Monday, 26 September 2016

2016 Adventures in Repacks: Part 38.2 - Long time, no see

Back to the repack.

The bonus item is:
An oversized Ovechkin 2007 Ultra card with four dinged corners! Yay! If this card was in better condition, it actually would be a pretty nice bonus item.

And now, the 50 cards.
1990 Bowman - Chris Chelios - And it starts with a poorly centered 1990 Bowman card. How repackish.
1990 Bowman - Mike Modano
1990 Bowman - Jeremy Roenick
1990 Bowman - Rod Brind'amour

1991 7th Inning Sketch - Brian Kilrea - You really won't see anyone with a cigar in their mouth any more on cards. Including HOFer Kilrea, who has kicked the habit.
1991 7.I.S. - With a name like 7th Inning Sketch, it is appropriate to find drawn cards as part of their checklist.
1991 7.I.S. - David Myles
1991 7.I.S. - Bill Kovacs
1990 7.I.S. - And there is a logo that hasn't aged well. It was changed to a pirate theme in the mid 90s. And then they brought it back a couple years ago as the mascot. Which went over as well as you could imagine. It lasted one week. It now sports a helmet as opposed to a keffiyeh.
1990 Bowman - Dominic Lavoie
1990 Score - Bruce Hoffort
1990 Bowman - Rick Wamsley
1990 Bowman - Steve Larmer
1990 Bowman - Gary Roberts
1990 Bowman - Adrien Plavsic
1990 Bowman - Mario Lemieux - Despite the print run of approximately one billion for this set, it is still nice to land a major name.
1992 Score Canadian - Frantisek Kucera - Throwback!
1992 Premier - Shayne Corson
1991 OPC - Steve Smith
1991 Score - Claude Lemieux
1992 Parkhurst Emerald - Bill Clement - Hey! A parallel!
1994 Parkhurst - Dave Ellett
1994 Pinnacle Rink Collection - Troy Murray - WOO-HOO! A parallel, and one that hits one of my PCs!
1994 Pinnacle Rink Collection - Bob Corkum - Sure, there's a lot of 1990 Bowman here, but I am enjoying landing a few parallels.
2003 Original Six - Phil Esposito - The most recent card in the repack. And it really wasn't close.
1990 Pro Set - Owen Nolan
1991 OPC - Daren Puppa
1990 Score - Tim Watters
1992 OPC - Adam Graves
1990 Bowman - Grant Fuhr
1992 Ultra - Chris Chelios - Hey! It's a Chelios hot repack!
1993 Score - Doug Bodger
1993 Stad. Club - Kevin Haller
1993 Parkhurst Emerald - Geoff Courtnall
1993 Leaf - Radk Hamr - Must highlight back of 1993 Leaf.
1993 Leaf - Peter Bondra - Must...
1990 Bowman - Rick Tocchet
1994 Donruss - Mark Fitzpatrick - If not for the scratch-off pucks in 1980, this might be the worst design ever, with the name being illegible unless seen at the right angle.
1993 Donruss - Joe Mullen
1992 UD - Paul Stanton
1991 OPC - Larry Murphy
1993 Premier - Tom Barrasso
1990 Bowman - Tony Tanti
1993 Premier Gold - Tom Barrasso - And the run of Penguins ends with my 5th parallel.
1993 Leaf - Roman Hamrlik - Must...
1990 Score - Patrick Roy
1990 Score - Christian Ruuttu
1990 Score - Dave Poulin
1992 Parkhurst - Glen Murray
1990 Score Canadian - Randy Gregg - And it ends with the doctor.

Now that was a lot of early 90's content. A total of 1 card from after a 1994 season release. But, some parallels make up for it, and that Kilrea is a pretty interesting for a photo choice that has aged poorly. While I didn't get my money back, nor was I expecting to, it was still a fun break.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

2016 Adventures in Repacks: Part 38.1 - Long time, no see

I hadn't seen a Fairfield repack on this side of the border since Target left, so why not grab one when I see it at Walmart?
The four packs were:
2008 Victory
2009 UD S1
2010 UD S1
2010 O-Pee-Chee

And those will be what I start with. Interesting that there isn't too much variety in terms of featured players on the packages. I'll do these in that order.
With 2008 Victory, having put the base set together, I was hoping for an insert I could use to finish the set. No luck there.
2009 UD got me an insert, and even better that it hits one of my PCs as a Kitchener Rangers alumnus. Steve Mason also fits, but I'm certain I've acquired at least a half dozen copies of that specific from repacks.
2010 UD. Can't complain about an insert of Yzerman. Vernon Fiddler is probably the player that most defines "I only know of him through cards.", considering he's been in the league since 02-03 and couldn't say anything about him other than "Yes, he is a hockey player."
And O-Pee-Chee is probably the most interesting pack of the bunch, despite one of their most border-intensive designs. A Sens card. A mask binder card and a short-printed Legends card. A nice way to wrap things up.

Tomorrow, the bonus and the 50.

Bills! Bills! Bills! (and some baseball)

As the Bills continue their trek to a magnificant 0-4 September, I'm going to highlight some Bills that showed up recently in a return envelope from Night Owl Cards. I just sent him a starter kit for a birthday collection, and might see myself hunting for Duncan Keith and Claude Lemieux at the Expo.
To start, here's my favourite photo in the group. It might be from the junk wax era, but that's a beautiful shot of a snow-covered field at Rich Stadium.
One of the best things about the junk wax era was the large sets meant that players in positions that would rarely get cards nowadays, such as the special teams players.
Or Offensive Linemen.
The big winner in terms of volume was Darryl Talley. Even though none of these are of his Spiderman look, he's still fun to add cards of to the binder.
Runner-up was Cornelius Bennett with these 2.

This Jim Kelly was a dupe in my 2/14 collection, but not my Bills collection. Overlap can be a good thing.
Action Packed! This is back to back posts featuring cards with an element of depth to their design.

And to end the trade post, here's the baseball portion. Small, but I love that Bunt insert of Noah.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Group Break Raptors

Time to show off some goodies from the Raptors in a recent mojobreak group break.
A box of 12-13 Elite landed me one card, and that's this one of Ed Davis. Ed was sent out of Toronto in the trade that brought Rudy Gay to town.
Speaking of which, here's Rudy!
There were a few boxes of Clear Vision in the mixer, and I think this is the complete base set of the team. The player and dark background portion of the card is slightly raised for an interesting effect.
It wouldn't be a break including 2015 products without landing at least one Delon Wright. This is the Spotlight Silver parallel, numbered to /49. At least I'll have two first rounders to chase in the 2016 releases, Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam.
He's probably the all-time face of the franchise now, and here's a nice red swatch from him.
And the big card, and my second DeMarre Carroll auto pulled through mojobreak, both of which are done on black backgrounds. One with silver ink and this one with gold. No complaints here with this card as the big pull for me from a cheap mixer.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Not A 2*3 Package - Part 2 of 2

The rest of the package contained cards for my pre-2005 mask binder. Approximately 50 cards for that binder means way too many to show off without getting too scan heavy. So, some of my favourites get highlighted instead.
I'll open with a card of Sebastien Charpentier, who'll I'll confess never having heard of prior to getting this card. He sports a very patriotic mask, appropriate when playing in Washington. But, I like this for one other thing. The Capitol in the middle of the mask is a throwback to the Don Beaupre classic. Whether intentional or not, it is still a nice nod to the franchise's history in net.
Staying in Washington, here's a familiar face in my collection. Olaf Kolzig is rocking the Godzilla mask, but that's not why he's here. It is the fact he's listed as Olie Kolzig. A quick search through COMC images makes it seem that this was a one-time thing for Donrusss.

The only other player I hadn't heard of before getting the card - J.F. Damphousse. I figured that was enough to let me at least highlight his card.
Time for a Pacific entry, and typical of their sets, it has an interesting look to it. The only way this card would be more Pacific would be if the net portion of the card used a a die-cut effect.
Since you really don't get that nice of a look at the mask on the Pacific card, here's a look on an MVP insert.
Here's another MVP insert, and boy is it red. If they were going for a retro thing with this, the look itself it isn't bad, but I probably wouldn't have it as a glossy card.

Alex Auld with the classic motif of having the creature devouring the head of the goaltender.
And yes, Fleer's 1995 issues were just as obnoxious outside of their baseball releases.
Finally, some shiny cards, and yet another chance to highlight another of my favourites, with Lalime's salute to Marvin the Martian.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Not A 2*3 Package - Part 1 of 2

Back to the mailbag for Part 1 of a package that showed up from Jeff @ 2*3 Heroes. This will be the variety post, as a variety of PCs will be hit with the cards in this post.
First up, my Mets collection. I'd been waiting for this card for a bit, ever since being able to hunt down a Patrick Kane autograph at the Expo. It might have come sooner, but Canada Post was being questionable, and I put a moratorium on mailings. That said, this one was worth the wait. Who can't love an on-card autograph of a guy on the same team he cheered for growing up?
How did I not already have that Wright/Strawberry card? That said, my favourite here is the Gallery card, since that also hits my love for drawn cards.
As we move into the hockey, here's two new cards for my 2/14 collection. The Hejduk is another one I was certain I had, but my zistle list told me otherwise. Marian Gaborik is lurking in the upper right corner of this card. Considering I have football team leader cards where 1/4 of the card is dedicated to a 2/14 baby, why shouldn't this qualify?
Just one card, but still welcome in my Kitchener Rangers alum collection. Even though this technically wouldn't be an alumni card.
Staying with the Rangers, this time the New York version, here's a /100 gold parallel from 13-14 Rookie Anthology, a set I've busted a lot of, but it really does pack a punch for the value.
More mask cards. The Miller, complete with all the classic Canucks colours, might be my favourite card from last season. But Portfolio really did have a lot of strong contenders for that. Still, the simple paint job works perfectly on the mask to go with the uniform, and you do have to check the card twice to make sure it isn't a Kirk McLean.
Here's a bunch of Sens cards, all new to my collection.
And a parallel and a hit. The Sens picked up 4 jersey cards among the checklist in this set, and now I'm only an Erik Karlsson away from completing that.

And there's part of the envelope. The majority of it in terms of volume was for my pre-2005 masks binder photo, and I'll hit the highlights from that in my next recap post.