Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Some base highlights

Trevor didn't just provide junk wax era Leafs in the box - so today we see some mid 90s through late 00s Leafs...

Didn't have any 1993-94 Topps Leafs beforehand, but end up with about half of them.


We move on to some early 2000 Leafs including some 2003-04 In The Game Toronto Maple Leafs which are nice (evenif I generally don't like In The Game sets).


I have some of the Ovation cards, but not these - so happy to get those added, as well as the later 00s Upper Deck Leafs which include...


Some Young Guns! Love these cards and most all of the 36 shown above are new for the collection - can't go wrong with that!

With those great cards shared...now let's go on to the Santa Lot...

I'm not against the base sets of cards having what some may consider insert set material such as All-Stars or Season Highlights for example. Especially these days when there are 4,000 parallel and insert sets as it is.

In 2007 Topps, the last range of cards in the base set was for items such as these, and today we end of with a string of these cards.

Highlights:


These are actually cards numbered 423 through 436 and obviously cover all of the stars of the year given the subject material. I can understand the League MVP card being a single base card, but that is one subject where I can see maybe a 10 card insert set being a good idea - or even a card a game from the year outlining the MVP season.

The rest
Traders:

Giants! Nothing more be said...but I don't want to ignore Coleman just based on the fact that he did spend his whole career in Washington. I always appreciate any player, any major sport, that is able to do that.

Through 6680 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 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)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 109 12
Inserts / Var Kept 219 28
Error 15 2
Keep 1413 207
Doubles/Sell 864 116 1158 1980 254 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 77 1 93 106

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shooting Blanks

Just a few days of thanking the Minnow left...but still plenty of goodies!


I'm not going to scan the additional 1990-91 Upper Deck Leafs - though they came aplenty, and actually completed the team set and then some! I will share these 1990-91 Bowman as these filled in the holes for that team set to sit on top of the complete Bowman set that I have.


I will show these few 1990-91 Pro Set error card Leafs. There were others as well, but again, just figured I'd show the errors - my favourite is the Bester and misspelled first name on the front. Atleast these are all for keeps, unlike the Santa Lot today...

As said in the title, getting nothing for keeps, but also, a lot of basketball today.

Highlight:

The best card of the 20 to me though, is the Joe Montana insert. I've mentioned before my like for Montana - I was a casual fan who latched onto the Montana-Rice 49ers combo. Never followed religiously, but did enjoy the highlights and cheer them.

The rest
Traders:

With all of the Ultra cards, the good is there were a few new to me, so we continue to slowly work on the set. Interesting that the Willie Green seems to have a defect in the coating - there is a definite line across the card that goes through the first name. Wonder how much of a "thing" that is in the set, though this is the first one I remember seeing. Interesting with these cards together - the Divac and Webber cards look pretty similar.

Add on to that, we may be working on another trader set for the 2007-08 Three Star Checklist insert set...only one or two more to go for it.

Through 6660 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 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)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 109 12
Inserts / Var Kept 219 28
Error 15 2
Keep 1413 207
Doubles/Sell 864 116 1158 1960 254 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 77 1 93 106

Monday, February 20, 2017

Reflecting on the past

The prelude before the main topic of today's post...another day of thanking Trevor!

Okay, so a one off that wasn't a Leaf - just where it was in the box...but also a card I didn't know existed even though it was from the "junk wax" era...

That is Wayne Gretzky from a hologram insert from early 90s hockey. This scans a lot better than it looks - you almost can't see anything on the actual card. Very nice insert though nonetheless.

Next some Leafs that'll end up in the error binder...

No surprise to see error cards from 1990-91 Po Set.

As for the Leafs....

Some additional Pro Set Leafs including our pal Al, as well as a start of Upper Deck Leafs from the same year...

and more....

Followed by some O Pee Chee 1991-92 Leafs (again helping for the fact I have a box set I am not removing Leafs from) and some Parkhurst....

more Parkhurst...

and pretty much all the Parkhurst set, and to top off today a last card - 1999-2000 McDonalds Cujo. Another great day of Leafs I'd say!

A lot of what baseball cards represent is a tie to history, to the past, or to current memories which will be looked on later as a happy time in the past (well, hopefully happy). Today a couple cards bring up perfect reasons why we reflect...

Highlight:

1150 is an odd number for serial numbers to go up to in bulk as is done with a number of the base set Reflection Rookies. I'd normally expect say, 999, but not sure what the significance of 1150 is. A more obvious use of "Reflection" given the name of the set.

The rest
Keepers:

Now, we can reflect on the 2005 Retro Rookie card which is reflecting on Cone's rookie year in 1986. This is the 5th of 30 Retro Rookie cards I have, and I will keep the outside hope to see the rest...

Traders:

The rest of the 2005 Classics cards allow further reflection to earlier times (obviously) and the best players of their heyday (as a player or managerial). The good news is, through sports card, you can always take a trip back to a happier time, either for your team, or even just memories of a time in your life.

And some people say they are just pieces of cardboard...

Through 6640 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 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)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 109 12
Inserts / Var Kept 219 28
Error 15 2
Keep 1413 207
Doubles/Sell 864 116 1144 1956 254 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 76 1 93 105

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pack Attack - PressTine 15 and about 50 Leafs

Before getting to the title subject matter - we are into a BUNCH of Leaf cards from Trevor, so let's see what highlights today:


A bit of a bend in the corner of the 1978-79 Turnbull, but I like it nonetheless. Add in a bunch of 1990-91 O Pee Chee Leafs which include a few new to me - and these are excellent pick ups. My favorite would be the early Felix Potvin card - always enjoted the cat during his time in Toronto.


Wendel and Doug can do no wrong in my book - loved their tandem as Leafs. The 2002-03 O Pee Chee cards are the first such Leafs in my collection. I am not a huge fan of the brown border in hand, but they don't look too bad when scanned.

Lastly for today from Trevor...


Before this package, I didn't have any of the 1992-93 O Pee Chee Leafs....now I have all of them - yes, all 17 are right here above. Nice way to start and end a team set, all in one go like this.

Can't wait to see what else we get tomorrow....but anyway, mo my wife asked me to go to Dollarama - I swear she said something about picking up some cards for myself if I was going anyway. Might have just been the voice in my head, but I'm gonna say she agreed it was a good idea....shhhh....don't tell her that...

Today I'm going to share one of the things I picked up for myself...

You'll never guess what I paid for this...but at 10 cents a card, not bad, even though all you are like getting are commons and maybe one uncommon or possibly a junk rare.

So what are my expectations? I would hope to get at least one artifact for my collection, and if all works well, a rare even if it isn't anything more than a quarter rare. Actually saying that, let's play a quick game and compare what I would have to pau to get these cards individually. Since the cheapest place I know is 401games - I'll use their prices, and expect everything will end up being 15 cents, but we shall see....

Also curious to see how far a spread we get from new to old sets....


$0.25 - a good card to start with being an uncommon, and a bit surprised that it is out of Eldrich Moon which is a set from the last 6 months, so these are fairly new repacks.


$0.25 - A second uncommon in a row - not bad. Not a bad card either for getting a decent sized creature out later in the game. Gatecrash set is about two years out now - so still, not too old.


$0.15 - What I'd call a wall (that is what "defender" basically makes it) and from a bit further back given the Magic 2013 set.


$0.25 - Not bad for a common non-basic land, still newer set with Oath of the Gatewatch.


$0.15 - Dragons of Tarkir (also a newer set) and a fair flyer.


$0.50 - Well, there's the rare. Didn't figure it would show up given the couple uncommons already. So all in, the pack is a success if I can come out with an artifact now...


$0.25 - now we are going back a bit - Judgement came out in 2002 - I was still playing a bit, that's how far back this one goes.


$0.15 - Fom Battle of Zendikar, given the cost, would be much better as an instant.


$0.15 - From Return to Ravnica - definitely a brute.


$0.15 - BINGO! There's the artifact I was looking to get, and being out of Kaladesh which came out just a couple months ago, a bit surprised to see it.


$0.25 - Onslaught set from 2002...


$0.15 - From Magic 2014 set...


$0.15 - A second artifact from Kaladesh - definite been worth the pick up.


$0.15 - Another from Kaladesh


$0.15 - Last card is from Return to Ravnica

So, a rare, two uncommons and two artifacts - definite win of a pack, and cheaper than the...$2.35 I would have spent to buy them all individually, though I would probably have just got artifacts instead of these cards...

Oh well, still a good pick up!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pack Attack - 2016-17 Tim Hortons hockey

So, in continuing to go through the package of cards from Trevor, I have worked out that it'll be another 6 days of posts after today. This is more a reflection on how much stuff he sent than anything else. Best part is - all that I believe is left after today....all Leafs! I will go through about 50 cards a day and share accordingly, but today we have the last few tidbits to share before the Leaf parade begins.



Two sets I am not collecting per se, don't have many of each so these are all new for me (some of the Topps cards I do have in O Pee Chee form though). Like the Jagr - Ultra 92-93 was a good design that I think still holds up well.

Now these...

I had not seen these non-sport cards in hand before, but had a guess as to what they were - more so from the backs then from the flags...one of the card has the full picture, but the flags above would have their backs put together to make the picture...

Yeah - no surprise this is 1991 Desert Storm - sticker inserts to be exact.

Very cool all around....now hopefully some cool comes out of these....

Another three pack of Tim Horton cards to open today.

Pack 1:

Although both base cards are new, it is actually the insert which is a duplicate. Hadn't thought about insert duplicates, but I guess that makes sense for these given the one per three pack odds.

Pack 2:

Again, two new base cards, and again a duplicate Game Day Action insert. Unfortunate, but what can you do....I know....trade it away. Any takers?

Pack 3:

Base Zetterberg and insert McDavid - great pack here, and all needs. This would be on par with the Ovechkin/Crosby pack I opened, except that pack completed an insert set.

Overall, really enjoying these cards (as most people did around the end of last year). At 20% of the base set now - so only 80 cards left. Still a little far off to say I'm for sure going to complete the set, but it is nice enough, I'll keep an eye out on Listia and probably pick up cards as they come up. I'll see where that takes me.