Thursday, August 13, 2020

You know it isn't going to be good, but still...

The good news is that, at least I didn't pay for this pack...


Luckily this was in my stocking from Santa because these usually go for somewhere in the $12-$14 CDN range for three packs (15 cards), that is expensive to me.

The good news is, I d end up with one pack for the unopened pack collection...



Though the chances of getting anything stellar out of two packs doesn't seem very realistic...but there's always a chance, right?

Pack 1:

So no Leafs, not a big surprise there, but did the first card out have to be Drouin?

The base set is only 100 pure base cards plus 40 SN rookie cards, however there is also a blue parallel set for all which doesn't have an SN on the rookie cards, so this is probably a case of the blue parallel being more common than the supposed base set SN rookie card.

Well, Samsonov is a blue parallel, as is Schenn, though the Schenn does look much better for it, team colours and all.

Pack 2:

Yup, my scan cut their heads off a bit...but the pack didn't deserve a second scanning, especially getting a second pack started with a Canadien....*sigh*...

Another blue parallel rookie card and another appropriate blue parallel team colour matching card in Connor.

Overall....a dud for the opening, but can't win them all. This one is at the bottom of the pile since it's not a set I am collecting, so the blues I keep, the base are up for grabs if anyone is interested.

2 Packs, 10 Cards, 18 Points....also known as a dud....Dollarama repacks do better.

What does even better than a repack though? A nice little trade PWE style. I did a little trade with Double B on TCDB and scored some new to me Maple Leaf goalie goodies...


Not sure why the Parkhurst emerald parallel where the Parkhurst logo is done in foil is such a hit with me, but I like it. I could almost put up with them doing this in 9 different colours. Luckily, they didn't think about it at the time...

Ah - a much better way to end this post.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A Surprise Bag

I still have a few of these Dollaramam Surprise Bags from...I don't know how long ago, so let's open one up today...


So for $2 we get...


Nice - a French pack which I didn't have yet, so that makes a win out of this bag right off the top.




The three packs of cards are fairly generic in just being hockey cards - no themes or otherwise really, so I expect to see some Upper Deck heavy packs and hopefully some needed cards.


Yeah =- there some Upper Deckness. I only ever had a trickle of 2015-16, so don't have it as a set to collect, but both 2016-17 cards are additions.


Jeff Scott's the winner on this, I get a couple Bruins to pull aside and pass his way. Sometimes they make these Hall of Famer packs easy as there really is only one (though sometimes you do end up with multiple).


Vrbata is a keeper, and another Bruin for Jeff, but that's about it. The 2004-05 In The Game Franchises Canadian card is a nice off the beaten path card.

So overall...

13 cards which would be 23 points or a low score of 1.7692, so well down the list - but I did get a new unopened pack at least!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Die Cut to Close

I didn't get to comment on this yesterday, but yes, the Leafs lost their series against Columbus in 6 games. Being a Toronto lifelong fan, I expected they were out of it by the third period of game 4, however they had that great comeback. Luckily, again, being a lifelong Leaf fan, I knew better than to get my hopes up yet. Then game 5 was what I was unfortunately expecting it would be - dashed disappointment after game 4.

I'd like to say there is always next year, but who knows what that is going to look like right now.

As we get to the very last pack in the 2004-05 Pacific hobby box, we end with a nice surprise...


These die cut cards fall every 37 packs, so just less than one per box, and we waited to the very end to see one here. The crown die cut is a nice design, though the gold foil may be a bit hit or miss on making or breaking the card, but I think it works here.


The last few base cards from the box which does get us over 67% which isn't too shabby for a box in a 300 card set. There were a few dupes...



but I can't complain at all when I get a couple Leafs dupes so I have one for the base set and one for the team collection - perfect!

36 Packs, 252 Cards, 1,492 Points.

So where does that put us for the 2019 openings thus far...

1) 2019-20 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Packs 336.5648
2) 2019 Topps Chrome Value Pack 332.3750
3) 2019 Topps Opening Day Blaster 1 14.8750
4) 2018 Diamond Kings Baseball 6.0400
5) 2004-05 Pacific Hockey Hobby Box 5.9206
6) 2019 Topps WWE Women's Division Blaster 5.6825
7) 2017-18 Upper Deck CDN Exclusive Series 1 Box 5.5128
8) 2013 Triple Play Baseball Box 3.2588
9) 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball Jumbo Packs 3.2222
10) 2017 Panini Chronicles Baseball Blaster 3.0000

A very solid 5th place which is an excellent showing.

So overall, a good product that had a good turn out of cards for my collection, and as I expected, a good start on the base set.

Should I have bought a second box? I debated it at the time, but not sure how close it would really get me on the base set. For the price, it could have been a thought and I wouldn't have been upset with a second having now opened the first.

Not sure what is up for tomorrow...but it won't be 2004-05 Pacific...

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Replacement


So I best know Biron as the guy who ended up taking over (some may say, who pushed out) the starting goalie role in Buffalo from Dominik Hasek. The way things panned out, I think it was a bit more, right place, right time, as Hasek seemed "done" with Buffalo around this time (early 2000s).

As we know, Hasek went on to be just fine with a few great years in Detroit before hanging them up, and Biron didn't settle long term in Buffalo as he ended up with stints in Philadelphia, and with both New York teams..


The rest of the pack is all adds, including another Martin doing a similar pose - though a little more upright than Biron.

We also get the luckier Bure in Valeri. Guy married Candace Cameron - I grew up watching Full House (and have enjoyed Fuller House for the most part as well), so that's a life win!

35 Packs, 245 Cards, 1,415 Points.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Still time for nice surprises

I may be into the final few packs, but it is never over until it is over, and always nice to get a little surprise or two as far as the content goes.


Forget eye of the tiger, that's a keen eye of the eagle! Always like beating the odds and with one Toronto card in the 10 card set, with cards showing up every 19 packs, this one came out in my favour.
Unlike a picture card out of 2012 or 2013 baseball Triple Play, a head on shot of an actual human being can add some depth to the picture - you get a nice uniform view of the eagled helmet, and Eddie's piercing stare.


Always love a good Teemu card, and no surprise that the puck is just dancing away on his stick as always.


We end with a couple dupes and like Samsonov, Olli seems to be a guy I feel I see a lot of cards of. Looking at the stats on TCDb, it isn't true, but funny how it feels that way about certain players or cards, that you just feel you see too much.

34 Packs, 238 Cards, 1,394 Points.

Speaking of nice surprises - another trade that has been a while to share, I did a PWE with Hawaii native TCDb member Hilochef which brought me some Jays...


Really like the Pillar action shot, and still missing a couple base Jays from the 2019 set, though these help tremendously.

Lastly...


Yeah, I am getting mildly excited about a Triple Play Tattoo. This is the final of the 5 card tattoo set out of the horrid 2012 Panini Triple Play product, but at least it is now a 5 card insert set that I have completed!

Great little trade that, as always, I am very appreciative of!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

International Impact


With the red parallel, it made me think Canadian flag, international, red and white, and given Stevie Y had an impact internationally, why not focus on that a bit.

Yzerman hit the international stage early with the 1983 World Juniors where Canada ended up with a bronze. This was followed by a 1984 Canada Cup gold medal, 1985, 1989 and 1990 world championship appearances netting silver, silver and a fourth place finish.

1996 saw the World Cup of Hockey and another silver finish.

The Olympics, which most people likely remember most - 1998 was a 4th place finish and gold in 2002, but it likely is the 2010 Olympics where STeve was working at the top in organizing and running Team Canada and the gold medal at home in Canada that is likely the high point to really attribute to him.


Another bunch of base card keepers, though no Leafs, round out the pack.

33 Packs, 231 Cards, 1,285 Points.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sticking Around

So this...


is the 4th blue parallel from the box, so not only did I punch above the odds on the jersey cards, I also came out ahead on these as well. Poor guy in the stand who ha his face massacred by the Pacific logo.


Super Mario makes an appearance in the base cards, which is always awesome while the prospect here, Scottie, was a solid success with over 750 NHL games and a career spanning about 15 years. If I were just cracking the NHL, I'd take that career length and games no problem since the odds are generally against anyone being able to stick around that long.

32 Packs, 224 Cards, 1,264 Points.

We end with a one card Listia win that arrived recently. Wasn't a card I needed, wasn't a Jay I didn't have - but cheap Blue Jays cards on Listia will always be fine for me, even if a 4th copy...especially when there is a nice smile!