Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A change of pace

There seems to be a bit of a shift in the cards and sets coming out of the Santa Lot 20 the last day or two, and here today. Not a major shift, but a slight one in seeing a few more sets that we only saw a few cards of previously. Specifically some more quality 1990-91 O Pee Chee cards, more 2008-09 Upper Deck basketball, and even 2008-09 hockey.

Highlight:

Well, we have seen a few of these before, but another Leaf will not make me upset!

Lowlight:

Not all of the 1990-91 O Pee Chee came out clean, but at least I already had a Fleury, so no issue giving this one to my son.

The rest
Keepers:

Happy to get a 1990-91 O Pee Chee card I need (even a Montreal player...I guess), and a couple other keepers from sets that haven't been heavily received.

Traders:

I think I touched on these above, some being the "usual suspects", but a couple lesser seen sets as well. 2003 Sp Authentic - still missing one card from a duplicate set, and no luck with these.

Through 7160 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 115 12        
Inserts / Var Kept 272 30        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1498 216        
Doubles/Sell 983 134 1195 2115 256 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 88 1 94 107    

Monday, March 27, 2017

What does the Foxx say?....Done!

Well, if you follow the blog somewhat regularly, you will know what I am referring to as the Santa Lot 20 has led to another complete set. To qualify it, this is completion of the 100 "true base" which does not include the Retro Star Rookie cards, though I have about a third of those as well. What I am referring to is...

Highlight:

This is the last card from 2005 Upper Deck Classics that I needed, so you know what that means. Now that I have......IT....I'm going to add it to.....The list (below). Oh, and there was this too...but it does pale in comparison, though still a highlight.



The rest
Keepers:

2006-07 Upper Deck...haven't seen much of that, but I'll take it, along with another "new for the set" 2007-08 Upper Deck...but someone needs to tell Paul to get back into a Ducks jersey...

Traders:

It has been a while since getting some 2003-04 SP Authentic basketball - and these just miss out on the one card needed for the second completing of the set.

Through 7140 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 114 12        
Inserts / Var Kept 272 30        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1495 216        
Doubles/Sell 977 134 1190 2110 256 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 88 1 94 107    

Sunday, March 26, 2017

There is a reason I don't do this often...

I don't normally spend this much on a single box of sports cards. Actually, if I spend this much, I'd rather get say - a Santa Lot, but today, I picked up this...

I really like the base set, and was thinking of picking up a blaster to move along the base set completion, but then thought - why not? Why not get myself a little something for this busy season?

Once I opened it, I had t decide - which pack do I put aside for my unopened pack collection? Ideally I would pick the pack that had the (now expired) Rookie Redemption card. Well, I set this aside...

Hopefully it was a good pick...more on that at the end....but let's see what I did get...

Pack 1:

There is basically a hit of some kind in each pack, here it is a Ruby parallel Spezza. As I say, I am trying to complete the base set, and before this box I had 52 cards of the 100 true base cards - ideally I can get to at least 2/3rds and get some decent hits, this can be a success.

Pack 2:

The goalie cards are serial numbered and part of the base set - and also then have the different colouring.

Pack 3:

Darn - there is the redemption card unfortunately. Well, here's to hoping it is just a serial numbered card maybe in that unopened pack...

Pack 4:

There is big hit number one (to me). A nice dual jersey card, even if both swatches are plain white, it suits the team.

Pack 5:

A ruby parallel rookie card, but also - talk about a Montreal hot pack!

Pack 6:

What will likely be the lowest numbered parallel card to come out the box - the Ranford is a very nice card. Also the number 85 of 85 is pretty nice too. Nice to get a new Leaf card here as well.

Pack 7:

Here is a "normal" rookie base card compared to the ruby rookie parallel we saw before.

Pack 8:

Here we have the auto insert of the box. Dillon is a decent enough player - too bad it wasn't a Leaf, but I couldn't expect a Leaf hot box...

Given the "on average odds" the last two packs should both have something memorabilia to them so - good news is I have a hot pack - bad news is, I am not opening it any time soon.

Pack 9 - Last pack:

Well - we end on a great note with a dual artifact Leaf card with Bolland.

Overall - probably wouldn't pay $70 for a box like this again. I'd rather spend $70 on Leaf or Jays cards I really want for my collection. Still, fun to open, and share/post, but with just getting to 66 of 100 base as well - still a while to go on the base completion as well.

Anyone able to help on this set with me, just send me a note, would love to get more of this base out of the way.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Rosenort by any other name

Received the cards in a trade I had with Rosenort from tradingcarddb.com. It was originally just a few cards, but Curtis sent a number of extra cards with those in the trade and today is as good a day as any to take a look at what came across.


I don't like the 1992-93 O Pee Chee design - EXCEPT, with the Leafs, the light blue accent is okay (not excellent, but OK). Still love seeing the C on Wendel Clark.


Other than Eric Fichaud's card trying to run away from the rest of them here, and trying to hide by being near impossible to read the name on due to the foil....still a nice card in hand. Maybe not as nice as Grant Fuhr (who I still always consider mainly as an Oiler), but decent photo nonetheless.

Also, like Clark, always love getting a Gimour card.


I think a lot of people forget at times that Dave was quite a sniper at times. This 1993-94 score is after his 92-93 season in which he had over 50 goals between his split time with Buffalo and Toronto.

As much as I love getting the early 90s cards, there were a few newer cards also...

The Canvas cards scan nicely as far as being able to see the texture. I never really got on the Phil bandwagon in Toronto, but a Leaf is a Leaf, so into the collection he goes.


More "design" to this insert Kessel, and atleast it scans so you can read the card, but I prefer the Canvas design and picture.


Yes - a triple Kessel combo! More of a basic photo in this 2015-16 Timmies card, so my preference of the three is still the Canvas card, but all three are great adds to the collection.

Lastly...

Yup, one Blue Jay! I like the different look, and older look of most Gypsy Queen sets. Might be my favourite card of the ones I received from Curtis, even as the only Jay. With that I'll end the post today, though with one last big thank you to Curtis for the great cards. I look forward to being able to trade again with you some time soon!



Friday, March 24, 2017

Paul Molitor in rookie form

Well, another new to me card from 2005 Upper Deck Classics, but not the one I am waiting to see. Still, continued hope of getting all the Retro Rookies...

Highlight:

Another excellent card from these Retro Star Rookies, and a pre-Jay at that. I know, and agree, he is a Brewer first and foremost, but I appreciated his time in Toronto.

The rest
Keepers:

2009-10 Ultra - few and far between - would love a couple Leafs from the set since I don't have any....

Traders:

Plenty of Eagles here, but believe it or not, the one that interests me right now, is the Storm card - not from the same set as most I have, but another one for the pile. I should really look at how many teams were in the league when these cards were made to know how far I have to go to get a complete set - and this is under the assumption that there is one for each team.

Through 7120 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 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 113 12        
Inserts / Var Kept 272 30        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1492 215        
Doubles/Sell 972 131 1186 2108 255 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 88 1 94 107    

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reminding me of Bam Bam

Yesterday was a busy day. The federal budget was announced in Canada and our firm gets a quick one page tax summary out ASAP afterwards, so a bit stressful, but in a good way. One of those days though, that looking at some cards is a nice stress reliever.

Highlights:

I've mentioned before that I liked these Collector's Choice cards across any sport. Here we have two very solid players as well. Randall Cunningham and Lawrence Taylor. Truth be told, my best memory of Lawrence Taylor are from his wrestling match against Bam Bam Bigelow at Wrestlemania XI. As far as having celebrities in wrestling, this was the best participation until probably a certain broken nose to Big Show. He was a huge name at the time which made it a big deal, and there were big deals since such as Tyson and Trump, but he was one of the good ones from the earlier years.

The rest
Keepers:

Again just the one, similar to yesterday. Unfortunately another bombardment of football as shown below...

Traders:

Yeah, lots more 1991 Upper Deck football...including two Anthony Carter cards...but more importantly - an Austin Powers card! One I did already have though...

Through 7100 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 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 113 12
Inserts / Var Kept 272 30
Error 15 2
Keep 1490 214
Doubles/Sell 969 131 1186 2094 255 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 88 1 94 107

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The ripple effect

I will say right off the bat, many people won't consider these error cards in the usual sense of the word. We generally consider error cards to be errors on the card, be they grammatical, incorrect picture, incorrect stats, etc. Personally, I would also consider the following highlight card one as well...

Highlight:

I needed this card for the 2007-08 Upper Deck set as it was, but will need another one because this will be kept as an error card. You can see that the bottom of the card must have been caught when packaged and crimped in the machine during packaging. Actually, it is a nice even crimp right across the bottom of the card, so as good as such an error gets.

The rest
Keepers:

Just the one other keeper today. Ray was nearing the end of his career here with 15 seasons under his belt.

Traders:

Todd Lyght...looks like somebody called his momma. Wonder how many cards there are with family members included. There would be obvious ones such as brothers playing in the same league or in pro sports, but how many of these not so typical ones...that would be an interesting collection, though probably fairly small. That all said, I have absolutely no idea if that is who is in the picture with him - but just an educated guess.

Also a shame to get a couple dupes in the same 20, but since I am getting 3 or 4 of these 1991 Upper Deck football cards as it is, guess it doesn't matter much getting them together like this, or in separate pulls...

Through 7080 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 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 113 12        
Inserts / Var Kept 272 30        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1489 214        
Doubles/Sell 967 131 1186 2078 254 27
Doubles Inserts / Var 88 1 94 107