55th card of his in that collection.
1990 Bowman - Mike Bullard
1993 Parkhurst - Oleg Tverdovski (sic)
1991 Score - Trevor Kidd
1992 UD - Al MacInnis - A Rangers alum!
2000 Ovation - Tim Connolly
2004 UD All-World - Thomas Steen - The set from the lost season. If you couldn't do NHL cards, why not European cards? The stats on the back, naturally, are entirely from his NHL career.
1990 Topps - Zarley Zalapski
1990 Score - Scott Stevens - And a teammate of Al's from the Memorial Cup winners.
1990 UD - Randy Ladoceur
1992 Parkhurst - Cam Neely - A card of one of my favourite players is always welcome.
1990 UD - Kip Miller
1991 Score - Alexei Kasatonov
1991 7IS - Chris Crombie
2011 Heroes and Prospects - Zack Kassian - And a minor league card ends it.

3 cards for my PCs (although I think that Stevens is a dupe), and Cam Neely. An efficient start.

Repack #2:
2016 UD - Steven Stamkos - I was more interested in the card on the back, to be honest.
1990 Bowman - Carey Wilson
1991 OPC - Bob Carpenter
1995 Parkhurst - Jiri Slegr - The Oilers logo and colours work really nicely in the background with this design.
1991 UD - Tomas Forslund
1991 7IS - David Matsos
1991 UD - Ray Sheppard
2004 Heroes and Prospects - Bryan Bickell - I've found a lot of these in repack land lately. At least it is still rarer than 1990 Bowman.
2007 ICE - Alex Tanguay
1990 Score - Brent Ashton
1993 Score - Steve Konroyd
1990 Bowman - Doug Wilson
1993 Leaf - Todd Ewen - Must highlight card back of 1993 Leaf..
1995 Parkhurst - Ron Francis - Pens colours are less subtle than Oilers one in this design.
1991 7IS - Darren Hurley
2010 H&P - Alex Stalock - This was the reason I opted for this one - a mask binder card and a really great logo of the former Worcester Sharks.

16 cards instead of 15! WOO-HOO!

And the final repack, grabbed because it was on top.

Repack #3:
2016 UD - Louis Domingue - A nice little start with a mask binder card.
1990 Bowman - Jeff Norton
1991 Platinum - Alex Godynyuk
1990 Bowman - John Ogrodnick - 2 packs with 2 1990 Bowman. I hope that doesn't become a trend in future repacks.
1995 Parkhurst - Sergei Zubov - But if leads to more '95 Parkhurst, that's an acceptable trade-off.
2004 H&P - David Shantz - A nice mask binder card. Although drafted in the 2nd round by the Panthers, he never reached the NHL.
2005 Ultra - Patrik Stefan - Shouldn't this show the puck skipping past him with someone taking it end-to-end for a goal?
1990 Topps - Jeff Reese
1990 Score - Paul Ranheim - That's a pure early 90s rinkside look. Suit. Neon green cap.
1990 UD - Tommy Albelin
1991 Score - Dave Ellett
1991 OPC - Lev Berdichevski
1996 Donruss - Adam Oates
1991 7IS - James Storr - Pre-Jamie days.
2014 OPC - Tom Gilbert - A blah ending.

Lots of mask binder candidates in the pack.

And there you have $3 worth of repacks.

Monday, 14 August 2017

A Whole Buncha Raptors

I dropped a whole pile of random hockey guys on Billy over @ Cardboard History, and I got a bunch of Raptors in return. There were also some Vancouver Grizzlies, some drawn cards, and some mask binder goodies, but those will be combined in a future post.
My favourite card of the bunch seems like an appropriate way to start this post. Mascot cards are always great.

And now, a whole bunch of Raptor cards. Pictures only, as I'm not having the most verbose of days.
And that's a lot of Raptors! From Loren Woods to DeMar DeRozan, they're all welcome. Thanks for all these, Billy, and I hope you enjoyed the goodies I sent your way as well. I'll get to the rest of them in a future post.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 21.2 - But it (Still) Isn't Spring!

3 packs down, with these 7 still to go:

2008 Upper Deck X
2012 Prizm
2013 Triple Play
2014 Topps S1
2014 Golden Age
2015 Opening Day * 2

I'll go through them in the order they upload.
A couple of Walmart parallels and a nice use of a horizontal frame is a fun way to start this group.
I think Golden Age was the portion of this I was most excited about busting since I hadn't already opened any of it, and it does bring some variety. Golf, football, boxing and baseball in the same pack.
It is hard to tell because of the border colour matching the parallel, but the Guilder is a blue parallel.
Given the condition of the corners of a lot of cards in this group, I'm guessing Dinger is to blame.
Here's the Prizm stuff. Nothing shiny, and it is typical of me to land a card of someone who a trade partner collects just a couple days after sending off a trade package. In this case, the Willingham for jaybarkerfan.
Triple Play. It is an acquired taste, and I haven't acquired it yet.
And to end it, the X. I'm glad I'm not building this set, as a set with half the cards not being base probably would have annoyed me. The Kemp is a gold die-cut parallel, which is a little tougher pull than the regular.

And there you have it. I liked the first one more with the Halladay swatch among the packs, but this wasn't too bad. Some keepers, and the trade box got a lot more baseball content. Back to the incoming envelopes next time.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 21.1 - But it (Still) Isn't Spring!

Time to revisit one of those 10 pack "Spring Fever" repacks. 10 packs and a bonus Beckett card. These were the packs.

1994 Fleer Ultra
2008 Upper Deck X
2011 Topps S2 * 2
2013 Triple Play
2013 Prizm
2014 Topps S1
2014 Golden Age
2015 Opening Day * 2

I'm going to open w/ the Ultra and the '11 S2, since they're the only ones that need more than one scanning to highlight the entire pack(s).

Here's the Ultra. 17 cards worth of 1994 Ultra:
I was kinda worried that these would stick together. That wasn't the problem for the cards, but the dinged corners were. Still, I get a card of a guy named Pennyfeather and a guy named Duff, so I'm still happy. That On-Base Leader of Andres is pretty loud, but it might be the best card of the repack box when all is said and done. There don't appear to be too many on the secondary market, surprising for anything for this era.
A couple notables in the first 2011 S2 pack. You've got shiny Ichiro. But you've also got a pretty interesting play at the plate card. In fact, since the player appears to sliding and there is no tag being applied, I'd guess this PatP photo took place during a bases loaded situation after the force out and with the ball being relayed on to first.
And the second pack brings the Mets content. I've got several of them, but still really like that Beltran photo. A couple throwbackish inserts with the Thomas and the Rizzuto . Frank is actually the somewhat rarer original back version.

And there you have it. 7 packs tomorrow. Or fewer.

Friday, 11 August 2017

World Cup of Trading - Part 2

And the rest! A miscellaneous bunch of hockey, where I'll hit the highlights.
The best of this portion wasn't even a card. It was this iron-on patch. I had no idea what the heck this was until I googled my way to learning that this is from the early 70s, and accompanied Bobby Orr skates. I love it.
Next up, a card bound for someone else. Werenski is a Wolverines alum, and that means this YG will be bound for Too Many Manninghams.
A Kitchener Rangers alum!
Alfie!
And Drew Shore. He followed me around through a lot of breaks in 13-14. Why shouldn't he also follow me around here?
I can't really get enough cards with Gretzky on the Blues.
Shiny Dino!
I really don't have enough content in my mask binder from the distaff side.
And some shiny content for the mask binder as well, featuring Brian Hayward and his famous Sharks mask.
Random 70s!
And more random 70s with a hint of 80s!

And that's that. I've already dropped a second WCoT bonus package in the direction of Wes this past week. I've got 3 more packages to get to, so I'll probably be doing a repack next. Because I gotta be me.