Friday, June 23, 2017

Adding some mini jerseys

Still don't totally get the name for the set, but Mini Jersey it is...

Highlights:

Nice few adds including Luongo as he should be - as a Canuck. Still not a fan of the five years or less of stats on the back, but at least it makes for a uniform card design.

The rest
Traders:

Oh Lamar Odom - another reminder of a career ended too soon - though not due to death, though it could have been. I like the design, though it would work better with a jersey in the place of the star, which I believe is one of the other designs.

Another Gridiron King from 2008 Donruss Threads - a design I like, though something similar for baseball or hockey would be preferred.

Other than those, a number of new 2004 Rookie and Stars Leaf football - I might just get the true base on this set, but would prefer, and probably keep the Brock Lesnar rookie card if I can get it....still hoping...

Through 8600 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 138 15
Inserts / Var Kept 299 40
Error 15 2
Keep 1721 248
Doubles/Sell 1276 176 1396 2579 267 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 103 202

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rookie Dozen

Pretty obvious given the title, but the highlight today has to be...

I can appreciate getting a run of rookie cards, even if they are football. Some interesting shots that all look fairly staged from practices and the like, but still decent to have them included in the set in a card design similar to the rest of the set.

The rest
Traders:

Yup - just a bunch more 2007 Topps football, save for a single basketball card. Not the greatest of picks today, but can't all be winners I guess...

Through 8580 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 138 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 299 40        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1718 248        
Doubles/Sell 1272 176 1392 2572 267 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 102 201    

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Enjoying some national baseball day cards

I wasn't into collecting when the national baseball card day thing became a ...thing. I have been able to pick up a few cards from the 00s when this really started taking off, and luckily pick up a couple more cards here.

Highlights:

Oh - and another sweet 2005 Upper Deck Classics insert. I will have to agree, Jack Morris should be remembered as a Twin. I think he was at his best then, but I do appreciate that he came to Toronto in the early 90s and was an important veteran influence to the team then. Add the serial numbering to 999, and this is an excellent add.

I like that the National Baseball Card Day Topps card follows the base set design so well, though player wise, I appreciate Albert more.

The rest
Keepers:

Talk about a variety in just a few cards. 1989 Upper Deck baseball, to mid 00s In The Game hockey.Personally, I'm not a fan of the 1989 Upper Deck design - enjoy 1990-1992 much better. Though I would take this over the In The Game design.

Traders:

I thought that might have been an Austin Powers card I didn't have but, already have one (though just one).

Through 8560 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 138 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 299 40        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1718 248        
Doubles/Sell 1272 176 1391 2553 267 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 102 201    

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A high and some lows

Geez...another blah day as far as keepers from the Santa Lot...but first a quick pick up since I had to go to the card store and get a gift for my son's friend...

It was about time I add this set to my unopened Magic booster collection! This is unopened Magic booster number 80 (67 different sets covered).

Highlight:

At least it is a Leaf, even if it is one that I've got a few of...

Lowlight:

Boo! Don't mind one now and then, but not appreciative of getting three of these in a single go.

The rest
Traders:

A few different things going on here that I want to comment on.

The Jamario Moon Raptor card is a nice pic of getting good air. If I was a basketball player, this is a good card that I would want to represent my play.

2005 SPX football has been little represented in the Santa Lot - I think this makes double the amount of cards I have from the set.

Do I know who Mark Bradley is? Absolutely not - but this card makes me appreciate him a bit more than your average...Brad...with the sweet throwback design of Heritage.

Would have been happier if the Bobby Hull was a card I didn't have - still really want to finish this set...

Through 8540 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 138 15
Inserts / Var Kept 299 37
Error 15 2
Keep 1716 247
Doubles/Sell 1265 176 1390 2548 266 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 102 201

Monday, June 19, 2017

Remembering a 300th win

Unfortunately today continues the trend from the end of last week of only have one or two keepers. Today though, again, another awesome keeper nonetheless.

Highlight:

A great pitcher, and a great serial numbered card - great for the collection at that. Then I read the back...

I presume this is an uncorrected error and that it is supposed to be the 16th pitcher to win 300 games, not 3 games. Excellent!

The rest
Traders:

Typical sets we usually see, but nice that the 2007 Topps had 5 or 6 "new to me" cards to further the set completion. Again, can't complain about the star quality (Dan Marino, Jay Cutler, et al).

Not much else to say today...hopefully a bit more for keeping in the rest of the week ahead...

Through 8520
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 137 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 299 37        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1716 247        
Doubles/Sell 1261 176 1384 2539 266 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 102 201    

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mats and a Blister Pack Attack - 2017 Topps Opening Day

So the title is pretty clear. I won a few Mats cards on Listia which I want to share...and which push Mats a bit further ahead as being the hockey guy I have the most cards of...


Standard 2008-09 Collector's Choice - fair enough card...


2008-09 MVP - personally, a slightly better pic...


A bit further back, this is from 1999-2000 and is a bit different - a bit nauseating background on the front...I can't believe "Striped" here is a partial parallel set. Would anyone want to chase that set to completion?


I have picked up a couple of these McDonalds cards from the Santa Lot, but nice to get Mats here for the collection...lastly...


Scans not so great, but this 1996-97 SPx was what I really wanted. The holographic is of Mats winking, and nicely done. I swear I remember that being used way back on a TV broadcast - must be the same bit, but nice little card that I was extremely happy to pick up, the rest were just nice extras frankly.

As for the second part of the title, I was at Wal-mart and had an itch to open packs, and since this allowed me one to keep for the unopened pack collection as well - and was under $5 - this was a quick fix. The fact that there was a special Toronto Blue Jay card inside, well, who could say no to that.

So I picked this up (opened the package, then though this picture might be nice):


Inside were:


The Toronto Blue Jays card is the team card, except the number on the back is "TOR".May have been a card I wouldn't have added to my collection otherwise, so this works for me.

As always, I am behind the times, so these are much more new to me than they likely are to you.

Pack #1:

The obvious difference from the main set is the Opening Day logo, but otherwise about the same. I will say shots like this are on the better side of things as far as horizontal cards go.


I like good action shots like this, very nice photo.


Here is some star power in the pack - post steroid issues, has still been able to produce decent numbers.


A couple more standard base cards and then...


I find this insert set hilarious. Definitely something different, and I kinda enjoy it like a cheaply made horror flick - worth seeing once, but not sure I'd care to see again.


Lastly, some more star power by way of another insert. Decent insert design for the lower end opening day set.

Now will this be better than the second pack (hint...yes):


KC hot pack!


I really enjoy the mascot cards, so this insert set is fantastic. Glad to get one here.


Overall, an OK pack, but not as exciting as the first. The Justin Turner photo is a great one with the emotional celebration look.

I generally like Opening Day and probably don't collect it as much as I should given the low price point, but also to that effect, does give some easy fodder for others to be able to give me by trde.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pack Attack - 1990-91 Pro Set

Let's crack another pack of this today...


First up, the traders...

I really like the trophy cards. The design may be a bit bland (though they fit this set) but the ideal behind the subset, I like. Oh, and the 1990 winner? Bill Ranford.


Next up, the "regular" keepers. Though there are only four here (though nice players with Andreychuk who was great as a Leaf, Paul Coffey, and Theo), there is good reason as most of the needs I got in this pack were also...


error cards. You know it has to be 1990-91 Pro Set when, in a pack of 15 cards, you end up with 6 error cards - just fantastic! This is one of the reasons I do want to complete the set - just such an error filled mess. One part of the issues I don't particularly like, is that the cutting of the cards can vary a lot too. Normally, you hold 15 cards on the top and bottom sides, none would fall out - not the case here, had three cards drop because they were cut slightly shorter.

Last but not least, another Leaf for keeps...

This is the third for the collection - one for the set, one for the Leaf collection, and one for the Leaf extras box...

Is it a guilty pleasure to like opening these junk error filled wax packs, because I am having too much fun with this, but I guess that is what this is all about - enjoy the hobby!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Not just good - Gooden

Unfortunately another low "keeper" day overall, but one really nice one of the two...

Highlight:

Not surprising - I really love these Retro Rookie cards from the 2005 Upper Deck Classics set - and this makes 8 of the 30 in the full base set. I remember a bit of Doc from the late 80s on in his career. Being a Jays fan, didn't follow the NL nearly as closely, but an all-star, you follow no matter the team.

The rest
Keepers:

This is only the second card from 2003-04 In The Game All Star set.

Traders:

With all of these 2005 Upper Deck Classics dupes, I am going to have to keep an eye on if I can complete the set a second time. Would definitely be nice to be able to pass a set of through trade or sale, given how much I like it (and unfortunately, talking just the 100 true base set, not the full 130 - I doubt that will happen with the Retro Rookies).

Through 8500 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 137 15        
Inserts / Var Kept 299 36        
Error 15 2        
Keep 1716 247        
Doubles/Sell 1261 176 1383 2521 266 29
Doubles Inserts / Var 93 1 102 201