Monday, April 24, 2017

Finally something to keep

Well, Leafs did well in their series, but came up a bit short - not overly surprising, and honestly, they did very well in the series. I think the expectations will take a jump up next year considering how they meshed later this season and into the playoffs. Besides, being a huge Crosby fan (and similarly not a big fan of Ovi), will be happy to see the Pens get rid of the Caps again this year - I hope.

The Santa Lot has been a bit on the sad side with not getting anything for my collection - but that all changed today! Okay, not a big change, just one card to keep. Also, it isn't even good enough to be the highlight today anyway.

Highlight:

Electric Court parallel! I think the electric ice parallel made more sense for hockey, but I can go with this too. A decent overall card design, 2008-09 Upper Deck basketball, but the shiny foil overlay on the logo and letter is nice.

The rest
Keepers:

Yeah, of course the one keeper ends up being a Canadien. I will still take it at this point with the string of not so great luck. Hamrlik was a solid player (was picked number 1 overall in 1992, so he should have been a good player), and at least spent many years outside of Montreal.

Traders:



Almost put the 4 Crawfords in as a lowlight because well, there were four!

I think I like Turkey Red cards. Not 100% love them, but like them for the "being different and nice in a different way" appeal. Don't think I would want a straight write up on the back for all cards - still love all year stats on that part.

Getting more 2005 Upper Deck Classics Baseball won't get old. Nothing spectacular (because they are all dupes), but I think any cards from the set are solid.

Overall, a better day for starting the last week of madness in tax season...here's to hoping it keeps getting better.

Through 7620 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 card pure base)
- 3 Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Hockey Checklist Subsets (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics Platinum #64 Marcel Dionne Platinum 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 120 14
Inserts / Var Kept 279 30
Error 15 2
Keep 1551 226
Doubles/Sell 1067 150 1274 2219 261 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 90 1 98 196

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A quick pick....or pack

A quick share as I was able to pick up another addition to the Magic card pack collection with Modern Masters 2017. The Modern Masters sets are a step up in cost given they collect the supposedly best cards from the last few cycles of sets....



The packs run about $15 Canadian - a bit steep for a pack that will just sit as part of a collection, but does make it mean a bit more. Interesting to see if the value of these sets keeps or not. The 2015 set hasn't budged much in value over the couple years, but expect it would take a while to do so. That said, that doesn't matter to me as much as just collecting one pack from each set that had physical booster packs released.

Gotta have goals!

In my other card related news for today, I had a quick second trade with TCDB member CKBeber329. From the quick PWE I received the following...



Cards most have probably see enough of but the Pro Set are the French version which I did not yet have, and the Score are of the Canadian bilingual variety. The last card - the odd duck of the group - was an accidental want list card. New-ish feature on the TCDB is associating teams with junior cards so I ended up accidentally adding some minor league cards which were associated with the Leafs. Oh well, not a big deal and just something to watch for I guess. Regardless, another nice and efficient trade so I was happy!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dave is here man....

Just about a week to go, so forgive my short post today. I won a group of Leaf cards off Listia....all Dave!



I thought these were all new to me, but I actually already had the Power Players card, but not a problem to me. I always enjoyed Andreychuk - especially in NHL '94 for the Super Nintendo. I don't think the games at the time had quite the differences and intricacies of the game today, but there were definite differences in how some players played, and I always likes Dave's slapshot when playing Toronto (which was often). Good times...glad I still have my Super Nintendo still hooked up.

On that happy memory - have a great day, I'm off to work (actually probably already been there a few hours....or more...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Apparently I don't have to get anything...part 2!

But there is a highlight!

Yes - a silver lining...a glimmer of hope...

Highlights:


So, although there is nothing I care to keep that we are looking at today, there are some football inserts from 2009 Donruss Threads. Between the two sets, I like the Century Legends. I am a sucker for a quality San Fran QB..or Steve Young (just kidding). I came around on Steve Young before he ended his time in San Fran. I held it against him for trying to replace Montana (which of course was impossible). He ended up with a decent career I guess considering he was a first ballot Hall of Famer.

The century stars are fine and well, and have good star quality players, but from a design standpoint, the horizontal use loses a bit to me on these cards.

The rest
Traders:


Well, since the one error card which we saw from 2004-05 Ultra Basketball - I now look a lot closer at the Ultra cards I am pulling. For example, looking at all of the cards today, I can clearly see the foil stamping missing its mark by varying degrees.
- Even so slightly low on Reggie Miller
- Obviously high on Nene
- Obviously low on Jaric
- A little to the right on Blount
- Slightly right on Diaw as well...and Grant
- A bit high on Johnson

Dangit...now that I noticed it, every time I see one of these cards, and it isn't right on, it's going to irritate me....blast you Fleer and you failed foil stamping ability!

So I am not going to count these slight misses as errors - though I am tempted if they are well off (I have not idea how to quantify "way" in this situation). If it is missed completely - obvious error card, if it is stamped just a tweak off like these, I'd live with it just being lazy quality control I guess...thoughts?

Through 7600 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 card pure base)
- 3 Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Hockey Checklist Subsets (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics Platinum #64 Marcel Dionne Platinum 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 120 14        
Inserts / Var Kept 279 30        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1550 226        
Doubles/Sell 1065 146 1268 2213 261 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 90 1 97 196    

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Apparently I don't have to get anything...

Getting closer to the end of April - can almost see the finish line...well into working 12 hour plus days of personal taxes to get everyone filed on time. As much as I absolutely enjoy what I do, but the exhaustion is always something to have to fight through each year. Can't believe this is the 17th busy season I've gone through....and man, that makes me feel old...

So it is nice to be able to have a nice (though short) break and do a post here, and take a look at a few cards. Unfortunately nothing new today from the Santa Lot 20, so since these are all traqders, I figured I'd look at them by way of a review of "where are we now?"

1991 Upper Deck Football

These bring the number of cards I have in the set up to 431. If we remove the last 200 cards which were part of the update set, that marks us at 86% completion on the 500 card set. Doesn't factor in that I have 5-6 copies of a number of cards, but regardless, still can be an accomplishment.

2007 Score Select Football

Not a highly populated set - only 58 cards of the 430 - so 13.5%. Gather there will be more, but likely no where near even 50% complete by time we are done with the Santa Lot.

2007 Topps Football

328 of 440 cards to date so far. A set I think we are going to compete (though maybe give or take a card as I have traded away a few in exchange for cards for my collection....).

2008 Donruss Threads

43 of the first 150 cards in the base set are missing. Cards above this in the "base set" are serial numbered rookie cards and autos, so let's ignore those and just deal with potentially getting the 150 card true base set.

2005 Upper Deck Classics Baseball

No need for more of the first 100 cards as we have completed this set - though still hope for more of the Retro Rookie cards numbered 101-130.

2007 Upper Deck Hockey

So if we cut right down to consider just Series 2 - there are 23 cards of the 200-450 cards outstanding. I think, even if I get these, I wouldn't consider it a complete set, but it would give me reason to go after the series one cards as well.

Nice to check in on the progress of some of these, even if I wasn't able to add much from today's pulls. Hopefully there will be a little something better tomorrow.

Through 7580 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 card pure base)
- 3 Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Hockey Checklist Subsets (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics Platinum #64 Marcel Dionne Platinum 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 120 14        
Inserts / Var Kept 279 30        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1550 226        
Doubles/Sell 1065 146 1253 2213 261 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 90 1 97 191    

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Swell Wells

Highlight:

We have seen a few of the 2007 Topps Heritage base subset of All Stars, but nice to get a Jays card. Even nicer that this isn't the only one today...

The rest
Keepers:


Awesome baseball star power - though I didn't realize that Ichiro was going by the single name of Ichiro at this point. Ichiro was an amazing hitter and synonymous to lead off hitting for the Mariners.

Moving on from the baseball cards, we get to some nice hockey cards. The 1998-99 Omega rookies card is a great one given both Hejduk and Drury went on to great careers. I hadn't seen these split rookie cards before - does a good job of highlighting both players.

Traders:

Those 1999-2000 SP Authentic cards are very nice. Personally, prefer these to the 2003-04 SP Authentic cards we have seen plenty of. Even the 2005-06 SP Authentic basketball card is fairly nice though 1999-2000 wins on the fact there is some background from the actual photo rather than a graphics background. I will say that both sets are great as far as the nicer, thick, card stock is concerned.

Through 7560 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 card pure base)
- 3 Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Hockey Checklist Subsets (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics Platinum #64 Marcel Dionne Platinum 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 120 14
Inserts / Var Kept 279 30
Error 15 2
Keep 1550 226
Doubles/Sell 1059 143 1253 2202 261 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 90 1 97 191

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

An error a long time coming

So while I was organizing the Santa Lot cards a while ago, I noticed a 2004-05 Ultra basketball card that didn't seem to have the silver foil on it. It wasn't a card coming up any time soon, but because it was so unusual, I wanted to pose the question to the great people at the tradingcarddb.com to find out it is a type of error. In getting that answer, I also found a likely home for it. Not wanting to pull it from it's "spot" in the Santa Lot, I scanned and saved it for today's post, but it is in fact a long time gone from my collection.

Highlights:

Kaman isn't a big name player, but the error is pretty nice - hopefully it is a nice piece in Billy Kingsley's collection by now.

As for the O Pee Chee Canadian Heroes inserts - I'm not sure how I feel about these. I like the idea, but given they are not all NHL players, interesting it seems a bit odd from collecting, but I can go with it. I think this makes Tessa the first woman to have a card in what I consider my "permanent" collection.

The rest
Keepers:

More 2007 Topps Heritage - yay - too bad there isn't another Jay, but atleast there is a Jason Bay...

Traders:

Filling in some missing spots from the base set of 2004-05 Ultra. I know we have seen Nash and Carter before, but they are still great cards.

Through 7540 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 card pure base)
- 3 Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Hockey Checklist Subsets (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee Hockey #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics Platinum #64 Marcel Dionne Platinum 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 120 13
Inserts / Var Kept 279 30
Error 15 2
Keep 1543 223
Doubles/Sell 1055 143 1248 2202 261 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 90 1 97 191