Sunday, July 22, 2018

Am I too late on 2018 Opening Day?

So for the price of just under $5 I picked up one of these at Walmart a while ago...

Yeah, not easy to read given it sits off the scanner bed, but it is 3 packs of Opening Day 2018 plus an exclusive Toronto Blue Jays card.

I figured for less than $5 I am at least getting one unopened pack for the collection, plus the Toronto Blue Jays "exclusive" card, so if nothing else comes of it, still alright overall.

So, the Toronto card...

I hadn't really looked at it before hand, but apparently each of the Toronto Blue Jays cards comes in this parallel Maple Leaf design. An interesting cross between baseball and nationalism with the Maple Leaf background design. So, with this one, I have 4 more I need to get!

Since I am keeping one pack, that leaves two to open, so let's seer if I get anything awesome...

Pack 1:

A pretty strong first pack with the insert of Cano being the highlight. I think enough has been said about the wave emblem and design - it's not far off recent years so people who like base Topps continue to, and those who don't, well, don't.

Can we have an entire set like the Before Opening Day insert set? That would be awesome.

Pack 2:

Sweet - the Josh Donaldson is an excellent bonus. As for the Opening Day insert - I really wish the pic was pulled out a bit to show more of the stadium, but that is because I love a good stadium card.

So overall, a decent enough little buy. Nothing unexpected, but an additional Jays card makes this overall a win for me!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Odd place to find packs

Not a long post today, but an interesting point to bring up if people were not aware, but first, a couple 401 Games pick ups from my favourite Toronto game store (heck, probably favorite Canadian one at that). The timing showing this is sadly perfect as 401gamrs is moving from the current location (which is 15 minutes from my work) a ways up Yonge street which would now be 30 minutes to get to including a subway ride.

I will probably now keep myself to one purchase from them a year, and make it big enough to get the free shipping. I should have gone up one last time yesterday, but that was when I found out online, and hadn't known about so didn't really have the time to go.




Nothing too significant about either f these, but I needed the most recent releases (April and June this year) to keep up the collection.

Now here are the interesting ones. I was with the kids at Indigo as they each had gift cards to use there, and what did I end up seeing, but some hockey card packs. There were a couple of recent packs regularly priced, some Maple Leaf Centennial  and O Pee Chee packs, but there were also these...

Unpackaged...


At $1.50 each, I jumped at picking up one of each as I know I needed both packs, and likely wouldn't see packs from 10 years ago again so easily. I probably should have picked up a few more Artifact packs given how much I like them, but I didn't want to go crazy.

Good news is the Artifact pack either has a dummy card or a hit in it, but not sure which (given it is retail, likely a dummy, but what can you do).

The moral of the story, you never know just where you may find something collectible - even the local big box book store!

Friday, July 20, 2018

One away

Highlight:

This White is the second for me, which is great since I think the set is one that will go on my "to be completed" list, so a second copy is a need for the Toronto team binders.

The rest
Keepers:

I am not one for the Heroes and Prospects set, but with the Santa Lot almost done, it has been interesting to see that, of the cards I got from this set, almost all would be "before their NHL debut" cards. The ones that didn't quite make it to the NHL, just not seen in what I went through. I gather it was just for whatever criteria, whoever put these cards together, must have had.

Traders:


Hello Chris Wilcox. With his 2007-08 Topps card, I am left with only one base card still needed (card 129) for the complete set. I don't think it is one I got and traded away - at least I am pretty sure, and short of going back over all my past blogs to check, I am going with that assumption for now. The Dudley is also nice, though not one that was missing from what I have, so no movement on that insert set.

Through 12600 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 6) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 203 27
Inserts / Var Kept 383 65
Error 19 3
Keep 2456 368
Doubles/Sell 2298 280 2235 3289 312 45
Doubles Inserts / Var 175 4 216 222

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Flashbacks

More recent cards of players from yesteryear will always have a good chance to get into my good books. I can't say always as some are just too much of a cash grab type idea (though cynically, I could say all cards are really just a cash grab).

Today we get a couple nice addition to sets we have seen before that hit on this note very well.

Highlights:

It is a shame I have only a dozen of the 90 cards in the 2005 Legenday Cuts base set. We could complain at the lack of photo, and use of similar colours which may not be the most energetic, but darn it, I really like this set. I think it does well to make it feel like a more recent set (not trying to simply be just like a vintage set) and properly pay tribute to past stars.

As for 2008-09 Masterpieces - I have said enough on that set - just so pretty and done so well.

The rest
Keepers:

Never a shame to continue to 2008-09 O Pee Chee build. Hoping this gets over 50% before the Santa Lot ends, which would be saying something on an 800 card set.

Traders:


I love Robert Gallery doing his best Troy Polamalu impression.

Through 12580 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 6) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 202 27
Inserts / Var Kept 383 65
Error 19 3
Keep 2450 368
Doubles/Sell 2294 280 2228 3289 312 45
Doubles Inserts / Var 174 4 215 222    

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Small Victories

I know - it's been baseball All-Star time and I really haven't been up to watching it. I heard how exciting the derby ended up being and will likely watch it, but honestly it was The Miz being MVP of the celeb game which was pretty coll to me. I hate to pull "it was better when I was a kid", but it was. As an adult it gets messed up because of the business side of things, knowing it is a payday for the players, that some don't participate for various reasons, etc. As a kid, there is none of that, it is just a cool chance to see the best play against each other, nothing more, and that is darn cool.

Nothing the game can fix about it. Kids enjoy it more because on face value, it's still pretty cool.

Some times it is the baby steps, the singles or earned walks which can lead to wins. In collecting sets, it can be the couple cards picked up here or there that push you closer to completing the set. On occasion, it is that single that is the best you can get on a given day. Well, today we get a solid single when it comes to moving one set forward to completion.

Highlight:

Almost all the cards I have from this set came from the Santa Lot. I am not going to be able to complete the set, but getting a whole bunch of "singles" game by game, in the process of going through has led to having 66% of the set - 165 of 250 cards.

Might be a "so what" to some because Victory is not exactly a high priced set, but that doesn't bother me - any set is a good set (and as always the baseball Triple Play sets from 2012 and 2013 shouldn't be counted as sets, more like abominations).

The rest
Keepers:

I guess I could only have Victories today...

Traders:


Apparently I needed an MVP or two to go with those Victories...though odd to see Nash in a Mavs uniform, but given how young he is here, he did age well through his career as I don't think he looked much different throughout his career.

Through 12560 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 6) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 202 27
Inserts / Var Kept 383 65
Error 19 3
Keep 2445 367
Doubles/Sell 2285 280 2227 3285 312 45
Doubles Inserts / Var 174 4 215 222

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Anyone want a Flutie?

Highlight:

Before we get to the title card - here is my own personal highlight of the cards today. A rookie card for someone who ended up, a couple years later, playing one game in the NHL for the Flyers getting 2 penalty minutes for his effort.

Still - one game is better than many rookie card subjects.

The rest
Keepers:

Been a while since seeing an All World subset card from 2004-05 SP Authentic, but Iginla's a good add.

Traders:

Here is the Doug Flutie card which always reminds me of when I was as close to following the Bills as I ever was. Really wish he was able to make a bigger impression in the NFL, but can't argue with the CFL career he had.


A shame that these were all dupes as well.

Through 12540 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 6) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 202 27
Inserts / Var Kept 383 65
Error 19 3
Keep 2442 367
Doubles/Sell 2281 280 2215 3284 312 45
Doubles Inserts / Var 174 4 215 222    

Monday, July 16, 2018

Another new to me Leaf

Highlight:

Though I have almost 40 cards of Owen, this is only my 6th in a Toronto uniform. Goes to show his time in Toronto was brief.

The rest
Keepers:

Here is a solid day of keepers. Though 1999-2000 Pacific isn't the flashing and unique design of some others Pacific came out with, it was still different enough - especially the parallels which I remember and have a few of.

Will always applaud a set with a minimal, but clear info line on the front such as name, team and position, without taking up a lot of real estate.

Traders:


I am going to assume, unless I hear otherwise from Billy that I should put away the Kerry Kittles to send his way given the error in not having the foil printing on it.



Some additional SPx cards, but nothing too spectacular today.

Through 12520 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 6) and 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 202 27
Inserts / Var Kept 382 65
Error 19 3
Keep 2440 367
Doubles/Sell 2270 280 2213 3280 312 45
Doubles Inserts / Var 174 4 215 222