Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The pack AJ Styles built

Another pack circa 2016 WWE Then Now Forever today, and first card out is...


AJ rocking that soccer mom haircut on his rookie card. A great way for WWE to showcase how they are the only game that matters by slapping the RC on this card....not like AJ has been around for a while, or has cards out in TNA sets or anything...we just disregard all that stuff.



What do you know, second out, a man AJ had a good feud with over the title, and the biggest face in wrestling, currently making his issue with the "part timer" The Rock a few years ago, more and more ironic by the day - John Cena. The man put everything into his wrestling career though, have to give him a hand for it.



Bob had a good wrestling career - but the times changing, I think for the period, Randy is a bigger deal during his career than Bob was during his. Still, a great wrestling family.



The long careers keep rolling with the Undertaker. One of my personal favorites, I hated him as a kid when he debuted, but as I smarted up in the mid 90s, appreciated him, and loved him since. Here we also see the first bronze parallel...meh...



Fulton's biggest run was as part of Sanity in NXT, but he suffered an injury and as Sanity made it big, he was replaced by Killian Dain, and that was that, he is now back on the independents.



Yesterday was a WWE Rivalries insert, today, the NXT version. I hope Sami Zayn can turn his career around - so much promise and awesome matches in NXT, but just hasn't been able to turn it on with the main roster.

2 packs, 14 cards, 42 points.

Monday, January 21, 2019

2016 WWE Then Now Forever Wrestling Blaster

Today we start another Dave and Adam's pick up...


There will be plenty of wrestling this year I think. So, I was thinking, because of my scoring...

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

There is a bit of a disadvantage to wrestling, and I am not sure how, or if I need to bother adjusting...it is my system after all. My leaning is towards leaving the scoring as is (so there is no "Toronto" bonus for anything), except I will bump the new base card score to 3 instead of 2 (and equally, no insert would score less than a three). I think this better reflects that, there are few new wrestling cards, I wouldn't be happy in getting whereas, there are definitely a bunch of hockey (Montreal cards for example) and baseball cards (Yankees for example) that I really don't care much about getting.

I think this should be a fair trade off - or at least reflects fair to me and my feel for collecting the different sports right now.

So, as suual, we skim off new packs from the box first...



This will give a good advantage to the second boc I picked up because, having a relic opened, given the odds on the next one, should mean a good chance to beat this box...but first, have to see how this box does...

Oh and, if this whole scoring thing adds nothing to you as a reader - just ignore my ramblings about trying to justify the purchases of boxes and good versus bad - just enjoy the showing of cardboard..I think that, we can all do! :)

Pack 1:


The standard Topps 2016 design on the base cards which is fine. I could have done without the foil name - the foil just doesn't work well to stand out, too dark. That said, we start of with one of the biggest men ever to wrestle with Yokozuna. A former champion and known for losing to Hogan on his return to WWE back at Wrestlemania 9 - Yokozuna had the belt for about 90 seconds.



I had to figure out this was an insert set for NXT Rookies, and Tye was card number...15? I get the numbering is alphabetical, but make an exception man!



Here is a perfect example of the foil problem. A WWE Rivalries insert, and the names are very hard to see. Thanksfully, we all know Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens.



I can't believe how long Rosa Mendes was around WWE - about a decade - for what little she really did on camera. No offense, I would take the job in a minute to be in WWE, but I don't think her career turned out the way she thought originally.



We finish with a couple more legends cards with the Funks and Sting. Even this card makes mention that Sting's WWE run fell short and that the WWE Universe didn't get to see much of the man called Sting. He could still rock a menacing look though.

1 pack, 7 cards, 21 points (both inserts are every other pack, so 3 point minimum since I needed them both).

A separate share today...401games was have 20% off singles not too long ago, so I placed an order for some Magic cards and just picked it up the other day. Generally, a bunch of new to me versions/editions of artifact cards from a handful of sets that were very underrepresented in my collection previously.



Not sure how I missed having so many 5th edition cards since I was still playing at the time. Might have been because I was playing and not collecting, and since many weren't useful, I didn't bother chasing them down back then.



We move to Classic or Sixth Edition and onto 7th. The significance of the "editions" is that these are the big set releases. Essentially what happens now is one base set a year with a few expansion sets, which are smaller, around it. These old editions were the base sets back in the day. Now you get core sets, but same thing.

Not that they are more expensive in some cases, but rare cards are harder to find and symbolized starting in sixth edition with the symbol mid-right of the card, being gold in colour. As it so happened, over 30 of the cards in this bunch happen to be rares. Didn't do it on purpose, but makes sense those would be more likely to be missing from the collection I have.




One of my favourites - Fodder Cannon - different picture in this set, but luckily, same flavour text.




Not all the cards have new pictures, such as Wooden Sphere, but many of them.



Solarion is an interesting card. Doesn't work in a colourless mana artifact deck, but for a multicoloured deck, could be an interesting add. Lots of mana to cast, but a doubling effect if not taken out quickly by opponents.



Love my big baddies like Colossus of Sardia.



A great bunch of cards for the artifacts collection. I should take a look at what is left realistically - maybe another 500? 1000? I dunno. There will be some I can't afford and won't want to afford, but probably still plenty of cheap ones I can find and add.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

A dollar store break

I am losing my memory. So, after the new years issue of the cat chewing on some card stuffs I left out (mostly the package I will be sharing with you today), I stuck the boxes and things I got in the US, into a couple draws, most in one, a few in a second.

Well, the other day I opened the main draw and looked thinking that it seemed a bit less than I remember, then later for other reasons opened the second draw, and it was like finding Christmas because I forgot about the stuff. Yeah, my memory is apparently getting a little worse.

So today, I share one of the small dollar store packs I picked up - the one the cat decided to chew on the package of. I guess we will see if any of the cards are actually damaged, or if it was just the nice plastic he chewed on.


In Canada, you get 80 cards for $3, in the US, you get 30 cards for $1US (of course). Not too far off being similarly priced, the question then becomes - any difference in the make up of these packages? I picked up about 7 or 8 of them which I'll share here and there between boxes, etc. So these to came from the US trip last August, but not from Dave and Adams where basically all of the boxes came from.



One Jays card in the pack, and it is one I didn't have from 1987 Classic.



Nice - the pack even came with an insert! 2007 Fleer Rookie Sensation Nick Markakis. One that they got right as he was a fixture of Baltimore before moving to Atlanta.



An error card too. Okay, the error is a simple one....the batting average in the stats on the back is missing the ".". Yeah, even these simple ones, I like to collect.

Let's go through the dupes first, then the rest of the keepers...


Happily not too much "junk" that I didn't need - and really just bad luck I happened to have the last couple already. Okay, as far as Triple Play goes, there is no great reason to have it anyway.

Keepers were great as far as how man since 2/3 weren't dupes of the 30.



Nice to get all the way back to 1981 Fleer!



A few interesting cards here. The 2001 Donruss Nomo is interesting - first card from that base set I have, and an interesting design to it. Thick card stock is nice.

The next one confused me a bit. It is obviously, from the stamp, a 2001 Topps Archives card. I found it in the checklist, but for the life of me couldn't see the card number on the card. It is identical,  think, to the original release except for the gold foil stamp on the front, and the glossy front with thicker cardstock.

Last card is a nice Griffey card from his time with the Reds.



We then end with a last couple newer cards I hadn't added to my collection yet.

A solid variety, and maybe a bit better than the Canadian Dollarama 80 cards for $3 in that...no Cliff Floyd!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

We end how we began

Here we have the final pack out of the 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio box - 19 opened, one saved.



A good way to end, with another legend, Bobby Clarke. There was a Leaf which I didn't end up getting, who was in these last cards - Borje Salming - but I can hopefully trade for it at some point.



The second to last card here is Frank who is now with Florida and has played parts of the last few seasons in the NHL. As I noted yesterday, more hits than misses in these phenoms.

As for the last card...



We end the way we started, with a Leaf card. Doesn't get much better than that as a way to end things off.

So, what is the end result for this box? Big picture, I now have 130 of the 200 pure base set cards. With about 2/3 of the set, and the nice photography, I think I will put this on as a back burner set to complete. Highlight would have been the XRC redemption except it expired, so alternatively would be getting the Connor McDavid rookie card as well as starting it all off with a Doug Gilmour card (though the other inserts are pretty nice as well).

19 packs, 150 cards, 541 points

So, in case you missed it, the scoring was done 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

Over the year, I will compare the boxes I go through to see who seems to be the best, and we now have the first box done...

2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio - 3.6067

Just for perspective, the score would have jumped to a 6.27 had I counted the XRC Redemption card which expired. Both those scores sound about right to be...but we can see how the rest of the year goes.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Winter classic and some thanks



I will say that the Winter Classic game idea has been a nice, fairly recent change. The difference between being in the arena makes it special, and it comes off that way whenever you watch one of the games. Sure the ice quality may suffer depending on the weather, but from what I have heard, players love it, fans seem to enjoy it, so full marks on a great idea, and this card is from one of the games as again, the background being different, makes the shot.



Another legend with Glenn Hall who was the second most winningest goalie at the time he retired (behind Sawchuk) with over 400 wins and over 80 shutouts.



Lastly, a rookie phenom who is now a full time member of the Vancouver Canucks. Generally the rookie phenoms have been more successful than not - a good run in this set.

18 packs, 142 cards, 521 points

We end today with a pleasant surprise package from PapaG321 - an oddball, a few well loved cards that will have a new home with me, and a blast from the past in a few wrestling cards.



The top row of cards are new to me, and well loved, but any Toronto card is not going anywhere once I get them! The Toronto Maple Leaf mask card is from 1996-97 Kellogg's Keeper of the Cage (which was nice enough to me put on a sticky note in the package to save me having to figure it out).

Then, the still in package Hostess Wrestlemania IV cards. Just seeing these brought back a lot of fond childhood memories. I remember getting these in Hostess chips as a child. I really liked them back in the day, and still do - too bad I must have gotten rid of them over the years. Nice to have a few back now.

Big thanks to PapaG321!