Monday, May 22, 2017

Big Hurt - feels great!

Highlight:

Another one of the inserts (of the only insert set) from 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum. I'm not sure why the picture of Rob Blake sitting on Kelly Hrudey's head would be the choice for the card. It is an interesting picture nonetheless, but no where connected to the subject matter on the back (other than if we are trying to stress how close to his own goal he was as a solid defenceman).

The rest
Keepers:

I love the Frank Thomas card here (always have). Though I don't collect his cards, because I don't collect any specific players,he would be on the shortlist of those I would consider. With that said, it definitely looks like he is about to rip into someone for taking his bubble gum...or something similar - definite "I'm about to whoop someone" look.

Traders:

Too bad the writing is so faded on the redemption card. I'd love to know who it was for, even if it is well past and used - just a mild curiosity. Oh well.

I also like the Fleer Tradition for the fact it was during WIllis' time with the Raptors.

Through 8120 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)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 131 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 292 32        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1636 243        
Doubles/Sell 1152 169 1322 2425 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 92 1 100 200    

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The last of the GCA Trade

Here we are with the last, but definitely not least, of the cards I received from Greg. Here we go from about 2006 to current with plenty of Jays I did not have until now...


I was going to go on about the nice look of the Roy Heritage card, but I think I found the first Artifacts set that I don't full out love. 2006 Artifacts - I'm not sure if it is the colour, or the border, but these are more just...meh...


The 2007 Fleer remind me of O Pee Chee sets here...but we will get to that a bit later actually. As for the 2007 Topps, we have seen the design many times before given Topps kept the design the same across the sports that year. I like the white Opening Day colouring for the Jays cards compared to the blakc.


Here are my first Goudey cards - so square! Just to be contradictory I like the black border on the Topps. Out of curiosity - anyone out there try to put together the massive Documentary set? There is a massive undertaking! Also, here are some 2009 Pee-Chee...


...and one more. Here we get into the 10s as well. Not a fan of the photo used for the Cooperstown card and Alomar, but the design is alright.


Heritage and Gypsy Queen - both sets I could enjot getting more of...


I have had some 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes before and they are pretty neat for what they are, so good to get a number of the Jays from the set.



Lastly...yep - needed both versions of EE - and here they are!

That's it - great bunch of cards and a great thank you again to Greg for the trade and bunch of awesome cards for the collect.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

More cards from GCA

Last weekend we started out look at the massive package I received from Greg, and this weekend we will finish it. The cards today at quick glance are mostly late 90s which is awesome as this is a nice hole in my collection that can start really getting filled in.


I had never heard of the Iooss Collection, and here we have a Studio-esque Alomar pose. Then you have some Upper Deck (alright) and then 95 Fleer...which...yikes....is not that pretty, and a bit all over.


In hand, I really like the Stadium Club crunch time cards, though they do not scan well because of the metallic look. As for the Sportflix - not surprising they are massively curved...which is natural...and which will likely be lost a bit when I page them. I do not mind the effect per se, but works better on the look of the last Joe Carter card.


I was going to first comment on the 96 Leaf and poor scanning quality for the border, but I am more surprised at how nicely the Metal Joe Carter does. We then get into some late 90s Topps base cards. I feel Topps kind of lost there was on the 1998 - 2002 designs in that they just seem out of sorts in comparison to pre and post this period.


OK - I tried scanning this page 4 times, and this is the best I could get. Charlie just did not want to stay in line...fine...so be it. That said, I never liked Otis Nixon - he was an Atlanta Brave star when the Jays were playing in the World Series and I hated the fact he came to the Jays afterwards. I felt somewhat similar with Roger Clemens, but got over that....until the steroids stuff well afterwards.



At the time, I like the Collector Choice set design better than the main Upper Deck set.Even some of the nice and slightly different poses like Delgado above, and even the top of the chart subset is alright.


So, given how Topps as of late has been doing a gold parallel, I find it hard not to look at the base set her from 1999 Topps and not think of the cards as parallels. I guess 2000 Topps would be a silver parallel then...



With the last group of cards here, we reach up to the 2005 cards we saw last week. Plenty of sets I never had in hand previously. I like the 2004 Donruss, and 2005 Donruss too for that matter, but Vintage was really nice too. To me, it is in these early 00s that Upper Deck and Topps started turning things around on design...though that may be hard not to, when they started putting out so many different sets.

Yeah - so many goodies today, and awesome still that there is one more days worth of cards from Greg to go!

Friday, May 19, 2017

We need to see more of these

I have mentioned before that this lot of cards was supposed to be more baseball than there has been.  It's only about 5% of what has been pulled when the lot was sold as being mostly hockey and baseball (it has really been mostly hockey and football). I gather it was described based on a quick look - which has worked out okay all around I guess.

Highlights:

So, it would be nice to have seen more of these to date - decent and varied baseball cards. As much as I like the 1985 Topps design, I really don't like the old Seattle Mariners logo - much preferred the 90s update to it. As for the 2005 Donruss Team Heroes - I have complained about the card quality on the couple we have seen - this is the first in great condition and not splitting.

The rest
Keepers:

I think I had a couple of these 2008-09 O Pee Chee cards before, but was able to trade them away (in exchange Toronto team cards for my collection - so worked out great). That said, if I keep getting them in piles like this, I might still end up well on the way to a set completion on this one!

It has been quite a while too since being able to say I was going to keep most of the cards on any given day of Santa Lot 0 pulls.

Traders:

The great new - I new have 27 Points from these specific point cards...only 223 more until I get the 250 needed to redeem them. Then all I need is the time machine to go back and get them in before the December 31, 2007 deadline!

Through 8100 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)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 131 15
Inserts / Var Kept 291 32
Error 15 2
Keep 1633 240
Doubles/Sell 1143 169 1319 2424 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 92 1 100 200

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A winning pair

To be honest, I can't remember how many times I have been lucky enough to get multiple Leafs pulled from any given 20 cards of the Santa Lot - just doesn't happen very often at all. Well, why do I mention it...obviously because it just so happened today. Not nearly the amount of Leafs that we saw in the Lightning recently, but not a problem.

Highlight:

Unfortunately not new, though only have one other of the Mats, so good to get a second for purposes of probably completing the Series 2 of the set (and then debating whether to go after Series 1 as well).

The rest
Keepers:

Nice to get the base edition of the Marcel Dionne Legends Classics card since I "only" had the platinum version to date, so the base works on the base set well. Wolski knocks one of the few remaining cards off of 2007-08 Upper Deck series 2 - I should see how many are really left to get at this point as I think it is getting low enough to start tracking, but I could be wrong.

Also, not a bad thing getting a few 2009-10 Upper Deck MVP cards because there haven't been many, and although MVP is a lower end product - wouldn't bother me any at all as I am not that hung up on high end versus low end products.

Traders:

I will admit there is one card from the 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars set that I do hope I get, and that I would actually keep. No surprise probably that it would be the Brock Lesnar rookie card. I wouldn't mind throwing that one my wrestling related materials shelf. I don't have much for wrestling cards and as I mentioned before, not really looking to get into it, but I do have a couple unopened packs, one complete set, and a couple odd cards out of interest, and the Lesnar card would be one I'd keep out of interest as well. Side note - fave wrestling card set? Has to be 1985 Topps - I wish I kept the cards of that which I had as a kid as those would be worthwhile to still have (and would have been bought at the right price circa 1987 or so - though the prices aren't too bad still).

Through 8080 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)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 131 15
Inserts / Var Kept 291 32
Error 15 2
Keep 1622 238
Doubles/Sell 1139 169 1319 2422 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 91 1 100 200

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sharing some certified skill

Well - no matter what we get today, it is going to be a step down from what we had yesterday - but let's still try and have a good time...an update though - I was able to sell the Curry within the last 24 hours or so, and basically recovered the Santa Lot cost - so these cards are all basically free now....woo hoo!

Highlights:

A second 2007-08 SP Authentic Darcy Tucker card, which is nice, but the Ortiz insert card from 2005 Leaf Certified Materials which is more of a surprise to see. The design for this insert is obviously best suited for a jersey patch or signature to be placed on the right side of the card.

The rest:
Keepers:

A bit of Lightning overload continuing into today's post, as well as a couple 2005 Leaf Certified Materials baseball cards.

Traders:

Yeah - plenty of Lightning cards, even dupes as shown here. I hope to hit a similar chunk of Leafs cards - that would be amazing. Other than those, some typical football cards from 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars as well as 2007 Topps.

Through 8060 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)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 129 15
Inserts / Var Kept 291 32
Error 15 2
Keep 1615 238
Doubles/Sell 1133 169 1319 2417 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 91 1 100 200

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pulling a Stephen Curry Rookie

Yeah, so this card, give or take, makes the Santa Lot worthwhile. To think this has been sitting there, undetected by me, for the last year and change. When I saw it, my first reaction was "cool - I know Stephen Curry". Then I noticed the "Rookie Card" notation in the top right corner and I though - "huh - I might have something here". So first, here is the card - I immediately sleeved it (soft and hard) so forgive me for not taking it out to scan:



First - I was pleasantly surprised how well these scanned given the sleeves. Second, the little specs over the card are all on the sleeves - the card is clean, the only damage is the bit of whiting around the couple corners/edge as you can see on the back and the bottom right corner (from the front) is the worst offender.

Second - I think this supports that these cards were not looked through in any way - I gather any relic or autos were probably in a separate card select, if any, and whoever was getting rid of these, dealt with those cards separately as being of better value. I assume - but leave it to you basketball card guys - that even in November 2015, Stephen Curry rookie card would have had enough value that I'd expect it to have been gleamed out before selling the lot.

So the question becomes keep or sell. My brother is into basketball cards a bit so I immediately asked him, but he wasn't too interested and said sell it, so that will be what I do. I'm not going to look to stretch every penny in value out of it, and I know it isn't perfect condition so the value is only a fraction of those. Factor in that it isn't a serial numbered card, so there are plenty out there - demand is just hot currently - and I will be happy with something around getting my investment out, and likely this will happen fairly quickly I suppose....

Oh, and apparently there were 19 other cards today for the Santa Lot - go figure. I guess I should run through those in normal fashion as well. Unfortunate for them - doesn't matter what it is, it won't be a highlight here like Stephen Curry. Oh, and not that it needs to be said - obviously this is added to the list of accomplishments from the Santa Lot

The rest
Keepers:

No Boyce - not even a Leaf card can be in the highlights today....as for the infestation of Lightning - it's like we have a whole storm going on today - lightning overload!

Traders:


Naughty 1991 Upper Deck football cards - being anywhere near Stephen with your tendency to get all stick and ruin cards around you....you stay away from Mr. Curry....even if you include a hot pack of Thurman cards.

Today was an excellent day....

Through 8040 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)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 128 15
Inserts / Var Kept 291 31
Error 15 2
Keep 1612 236
Doubles/Sell 1129 169 1319 2408 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 91 1 100 200