Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Value Village Finds - Part 3 of 5

Thank you for coming back again on this week of tribute to a Value Village find. Today we go through another pack of 1990-91 Pro Set hockey cards. By the end of this post, the set is now over 88% done. Similar to the prior posts, I wont scan the duplicates, but there were about another 60 of them here, so anyone looking to start or complete the set, let me know as I should be able to help.

First up, I have gotten the "set" together and here are the adds including the new error or Leaf cards that will first go into the completed set...

An excellent haul of needs filled with some good goalie pics, a droopy Murphy, and JJ Daignasult before it was just JJ. Nice to be around 80 cards left to go.

There are some error cards above, but also a few dupes now for the error binder...

Then also factor in the Leafs...

With McIntyre in a Leaf uniform, he gets included in the Leaf collection for me.

Tomorrow there will likely still be a bit of the same, but some other cards too...look like McDonalds hockey cards which are always nice...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Jays Mini and Value Village Finds - Part 2 of 5

First, a piece of mail I got yesterday from a Listia win which I am happy with, even if the bat piece seems to be slightly separated....

I like the border, I like the blue background on the card, but together....meh....Still, really happy to have the card and a good pickup, so not complaining, just the colours don't work for me.

So today we continue what we started yesterday with a couple more packages which were all 1990-91. I misremembered thinking the second series was where I was missing more cards, and was wrong as is evident here. Although I still was able to get a number of error cards to include with that binder outside of the complete set, there were many more dupes I won't go through here.

What I will share are the needs filled, so with no further ado, here we go...

A number of needed team cards. Rather than the team photo, the simple graphic works well enough. Love the facts and team info on the back of these, simple, and should be done more these days. Being a massive set of 705 cards, they threw everything in including coaches, referees as well as the expected all stars and HOFers.

Still a Toronto contingent for the group of cards, again, at this point generally ensuring I have ones for the full set as well as for the team set.

Again, a number of error cards, but the best one to me is getting the Gretzky 2,000 point card. I remember this card and back then thinking it was a big deal with the 2,000 on it. Never did get it back then, but I do now!

So with that done, I know there are some bits of 1990-91 Pro Set in the remaining packs, but not in as great numbers. At this point we are at about 84% complete, so definitely getting close enough to try and finish, or at least add all missing cards to the want list!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Value Village Finds - Part 1 of 5

As I came across a number of packages at Value Village that were worth picking (I think), I figured I'd take a week break from the Santa Lot to be able to get through the packages, or at least most of them. Each of the packages were all of $2.99 CDN plus tax - and in each, over 100 cards I believe, so a few pennies each. Here is a look at the first pack...

Well, I won't be showing everything for each package, but more highlights. This first package was all 1990-91 Pro Set which, with these Value Village purchases, I expect to get somewhere over 75% complete on the set and start looking more seriously at finishing. Well - we will see by the end of the week if that happens or not.

So with that said about pack one - let's take a look at the needs filled, and other highlights.

These are most of the keepers (non-error/variation from the first pack. You can tell I picked it for the trophy and all star cards if nothing else. I figure, not that any cards from the set are hard to get, but if any would be collected ones, it would be these types of cards, so it knocks them off my need list for the set. I did get a number of adds that were error cards, some I needed for the set, some I needed the duplicate to have one for the set and one for the error binder...

There were also a couple Leafs which get added to the Leaf collection since I already have some of each for the set:

There were about 40 cards which I didn't need, but still well worth it for this bunch...and you know what...we might as well go through another! Though rather than scan through the bunch of standard card additions, here are the Leafs since they are my favourite part.

With these updated, I am actually already at 79% set completion, and should still have a bunch to go through the week - yay - the further along we can get, the better!

Not a bad day for about $6 and 250 cards or so...even if some would think them worthless junk era cards - still enjoyable as any other to me!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The collector in me is jealous of my son...

Very jealous....I think he must have a horseshoe implanted in his...well....somewhere....

I think I have mentioned on here a couple times that he is just getting into Pokemon cards and because he enjoys Pokemon, has learned the basics of the game. He will likely get into it more in the next year or two from playing against other people.

As he is getting into it, the collector in me wants to help nurture this nicely at his young age of six (may not be the cards I prefer, but the habit starts somewhere), so he has received a few packs and over the last year or so, three tins. For those who do not know, a tin is typically made up of an EX or special card that you know you are getting, plus three or four packs of cards which you cannot see, and an extra online code card if you play the game online.

For the price of $20, the tins which have four packs and the special card, are a great deal at 401games (cheap plug because they are so great compared to the $30 price tag at Walmart). In each of the first two tins, he has come away with a couple good rare cards which basically cover the price of the tin to being with. Then on the third tin recently, he did it again.

Didn't know it at the time per se, but knew which cards to look up. For whoever out there knows what these are, he pulled a MewTwo EX and Umbreon GX. Needless to say, he was happy with the tin. He isn't old enough to know their value when pulling the cards, but given they definitely look special, he knows they are something good and is happily excited to pull them.

I need to have that kind of luck...may ask my wife to have him just buy me cards for my birthday or Christmas this year...

So, without him, I picked up two surprise bags at Dollarama because I needed a couple small containers, and might as well get a few cards as well - let's see if I was able to get anything useful when picking all by myself.

Bag number 1 included a small container and...

While the second contained a small container and....

So let's open them and see what the cards contained.

Bag #1

Putting the cards together from the three, these are the keepers. Obviously heavy on the goalies, and best to me is the 2006-07 Parkhurst Dion card. A nice retro set.

Would have been nicer to have more Leaf content, but atleast I got the one.

I thought I may have lucked out and got a need filled on the 2011-12 Victory set, but I did have Luongo. I am not actively looking to finish the set, but it is somewhere on the backburner because I am only around 75% done.

Bag #2

The keepers from Bag #2 remind me of the Parkhurst Original Six team sets - need to look into the Toronto set of these...

No Leafs, but at least one kinda insert...

Then, the dupes...

Not surprising, but not thrilled to see 1990 Bowman and 1991 7th Inning cards. Well, if nothing else, at least I got the containers I needed...

Yeah - that's about my luck, nowhere near as awesome as my son.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pack Attack - 1990-91 Pro Set

Here we are, a final (for now) pack of

First the keepers...

I like the Hall of Famer subset, but wonder if they would have been better with team colours and a logo for HOF or something.

As is typical, many errors - two of these are dupes which allow me to add one of the cards to the set completion pile.

Lastly, the dupes...well, not lastly...

Yzerman and a rookie Zombo - nice!

Sweet! Supposed to only get one of these per pack, but here - boom - two! Not going to spentd these all at once though...or I guess at all technically...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Log a Pog

Been a while since I pulled out a 2006 NHL Pog from the Santa Lot. I found most of them fell out earlier and I logged them in a while ago. This one here however, seemed stuck enough it didn't fall out in all the early fuss.


They are neat little Pogs and fit a decent photo on a small little circular piece of cardboard.

The rest

When all is said and done, I should look at how many Iginlas I end up having in my collection. I swear there have been a ton of them over these almost 9000 cards. He generally make a good and recognizable picture.


Some Patriot heavy football cards, and another Austin Powers card - though unfortunately note one of the "missing" ones. At this point, I wouldn't mind the complete set of Austin Powers cards, just so I can try to get rid of them for a couple dollars, if that. Actually, let me do some quick and handy look to see if any are out there for sale...*quick internet search*...yeah, started packs are all of a couple dollars, so maybe $5 for a set? Still...

Through 8960 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 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 141 18        
Inserts / Var Kept 303 40        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1763 261        
Doubles/Sell 1343 183 1458 2703 276 30
Doubles Inserts / Var 98 1 120 205    

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shiny Shimmy

As per usual, just sharing a quick Listia pick up that came yesterday...

A nice 5 Grant Fuhr set, especially with needing three of the Leaf cards. As far as Leaf goalie goes, Cujo, Potvin, Fuhr definitely three of my Leaf favourites and I have mentioned before I think that, Fuhr in general was one of the good guys I liked to follow regardless. If I were a PC guy, I could collecting him as one.

I am a sucker for shiny cards. Especially when they scan well. In hand is great, but it is hard to share them with you unless they scan well. Luckily these below really do (unlike many Black Diamond cards...


Hockey, McDonalds, shiny cards, all go together so very well. A couple solid players with "their teams". Haven't seen too many from 2008-09, so nice to get these.


Overly damaged cards, not so needed. Typical gum damage on 1990-91 O Pee Chee, and another 2003-04 Pacific McDonalds card that has a horrid bend down the middle. Luckily, they are all dupes for me anyway.

The rest

Been a while since seeing some late 90s Pacific, but happy to get more.


I think these McDonalds make dupes for the other cards I already had from the set. I like the pic on the Paul Pierce Ultra 2004-05 basketball card.

Through 8940 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 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 141 18
Inserts / Var Kept 303 40
Error 15 2
Keep 1760 261
Doubles/Sell 1334 183 1457 2697 275 30
Doubles Inserts / Var 98 1 120 205