Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pack Attack - 2007-08 Upper Deck Black Diamond

This pack came out of the anniversary opening last week. As I only have a paid of cards from the set, glad to get a few more.


Some Gretzky guy on the front...not sure of you heard of him - I think his career turned out alright...


Always difficult to scan - and my scanner does not like them at all - here is Scott Niedermayer (one diamond). Standard Black Diamond design all around with a fair overall picture.


Brind'Amounr with the Hurricanes (one diamond).


Chris Higgins (one diamond).


Mike Richards (one diamond). I seem to have a fair number of cards for him, given he is a guy I don't actively collect in any way shape or form.


Shane Doan (two diamonds).

A kind of blah pack overall, so a bit disappointing. It is always fun opening packs though...now the question is - would I have done better if I opened the other pack that came in the package? Guess I will never know...

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hey Tony...it's a Green season...

Want to share a nice pickup from Listia where we get to say a nice hello to Tony Fernandez. Tony was a good, solid shortstop for the Jays in the late 80s through early 90s. As you can see below, he also went on to spend a bit of time in San Diego and all over New York.


I really like the Classics card. Although the photo and trim is quite dark (and green), it is a good, early card and I love the smile on Tony in the pic. Most of the rest of his cards as a Jay are standard fair for their respective sets, but since I mentioned the smile on the Classics pic, interesting that there are a number more here. Just goes with his demeanor I think as he was always generally a happy guy enjoying playing the game.

Once he left Toronto...poof...as you can see, the smile is gone. Coincidence? Probably....

As we are in the holiday season (start of December counts for me - even if September seems to count for the big box stores) it only seems appropriate to has some greenery appear...

Highlights:

It seems to be that the card is considered, for team purposes, a Blue Jays card, so it will be put into my collection as such. It is great to add to my collection, and being O Pee Chee - probably harder to find versus the Topps version (not ridiculously hard, but maybe a little more scarce.

Enver is not a player I know by name. Looking him up, he player a few years in the NHL before heading to the KHL around 2010.

The rest
Keepers:

The first two are my favs of these. Always liked Daryl Strawberry, even if things didn't work out for him personally - enjoyed him playing the game. Also, any pre 1986 or so hockey cards will get my nod, so happy to pick up the Dionne, even with the ugly Kings uniforms.

Not a big fan of the Legends design on the 09-10 O Pee Chee - personally preferred the prior year better.

Traders:

Nothing to speak of here other than the couple nice McDonalds dupes.

Through 5540 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 94 9
Inserts / Var Kept 161 24
Error 11 1
Keep 1257 153
Doubles/Sell 648 34 1082 1605 243 22
Doubles Inserts / Var 62 1 66 67

Thursday, December 1, 2016

From Peterborough to the Pacific

Today we start with Peterborough and a nice thank you to Mike at Not Another Baseball Card Blog who was kind enough to send along a few cards which hit a couple different needs. Surprise cards are indeed the best cards...

First, in continuing my close in on finishing 1989 Topps...

These go to good use.

As well, there were of course a few more Blue Jays for the collection...

Great cards - I especially enjoy the Halladay. Thank you again Mike, and as always, I will keep an eye out on cards for you and send them your way here and there.

Now moving on to the Pacific...similar to the run of 2009-2010 O Pee Chee the other day, we get a run from a different set which we haven't seen much of - so glad to get more...

Highlights:

I only have just over a dozen cards from this set, so getting an added handful is nice. I also generally like the photography of the set - full photo without border, info at the bottom and although quirky in design, out of the way. Best here is the Koivu card which Mike Modano is trying to take over the shot.

The rest
Traders:

No other keepers today unfortunately. Although the are new to me, cards here including the 2008-09 Fleer basketball and 2005 SPx football, on the other hand, this is the 3rd 1991 Upper Deck Joe Montana card, and 4th Rick Nash 2009-10 McDonalds hockey card. I cannot complain about quality trade material like these I guess, but definitely would rather a bit more variety.

Through 5520 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 94 8
Inserts / Var Kept 160 24
Error 11 1
Keep 1249 152
Doubles/Sell 642 34 1081 1605 243 22
Doubles Inserts / Var 60 1 66 67

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

An O Pee Chee kinda day

I know some people collect brands only, be it Topps, O Pee Chee, Upper Deck, etc. The one I always find interesting is O Pee Chee versus Topps.  I think it may be obvious for some to collect one over the other (if they wish to be traditional Americana - Topps or Canadiana - O Pee Chee), but personally - I am happy collecting both.

During the time that the sets were fairly similar, during my childhood - I honestly didn't know enough at the time to see the difference. It was much later in organizing my cards in my later teens to store them away, that I noticed the difference. The one that sticks to mind is 1991 Baseball - because the difference was essentially the copyright line, and lighter coloured backs, I thought I had a lot of one set when in fact I had a lesser part of two different sets.

Oh well, at least we are well past such issues and the sets are much different in the hockey sets these days.

That said, I did a bit of Canadiana picking off Listia with a couple early 80s O Pee Chee wins which included all the following:

1981-82 O Pee Chee - glad to get some of these as I only had one of the above. Still missing plenty of Leafs, but with most older designs, generally simple, but still very nice.

As for the O Pee Chee influences through the Santa Lot 20 today...

Highlights:

2009-10 Retro parallels, and being O Pee Chee are just great. Also nice that, if they arenèt Leafs, they are atleast Canadian teams.

The rest
Keepers:

Excellent to get a number of 2009-10 O Pee Chee cards. This seems to be the most recent period of time covered in the Santa Lot. This isn't a bad thing since my "out" period was roughly the 00s decade anyway, so many of the cards we are seeing are great helps.

Traders:

As usual, Star Rookies may be great, may be not so much. For example, Alen Brink never reached the NFL as he never played a game whereas Erin Henderson who played games in each of 6 seasons with Minnesota, and in two seasons with the Jets.

Through 5500 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 94 8
Inserts / Var Kept 160 24
Error 11 1
Keep 1244 152
Doubles/Sell 640 34 1078 1595 243 22
Doubles Inserts / Var 60 1 66 67

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

All Aboard

Just the Santa Lot 20 today...

Highlights:

With these, finally creeping up to 50% completion on the 2007-08 McDonalds set - now at 44%.  think we have seen Cheechoo and Vanek in other McDonalds cards, but good to get them here of course. I wonder how many choochoo Cheechoo train jokes have been made...not that I would make one...

The rest
Keepers:

Unfortunate to only get one other keeper in this pull, but lots of love for Teemu. I never liked these Duck uniforms, preferring the original Mighty Duck ones, but atleast here he is atleast with the Ducks.

Traders:

Obviously struck into a line of 2007-08 Topps basketball cards here, getting multiple cards of multiple...cards....A couple nice ones though. First, the pre-Metta World Peace, Ron Artest. Second, TJ Ford.I remember him playing for the Raptors, though nothing specific as far as memories go.

Through 5480 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 94 8        
Inserts / Var Kept 158 24        
Error 11 1        
Keep 1237 152        
Doubles/Sell 636 34 1077 1589 243 22
Doubles Inserts / Var 60 1 66 67    

Monday, November 28, 2016

Stay In School!

I've been having a couple issues with blogger lately...and with my own scheduling. I try to keep a few post ahead, but sometimes blogger scheduling gives me some problems. Bottom line, oops, I had a post go up too early last night...but problem fixed. If you didn't notice - perfect! If you did, keen eye. Regardless, consider it an early preview. As life can just come up at times, I like making sure the blog is good to go.

Well, not the way I wanted to mark one year down, bu oh well! With that behind us, on with year two, and at least the traders bring along something new.

Highlights:

A good turn out today in the Santa Lot 20 with two nice McDonald set cards. The nice motion Koivu card is pretty darn good - it may not be high tech, but appreciate it just the same.

The rest
Keepers:

Joe Girardi - decent as a player and doing alright now as a manager. I like the mid swing Schofield though the bottom looks very slightly damaged.

Traders:

Interesting that this is what I have most to say about today. Two items here..first...stay in school. Cute message which was the thing to do in the early 90s so fit right here in 1991 Upper Deck. I wonder how successful a campaign this ended up being - when it really started or ended, but it was all the rage. Maybe it still is and being older now I just don't notice these things...

Second - that is a fine looking Kobe Bryant card. It is much better in hand than scanned, and I have never seen any of the Brilliant set cards before - definitely a two thumbs up front design. Also, as I say, any new set is a good set here!

Through 5460 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 94 8
Inserts / Var Kept 156 24
Error 11 1
Keep 1236 152
Doubles/Sell 634 33 1064 1588 243 22
Doubles Inserts / Var 60 1 66 67

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happy Anniversary!

Given the anniversary, I had to pick up something a bit different for myself to share here. It so happened that Toys R Us had these different repacks which I believe were $6.99. Packaged in a clear clam shell, I could see the following items which is why I picked it up;
- A Black diamond pack I didn't have
- A 2008-09 O Pee Chee oversized card pack, which I didn't have
- An oversized Leaf Victory card of which I have none

Yes...so the package says...

Here are the unopened packs included...
Actually there are two of the Black Diamond packs, so we can save one of those for a separate post.

Also included were there oversized cards:

Lastly, there were also 10 Upper Deck Power Play 2008-09 cards (you couldn't tell these with the package closed). Unfortunately, I have a box set of the 300 cards (there are 400 in total, the last 100 being the update), but it is not opened, so interesting to see these, but nothing I am going to be keeping. 
Seeing these in hand, they are a fairly nice design. A couple complaints though. First, the names are a bit faded on the front that makes them hard to read. Also, as much as the photos and overlay of the player over the back design is nice, it does make the cards look generally similar to each other without significant standout pics.

Overall a nice little opening for the anniversary, a couple new packs for the collection, and some new to me cards - can't ask for much more. Here's to another great year ahead!