Monday, May 21, 2018

A surprising highlight

First, any opinions on comment spamming. I don't know if it is easier setting all comments for approval, or just policing, but yesterday was the first time I had 7-8 spam comments on different posts. I don't like the idea of policing comments and approving them before they show up, but can understand a need to do so.

Highlights:


So given I don't collect football - why is this the best of what came out of the Santa Lot 20 today? More than half of these were "new" to me and moved the set completion well along. Let's face it, collecting cards, even if not cards I plan to keep, I appreciate the want to have a complete set to trade, and this moved it well along.

Only 19 of the 150 pure base cards left outstanding now...

The rest
Keepers:

Interesting that the first two cards are old uniformed pics of players on new teams. I guess it has to happen that way if they have not yet played for the new team, and if you don't want to go the route of Topps in airbrushing uniforms, but I think that is generally much tougher with hockey.

Traders:


Through 11820 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 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 Base (x 4) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 190 26
Inserts / Var Kept 375 63
Error 19 3
Keep 2316 353
Doubles/Sell 2096 270 1981 3200 312 43
Doubles Inserts / Var 159 4 193 217

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Insert Attax

The 15 wrestling cards today (following up on the pack opened yesterday) come out of three sets - two different Attax sets, and some more 2017 Then Now Forever inserts.


Again worth mentioning that these are a great pick up since the set (and the one below) were European releases and not released in North America. I know this is a game, but I do wonder how they come up with the attack and defence numbers. Are these based on "in their prime" or at a certain other point? Trish has a better attack than Bruno?

Also worth mentioning - I really like the double photo on the front, with the subtle second picture in the top left corner of the card. Something they should have kept the next year...


A more colourful design for the 10th Edition of the Slam Attax game, but I do like the prior version better overall.

As for the inserts...here are the new ones for me...

I wouldn't have guessed that these packs would already have me over 50% complete on this insert set!

A couple duplicates though, if anyone is interested...


An excellent pack overall given the cards from Europe and the inserts - wish each of the rest would be the same!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Big Crimpin'

So I figure, another wrestling card weekend isn't a bad idea, so another pack of cards from www.FirstRow.ca - again, 15 base cards promised...and we will start with the card which inspired the title...


Hard to tell in the scan, but there is a nice full crimp from the card being packaged, right across the bottom. It's almost perfectly matched up with the white border across the bottom. I don't mind these as I consider them error cards - packaging errors. My fondest memory of him has to be when Daniel Bryan used his tie to choke him out as part of the Nexus invasion.


I do really like the 2011 Topps design for the wrestling cards, it is quite nice, and a good use of the brand colours makes for a nice overall look. As for the faces - Hall of Famer Booket T and hall of famer to be Kane are great, and can't go wrong with the girl so nice, they named her twice - Kelly Kelly.

As for Mason Ryan, he never did pan out, but he was a cheaper version of current Roman Reigns, though I have to give Roman more in-ring credit and mic skill credit.


Here - 2011 Topps WWE Champions. Well, if you are going to do horizontal cards, do them right and go full Stadium Club full bleed photos. Not sure I am a fan of having no from name or logo or other symbol than the set, but it does make for photo emphasis. Only issue is making sure the card focus is on the person discussed on the back - for example - wouldn't have necessarily thought the bottom left card would be about Bob Orton.

Last cards in the pack...

Nice 1990 WWF Classics The History of Wrestlemania cards. Interesting that such a set was needed only 5 years into Wrestlemania being a thing, now that we are well over 30 years along.

Another decent pack with some interesting cards and no duplicates, though no inserts, but I am happy for the price of a couple bucks.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sens overload

Not my preferred Ontario team, but still something to keep for my collection...

Highlight:

A big star at the time in Alfredsson, and a decent rookie who stuck around for a decade in the league in Meszaros. A pair of parallels that any Sen fan would like (or in my case, parallel collector).

The rest
Keepers:

Another star Sen shows up here is Spezza, and in the Be A Player and 2008-09 Black Diamond cards, sets I wouldn't mind seeing more complete at this point.

Traders:


Something I hadn't noticed before for today (and which Billy may be able to provide more info on as Billy usually is able to) - The Colloctor's Choice cards are actually dual numbered - one number for the set as a whole, and one number is a team card number such as BC3 for Boston Celtics #3. Done well and in a way that doesn't take away from the card, so I don't mind it. If you are a strict team collector, can be useful too.

Through 11800 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 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 Base (x 4) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 190 26
Inserts / Var Kept 375 63
Error 19 3
Keep 2313 353
Doubles/Sell 2092 270 1979 3189 312 43
Doubles Inserts / Var 159 4 193 217    

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tie one on

Highlight:

Not only does this card come as a new one to my collection, but reminded me of something I probably knew and forgot...Tie Domi actually played his first couple NHL games as a Leaf before travelling around to New York and Winnipeg and then returning to Toronto.

I would have expected to remember those couple games since, in two games for Toronto, he racked up 42 PIMs. Funny enough, that was Tie Domi in a nutshell - the type of player from the era that you don't really see much of now.

The rest
Keepers:

I am not a PC guy, but if I was, Ron Francis would be another guy I would consider collecting. Such a solid team-first player and leader as a Whaler, and as a Pen, then adding his veteran experience to Carolina as shown here - just such a classy guy.

Traders:


Only comment here is that, a few of the 2004-05 Ultra cards filled some holes which is nice.

Through 1780 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 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 Base (x 4) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 190 26
Inserts / Var Kept 373 63
Error 19 3
Keep 2308 353
Doubles/Sell 2086 270 1974 3188 312 43
Doubles Inserts / Var 158 4 193 217    

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Closer Still

Highlights:

Two of these were new to the set for me - up to 39 of 50 for these nice inserts from 2007-08 Topps. Must be nice to get a parallel card for Yi who had yet to play a game in the NBA. Yi ended up playing in 5 seasons.

The rest
Keepers:

Nice Canadian (O Pee Chee - close enough) baseball card as well as the first of two Nash's to appear today.

Traders:


Plenty more 2007-08 Topps base cards today include a couple Steve Nash cards, but nothing new for the "set build" here.

Through 11760 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 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 Base (x 4) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 189 26
Inserts / Var Kept 373 63
Error 19 3
Keep 2302 353
Doubles/Sell 2079 270 1968 3188 312 43
Doubles Inserts / Var 158 4 193 217    

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Saved in the Nik of time

Simply put, the 20 cards for today didn't look to be too promising, until the last card...

Highlight:

This saved the day as not only is it a Leaf, it was a need. Always nice when a pack that isn't looking too good gets turned around by the last card.

The rest
Keepers:

I don't think Pacific cards received a lot of love at the time of their release - too many different sets, a bit out there in design at the time. Now in retrospect, I think there is a desire to have seen some of the designs last on a bit longer and Pacific do a bit better than it did.

The Vanguard Hrdina card here is a great example of a solid design, excellent card stock, and poential in a card set.

Also, though I have never been a big fan of In The Game, it seems that the few cards from the set that I have seen in the Santa Lot are future NHLers.

Traders:


Unfortunately, nothing....Witt-y....to say about these extras - though great effort shown on Yao's face in the overhead shot.

Through 11740 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 card pure base)
- Complete 2005 Upper Deck Classics (100 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 Base (x 4) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 189 26
Inserts / Var Kept 373 63
Error 19 3
Keep 2301 352
Doubles/Sell 2079 270 1953 3188 312 43
Doubles Inserts / Var 158 4 190 217