Monday, September 25, 2017

Quad Wars - 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey - Top Left

Now here is a classic junk wax, but solid set. This was Upper Deck's first foray into hockey after it came through with 1989 baseball cards. Definitely an increase in quality. At 550 cards, a decent size, and the only inserts were a small set of 9 player holograms. Where we stand going in, is about 30% of the set done, and my expectation that with collation being well, likely quite random, that I have no idea what to expect as far as percentage goes when this box is done.

The good news is - 12 cards per pack, 36 packs means 432 cards, so technically I could complete the set if I wind up with no real dupes in the packs, or compared with what I already have - so not likely at all. Now, having taken a closer look before getting into it - the box is the low series (first 400 cards only - the 550 was with the high number release which included cards then from 1-550). So, a better chance to get most of the first 400 cards, and then just have the remaining high number cards left since I do have some of those already.

Well, with that said, since there are 12 cards per pack, instead of going through each pack, I will do a full overview of each stack as a whole.

First - was able to pick up one of the Holographic inserts - these were new technology back in the day...


I already have one of the Gretzky cards (three of the nine are of him) but this was not the one, so now I have two. I am not sure how often these come up.

As for Leafs, did get some content there as well...


Was also able to add in a few uncorrected error cards:


As for the base set itself, up to about 42% complete which is alright given I will only be able to get it in the neighbourhood of 75-80% given it is a low numbered box. As for some examples of the base cards I picked up, here are the highlights...

These are the stars and just scream early 90s given the names. I like the simplicity of the Gretzky pic, and have talked before of liking the collector's choice works from the early 90s Upper Deck - great set of cards.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Listing some Listia

Have some Listia wins to share from the last little while - nothing too spectacular, but let's take a look anyway. Part of why I show these is to also give people an idea of what is there to be had. I only go for items with free shipping to Canada, and only earn points through doing surveys and don't otherwise change my behavior online - so I justify it as getting points and cards for doing nothing more than answering some survey questions.

First single card win:

1990 Topps Greg Myers:

Cost - 6,180 points (roughly equivalent to a quarter)
Why - Whenever I can pick up a Jay or Leaf card for these kind of points, I'll do it, even if I have a copy or two, or more already. Since the points never cost me anything, they are nice adds, and usually don't take away from anything else I am looking at getting there.

I also added a pack to my unopened pack collection:

Cost - 55,555 (roughly $2 equivalent)
Why - I didn't have a chance to get a pack of the 2017 National Baseball Day cards in person, let along one showing a Donaldson on the front, so getting this was almost as good. Best part was, the seller threw in this:

A Mike Trout promo card which was given away, I believe, when you spent over $10 - which I didn't have to do here.

A 2017 Topps Heritage card...

Cost - 45,555
Why? I overpaid for a base card, but don't mind because it is an awesome subset card that I didn't have to look elsewhere for. Yeah, I also got this just before I traded for a second one, but still happy with this purchase anyway. I have room for two in my collection!

1992 Donruss Triple Play Alomar

Cost - 3,786
Why?Like the rest that follow, I was sure I had at least one, but for the low cost, I could always use another.

1989 Donruss Moseby

Cost - 3,428
Why? I have a great reason, same as Musselman below...

1989 Donruss Musselman

Cost - 3,484
Why? Um...well....it's a Jay card, do I need more reason....lol...

1989 Donruss Gruber

Cost - 3,353
Why? I actually needed a second one because this is an error card, so one for the error binder, one for the Jays binder.

A Magic card...

Cost - 65,000
Why? It is a mystic rare (fancy way of saying short print...) And since to buy it would be $3-4, getting it in Listia points was an easy enough sell for me. Is the card any good? Well - a 6/5 flying creature for 5 cast is great, even with the crew requirement. I would probably use it in my artifact deck.

So, if you have some spare time and want to work on getting a few cards, I'd recommend Listia. It's been worth my time at least.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dollarama 80 - A couple more SNs

These are so much fun, I had to get another (or 5-10 of them, I have a bunch stuck aside for whenever). Again, I won't bother scanning the cards that I'm not keeping, but will give you an idea of what these were.The cards cover '86 Topps Traded, '87 Leaf (yeah, go figure, two of the same card in this one pack), '87 Topps, '87 Topps Traded, '88 Donruss, '88 Topps, '88 Score, '89 Fleer Update, '89 Topps Traded, '90 Donruss, '90 Score, '90 Topps, '91 Score, '08 Topps, '12 Topps. SOunds worse than it is - 23 cards, but many different sets.

First up, just the keepers...

We start with the mid-80s including my third '87 Leaf card (woo hoo!). Happiest though, about the 1987 Topps add.


I think I have a good chance to complete the 1989 Topps Traded set just from these Dollarama packs if this continues. There seem to be 3-4 in each repack. Same can be said for 1991 Topps Debut '90 set with one here and...


a few more here.


Late 90s, we always seem to get into sets I haven't seen, or know little about such as Fleer Mystique - never hear of it, and the card is lighter in hand than it is here which seems to scan very dark. As for the Joe Mays - another set I never saw before, Donruss Class of 2001.


More never before sets with 2004 Fleer Hot Prospects and 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot. Then into the standard, though not very well represented in my collection Topps base sets from about 2009-2016 really.


While throwing in a couple other Topss sets I like with Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter.

As for the collection adds,

For the Jays...

One of these cards doesn't look like the others...but it is still a Jays card as you can see the "traded to Blue Jays" in the top right corner. I don't have many Jays cards that are "traded to" labelled as it can be hard to go through and find these without really knowing, and I have so many to collect that are still Jays, it hasn't become a priority, but I will always count these, and take them even if I have them already, so feel free to trade them my way.

Eckstein was new to the collection, and although I already had the Fleer cards, the Gruber prospect one is one I really like with the great young Gruber photo.

Error...

Small error (pun intended) as his height is noted as 6' 11" (I presume instead of 6; 1").

Parallel/inserts...

The Home Team Advantage 2001 parallel for 2001 Topps seems to be a thing with these packs, so able to pick up another, but better yet, a neat Carlton Fisk card as well.

I had never heard of or seen either of the other two sets. 2004 Donruss Classics - by name is a set I think I would really like, and this is a SN card to 1999.

The Frank Thomas card is, as seen, serial numbered to 825, do even though it is a base card (they are all SN), it is a keeper.

So overall, awesome pack again.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Just one....

Highlight:

Unfortunately, this is it - the only keep, but at least a Leaf, and likely a follow up of the cards we saw yesterday - part of the 2007-08 SP Authentic cards chunk.

The rest
Traders:



For better or worse, the Austin Power cards provided one new card - the Felicity Shagwell - so, closer still to the complete set. Not surprising - no ones piped up to say how much they like the Austin Powers cards, and that they would want to close to 300 that I have.....

I smell a Kijiji ad coming up when the Santa Lot is done....lol.

Through 9500 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 Base and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 150 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1880 277        
Doubles/Sell 1507 208 1491 2831 292 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 105 2 122 207    

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Getting another Mats

Highlight:

This is the second of these I have now, so goo in case I end up trying to complete the set (not really thinking about that though right now - still a ways off).

The rest
Keepers:

Awesome to get some more Black Diamond cards, here 2008-09. The more that I see with different sets, I have noticed with these (or at least it has become more apparent) how much space is lost on the border/design on the front. You lose about a third of the card given the front design. I still like them in hand, and I think there are some better (read - less lost space for the picture) Black Diamond sets, but I am alright with these still.

Traders:


Seeing more and more of the 2007-08 Upper Deck Series Two cards - I really wish the last few cards missing would show up, and then seeing no more of these. Some of these are getting into the 4th or 5th copies...totally don't need them...anyone else?

Through 9480 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 Base and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 149 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1880 277        
Doubles/Sell 1499 208 1487 2828 288 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 105 2 122 207    

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Declaring Victory

Given the highlight cards from today, I wanted to take a closer look at the set the cards are coming from - 2008-09 Upper Deck Victory.

Highlights:

So this is a 250 card base set, the last 50 cards of which are rookie cards, so depending on how you look at it, you could consider the last 50 cards part of the pure base set or not. I wonder with these sets, because the rookie cards are usually noted as being one per pack, or one every couple packs, or something of that sort (for this set it is one for every two packs, or every 12 cards), if they actually have much of a different print run).

So, I have 120 of the 200 non-rookie cards, and 18 of 50 for the rookie cards. Would love to finish either just the 200, or full 250 base set, but will wait until being done with the Santa Lot to see how much is really still missing.

Of the cards above, the last is actually one of the two checklists. Not surprising the checklist photos were Crosby and Ovechkin.

The rest
Traders:

Obviously hit a bunch of 2008 Donruss Threads today, as well as some unneeded 2008-09 Upper Deck Victory cards. Still, I enjoy the McDonalds cards, so getting dupes like Alfredsson, I would take all day long.

Through 9460 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 Base and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 148 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1876 277        
Doubles/Sell 1489 208 1487 2823 288 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 105 2 122 207    

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One mean Steen

I know Trevor from Supporting the Minnow can appreciate this.
Highlight:

Trevor is working diligently on a master set for 2008-09 O Pee Chee hockey. I was able to help him with some of these retro parallels, but this will be one that I am going to keep (sorry Trevor!). Hopefully there will be some more I can send his way in the last few thousand cards here with the Santa Lot.

The rest
Keepers:

Decent Victory cards slowly adding to this set (boo to a Nashville Kariya - should always be a Mighty Duck).

Traders:



Not sure I noticed before that the team nickname was shadowed on the hardwood in the background on the 2004-05 Hardcourt cards - a nice little touch.

If anyone has a player collection of Forsberg and doesn't have the 2001-02 Parkhurst redemption points card, let me know, I can see how this would be one that could be missed by a collector. Not sure how many people actually held onto these things.

Through 9440 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 Base and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 148 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1870 277        
Doubles/Sell 1486 208 1487 2813 288 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 104 2 122 207