Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Stacks of Wax - April 2017 - Part 6

And the rest of the box.

Pack 4:
A good way to start the pack - first card out is a Raptors card. This would be the only Raptors card I pulled from any of the basketball boxes.
As for the rest, the may have over used photos from the backboard in this, but I love that Omar Asik looks absolutely terrified.
The inserts bring my second autograph, and my second Rookie View of a Bucks card. Johnny O'Bryant isn't quite Jabari Parker, but at least he's playing on this side of the Atlantic. These are supposed to fall at a rate of 1 every 13 packs, so I definitely did better than expected landing two of them. Clarkson is another one of those faux-leather feel cards.

Pack 5:

Nothing too amazing among the base cards here.
But the hits bring my final hit of the box with the Jefferson relic. This, like the previous James Young, is /199. Robin Lopez is a red parallel, and a LeBron insert card is still a LeBron card.

Pack 6:
A couple interesting cards here in the final batch of base. That's a lot of blue on Draymond's card, but that allows the hoop itself to really pop in the middle of the card, and make the basketball seem tiny in comparison. And there's a Supersonics card too!
I wasn't expecting a hit here, but a couple HOFers among the inserts make it a satisfying way to wrap things up. A good number of keepers, plus one card that should cover the cost of the box in yesterday's post make this a successful break. Staying with basketball next time, this year's Court Kings is scheduled next.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Stacks of Wax - April 2017 - Part 5

2014-15 Threads was a Target Exclusive that I'll just assume blowout bought unsold inventory of. These boxes have 6 packs with 10 cards each. 7 of them are standard base cards, and the other 3 are inserts/parallels/SPs/whatever. 4 hits are also in each box.
Here's the first base card out. The non-SP portion of the set just mixes legends in with the current players. I do like the faux-patch look on the borders, just because it fits the name of the set perfectly. Nice photo choice too with the length of the court visible behind the HOFer.
And the rest of the base. Not much here, but the alternate Mavs jersey is pretty nice.
Here are the inserts. My first hit of the box goes directly into my secondary team collection of Celtics. An alternate jersey in die-cut form? Why not?
Pack 2 starts with a second legend, with the Human Highlight Film showcasing one of the dunks that helped him earn that nickname. My other favourite here is the Evan Fournier, just for an angle on the photo that one doesn't see much of on basketball cards. Plays around the basket usually get a shot from either the glass or directly underneath.
How can I complain when the inserts include a Bill Russell? The Anderson is a SP'd base card, and has a slight leather-y feel to it. Finally, the Hill is a red parallel to /99.
The base in pack 3 is highlighted by a perfect angle on the Klay Thompson to place the Warriors scoreboard logo almost in the top-middle section of the card. Maybe 3 backboard photos are too many for a single pack.
And your inserts here. The on-acetate auto of #2 pick Jabari Parker should pay for the box. That's always nice to do with a single card. The other inserts are keepers, with the logo in the background on the Gasol, and the Jones is my first Utah Stars card in my collection.

3 more packs next time!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Stacks of Wax - April 2017 - Part 4

Time for some retail stuff. This could also function as a stand-alone set, as all the base cards, parallels and inserts were exclusive to these boxes. In addition to the promised hits, there are 10 base cards, 2 parallels and an insert.
These are the base cards from the 50 card set (subset?). I hope you like that background...
since you see a lot of it. Not too much of interest among the base cards, but at least the Robinson and Stauskas will find a new home. Unfortunately, I just sent out a bubbler last week, so it will likely wait until after the Expo.
Not much different about the parallels. Blue foil and numbered /499.
The only non-rookie card in the box was this flashback to Carmelo's time with the Nuggets. This theme was continued in this seasons release, as this subset returned in box topper form.
Devyn Marble is already out of the league, playing in Europe last season. I can parse all the letters in his last name, though. That's always good. He might be the only person who has a more legible sticker auto than for on-card autos.
The relic does fall into my PCs, since Tyler Ennis is one of the Canadians in the NBA. He's bounced around since this card, with stops in Houston, Milwaukee and LA.

And there you have it. Next up, I stick with the retail theme and a product that was originally Target exclusive: 2014 Threads.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Stacks of Wax - April 2017 - Part 3 - Video Killed the Cardboard Card

Time for the final 3 packs.

Pack 4:
A very Raiders pack. I guess I'll have to wait a season or so to get 3 Raiders locations in the same pack. But only 3 cards?
Here's the hit. Still in the league, and he's just signed with the Giants. But what's the 5th card?
Wow. While this obviously would have been even better a couple years back, this is still an insane pull. This is for a video trading card. The base version of this is limited /40, with there also being /10 and /1 auto parallels. You can take a look at the Andrew Luck version of it here:
The Luck is obvious one you wanted from this set. The others were Ryan Tannehill, Robert Griffin III and Justin Blackmon. At least the one I pulled wasn't the perpetually suspended member of the fivesome. While this was entered into Panini's redemption site without any problems, I'm still doubtful it will come through. But if it does, a Crimson Tide alum-collecting JayBarkerFan will be getting it.

Pack 5:
This will be a step down from the previous pack, but here's the base.
Another redemption. This one does look to be live. I'm more than willing to wait to land an auto/relic of a guy nicknamed Muscle Hamster.

Pack 6:
Larry Fitzgerald's card is way too red.
And the final hit is actually a parallel autograph. The blue versions are /99. Bruce is a West Virginia alum, and this final card of the break is on its way to Bob Walk the Plank as I type.

And there's the box. Nice keepers. Nice trade bait. Tomorrow, the basketball starts.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Stacks of Wax - April 2017 - Part 2

And now, I start with the boxes. I'm continuing this chronologically, starting with 3 of the 6 packs from this box:

Pack 1:
The base cards are very red. Platinum Red, in fact. The final 3rd of the 100 card non-hit base is for a legends portion. Somehow, Jake Plummer was considered as such, but I do like the oddness. Other more obscure choices for this included Fred Jackson and Bernie Kosar.
The hit isn't the most spectacular. Terrance Ganaway played one season in the NFL, the retired to go to grad school. So, he's definitely smarter than the avarage bear...ram.

Pack 2:
3 out of 4 from this pack were from the legends portion, with only Marshall being a current player. The McMahon looks really nice with the red background as the dark uniform offsets some of the loudness in the background.
More Rams love in the second hit of the box, with a relic from Steven Jackson. At least it is game-worn.

Pack 3:
A Bills card! WOO-HOO! At /199, the Lewis parallel was the only base parallel I landed.
And I leave St. Louis, but stay in the state of Missouri for the final hit. And when I think of Joe Montana, I think of his time with the Chiefs. Still, despite it being a tiny swatch, and it being shared with Matt Cassel, Joe Montana is probably the biggest name I have a football hit of. The card is oddly-numbered, though. For some reason, it is /93.

And that's 3 packs. The other 3 are tomorrow, where things get redemption crazy, but also even more interesting, with what would have been an insane pull for 2012.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Stacks of Wax - April 2017! - Part 1

The COMC challenges have been very good to me the past little while, and I was able to accumulate enough for another Blowout Cards $250 shopping spree.
If you don't want to decipher the boxes in the photos, here's the list instead:

2011 Between the Pipes Pack
2012 Totally Certified Football
2014 Threads
2014 Court Kings Retail
2016 Court Kings
2016 Black Friday Football Packs *10
2017 Opening Day

The single pack was picked up when I was just under $250 for the content, but at $250, you could save $10 on the order. So, it was like getting a free pack and a couple bucks more off the cost.
I'll go through this chronologically, starting with my weakness - cards for the mask binder from 2010-11.

One of those 9 was one of those puzzle piece/blocker cards that started showing up in ITG's later releases. Time for the actual cards.
The Future Stars portion really hasn't come true yet, at least in NHL terms. Sateri got to sit on the bench for San Jose, and earned some NHL cards that way, but he's over in the KHL now. Makarov did get into a game for Buffalo, but he's also in the KHL now. As for Anderson, he's bounced around between the AHL and ECHL in the Devils system.
Now here's a mask card worthy of the binder, even though it is already in there. Ilya hasn't seen action since 14-15, but had a solid enough career.
The Decades portion is always fun in an ITG release, giving a nice trip through time to various designs on masks. The big winner here is obviously the stitches mask from Cheevers.
An autograph is the perfect way to end a pack. Laurent has also been back and forth, but, unlike Anderson, between the NHL and AHL. He even saw some action in the playoffs when Cam Talbot get shelled in Game 4. These is a sticker auto, but ITG did such a great job with stickers that you don't notice that it is.

And that's the pack! I'll start with the Totally Cert. football next time.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

One Card Only: Crossover

This card featuring Darnell Nurse throwing a football is a really appropriate choice. His father Richard was in the Canadian Football League (and that is a CFL ball Darnell is using), and his uncle is Donovan McNabb. A basketball would also have been appropriate, since his sister Kia plays at UConn. There does not appear to be any baseball players in the family.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 11 - A legendary mullet.

Even Jaromir Jagr himself would bow down in appreciation of this one. Party in the back for days!

And the best thing is, there were 14 more cards accompanying this one! The notables (at least for me):
The outdoor game card, with the accompanying toque, was the reason I got this one. Team Canada cards are always fun additions to my misc. binder, especially the more obscure cards from the women's team. The front of Barry's card doesn't give a hint as to how spectacular the back will be. Emerald parallels and signature series base cards don't show up that often. I like the compact photo on the McCarthy. That's the second straight Top Prospects game card in one of these repacks. And even the junk wax added two cards to my Rangers alum binder. That's a mighty fine dollar!

The second of the two hangers was't nearly as amazing, but still had a few interesting cards:
I grabbed this for the Landeskog that ended up as the 3rd Rangers alum of this break. How did Mogilny spend 3 years with the Leafs, yet I still blanked on his entire stint in Toronto? The backs of 1993 Leaf must always be highlighted, and a goal-scoring celebration from Domi is a fine final card for this post.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Look What I Found!

In a drawer that probably hadn't been opened in about a decade, this was contained within:
Time for a trip down memory lane!
The inside of the cover recaps the '88 season. Only two stickers here, those being the puzzle pieces that formed the trophy.
Highlights from the season on page 2. Lights at Wrigley, 40/40 Canseco, and Browning's perfect game are among them. Doug Jones' record for consecutive saves at 15 shows how things have changed concerning bullpens since this was released. LCS on page 3.
The World Series gets 2 pages. I like that Game 1 shows the celebration with the team as opposed to Gibson's famous trot, just for being something different. The 4 sticker team celebration is the only 4-sticker puzzle in here.
This is what a completed team page looks like. Logo, stadium and team lettering in foil across the top, with the paper stickers starting with "Tomorrow's Headliners", followed by pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders. Since the TH portion included the 88 Rookies of the Year among them, these are more second year players as opposed to entirely rookies. There were 3 future Hall of Famers among them - Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio and Randy Johnson.
All-stars as the centerfold - and positioned nicely so the staples don't ruin it.
Along with the various league leaders on either side, before the AL portion of the album starts.
Closing with award winners. I doubt that supplies have lasted long enough to use the information on the back cover to complete the album, so I've added the needs to my set wantlist at the side. No better time than 28 years later to finish the thing!