Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pack Attack - 2006-06 ITG Heroes and Prospects

You may ask me...why are you opening this...

Well, all of two reasons. First, for you! I figured it was a good enough pack to open here. Second, why not? Okay, not great reasons, and I don't think there are any base cards I really care to have or collect, and at this point I have all of 5% of the set from what has come out of the Santa Lot, but let's play a game with all 5 of these cards and see how successful each player ended up being...well...so far...

Ryan Stone - Made it to the NHL for parts of three season 2007-08 through 2009-10, and in 35 games had 7 assists. He played these games for Pittsburgh and Edmonton.

Jeff Tambellini - More successful yet, spent 2005-2011 in the NHL with the Kings, Islanders and then ended off with the Vancouver

Team Cherry Insert - Mathieu Carle - 3 games with Montreal...that's it. Not a bad insert though...

Brandon Sutter - The most successful in the pack so far. Almost 600 games in the NHL thus far and over 100 career goals.

Ron Hextall - I think we have a winner. Not a surprise given he is the only Hall of Famer card in the pack. Interesting as it appears the gold overlay on the Heroes and Prospects wording is off.

I don't mind the "old" black and white look for the Heroes cards, and the design is alright otherwise, though the colour scheme being team specific (I presume) can make the set as a whole unusual when put together.

Well, not a bad pack, but nothing I am overly thrilled with. I am still loosely keeping these as, with the Heroes cards, there is enough reason to keep all the cards for now. Would definitely trade for better though if anyone is interested.




Friday, May 26, 2017

Adding to the army

Highlights:

Two thirds of the insert set no - well, almost. Nothing much to say that I haven't said before regarding the insert set, just happy to keep moving on this one.

Lowlights:

This card scans a lot better than it is in hand. Unfortunately there is a good bend through the card, bottom middle to left middle of the card so on to my son it goes...though not a huge star so not much of a loss here...no offence Randy...

The rest
Keepers:

I son't know about you, but I have been enjoying Fuller House on Netflix so it's a nice reminder seeing Candace Cameron's brother in law Pavel here. Joke aside, I really like this card design for trophy winners - a good picture of the trophy, name of the aware, and not taking away from a good photo of the player who won as well.

Traders:

Every single one of these Donruss Elite football cards are dupes of ones we have already seen. There are enough holes in the set, I found that surprising. Also surprising - the more I see of Pro Set  Platinum, even in the duplicates, I am enjoying the photography more and more - especially with the goalies, but even across the entire set. Maybe it is just me. Outside of Stadium Club, what other junk sets did you enjoy the photography from?

Through 8200 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 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 133 15
Inserts / Var Kept 297 34
Error 15 2
Keep 1662 243
Doubles/Sell 1167 173 1322 2449 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 101 200

Thursday, May 25, 2017

MJ, O Pee Chee, Nolan Ryan - OH MY!

This may not be another Stephen Curry rookie card, but a number of awesome things coming out of the Santa Lot today...

Highlights:

Condition could be a bit better, but given it's Jordan and serial numbered, that is a small complaint. This is the first Spectaculars card to come out of the 2003-04 SP Authentic set. Although this is numbered as part of the base set, I wouldn't consider it base given the serial number. I get the design using the same picture front and back, but a different one for the background on the back would have been just as nice.


Leaf content...and parallel content! He was definitely a fan favourite for a number of years in Toronto, just as the card states.


A nice insert, and a first from this insert set. Total O would have been a good insert set name for a set completely about Ovechkin though - too bad it wasn't used in such a way.


Here we start to get really nice and interesting. I ave lots of love for the 2005 Upper Deck Classics base set, but here we have one of the insert cards regarding historic moments. As much as I dislike the moment (because it was the no hitter against the Jays), the accomplishment is simply amazing. Serial number here is great to.


More of what I just said for this one too. Excellent card and much lower serial number than tha above. Man....such a nice and young looking Ryan....and a really nice card...

The rest
Keepers:

Some awesome old O Pee CHee - well, at least into the 70s which is a nice sight. Billy Smith is pretty beat up, but I am a lot more forgiving on condition for early 80s are prior cards. I appreciate the old team cards done with the multiple pictures - here it shows how much Bob Nevin meant for the team, and gave them a chance to use a couple pictures.

Have to also mention the fact I got two net Brett Hulls here - and neither with him in a Blues uniform...so unfortunate.

Traders:

The Gretzky is too rough to keep, but otherwise, nice to get the couple baseball dupes - feelings on steroids use or not...still solid names of the game from the late 80s and early 90s.

An excellent day today - only wish it can last tomorrow!

Through 8180 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 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 133 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 295 34        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1660 243        
Doubles/Sell 1161 173 1322 2440 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 92 1 101 200    

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disgruntled

No - not me but...

Highlights:

Mike Krushelnyski definitely doesn't look happy in this pic. Does make me wonder what the issue was or i it was just an ill timed photo. Tack in a couple more cards for the Russian and Shark insert set (always a good add - atleast until I get the set done).

The rest
Keepers:

So on one hand, I personally dislike Patrick Roy (again, just bias based on being a Leaf fan and his longstanding place as goalie for Montreal) but this photo is just amazing. Would make an interesting collection - photos of airborne players.

I don't mind the 2007 Hot Prospects Fleer set, and don't have too many, so seeing more of these wouldn't be a bad thing.

Traders:

Speaking of great photos, also from the same set, that is a great Belfour shot. Sakic's card isn't half bad either, but the goalie shots work better I think, with the design.

Through 8160 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 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 132 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 294 32        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1649 243        
Doubles/Sell 1159 171 1322 2440 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 92 1 100 200    

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A handful of 1987 O Pee Chee

The Santa Lot hasn't always produced a lot of cards pre-2000, let alone pre-1990.so getting a handful of 1987 O Pee Chee cards is a nice add.

Highlights:

I miss the Whalers - the green wave of uniforms - a shame they left Hartford. Overall, I like the quirkiness of the design with the hockey stick and puck use. The set was a bit before I started getting into collecting, so I don't have the emotional tie to the set otherwise of those who may have collected at the time (unfortunately that period for me, is more into the late 80s, early 90s "junk" eta - but I still enjoy them).

The rest
Keepers:

Excellent to get a 4 diamond card, and Iginla is a solid player as well. Actually, first 4 diamond card from the set that I have picked up.

Traders:



So of all the 1987 O Pee Chee cards, only one that was a duplicate, and being a Sutter (since there was around 40 - give or take - yes, an exaggeration), so be it. Otherwise - I am getting quite done with the 1991 Upper Deck football cards...anyone interested in any teams from the set at all?

Through 8140 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 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 131 15
Inserts / Var Kept 292 32
Error 15 2
Keep 1642 243
Doubles/Sell 1154 169 1322 2437 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 92 1 100 200

Monday, May 22, 2017

Big Hurt - feels great!

Highlight:

Another one of the inserts (of the only insert set) from 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum. I'm not sure why the picture of Rob Blake sitting on Kelly Hrudey's head would be the choice for the card. It is an interesting picture nonetheless, but no where connected to the subject matter on the back (other than if we are trying to stress how close to his own goal he was as a solid defenceman).

The rest
Keepers:

I love the Frank Thomas card here (always have). Though I don't collect his cards, because I don't collect any specific players,he would be on the shortlist of those I would consider. With that said, it definitely looks like he is about to rip into someone for taking his bubble gum...or something similar - definite "I'm about to whoop someone" look.

Traders:

Too bad the writing is so faded on the redemption card. I'd love to know who it was for, even if it is well past and used - just a mild curiosity. Oh well.

I also like the Fleer Tradition for the fact it was during WIllis' time with the Raptors.

Through 8120 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 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 131 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 292 32        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1636 243        
Doubles/Sell 1152 169 1322 2425 264 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 92 1 100 200    

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The last of the GCA Trade

Here we are with the last, but definitely not least, of the cards I received from Greg. Here we go from about 2006 to current with plenty of Jays I did not have until now...


I was going to go on about the nice look of the Roy Heritage card, but I think I found the first Artifacts set that I don't full out love. 2006 Artifacts - I'm not sure if it is the colour, or the border, but these are more just...meh...


The 2007 Fleer remind me of O Pee Chee sets here...but we will get to that a bit later actually. As for the 2007 Topps, we have seen the design many times before given Topps kept the design the same across the sports that year. I like the white Opening Day colouring for the Jays cards compared to the blakc.


Here are my first Goudey cards - so square! Just to be contradictory I like the black border on the Topps. Out of curiosity - anyone out there try to put together the massive Documentary set? There is a massive undertaking! Also, here are some 2009 Pee-Chee...


...and one more. Here we get into the 10s as well. Not a fan of the photo used for the Cooperstown card and Alomar, but the design is alright.


Heritage and Gypsy Queen - both sets I could enjot getting more of...


I have had some 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes before and they are pretty neat for what they are, so good to get a number of the Jays from the set.



Lastly...yep - needed both versions of EE - and here they are!

That's it - great bunch of cards and a great thank you again to Greg for the trade and bunch of awesome cards for the collect.