Monday, March 25, 2019

Taking a Kane-ing

Some times packs make it easy to find something to talk about. I pulled these two cards out back to back. I wonder if there is someone specific the pack had in mind to feature for this one...




I find it odd with Evander not in blue between Winnipeg and Buffalo these days. He is a winger good for a point every other game. He never reached that top echelon of players in the NHL, but has always been a solid part of the team he was on.

Actually, speaking of blue...




Yeah - let's keep the blue train rolling with a couple Blues players.

Then we end with one of these things not being like the others...




With all the blue, Beleskey must feel a little out of place in this pack...

Actually, in looking these up, I noticed that the base set is actually set up to be base, short prints, and then high number short prints. I mean, why can't we just have base, and inserts? I am going to go back and pull the short prints as I think I will be counting these as part of my inserts and parallel collections. Basically a collection of everything non-base I guess...might be the easiest way to look at it....*sigh*.

4 packs, 24 cards, 71 points.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

More gold

Another day, another pack of Champs.





The more I see of these, the more the design is starting to bother me a bit. With the white out effect, the cards just look a lot more alike. Just goes to show how having the background really makes a difference to the overall look of the card. I think the card is great for autograph purposes, with the white out at the legs, but otherwise, too much.



Even the gold bordering does stand out so much more with the white otherwise. Also, as much as I like the space on the back, just squeeze full career stats in on the back. I'd rather have 15 years of stats than 5 lines and a fact that I may have known for someone in the league 15 years.



Colour! May not be the pretties jersey, but the colour is welcome for design purposes. Ah, and the mark of a good cardboard card - looks like a stain of some kind on the back, middle right.



We end with a good example of my point above - Williams having been in the league since the early 2000, career stats would be awesome rather than the 5 year mark. Should have gone with a different (see - other than white) uniform for the picture though.

3 packs, 18 cards, 55 points.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Something Fishy

All I can hear is Ernie from my childhood going heeeeeere fishy fish fishy....


I can't lie - I find these interesting, and can at least accept that since hockey is on ice...ice fishing....fish...yeah, some connection at least. Burbot is not a type of fish I had heard before getting this card, so there is the educational factor here as well.






Seems we get a Senators hot pack today. I do like the big O unis, and on the white background, they pop quite well.



We end the pack with a short printed high series rookie card, a good one too as Max is a very solid player, and the Tie Dome connection doesn't hurt either. The white jersey isn't a great choice on these cards, but small complaint overall.

2 packs, 12 cards, 39 points.

Friday, March 22, 2019

2015-16 Upper Deck Champ's Hockey Box

As I mentioned yesterday, I think this box will likely be the bext one I have this year, just based on the fact there are three promised hits in the box of 120 cards (well, 114 cards if you remove the one keeper pack I'll separate).




At this time, I have a single card from this set, so don't expect to end up with a duplicate per se - but if I do, not the end of the world.

I will also say, I have taken the packs out and cheated - there are two packs which feel different than the rest, I am assuming these will be the couple memorabilia hits, so I am saving those two for last. I really did it to try and avoid picking a keeper pack that has a memorabilia card...though I could still luck out and it could be the on card auto...

Here is what the packs look like, and the one I am putting aside for the unopened pack collection...




Anyway, just to go over it again before we start this box, the scoring is as follows...
Base card - 1 point (yes, all cards get a point)
Base card need - 2 points
Base variation card - 20 points
Base card Toronto card - 5 points
Base variation Toronto card - 50 points
Insert Card bonus - points based on odds - if 1 in 4 - worth 4 points, double if a Toronto card

So, without further ado...let's get to the first pack...



As there are only six cards per pack, I will show backs and fronts. Especially since I need to scan almost all the cards anyway, as there are many missing on tradingcarddb.com, and I do try and do my part where I can.

The designs are very O Pee Chee reminiscent, lots of white space on the front which is a bit too much, but leaves it fairly clean as a look. It also contrasts the cardboard brown backing.

Oh - and plenty of shadow legs on the front...a bit faded into cloudy smoke I guess.




Some solid players in the base set.





We end with the first parallel, and not just the gold, but the gold back with the Champ's logo - which are one in every 10 packs. Might see maybe one more in this box then, but a good start here.

1 pack, 6 cards, 20 points.