Monday, June 26, 2017

Ever heard of this Brady guy?

We are four or five months removed from Tom Brady winning the dramatic Super Bowl 51 game and getting his fourth Super Bowl MVP trophy. So I can't just ignore when a couple Brady cards come up in a single 20 card pull from the Santa Lot.

Highlights:

I know - the second picture isn't quite a Tom Brady photo, but he is named, so let's go with it. Great first pic though. Personally, I have never been a huge fan

The rest
Keepers:

Another add for 2007 Topps Heritage...and unfortunately just the one keeper.

Traders:

Another surprisingly good day on getting additional cards from sets that I don't want. most of the 2007 Topps and 2008-09 Fleer fit into this. Nice to get another Orr - too bad it isn't Bobby though....

Through 8620 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 138 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 299 40        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1721 249        
Doubles/Sell 1278 176 1401 2591 267 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 103 202    

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pack Attack - Dollarama 15 and '95-'96 Score Hockey

Hello!

Nothing like opening some new hockey cards as we get close to the end of June. I have a few of these on hand which I have picked up over the last few months as it is always nice to dip into opening something. I actually was recently at Dollarama and they have a couple new card related items. They have BASEBALL cards!!! 80 random cards for $3 - not bad, so I picked up three right away in case I never see them again. They also have 100 Magic cards for $4. Compared to 10 cards for a dollar, I presume there will be more commons in those, and some lands, but I picked one up to see if they were worth the fuss. For the baseball, I made sure to see at least on Jay quickly on each, and for the Magic cards, at least one artifact - though I am sure there will be more. Would be curious for any fellow Canucks out there, if they have seen the same at Dollarama just so I know if these are new and will be out there regularly or if I should scoop up any I see. Either way, the packs I picked up...those are for another day though. For today...

As for today - here is the pack (you will never guess what the first card is!):


So what does a successful pack look like to me? Well, a majority of cards that I don't have is ideal. Getting at least one Leaf or insert as well. If I can get those two things, I can't complain about the pack - let's see how today's goes...


He flies through the air with the greatest of ease...and into my collection as I didn't have this 2014-15 Upper Deck card.


Great photo, excellent player in Mike Modano, but I did already have this 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum card (set is around 64% complete actually).


Well here is the insert for the pack, so that one is met, and I needed it (as much as I need any insert). I only have a few of these 1994-95 Parkie Golds.


Does ANYONE need these 1990-91 Bowman hockey cards? I have a complete set, and I believe a complete Leaf team set also.


As far as singles go - don't see a lot of Score traded hockey cards, and as I have the complete set, don't need this 1990-91 Traded card.

Another set I already have completed so another card I don't need - 1991-92 O Pee Chee.


This is an exciting card - a good photo of a good player from a set I only have two other cards from.2003-04 Topps isn't the prettiest bordered card, but is right in the heart of the time for which I don't have a lot of hockey cards from, so that works out well.


Back to back goalie cards, and fairly new to my collection sets. This card is from 2000-01 Pacific Private Stock and as suggested by the name, is on thick cardboard which feels very nice. First card I have from this set.


Back to back to back goalies! 2002-03 Be A Player All-Star Edition. The colour works well for the card, nicely accentuates the All-Star game colour.


Already have this one in my collection...


Surprised to see another card from a set I have completed - 1991-92 Score American Efition - though still a decent card for a base card subset.


I was going to say I don't need this one, as per above, completed this set already, however this is an error card and thus a keeper (leader stat on the back isn't highlighted as such).


Still need about 200 cards from this set, but this isn't one of them for 1991-92 Upper Deck.


Boo - minor league hockey which I don't collect


Boo - see above, however with the heroes aspect of the set, a begrudging keeper...

Well, unfortunately this pack falls short of being a success with too many duplicates (and the couple minor league cards as well). Oh well, still really nice with the three back to back goalies in the middle though...

A quick pick me up...these arrived on Friday from a Listia win. Actually, I had won a couple card from the set I am looking to finish, and he asked what else I needed - happened he had a few Leafs I needed dupes of, so not closer to finishing the set, but I did get...


I didn't know, and he didn't say, the Johnson was a golden portrait version which was a parallel for the set. Definitely wanted it , just didn't know it was what I was getting. Anyway, a nice pick up!

You know what...since I still have a few minutes to spare, let me also show another Value Village pickup. I don't have much 1995-96 Score Hockey, so I picked up a bag I saw there for a couple bucks. Looked like just a chunk of base cards...which it was...but I did get the following....

A number of Leafs I didn't have before. Going through the cards, it's funny - all the Canadiens were missing, so I gather these came from a Montreal team collector.

Just to show some other base cards...

The design if alright - a bit too much white-ing out from the design, especially noticed on the Burke card. Less noticed on cards like Tkachuk, but still takes a bit away from the photos.

In all, 143 cards I needed for the base set. Adding these with what I had, I am at 218 of 330. Not yet at the point to chase completion, but getting there.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pack Attack - 1990-91 Pro Set

Yes, another one of these suckers...

but, not one that sucks...

Which you might think odd given these were the only non-error adds for the set:


But when you then consider these were the error adds...
 
Just goes to show why this set is loved for error filler reasons. Also, to be honest, the Sutter isn't an error but a variation related to the retired banner on the front, but close enough for my collection.

I also don't know why the grey strip at the bottom on the Blues card of Lalor - doesn't go at all though would be fine on say, a trophy or Kings card!

So we only ended up with a few dupes:


As well as another single Leaf for the collection...

and doesn't he look thrilled to be on a hockey card?

Not tons to say about these packs per se, but I still enjoy opening them!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Adding some mini jerseys

Still don't totally get the name for the set, but Mini Jersey it is...

Highlights:

Nice few adds including Luongo as he should be - as a Canuck. Still not a fan of the five years or less of stats on the back, but at least it makes for a uniform card design.

The rest
Traders:

Oh Lamar Odom - another reminder of a career ended too soon - though not due to death, though it could have been. I like the design, though it would work better with a jersey in the place of the star, which I believe is one of the other designs.

Another Gridiron King from 2008 Donruss Threads - a design I like, though something similar for baseball or hockey would be preferred.

Other than those, a number of new 2004 Rookie and Stars Leaf football - I might just get the true base on this set, but would prefer, and probably keep the Brock Lesnar rookie card if I can get it....still hoping...

Through 8600 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 138 15
Inserts / Var Kept 299 40
Error 15 2
Keep 1721 248
Doubles/Sell 1276 176 1396 2579 267 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 103 202

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rookie Dozen

Pretty obvious given the title, but the highlight today has to be...

I can appreciate getting a run of rookie cards, even if they are football. Some interesting shots that all look fairly staged from practices and the like, but still decent to have them included in the set in a card design similar to the rest of the set.

The rest
Traders:

Yup - just a bunch more 2007 Topps football, save for a single basketball card. Not the greatest of picks today, but can't all be winners I guess...

Through 8580 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 138 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 299 40        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1718 248        
Doubles/Sell 1272 176 1392 2572 267 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 102 201    

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Enjoying some national baseball day cards

I wasn't into collecting when the national baseball card day thing became a ...thing. I have been able to pick up a few cards from the 00s when this really started taking off, and luckily pick up a couple more cards here.

Highlights:

Oh - and another sweet 2005 Upper Deck Classics insert. I will have to agree, Jack Morris should be remembered as a Twin. I think he was at his best then, but I do appreciate that he came to Toronto in the early 90s and was an important veteran influence to the team then. Add the serial numbering to 999, and this is an excellent add.

I like that the National Baseball Card Day Topps card follows the base set design so well, though player wise, I appreciate Albert more.

The rest
Keepers:

Talk about a variety in just a few cards. 1989 Upper Deck baseball, to mid 00s In The Game hockey.Personally, I'm not a fan of the 1989 Upper Deck design - enjoy 1990-1992 much better. Though I would take this over the In The Game design.

Traders:

I thought that might have been an Austin Powers card I didn't have but, already have one (though just one).

Through 8560 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 138 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 299 40        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1718 248        
Doubles/Sell 1272 176 1391 2553 267 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 102 201    

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A high and some lows

Geez...another blah day as far as keepers from the Santa Lot...but first a quick pick up since I had to go to the card store and get a gift for my son's friend...

It was about time I add this set to my unopened Magic booster collection! This is unopened Magic booster number 80 (67 different sets covered).

Highlight:

At least it is a Leaf, even if it is one that I've got a few of...

Lowlight:

Boo! Don't mind one now and then, but not appreciative of getting three of these in a single go.

The rest
Traders:

A few different things going on here that I want to comment on.

The Jamario Moon Raptor card is a nice pic of getting good air. If I was a basketball player, this is a good card that I would want to represent my play.

2005 SPX football has been little represented in the Santa Lot - I think this makes double the amount of cards I have from the set.

Do I know who Mark Bradley is? Absolutely not - but this card makes me appreciate him a bit more than your average...Brad...with the sweet throwback design of Heritage.

Would have been happier if the Bobby Hull was a card I didn't have - still really want to finish this set...

Through 8540 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 138 15
Inserts / Var Kept 299 37
Error 15 2
Keep 1716 247
Doubles/Sell 1265 176 1390 2548 266 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 102 201