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

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Well, one of the two I really wanted

So today, another package of wrestling cards, just like yesterday, and I am starting with one of two cards I was hoping I would get.

A while back I mentioned that my sister was backstage at a live event in Toronto and was able to get Dana's signature and Titus O'Neil's as well. I framed the page, but had wanted to get one card of each to be able to put with it for display purposes. Now I have one, and in a perfect world, the rest of these packages will provide a Titus card from the same set.

 I did get a bunch of other new cards from the set. It's kind of cool adding these on the tradingcarddb as no one else seems to have the set and done any additions, so at this point it is all just me...yay contributions!



Dana wasn't the only new one from the set - all 10 cards were new for me. I wish WWE had kept American Alpha together and just had them become the new age Team Angle once Kurt came back.

The only other new card...

came outta nowhere....okay, came out of the pack like the rest of the cards, but hey - an RKO outta nowhere is a wonderful thing.

As for the dupes...

A bunch of finishers inserts from 2017 Then Now Forever.

Still, with 10 new cards from 2016 Slam Attax - still a great pack.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

More finishers on display

Time today for some more wrestling cards me thinks....so with 15 from another pack I got off of www.firstrow.ca.

Some dupes which for completeness, we can show first....

Still nice to get some inserts, even if they are duplicates. Actually could be helpful for trade fodder as I think it is an insert set I may just finish through trades.

As for the new cards for me...

These three move me up to 34 of 50 cards in the insert set of finishers and signature moves. The hair swing on Ziggler with that KO punch is pretty phenomenal.


Always enjoyed the tag team, and was happy for the Bulldog in his match versus Bret Hard in '92. Great picture here of a better time. Can't believe he has been gone for so many years already.


The Ice Man


The Rated R Superstar.


Another great, classic pic. Best remember Rude for being on both WWF programming and WCW programming in the same night (WWF having been taped before).


An amazingly long career for Rhyno, still wrestling today 20+ years later.


Here is a 2017 Attax card compared to the previous which were all 2016. The original Rock, though Dwayne Johnson obviously made it synonymous with himself years later, but Don did well with the moniker in his own right.

Another great pack!

Friday, July 13, 2018

O Captain My Captain

Highlight:

Never a bad day when you pull out a card representing the heart of a team. Doug will always be THE captain for the Leafs that I measure all others against. Other than Sundin, I don't think anyone has matched up in the same league since, though Auston will get there I am sure given how he has done so far.


I make this a highlight because it is technically an insert. I think I may have screwed this up on earlier pulled cards...I would have to check...but the high numbered Update Victory cards were inserts to the Upper Deck flagship set so technically, an insert add.

The rest
Keepers:

Haven't seen enough of the 2008-09 Upper Deck base set to be honest.

Traders:




Through 12500 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 201 27
Inserts / Var Kept 382 65
Error 19 3
Keep 2434 367
Doubles/Sell 2265 280 2207 3279 312 45
Doubles Inserts / Var 173 4 215 222