Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pack Attack - 2014 Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Baseball

Well - a bit of a step up from yesterday. Okay, a big step up, though these are still not generally my thing, as these are heavy on prospects and trying to get early cards of future stars (and likely a lot of never were's).

This is a relatively small set at 100 base cards, though there are only 4 cards a pack as shown on the front:


Once you factor in the different parallel and insert sets, the number of cards balloons to somewhere close to a million. Okay, maybe not quite, but let's leave it by saying, significantly. Also of course, the autos and relics are a big part of this - because you never know when that early auto will be of a future hall of famer before hitting the big time - or that guy who will work at the bank/car wash/restaurant down the street in 10 years.

Of the base set, there are four Jays available - any chance I can get them all in one pack? How awesome would that be? Anyone had luck like that - if so, buy me a lottery ticket please!


Still looking to crack the major leagues having gone 7-10 in double AA ball with a WHIP of 1.11 and ERA of 3.45.

I will say, the card stock is solid, as is typical for Prizm products, and the design is fine. As usual the reflective borders still do a good job scanning as well.


Another who is working on making it through the minors and hasn't yet made AAA, let alone the majors.


Still in single A ball - not progressing much the last couple years, at least from what his stats show.

Lastly, an insert:

Still a solid design on these cards as well. Luis hasn't made it past AA yet, and although with the Texas organization in 2014, is now with the Brewers organization.

So four cards and not one yet that has made the majors. I am torn in whether to even keep any of these - it isn't necessarily a "minor league" set, but they are not yet at the majors. Not sure whether I would count Toronto drafted players as "Jays" really for my collection, but I am leaning towards no, but would love the opinion of others.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Here comes the pain

I expect today's post to be painful and a bit of awful as well. It is what makes repacks horrid these days - the dreaded Triple Play cards from Panini!

Since these came from Santa, at least I am getting what I paid for - nothing - so no harm done.

Rather than open these as part of the Pack Attack series of posts, I didn't want to put these with such other packs, and I also want to burn through all four packs in one post because, well, they are Triple Play.

So, with absolutely no expectations, let's see what these awful cards look like (I can't believe these haven't gotten to the point that local card stores just give them away...though probably because no one will take them I guess).


For those who haven't yet opened or seen this - this is what to avoid...learn now...please, learn now...

Pack 1:

So many reasons these cards should bother people - Beltran is such a generic pose, it could be anyone. Tulo...meh, Ichiro, fine - with the stance, I can see it. Obviously without the licence, this was how Panini decided to keep making cards here, by using not only generic uniforms and the city names instead of team nicknames, but of using pictures for the players....well...it is unique I guess.

Result of pack one - nothing to keep - except, technically, the stickers and tattoos (and eye blacks) are inserts so....dang it....those get kept. I hate myself sometimes, but in the name of completeness for the collection, it fits the guidelines for myself - inserts are inserts.

That said, no Jays.

Pack 2:

Ok - I'm going to say it - the Hall of Fame Joe Morgan is....acceptable. I can't say I love it, but I'd accept it as a card in a baseball set. Another former Jay when he wasn't a Jay with Reyes, but that is as close to a Blue Jay card so far. Anyone want to tell me the point of the sticker inserts like Konerko - or actually the point to this set at all, would be helpful.

Pack 3:

Holy generic child cartoon picture Batman! Did they at least consult childhood photos when making the card, or just slap a kid cartoon on the front with the name Justin Verlander? Those straight on shots such as Lee are just frightening.

No Jays...again....

Pack 4:

Finally! It's a Jays hot pack between the Lawrie and Romero cards. Rather than keep the eye black, maybe I should just wear it to the office one day - see if anyone notices. Actually, if I do it in April when everyone is sleep deprived, coworkers will probably just think I wrote on my face.

Well - that was about as painful as I expected. Good news is, tomorrow can't be any worse....right???



Friday, January 20, 2017

Lonely....I am so....Lonely...

Yes, it is the middle of winter - one of the low times for a lot of people with the blahs of the weather and whatnot. What doesn't help? Opening a pack of cards...let's say 20...and only needing one of them....

Highlight:

Not too difficult to choose with only one card I needed....

The rest
Traders:

Another Kobe from 2003-04 SP Authentic - a decent enough card to get from the set. With all the 1991 Upper Deck football, it has to be the Michael Strahan 2008 Donruss Threads that will be the standout today given his mainstream attention for morning talk show hosting.

So a blah day for the middle of a cold January...keep warm and keep visiting!

Through 6240 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 Hockey #64 Marcel Dionne 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 101 9        
Inserts / Var Kept 205 27        
Error 13 2        
Keep 1364 189        
Doubles/Sell 791 61 1118 1853 250 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 75 1 68 87    

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It still counts to me and cards in threes

First, a congrats to the new MLB HOFers. Great to see Raines in, I liked Bagwell as well, and Pudge deserved in also. I think we also know one getting in on the 2018 ballot since Hoffman was just 1% short or so. Vlad might get in too since in his first year he was just a few percent shy.

Every collector draws their line - I cound the team if they are traded and in the "old" uniform still. So the highlight today....

Highlights:

That is why this still counts to me as a Leaf. I know some would disagree - everyone is entitled to their opinion of course.

The rest
Keepers:

I'm not a big Bergeron fan, but I do like the look of the card in 2009-10 Ultra - quite nice play of the grey and the white of the ice. I also wouldn't mind more of the 1990-91 Pro Set cards as I've mentioned having a soft spot for this set, and like the error cards, even if they are excessive.

Traders:

I have to talk about the "triple card....cards". 2008-09 Fleer base set has a handful of these triple player cards. I guess it is an attempt to get more players on fewer cards, but it looks like minis before the final cut. The studio shots could make an interest set akin to Studio in the early 90s in baseball.

Through 6220 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 Hockey #64 Marcel Dionne 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 101 9
Inserts / Var Kept 205 27
Error 13 2
Keep 1363 189
Doubles/Sell 790 61 1117 1837 250 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 74 1 68 87

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Unfortunate crunch

So quick story, and a pack pickup. My son wanted to get a Venusaur Tin of Pokemon cards with some of his Christmas money. So, rather than pay $30 at Walmart, I went to 401games on Yonge Street and picked up a tin for $20 including tax. While I was there, I picked up this:

Honestly, unopened Magic booster packs are generally the "high end" of my collection. I dropped $30 on this pack from 2010. The price is high for a pack only 5-6 years old, but is because there were a few really really good cards in the set, so that is what you are paying for (Jace, The Mind Sculptor for one). I don't spend that kind of money on sports card packs - ever. I'd spend that money on a lot of a couple thousand cards, but that's different.

Anyway, so I picked up the Tin for my son and brought it home. He wanted the tin because of the "EX" cards. I am not big into Pokemon at all, but I know these are rare or ultra rare cards. The tin came with one and 4 packs.

It was nice to see the excitement in opening the packs, and in getting the one card he wanted. Then in not one, but two of the packs, he ended up pulling EX cards and had a priceless expression the whole time. I was glad he got his money worth having 3 EX cards out of the tin, but more importantly, I enjoyed as a dad, seeing the excitement of opening cards, collecting cards, and getting things he wanted. Great reminder of why we like this collecting thing we do. Since he is 6, I know he will "get it" more in a few more years, but until then, I try and ensure he enjoys his cards - and he is already getting into the habit of using card sleeves to protect them which is good.

ANyway, back to the usual....

Highlights:

Best for last I guess...with all the 2008-09 O Pee Chee retro parallels. This is the best of the bunch to me for obvious reasons and will go right to the Leaf collection.

Lowlights:

As much as you expect to lose a card here and there when getting a large lot of cards, it is still sad. I would have liked to keep the Andreychuk card for the parallel collection, but it is bent right down the middle in a heavy form, so I don't want to bother keeping it and forgetting to upgrade. As for Giguere - he was a casualty in the 1991 Upper Deck football stickiness we have seen some of...

The rest
Keepers:

1992 Pro Set - the "worst" of the bunch to me. I have a soft spot for the train wreck that was 1990-91, and collected 1991-92 just from a timing and cost aspect, so appreciate it, then moved away from Pro Set before the next year's edition.

Traders:


A Red Wings hot pack here..too bad I already had them! Also, thought I might have another Leaf with the Heatley card, but not so lucky...maybe tomorrow!

Through 6200 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 Hockey #64 Marcel Dionne 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 100 9
Inserts / Var Kept 205 27
Error 13 2
Keep 1359 189
Doubles/Sell 782 61 1113 1834 250 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 74 1 68 87

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

OK...a little more... and a vanoirm trade

Beofre today's 20, a nice little trade I was able to do with vanoirm on the tradingcarddb.com. I was able to pick up the following:

My first 2016-17 O Pee Chee cards. Again, typical O Pee CHee, simple but nice looking design. Add to this a couple 2009 McDonalds and a couple from about 6 years earlier - and a great six pack of Leafs to add to the collection. I really liked the cut out Logos in the Atomic McDonald cards.

Apparently there are a few more 2008-09 O Pee Chee Retro 1979-80 cards to share above and beyond yesterdays...

Highlights:

The Rafalski card stands out most as it is clearly obvious they couldn't get a good photo on the ice, they just had him in front of a blank white background...I mean...there is absolutely nothing in that background...

Lowlight:

More a slight disappointment. I was happy to see a 1990-91 O Pee Chee Premier card...on the off chance it would be one of the great ones like the Jagr rookie card...but then I noticed the nice bend in the top right corner so this card will get added to the "card for kid" pile for my son.

The rest
Traders:


Although a bunch more 1991 Upper Deck football, a couple were "new" so slow completion on the 700 card behemoth continues. Add a couple dupe hockey inserts completes the 20 for today!

Through 6180 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 Hockey #64 Marcel Dionne 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 99 9
Inserts / Var Kept 205 27
Error 13 2
Keep 1355 189
Doubles/Sell 775 61 1113 1827 250 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 73 1 68 87

Monday, January 16, 2017

Let's Do The Time Warp Again!

Not too long ago we looked at a batch of 2008-09 O Pee Chee Retro parallels...well, time to see some more! A dozen of them today, so nice haul indeed, let's take a peek!

Highlights:


No Leafs, and none of the high numbered legends, but a good assortment of players nonetheless. I doubt I will get anywhere near completing this parallel set, but that isn't really a goal of mine here, even if I do collect the parallel cards. I'm realistic to know, it isn't worth the time/effort I would have to put into it, but if I get within 20-30 by chance, I might make the effort.

The rest
Keepers:

Another one bites the dust....one by one, the 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics seems to be moving on...not complaining, just saying...

Traders:

Charge your Sabres! A couple chargers, a couple Sabres, some big wild hair on Clarke...and Cam Neely...

Through 6160 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 Hockey #64 Marcel Dionne 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 99 9
Inserts / Var Kept 200 27
Error 13 2
Keep 1355 189
Doubles/Sell 774 61 1113 1815 250 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 71 1 68 87