Monday, November 20, 2017

Eye of the...

Tiger....what else would it be?

Highlights:

Has to be a highlight for the uniqueness, just the second Guinness card from the Santa Lot.

More for my collection though is an insert...

These cards scan so nicely. Still, a confusing set with the year before I believe, being a standalone set, but 2007-08 being an Ultra insert set.

The rest
Keepers:

Sooooo happy to get the Bobby Hull because it has been a LONG time since I have been able to add a 2008-09 Upper Deck Masterpieces base card to the collection. I was at 80 of 100 cards, so still a chance to get this one done on the Santa Lot, but I had almost lost all hope before this one.

I must also say how much I like the Marleau Rookie Update card. This is a perfect example of having the border colour matching team colour and working really well, a very sleek card.

Traders:


Early McGrady sighting!

Through 10020 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 159 19
Inserts / Var Kept 340 50
Error 16 2
Keep 1958 306
Doubles/Sell 1613 226 1535 2999 299 38
Doubles Inserts / Var 120 4 125 211

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pack Attack - 1990-91 Pro Set Hockey Series 1

One of the sets out of the Thanksgiving cards that I was looking forward to is 1988 Donruss. There are plenty of cards, probably about 1,200 and all in good condition for keeping. As I have about 44% of the set before this, I am thinking this should get be above 90% and within completion. Should also be able to get most of the Bonus MVP card insert set done too, so what is the result....

91.7% complete - missing about 50 cards on the set.

As for the other collectible content, we have the Jays...



Nice multi-George Bell Bonus MVP cards.

As well as the error cards....

Okay, the checklists come in different variations so not really error cards, but good enough for me.

And inserts (and Diamond Kings)....


This just shows how nicely Diamond Kings look together in pages.

Below, these are a couple of the packs I got a while back from Trevor at Supporting The Minnow. I don't need many cards left in this set, but they are all series 1 anyway, so I figured I may as well open these two packs to see if I luck out with getting one or two, as well as the usual suspects of Leafs and error cards.

So with two packs (and getting 16 cards instead of 15 in one of the two packs....I only ended up with one card I "needed" for the set...

Yeah - didn't have this discount card before, so no, not much going on there.

As for Leafs, a couple adds which is nice.


Though the errors and such is where I really ended up picking up a few cards...

A couple are mis-cuts like the Joe Sakic (again - mis-cut to me requires essentially to see part of a different card) Some are standard errors like John Vanbiesbrouck who is apparently a Center, and variations like the Kurri which doesn't have the "signed by" yellow strip down the right side.

So, other than that, I got these which I didn't need...




Would have been nice to get a set need card or two, but these were alright nonetheless.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

More of the same but that is OK and a quick trade

First - 1990 Bowman from Thanksgiving cards. Many of the cards are decently curved, so I won't keep any of the extras as trade bait unfortunately. Personally, as it isn't a set I overly care about, I don't care too much about the card quality (compared to 1987 Topps, which I would like near mint cards for).

So, I have about 70 of 528 cards before this, and most of those are near mint, but as I say, not caring too overly on condition, not worried if, once boxed together, these all end up with a bit of a curve to them.

Anyway, let's see what we got...

Didn't get all of the art inserts, but about half of them. There are not as nice as the Upper Deck collector's choice cards, but still very good.

The set as a whole went from about 12% complete to almost 70%, so onto the radar of sets to lazily complete...maybe doing so over the next couple years.

Of course, also some Jays...



Second, a quick trade came through from CKBeber329 on tradingcarddb.com. It was a quick PWE in which I picked up

No real reason I picked up two Green's, but I did. As for the 1990 Upper Deck, I am slowly getting all of the holograms as a set...no rush on it though, so may take a while still. Appreciated the trade so much, we already have another on the go.

Otherwise, another pack of cards from the CNE which is fairly similar to prior packs we have seen, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.


This card was the reason I picked up the pack, as I still needed this Diamond King card.


As I say, similar sets represent in these keepers - more 1989 Donruss which I like. I can see working on this set later, so these help. 1992 Stadium Club, and another 1983 O Pee Chee Sticker Rick Wamsley. I should mention, one difference between 1983 stickers and stickers today - the 1983 stickers have the player name on the back whereas most now have a design with the name on the front.

The benefit of no name on the front of course is getting a nice full picture. Why does this make more sense? The name was in the printed sticker book, so no need to take up more of the sticker with it. My best guess is that they realized over time that more people collect/keep the stickers without, or outside, the sticker book and made the change. That is just an educated guess though.


A good add to another "not yet but someday" set with the 1992-93 O Pee Chee.


A few more adds and only a few traders which are...



So I would say a successful pack given only the 5 cards I won't be keeping. Still have a handful of these packs left, and would be happy if they all come out like this.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Reaching 10k - Then and Now

As I continue through the constant happy drudgery of the Thanksgiving cards, today is 1986 Topps which is a set I will look to complete at some point, but today I am just adding to and getting over 50% now. Th lot provided about 100 new cards for the set, and some nice errors and Jays as per below, but there were a good 30-400 which were just too dirty to keep for myself unfortunately.

A sample of the keepers...


Quick thoughts on these - love the turn back the clock subset, wish it was more cards, got a few All Star subset cards, and otherwise nice to get some of the stars out of the way like Reggie Jackson.




As seems to be the case, many Jays to be had, although about half of these I had to try and flatten a bit with a slight curve to them, but alright still.


One true error card (Ryne), and three nicely miscut cards which will join the error binder as well. Nice for the record breaker insert to be so miscut

Anyway, for the Santa Lot, I have to say, the last card from this pack was the most appropriate from it to be card number 10k from the Santa Lot, and highlights today.

Highlight:

I do really like this insert set, though this card isn't one of my favourites. I do like the comparison aspect and highlighting past stars.

The rest
Keepers:

It wasn't the only 2007 Topps Heritage card to come out with a number of others here. Seems to be a patch given the last week or so of cards.

Traders:


Yeah - so I think that bumps me up to 7 Zach Randolph 2003-04 SP Authentic cards....about 7 more than I ever needed.

So here we are - 10,000 cards into the Santa Lot. I think I am sticking to the fact we are going to get to about 12,000 (again, ad said 12k to 15k, so that would be fine). I can't believe I have been going at this on and off for two years. Definitely won't last all of a third....maybe about 6 months depending on how many short breaks I take to cover other things. For example, the December break to get through that box of Toronto cards I picked up for $5....it should be pretty interesting!

Through 10000:
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 159 19
Inserts / Var Kept 339 50
Error 16 2
Keep 1951 306
Doubles/Sell 1606 226 1534 2997 299 37
Doubles Inserts / Var 119 4 125 211

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rocket Returns with a Red Sox

Highlights:

So here we have the other variation of the Roger Clemens 2007 Topps Heritage card (the other had the Astros team name in yellow, which came up not too long ago).

Along with Roger though, we have a rookie Mo Vaughn looking a lot younger and a bit thinner than I remember him as later in his career.

The rest
Keepers:

This includes the first 2006-07 Upper Deck Victory rookie card. Nate Thompson isn't a bad one either as he has been able to stick around the NHL playing briefly for Boston before moving to the Islanders, Lightning and then Ducks.

Traders:


A couple nice Raptors cards. The Bosh is a decent insert which is more obviously designed for a jersey card, but still works alright. Also not bad getting what I believe is the first SP Signature card out of the Santa Lot too.

Through 9980 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 159 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 339 49        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1949 302        
Doubles/Sell 1601 226 1528 2995 299 37
Doubles Inserts / Var 119 4 125 211    

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunkist and a lot of 1987 Topps

Let's start with the 1987 Topps which came from the Thanksgiving cards. I was already working well into this set and have about 650 of the 792 cards so I am hoping to get this complete or close to it. Only problem is, of the let's say 1,000 cards - about 700 have a wicked curve to them. If the "good" condition cards can get me most of the way there, I may settle with a few of these, and hope stored they flatten out somewhat. Curved or not, I will pull the Jays atleast.

So first, looking at the good quality cards, added...a fair bunch...

I have the Jays cards, but rather than pull them from the Jays sets, I stuck the copies in here for adding to the set.






Almost 60 cards, so the needs are under 100 now on this almost 800 card set!

Also did well in getting a lot of big name and All Star cards from the set knocked off here. I think the star cards were grouped by player, and in a box that survived well, so yay for small miracles.

Jays...

Plenty of Fielders which is fine by me as I love the card.

A single error....


So overall, great from the good quality cards. From the really bent ones, there would be another 60 needs from the list gone. I'll hold on to them for now, but look for replacements still I think. I just don't want them bending "good" cards in the box set, so I will keep them separate...maybe I am being paranoid...also difficult scanning with the large curves, so I will skip on the extra 30 Jays or so (most are above also anyway...)

So, the Santa Lot...yeah, I try to avoid giving the spotlight to Les Canadiens...it just doesn't feel right, but I'll make the concession today.

Highlight:

This is from a 2007-08 10 card set put out by Sunkist, card number one. I like the focus on the back though - yeah, here are some career stats, but make sure you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Not a bad design, though I wish it didn't have the little bend in the middle, bottom of the card.

I took a quick look at the other cards in the set, and there is a Sundin that would be a nice pickup - hopefully there is one in what's left for me in the Lot....maybe...

The rest
Keepers:

Though just the one other keeper, haven't been much Artifact set cards. This is one of the weaker designed for Artifacts set in my opinion.

Traders:

Nice to see some more rookie cards from the 2004-05 Ultra set, but add in a Gold Medallion Iverson, and that's a strong few cards - not to also mention the first card from 2006-07 Fleer basketball too.

Through 9960 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 159 19
Inserts / Var Kept 339 48
Error 16 2
Keep 1945 301
Doubles/Sell 1593 226 1526 2993 298 37
Doubles Inserts / Var 119 4 124 211