Sunday, October 20, 2019


A quick housekeeping item - since a lot of my trades and posts may reference - apparently, starting November 1st, the website is "moving" to I presume that for a period of time, many of the links in past posts related to profiles, etc, will continue to work, but likely won't be the case indefinitely.

I, like many others out there blogging will probably have some link updating to do to ensure everything links properly going forward, but no one is perfect and there may be a miss here and there for the first while, so just wanted to give a heads up in advance and apologize for any links like that which may not work - but should minimize over time.

Second non-housekeeping item - baseball playoffs. I have been fairly quiet on them because, well, none of the teams left really interest me in winning. With the series set to be Houston against the Nats - I'd hope the Nats win just for the Expos connection, but wouldn't be the end of my world if it didn't work out that way.

Today, the third pack of the Hockey Repack box from Walmart, and today we step back a little further into 2009-10 Upper Deck Hockey (series 2).

A decent design for the base set, and a number o keepers from the pack...

I will say, of these, Phaneuf has the best card, just for the expression on his face.

That isn't where the victory comes in for the pack as it is this one...

The Victory Update cards may fall one per pack, but happy to get a Leaf out of it. Viktor played 40 games in Toronto before moving on to a number of other teams and trying to find his place in the NHL - so not a long term Leaf by any means. I guess that also means, not too many Leaf cards of him to collect.

Lastly, for sake of completeness - the one dupe in the pack...

3 Packs, 22 cards, 64 points.

Bonus content for today, so I don't fall too far behind on trade packages. Here is a quick 9 in a PWE from althib.

So, what do these cards mean to me...well:

- A 1991 Bowman set addition
- A 1991 Fleer variation binder addition
- A few Blue Jays collection additions including one with the atrocious All Star Unis (all the nice blue colours in the Jays binder, and now this...)
- A couple Leaf adds from the early to mid 2000s

Definitely a lot of different things from one envelope, but all greatness and appreciated.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Leaf content

Today, the second 2012-13 Score hockey pack from the box yesterday, and we start of really well.

The gold rush card happens to be a Leaf, and one that I need. I'll give this 5 points since the parallel scoring otherwise is less than the Toronto base card score. Dion, still not my favourite Leaf of all time, but I digress.

Next up, an insert that, I can't find the specific odds for, but will be around one in every 18 packs or so from what I can see (from my own experience, I got two cards in a box, so we will go with that).

The 12 card Team Score set is alright and with photos that remind me of Pinnacle subsets in the early 90s.

The keepers from the base set...

A nice season highlight subset card of Alfredsson commemorating his 400th goal - definitely highlights the group.

Last up,a single dupe.

Overall, a solid pack with a couple nice inserts.

2 Packs, 14 cards, 46 points.

Friday, October 18, 2019

How do I do this again...

So here we go, the first box of cards since I "narrowed" down my collection. Will be interesting to see how this works out now.

So on tap for today...

So, what we have inside is...

Well, I figured there would be some 2012-13 Score packs, and there they are. Actually all four are on my list of sets I still collect for set completion purposes.

As for the one card being included...

I ended up with two cards (though I already have one), guess they were too stuck together. I may just have to use these as "inserts" for packages I send out.

Oh and but, not very nicely on centre.

Anyway, better remind myself how I score these things...

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

Let's start with the old hat of 2012-13 Score...

A great start with 6 base cards that were all needs, even though none we Leafs. As for the one per pack gold rush card...

Not too shabby there either, and another need.

A fairly standard pack to start, and we will soldier on tomorrow.

1 Pack, 7 cards, 14 points.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A last trade recap - for now

Final trades to go over before I am finally all caught up with the mail packages, and this one comes from bobfetta which, as always, comes through TCDB.

We have a few late 00s Blue Jays to start. With recent trades, I am getting a good dent into the flagship base sets from Topps and Upper Deck during the late 00s.

I am not a fan of the Pinnacle sets circa early 2010s. - the photos are alright, but the design and write up on the backs with no stats, are just not my thing personally, but they still get a place in my collection (though are not sets I will ever be working on).

On the other spectrum from Pinnacle, is Zenith - from a design standpoint, I really like. It loses points for not being a full action shot, but the framing looks nice.

Though it is Artifacts designs which will always be a win in my book. These ones work well for getting signed the way the picture fades half way down - I should look at some for that - really nice that way.

A quick go through, I know, but I don't want to short change that I do enjoy these cards, and really happy with the trade.

The next trade to cover is from a first time trade partner Pennytendencies which covers a few different items.

A few more error or variation cards out of the set that gave us so very very much, 1990-91 Pro Set, and some more 1990-91 Upper Deck needs for the set which I continue to chip away on.

We also, of course had a little Leaf content.

I haven't seen much of Trilogy sets, and this year - 2006-07 - is a new one on me. A solid design for the set, and like the colour layout as well as it is solid with the Maple Leaf colours.

Next up, a trade with SportsCardHunter

About half the trade was McD cards which were for the purpose of moving along a few different McDonald sets that I have been working on slowly completing. These were some of my favourite sets, and although I never had many when they came out, it's great to be getting closer and closer to completing them now, many years later.

The other part of the trade...more Leafs!

A nice variety of Leafs from early 90s to early 2000s, a few Potvins, including a 1995-96 Parkhurst International Crown Collection Silver Series Potvin - first card of that set I've ever seen.

Finally, a one card show from Listia - I know, not a trade, but it's a single card and if I don't post now, I will forget.

A fourth copy for the collection, and came at the price for a couple pennies so, definitely the right price.

Thanks to all those above for the trades - and always looking for more trades if anyone out there is interested.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A new trade partner and nice trade package

Another day, another trade package through TCDB to share, but today, we have a first time trade partner - nozzlemaster.

A lot of the Jays are from my most needed area - late 90s through about 2010. Many of the Jays, given the uniforms, aren't as "nice". I was not a fan of the unis during the early 2000s (so glad with what they have now though).

A couple cards here though that really do excite me and look nice - the Artifacts and Starquest. May, in part, be the lack of Jays logo on them which makes them look nice, along with the older look that Artifacts pulls off, and for Starquest, the shiny is always pretty.

We end with a bunch of base Upper Deck baseball cards which, as always, remind us of a time when more than one company was officially licensed for cards. Still not sure how it makes monetary sense for MLB to get paid from one source in Topps instead of multiple, but I gather Topps must be giving them more than they could make if selling to multiple companies.

Anyway, this trade went well and smooth, so hopefully we can do another soon.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A bkim trade package

I have had a bit of a busier time than usual on the trade front the last couple months, so I have a few different trades to work through sharing, and we start off with a package from TCDB member bkim. We have traded a couple times before, and always good stuff, so a couple PWE's here to share off.

Does anyone remember BJ Birdy? I couldn't remember his name, but recalled it wasn't Acr, who is the mascot these days. I had to look it up, but BJ Birdy was replaced in 1999 after serving as Jays mascot since 1979, and was replaced by Ace and Diamond (Diamond was the female equivalent of Ace, and only lasted a few years). The card did scan really nice which isn't always the case with the holograms.

Bkim was able to provide me with some Heritage Jays which I have said before, I generally lack. Interesting in looks on them though, from Colby looking over the moon happy and Cecil looking like someone killed his cat.

I really appreciate the additions to the Jays collection, and any chance to trade with bkim - always a great trade partner.

Monday, October 14, 2019


A little behind on this one, for which I apologize to AirPete as I should have shared this a bit ago, but as I say, been busy and have gotten to it in due course.

The 2017 WWE Topps  Finishers and Signature Moves 50 card insert is one I am now about 7 cards away from completing. Wasn't expecting to pick up a couple from AirPete, but here we are!

A few adds for the error and variation collection, all of these being dupes as they are sets I have or are working on.

Picturesque maybe - a little over sized - absolutely, but I can live with that.

Lastly, some Leafs...

We end with a good number of newer O Pee Chee cards from 2017-18, which I did not have, including the Marner box card at the end, which was quite nicely cu out. I always find them difficult to cut out in any good fashion.

A great delivery from AirPete, and I look forward to trading again with him in the near future as we seem to be able to match up needs every few months.