Tuesday, 22 August 2017

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 23 - Fleas!

Time to wrap this flea market trip up with my fave pick up from trips there, the $5 brick of cards. These are a brick of about 50 or so base cards, mostly from recent low/mid-range sets, with a hit in the middle. This might be one of the better ones I've gotten for nothing more than the variety - over 20 different sets among the 50+ cards.

I'm in the mood to scan everything. So here we go in groups of 9.
That's a great start. The Ilya was a visible card, so I got it for the mask binder content. After that, there's an Al Montoya from his Hartford Wolfpack days for Dennis @ TMM, and a Kitchener Rangers cards for that binder. The Deadmarsh was the oldest card in the repack. Unfortunately, that Hejduk was a 2/14 binder dupe, and so was the Dipietro in the mask binder. And this ends on some Hockey Card Day cards from this past year.
More HCD stuff, and my first card from this year's Ice release. The Tim Horton's card not only offers mask binder goodness, but also the throwback jerseys. I'll miss seeing those on the ice in 17-18. Pierre-Luc Dubois was the 3rd overall pick in 2016 to Columbus, so that's a pretty good prospect to add.
The third grouping starts with the first Senators card of the repack. These repacks always seem to contain one of either Gretzky, Crosby or Ovechkin, and there's this repack's version of that. There's the second TMM card from this, followed closely by the third as some more 90s content appears with some Gold Reserves.
Gold Reserve wraps up as the 4th part starts, and it leads into the "too much gold" look from this year's Fleer Showcase, although I do like the 20th Anniversary patch on the Domi. But, that does lead into the hit of the package. Technically, this is from the Update portion of Series 2 Upper Deck as opposed to plain old OPC, but I don't have too many of these in any case. Goldobin is now in Vancouver. That might not even be my favourite card in the bunch, with the Barry Melrose right after it.
The Schwartz was with me to start the 5th part. Those two French cards were both needs for my 1-200 set build of that. So, WOO-HOO for that! Then there's an insert from this year's Parkhurst and my second Milan Hejduk card of the break. As well as my second dupe of Hejduk. I'll certainly be adding that Bishop to the mask binder. That Talbot is already there.
And it ends with a Sens card, a Rangers alum, and the Hoffman which could end up in either of the two.

That's a solid $5!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Flea Market Rangers

Time to show off some of the Kitchener Rangers alum picked up at the flea market trip.
I can't believe I didn't have this card already. The push pin design s one of my favourites from the 80s, so I can't really explain why I didn't have a card of a PC player from it. No matter the reason, that's remedied now.
The Stevens was the only base card in the group of 5. Here's the only parallel in the group. Paul Coffey in gold parallel form from 1994 Select. Or Certified Gold if you want to be technically correct. Interestingly, that's fellow Rangers alum in the background with the #23 clad Brian Bellows.
A rather formal looking card, appropriately out of Crown Royale is the last of the non-hits. Calder Collection includes a mix of potential Calder winners from this season, and no Calder winners from any previous season. If you're going for a mix of the two in a subset, that seems off. Jeff Skinner is the only one in this set that actually won the trophy. Because of course.
If I didn't need this in my alumni collection, it can go in my Senators binder. Or vice versa, since I didn't have it in either.
Start with a HOFer. End with a HOFer. This time in relic form, with those two colours you traditionally associate with the St. Louis Blues - silver and red. You'd think they'd at least use a photo from the era where red appeared on the jersey to explain that. No idea about the silver, though.

And there you have it.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Ready for Summerslam!

My original plan was to stay at the flea market and show off the Kitchener Rangers alum I added to that collection. But, Summerslam is tonight!

Let's bust some 2017 WWE Heritage instead!
Here's the hanger box!
The first part of the pack are the regular base cards. The 1987 design makes another appearance. The only difference is that instead of the team logo, there's the brand/show the wrestler is associated with.
The colour for the name portion also changes with the show/brand. As you can see, the Future Star designation gloriously makes its way over from the 1987 design. There is also the 'manager' designation, but I didn't get any of those.
The All-Star design from 1987 also makes its way over, getting used for the legends portion of the set.
And so does the Rookie Cup! Sadly, William III doesn't appear to be on the checklist. These are roster update cards, and they have a slightly lighter colouring and the border.
There were two unnumbered copper parallels in the box. Bayley and Goldberg are definitely a contrast for these 2 cards.

The rest of the box was devoted to Summerslam. We stay in 1987, and the design used for the WWF release from that year for these cards. That's still a year early for Summerslam, which started in 1988, but since there weren't any Topps WWF stuff that year, this'll do.
There's a subset here for bizarre Summerslam matches.
Summerslam All-Stars are another one of the subsets. It was just a coincidence that I paired these two cards of father and son together that I didn't realize until I did this post.
And a more general Summerslam history subset ends it.

Your regularly scheduled flea market programming resumes tomorrow.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Flea Market 2-14s

Back to the flea market this past week, and that's going to lead to a few days of showing off the goodies. Up first, 2-14 binder stuff.
Any time I can grab anything non-hockey for my PCs at the flea market, I'll jump on it. Here's a new card for the former #1 draft pick, as his cards now total 32 in the binder. That's 6th place, 5 behind David Garrard.
Hockey the rest of the way home, and I'll start off with a gold reserve of Milan Hejduk from 1999. That's 141 cards for him,
The best think about Boris Valabik is that if I don't need his card in the 2/14 binder, it can also land in my Kitchener Rangers alumni binder. Fortunately, this could go in either, thus he finally hits double digits there with his 10th card.
But, Gaborik remains the king of the binder in terms of volume, with 3 cards putting him at 156. First up, a slightly goofy card of the Slovakian Sensation!. If Pacific used an exclamation point, so will I.
1 year later, and a die-cut entry from Pacific. I really wish UD would rip this design off.
And the big hit, so to speak, for the binder is this /50 parallel from 13-14 Totally Certified. It is a lot shinier in hand than in scan, making it feel like a rewarding acquisition.

And there you go!

Friday, 18 August 2017

4 if by Sportlots

Another grouping of 4 cards from a sportlots seller where shipping costs exploded at the 5 card plateau.
Let's start with my 42nd card of Gheorghe Muresan. You've got a flashback to the first Hoops design, and you've combined it with a rare appearance of Muresan on the Nets.
The back also flashes back to the original design, with Muresan looking like a serial killer.
The other 2/14 card from this envelope. At least Roy looks saner.
The other 2 cards are on their way to my Alfie collection. 2003 MVP was one of the rare MVP designs I like, with the background shaded into one of the team colours.
And an insert from Crown Royale to make his 1000th point ends this mix of 4. It is also /499, so it can safely go in the front of his binder.

There you have it. More 2/14 stuff with the next post.

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.