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.


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

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.


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. 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.


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.


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.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Quad Wars - 1992 Upper Deck Baseball - Bottom Right

So I spent the last couple days doing a first level sort to get the cards I got at Thanksgiving into the various sets (and to quickly continue to throw out many Upper Deck '90 and '91 cards which were simply coming apart into a front and back piece). Man, there are a lot of cards for some of these sets. For example, the first one I am going through and will share a couple highlights with you today on is 1991 Score.

1991 Score is a massive set of almost 900 cards. I have the set in box form, though I do need a few more Jays to complete the additional team set. If I were to guess, there is probably about 1,000 cards of the set here before I cull any further to get rid of subpar cards. I will likely go through an pull an error or two, and some Jays, then leave the rest to be either trade bait, or more likely, a box of sale on Kijiji. Given the cards, I will probably look to fill a 3200 count box and sell it for $25 if possible (heck, the box itself is $6).

So what did I get of 1991 Score - I'd say about 600 cards to the sell box, about the same that are excellent condition and will keep for now for trade, 5 Blue Jays as per below, and about 36 error cards (most UERs), highlights of such below as well.

Took me a few hours to get through the 1200 or so cards...and still many sets to go...

Anyway, last day with the 1992 Upper Deck baseball box...

Nice to pick up another two inserts. Very surprised that there were three hologram logos, and all came in the one stack - first stick I went through. I would have expected to see more of them, but instead, nothing except the Heroes cards - not complaining, just odd.

Jays content for these packs. Decent enough.

To finish off, just some standard base cards to show the usual design, though most are likely very familiar with them. A basic design in many ways, but clean and crisp. Definitely a solid base set.

Overall, looking at more than two thirds, but not quite 70%, so another case of - not being a dire need to complete yet, but will look to do so one day after close fish are fried.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Quad Wars - 1992 Upper Deck Baseball - Bottom Left

Back for the third stack (and thanks for joining of course).

No holograms again, but two of these that were both new to me, so I will take that as a positive outcome.

A single error card and...

Some more Jays as per usual. No new cards here, but at least now having duplicates to have for the set as well as my Jays collection.

The highlights from the new to my set cards, well, two different groups of cards.

It's interesting looking back at these labels, and what we know now. Specifically, Roger Clemens - enhancement issues....Jose Canseco, enhancement issues- things that are sad looking back on now. The other end of things being Griffey - a great player who had a personality which drew people to the game and Rickey Henderson who was the best baserunner ever - just ask him!

Always enjoy the family ties cards as well. Best one I remember is an earlier Ripken card - might have been 88 Donruss (just a guess). Amazing how genetics and environment growing up must impact the chance to make it to the bigs given the kids of players who make it to the bigs.

Well, another day, another 10% or so down as I am at 62% complete and figure 70% may be a realistic place to end up with the set which ain't half bad.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Quad Wars - 1992 Upper Deck Baseball - Top Right

Another day, another nine packs.  bit surprised given the three holograms yesterday, that there were none today. What I did get were these:

I don't need the first of these, but did need the second. Can't say enough how nice these insert sets were - well done and a nice highlight of early 90s sets.

The Jays from these packs show that there was some duplication within these packs themselves. At least a Shawn Green rookie isn't the worst card in the world to get two of.

The highlight of the needs from these packs is a no brainer. These are sweet cards. Not only are they nicely done, but the background focus of stadiums is excellent. I enjoy a good stadium card, so these do a good job of representing those and giving the cards a special look you can't really duplicate in a real photo.

Well, now at about 52% for the set, and still half a box to go...I think yesterday was better given the gold holograms, but let's see what's left to pull.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Quad Wars - 1992 Upper Deck Baseball - Top Left

So beofre your regularly scheduled content below - I was at my mom's for Thanksgiving yesterday and had a surprise waiting. My sister's friend...something something....had a bunch of cards they wanted rid of, and she suggested me, so they were at my mom's for me to take home.

The good - there was probably 18,000 baseball cards all in
The bad - I think they all fall between 1986 Topps and 1993 Donruss
The good - I should be able to fill a lot of the holes and finish a lot of the basic sets from these junk years
The bad - they were kept in an attic and I will need to cull down a bunch on the cards to get rid of damaged cards
The good - On first go through, there were still about 10,000 cards in decent condition, which hopefully will hold up when I look again, though I expect I may get down to about 5,000 cards worth keeping based on condition
The bad - Upper Deck cards from the early 90s - I got rid of many because they must have been wet at some time, and the front and back pieces were simply falling away from each other.

I'm not sure how to approach these yet, but first I need to pick up some new boxes and clean through them. Given the content, I may got through them in detail, but will keep you guys posted on what I do end up with out of it.

I think this will be a fairly fun box. I was surprised on look to see that I actually have about a third of this set, but given it is 800 cards (700 in the low numbered set, which is what I have a box of here), should still be plenty of new cards to get since a box of 36 packs with 15 cards per means 540 cards to go through.

The low numbered series is done around Ted Williams from the box bottoms to autograph insert (hand numbered to 2500) and heroes cards.

The high number focused on Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan and had more inserts, but even the base set is one with a couple different insert options which hopefully we can highlight as we go through the packs.

I am not going to say this is the first set with multiple inserts and insert sets, but I think 92 or 93 is the real start of getting multiple options on inserts which then added parallels to sets, etc. Not saying it was the beginning of the end of simple sets, and not that it is a bad thing, just timing seems to be about when the changes happened, or at least that I noticed.

Again, since there are so many cards per pack, I will just run through the highlights of each stack each day. Also, won't need to keep an unopened pack as I already have one from the low series.

So, let's look at inserts first...

There are not a ton of these cards in this release - maybe 9 cards and unfortunately I already had this one, but it is still very nice. Upper Deck did these Baseball Heroes sets well.

These actually didn't scan that badly for being holograms. I didn't know there was a gold version (these) and a "normal" or silver/grey version as well. These are pretty nice, and I like the full card size versus the smaller size used in past years.

Of course there were some Jays which I need to share as well - though I had all these.

As for the needs covered in the base set, some quick sample of those...

Though I would highlight a couple subsets with the Star Rookie and Prospect cards. Really like the Rondell White card - definitely had a good career - prospect indeed. Was able to get to about 43% done - so a nice bump that can hopefully continue tomorrow.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dollarama 80 - Anyone else remember the Ted Williams sets?

No serial numbered card coming out of this repack, but that doesn't mean that there are no interesting cards at all.

A sole Jay for the Toronto content. I remember Sojo, but was never a big fan of his and he didn't really pan out in Toronto.

One error card - a UER with the wrong totals for MLB wins and losses on the back. Not an exciting error, but one nonetheless.

Any Donruss Diamond King I don't have is a good one to get. Definitely Jack Morris, could pick it our with the mug - no need for the name. The Ryan Howard is a Wal-Mart black parallel, and as far as Bowman Chrome goes - I would just hazard a guess that there are 50 inserts or parallels for every one card in the base set...

Overall there were about 22 cards or so that go to my traders, again nothing too special of note, but I will say, there were two cards in this 80 that were dupes within the 80s. I am sure they try not to have that happen, but it can from time to time.

As for the keepers that remain...

Given I have about 85% of 1987 Topps done, getting two needs filled including the Fisk is a nice go for this repack.

I do have 1989 Topps done, but I have this checklist here to ensure that I double check and see if this is an upgrade. I generally don't worry about card upgrading once a set is complete, but if I remember to check I will, and I think a couple of the checklists were partially filled, so I want to ensure I upgrade if needed.

In the mid 90s, short lived, were a couple sets under the Ted Williams name. They didn't do too well obviously since they were gone quite quickly, but still neat to see a slightly off the beaten path set show up. The Howard Battle is pre-majors so I count it as a minor card which means not to the Jays binder, but since the set as a whole is a majors related release, I will still keep it for now.

We get into some mid-90s goodness of which I have little. The Prospect Jeter pretty much makes this pick up worthwhile for it alone. A shiny metal card that doesn't scan well, but a great card. I also like the design of the 1996 Select, even though it suffers from horizontalitis.

Some little seen by me awesome sets here including early 2000 Topps 206 and early 2000 Fleer. Throw in any Upper Deck Vintage, and that makes me happy. Not sure I like the Vintage design over Heritage sets since, but I would like to still have the choice these days.

We come around to circa 2010 type cards - the Zimmerman is pretty nice.

There you have it, another 80 come and gone, but still having plenty of fun even if this overall wasn't as awesome as some of the others so far.