Thursday, October 19, 2017

Highlighting Highlights

I think it is always important to document important achievements and highlights - especially for any given season in sports. This can be easily spotted and celebrated, or not. What do I mean?

Highlights:

A player debut is absolutely a celebration for the player, but for the sport - it is hard at the time of the debut to necessarily know how big a deal it is. This day and age, the card companies have decided that they need to put anyone and everyone as a prospect to make sure that they get a card out for that 1 in every 1,000 they produce that will actually be a big deal. A little excessive, but I get it.

Highlighting big milestones, like Rickey reaching 1,000 steals - absolutely a no-brained to document, and here done in a nice card.

The rest
Keepers:

Nice for a few cards from the newer end of the Santa Lot, especially the rookie cards.

Traders:


A couple nice cards here I want to highlight.

First, the red parallel Performers card from 2007 Donruss Gridiron Gear card. Mainly, worth mentioning as it is the first such insert from the Santa Lot. It isn't serial numbered, but there are different colour parallels regardless, so there is that.

Although I already have one, the MVP Icons insert of Sergei is a nice pick up too. Would rather it have been done in a Red Wing uni and a few years earlier, but that's just my bias from when I really grew up watching hockey, and where he belongs.

Through 9680 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 and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 155 19
Inserts / Var Kept 320 44
Error 16 2
Keep 1909 284
Doubles/Sell 1550 216 1498 2892 295 35
Doubles Inserts / Var 111 2 122 210

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Prospects and a Hero

Here are a couple quick hits on a couple sets with a few cards in the Thanksgiving bunch I received.

A few 1994 Ultra cards including a Phillies Finest insert. Never knew there was such an insert set.

Also, some 1989 Topps. Of the below, just keeping the Jay, the rest are dupes for trade.


As you can tell, some decent star power in these dupes if anyone is interested for player collections.

As for the Santa Lot today....

Highlights:

So very torn on the Keon - consider it a Leaf card or not. Obviously the back talks about his career, but with the photo on the front being before his time in the NHL, should I go based on that instead? If it was a pre-NHL card, no question, I wouldn't keep it, but because this is post-NHL career, I am second guessing myself. Given the set, I think I will sit on "not" for now...but still nice to see some more of these just because we haven't seen many.

The rest
Keepers:

Wow - two new for me 2007-08 Upper Deck cards! The checklist is from series 1, which is why it was new to me whereas the Fleury is one of the few series 2 cards still not in my grasp.

Traders:


Can't have too many Spahns...but you can have too many Hecht's...and these would count for being too many.

Through 9660 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 and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 155 19
Inserts / Var Kept 320 44
Error 16 2
Keep 1906 282
Doubles/Sell 1548 216 1496 2883 295 35
Doubles Inserts / Var 110 2 122 209

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I may not need them, but still love them

Highlights:

I was hoping that the Retro Rookie Cone was one I needed, but it ends up being my first such duplicate. Otherwise, still love seeing these, even as extras.

The rest
Keepers:

Not much to add to the collection except one tough as nails goalie and a one time Leaf.

Traders:


The SPX cards do usually scan something shiny, and even Ocho Cinco here. A nice 2007 Topps Generation Now insert as the accounting nerd in me loves any card that gives centre stage to a number.

Through 9640 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 and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 155 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 320 44        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1898 282        
Doubles/Sell 1543 215 1495 2878 295 35
Doubles Inserts / Var 110 2 122 209    

Monday, October 16, 2017

A bend on holographic cards

Back in the early 90s, Upper Deck loved their hologram inserts. Inserts were just really starting as a bigger deal and holograms were on the breaking edge of technology with cards. The down side was - they were generally pretty flimsy and could mark up and bend a bit too easily.

Highlight:

Well, nice to have, and I will keep it, but that is one good fold in it. It doesn't feel nearly as bad as it looks, but luckily a Ben McDonald college star card isn't high on my need to have list, so quality isn't the biggest concern here.

The rest
Keepers:

When I first started getting into baseball, stats were a big draw because I loved math and statistics, even as a child. One of the first stats I really remember focusing on as being an accomplishment was the 57 saves of Bobby Thigpen in 1990 (another was the 49 home runs by a certain home run hitter in his rookie season). Also - heritage card goodness...yay.

Traders:


A bunch of rookies from 2007 Topps - again, another group of them which were needed. Happy to see a Raptor if I am going to get basketball cards anyway.

Through 9620 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 and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 155 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 320 44        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1896 282        
Doubles/Sell 1541 209 1495 2870 294 35
Doubles Inserts / Var 110 2 122 208    

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dollarama 80 - Was only one card from this set produced?

I am going to stick by my rule on these and not bother scanning my dupes. That said, what does the title refer to? Well, 1994 Ted Williams srt is an interesting one, and yes, I am cheating a bit because I do have two cards from the set, both of which came out of these dollar store buys. However, I have received 4 copies of the Cliff Floyd card - 2 in the last pack, and two in this one. Did they accidentally print a few thousand extra pages, just with Cliff's card? Luckily, there were some other cards and this package turned out alright, though I think I have seen better.

Today's pack, we will start with the Jays:

Three adds isn't bad, and all of these are my second copy (so it ensures if I ever look to complete the respective sets, I will have the dupe card to do so, and keep one in the Jays collection.

As for inserts, just one:

No surprise that an insert comes from the insert heavy Bowman product that is these days.

Errors...got that too:

Both are UERs, but still works well for me.

Now on to the picture heavy part of the post - the rest of the keepers:


I live the post-Jays Alfredo - man always looked like he was having fun.


I thought I had the error Ozzie 1990 Donruss in my set build and was going to switch it with this, but I was wrong..both the correct version, so this will be a dupe.


Definitely one of the highlights is the Conlon card of Wilcy Moore. This is a really great set of some past players.


This is the first 1993 Flair card I have ever seen - definitely high end. Very thick card stock, and nice full picture design on the front - I need to see some more of these.


Matt Lawron - 1996 Sport Flix...I have to say, interesting design for a "3D" card with the lumber background.


Here we have the 2010 cards and beyond. My take away on these....I really need to get the Blue Jay team card from 2010 Topps because the franchise card is pretty awesome. It reminds me of the 1990-91 Pro Set hockey subset which focuses on each franchise in a similar fashion.

Not a bad pack overall - but no serial numbered cards....hopefully that changes with the next one.




Saturday, October 14, 2017

25 From the CNE...and six from Listia

I have my first 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP hockey cards from a Listia win...

I really like the design this year, and although I am still missing two big names with van Riemsdyk and Matthews, this takes care of the rest of the base cards from the set.

Here is another of the "almost paid a dollar" packs I picked up from the CNE.


First up we have some 1995 Topps football. This is the first I have seen of it. Design is pretty nice with good photo work, though I would have stayed away from the gold foil uised for the names - too hard to read.



Some 1992-93 O Pee Chee all of which were keepers as I don't have these (I only had a few dozen cards from the set before this). Goalies always tend to have been pics, which I think stands true in these.


Some colourful '89 Donruss in this one |(three needed of these - the top row actually).


Sorry Kent, you look a little disgusted that I scanned your card a bit off. As for Henneman, the pose and sky background - this could go for a 50s, 60s or even 70s photo if it wasn't so bright and vibrant otherwise). Both were keepers.


Las one is, 1995-96 Parkhurst International. Given the background, I much prefer the Parkhurst Emerald parallel where the background is basically the same green as the Parkhurst logo.

Not too bad a pack, nothing spectacular - no Jays or inserts, but not bad.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Pack Attack - 1992 Upper Deck Baseball - and set completed

Had a nice trade with cabz05 at tradingcarddb. Some new Jays and the last card to a set...


Terry should be the last card I need to finish off the 716 card base set of 1990 Donruss and the red set of doom. I'll put the card into the set shortly and take a last run through to ensure they are all there.

This set will also mark my need to pull some of the completed sets and pack them away as I am running out of room for showcasing them, and for the hand collected sets that are in cardboard boxes, I am going to store these away.

As for the pack of the day, we have...

May look a little familiar. I figured with the box broken, I may as well burn through the one loose pack I also had lying around.

With having about 545 of 800 cards in the set, I would be very happy to get more than half as new cards for the set so with 15 cards a pack, that would be eight. Actually would be even happier with one of the 2,500 Williams autographs, but let's be realistic here.

The way the cards are numbered and put into packs from a collation standpoint, I could see this being really good, or really bad.

Keepers:

Well, this obviously fell a little short. Best card personally would be the lone Blue Jay, Jimmy Key. Not much else to say except - at least there were a few adds.

Traders:


Yeah, so that is my fourth extra Leo Gomez if anyone is interested in one, just let me know. As for those Astro star rookies, I am going to go out on a limb and say Lofton ended up with the better major league career.

Well, a bit of a disappointing way to end the week, but it is what it is I guess.