Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Durant Durant and knocking off a most wanted

A one card win off Listia which knocked off one of the remaining 1991-92 Pro Set hockey cards I need to complete the full set. Most wanted for purpose, least wanted for content...

Still, nice to knock one off the most wanted list - yay!

So today's pull made me add one other previous item to the specific accomplishments below. I will save this for only what I find to be excellent pulls. I am going to try and keep it to a handful over the course of the Santa Lot, though I guess that could change. One of the first cards was the 1973-74 Bobby Orr All Star card. I am going to add this single card, and the Durant highlighted below because these are just great cards in their own right.

Highlights:

Given it is a Durant rookie, how hot he is right now, and that it is the variation card as well - have to say this is one of the big highlights as far as single cards go from the Santa Lot (so far). If I hit another string of these inserts, could end up with the insert set which would be another great accomplishment.

The rest
Keepers:

Nothing spectacular, but the Bowman International set is interesting with the chrome look and faux signature.

The rest:

Well - the Classics cards are a first from the Santa Lot - so that's a good thing, but they are minor league cards, so not something I'll be keeping. Otherwise, as much as I can appreciate coach cards like Alain's above - I'd love to see current sets do this with more unusual poses, pictures than "sitting on the bench" or "standing behind the bench".

Through 3700 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Checklist Subset (6 cards)
- 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee #30 Bobby Orr (All-Star)
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)






Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 73 5
Inserts / Var Kept 124 7
Error 11 1
Keep 946 112
Doubles/Sell 369 20 760 885 232 19
Doubles Inserts / Var 37 1 49 49

Monday, August 22, 2016

No Staaling - actually, yes, yes there is

Although we have another McDonald's card for keeps, heavy on the 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum hockey and 1999-00 MVP Basketball today...

Highlights:

Another keeper as the 2006-07 McDonald's set is getting closer to 2/3 completion, and a third 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum Clark card.

The rest
Keepers:

Not many, but continues to grow the set, over 50% complete now. I am trying to figure out if the Hextall card is so basic it is great, or so basic, it just sucks...not sure which it is...

Traders:

Highlights to me here are a couple - first Steve Kerr. Personally, he was an intricate part of the 90s Bulls run with Jordan and Pippen, but of course more recently - coach for the Golden State Warriors. Obviously he has done well with the teams and seems to be a great coach to add to his time as a solid player. The other is The Admiral David Robinson. He was the Spurs for many a year in the late 90s and early 00s.

Through 3680 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Checklist Subset (6 cards)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 73 5        
Inserts / Var Kept 123 7        
Error 11 1        
Keep 943 111        
Doubles/Sell 364 20 758 879 232 19
Doubles Inserts / Var 37 1 47 49    

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pack Attack - 2007-08 O Pee Chee

I am hoping this is a good news story/post. This came with a couple other similar packs in one of the boxes I bought. This one however feels a little thicker and a little sturdier, which I am hoping are signs of something nice and not signs of a dummy card. There are 6 cards in a pack, and I currently have all of 6 base cards in the set of 600, so this should be decent regardless.

Here is the pack...



And here we go!

Some base cards to start...


Then a nice thick card....

....dang it! I am going to assume the discount code on the back is probably no longer going to work...

Oh well, two cards left in the pack then - let's see if we can turn this around...

That is not a bad start - a nice insert card (1 in ever 12 packs). I like the effect, but am glad it is a fairly small insert set.


Yay! A Leaf parallel - can't say no to that. Ponikarovsky suffered from having a long enough name it went from arm pit to arm pit - sad really, but it is an affliction to a small minority of NHL players...

No doubles...an insert...a Leaf insert...enough to make this a great pack even with the discount card.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Talking about The Franchise

I picked up three different wins on Listia recently to share today which I have grouped together here.

I picked up a single Leaf card from 2011-12 Panini Certified because I didn't have it (as good a reason as any), A six pack of cards because they included a Leaf, but also because they are part of an insert set, and lastly, 2 cards from The Franchise Original Six 2012-13 Score hockey insert set because with these, I am left with one of the six cards outstanding to complete the insert set.

Now that you know the backstory, here are the cards...


I didn't think it fair to put the Hull and Bucyk cards side by side...it just looked like Hull was looking at Bucyk with a lot of jealousy given Johnny's flowing hair...

It doesn't hurt that the Theo card is an uncorrected error card as well. Now I just need to keep an eye out for the Gordie Howe card from the Score insert set, and that one will be done!

On a different note, it was my birthday this past week and the only card related gift I got was one I had been looking for before. I got 5 packs of the following:

As I collect unopened packs, it was one I had wanted to get when they were out late last year, but never got around to, so nice to get a few. As I only keep one, I will open the other four here at a later time - so stay tuned!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Certifiably Baseball and some MVPs

A quick win to share from Listia - a nice 4 card partial set of Leafs from 1998-99 Upeer Deck MVP:

Love the Cujo card out of these, but glad to have the Sundin card as well since these are all new for my collection. A nice quick add overall.

Any time I come across a new set that I haven't seen before when going through the Santa Lot 20 for the day, especially when we are over 3,600 cards in, is a highlight to me. Especially a set from my "blackout" period when I wasn't following at all from the late 90s to the late 00s.

Highlights:

Positive - these are nice and shiny - negative - there isn't much else to them. Also, unfortunately, each has a small bend, but noticeable in the bottom right corner - good enough for me, but still not ideal. That all being said - Ortiz as a Twin...given his Boston success, not how I ever picture him..

The rest
Keepers:

Seem to slowly be chugging along on the Pro Set Platinum 1991-92 set, another rare Flair Showcase card - though they scan very nicely...not quite Maple Leaf blue, but a nice blue regardless.

Traders:



If I were to send out some cards for signature - I would absolutely use those 2009 Donruss Threads cards. I haven't seen the actual auto cards that come within the set, but I presume that is what the space below the name is used for, so why not use it in getting actual signatures as well.

On a separate note - the Don Beaupre card makes me question whether any energy source can heat as well as gas...not so subliminal on this card...

Through 3660 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Checklist Subset (6 cards)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 72 5
Inserts / Var Kept 122 7
Error 11 1
Keep 940 111
Doubles/Sell 361 20 749 877 232 19
Doubles Inserts / Var 36 1 47 49

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Seeing Triple

So getting doubles in a pack can be annoying - and luckily I don't think it happens these days as often as it probably did back in the days of getting 15-20 cards in a pack. With the Santa Lot 20, I am in the special position of being able to not only come across doubles in the same pull, but even triple as seems to be the case here today.

Highlights:

Not a whole heck of a lot, eh? Yup, this would be the best of what was there today....only have one or two cards from this Rookie Debut set, so unique enough to get the highlight today.

The rest
Keepers:

Yeah - that's it...

Traders:

Not one...not two...not three..not even four....but 5 cards with three copies of each...so this ends up being why not a great overall pull today. Though the Shaq was a card missing from the 2003-2004 SP Authentic set that may be completed when all is said and done, so a positive there at least.

Through 3640 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Checklist Subset (6 cards)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 72 5        
Inserts / Var Kept 122 7        
Error 11 1        
Keep 937 108        
Doubles/Sell 359 20 745 869 232 19
Doubles Inserts / Var 36 1 47 49    

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Illustrating Heroes

Cards in magazines are fun - be they Nintendo Power cards in old Nintendo Power magazines, or sports cards in Sports Illustrated - they may not have been high quality as most were thin paper, but now can be hard to find because most did not survive well.

Highlights:

The Santana Moss card is about 10 years old, the back has a couple missing spots because it didn't tear well I presume, but this magazine insert is still nice to see. As is any Montana, especially an insert set one. Add to that a McD hockey need, and Leaf, we end up with some nice highlights.

The rest
Keepers:

The 100 card true base for this set keeps coming along well and it does seem there is a likelihood of completion. Though I do want to air brush a Red Wing jersey onto Federov.

Traders:

Fairly nice extras given the number of McD 2006-2007 cards if anyone has needs in this regard, let me know!

Through 3620 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2007-08 UD McDonald's Checklist Subset (6 cards)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 72 5        
Inserts / Var Kept 122 7        
Error 11 1        
Keep 936 108        
Doubles/Sell 358 20 727 869 232 19
Doubles Inserts / Var 36 1 47 49