Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Another day another retro

As simple as that - the headline is the highlight, or at least one of them...

Highlights:

I do have one of these already, but since I am going for the set, I needed a second because it is an error card (and being Gretzky at that). I have also talked about liking these trophy inserts in base sets too, so overall nice card, even given it is from 1990-91 Pro Set.


A retro parallel of a skilled two way defenseman? Yup - that's a highlight too.

The rest
Keepers:

I'm not sure how much I care about the 1991-92 Score cards as these are the Canadian Bilingual versions, and I am close on the Canadian English version. I will keep them nonetheless, but I don't see it being a set I try to finish if I get the Canadian English version done.

Traders:

As much as I want to earn points, I don't think that's a thing anymore Upper Deck - though points for this being the first one of these dummy ad cards I've seen. If I didn't have about 45 of the 1991-92 Pro Set Ed Belfour cards, I may have though the Jim Waite card was the French version.

Through 9140 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 143 18
Inserts / Var Kept 313 42
Error 16 2
Keep 1810 270
Doubles/Sell 1401 192 1466 2728 285 30
Doubles Inserts / Var 98 1 120 205

Monday, August 21, 2017

Some Original Six Team Shiny

A decent 20 from the Santa Lot today.

Highlights:

As much as I would rather not get a Montreal card, at least it is a parallel for my collection. That said, it pales in comparison to the shiny Delvecchio. I don't think you will ever see a player spend 24 seasons with a single team again like he did. Crosby may want to, but not sure his health will hold up that long. I do hope he sticks with Pittsburgh through his career.

The rest
Keepers:

I don't mind the Trilogy cards - a bit too much design, and not enough picture, kinda like the Be A Player above them. Trilogy is a bit more of a tease with the vague showing in the background of the...well, background. Definitely happy to add another 1990 Pro Set need.

Traders:

SPx cards can be some kind of shiny. I may not be a basketball card collector, but I do appreciate the shiny of these. As for the "basic" hockey cards - no needs met on these unfortunately.

Through 9120 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 143 18
Inserts / Var Kept 312 42
Error 15 2
Keep 1804 268
Doubles/Sell 1391 192 1466 2728 285 30
Doubles Inserts / Var 98 1 120 205

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Never too late for Spring Fever or More NABC cards

Before we talk about Mike on a different point, I wanted to go over the rest of what he was nice enough to send across in the boxes this week.

First, a few left overs of odd cards I don't have...

1990 Topps Expos. Mike collects Expos, so I expect these are dupes he doesn't need.


Another Topps Expo, but early 80s instead.


Again, just a sampling of the '86 cards that came my way, but Mike added a nice chunk which gets my set to about 40% complete. No where near complete, but the design, as ugly as it can be, has grown on me.


Well - this seems a bit out of place, but 80s O Pee Chee stickers work for me!

Now welcome to the Toronto portion of the box...

Awesome Esso mini cards, and that they are Leafs I didn't have at all. Not sure how prevalent these cards are (not going to go looking for them on ebay or anything like that yet), but I may just need to look at finishing this little set off.


Early O Pee Chee Jays. Probably because I wasn't collecting at the time, and many trading partners are in the US, I still have many O Pee Chee holes in my collection, but now at least I have a few less!




Awesome Jays all around. I like the "junk wax" cards no matter how over produced they were. That said, I only "needed" a couple - though if I finish any of the sets, the dupes are awesome that way (and I'll keep all Jays dupes anyway for the collection).

Devon White Impact Player - not sure I ever thought of him as such, though he was a great leadoff or number 2 hitter.

My fave, for all the wrong reasons is the Metal card. Can you even tell who it is? I am trying to tell from the scan if he is in some kind of whirlpool waves or tornado winds the way the background scanned. Though to be honest, in hand, it looks just about the same. Oh, and by the way, it is Shawn Green.


Wasn't expecting to see a 2017 Heritage card per se, let alone an RBI leader card. The retro design is awesome of course, especially the nice clean design for the three photo set up. Add in the Jose insert and the Halladay Timeline card which looks really good with the deep blue on the design, and I can't be any happier with these.

Huge thanks again Mike. I think I already have a few other cards aside which I'll send off in a PWE in the next few days.

Speaking of Mike, I have seen a new repack box at Walmart the last couple months, and have debated picking it up - 10 packs for $17 CDN. It wasn't until I saw a breakdown of the packs on Mike's blog Not Another Baseball Card Blog that I figured there would be a few things I will likely get that I need for the unopened pack collection.

So in case you are wondering - here is what the box looks like when flattened and scanned...


So, there are 10 packs as mentioned and one of the various promotional cards.

Here are the 10 packs:

Yes, I know, one of the packs is face down, well that is for two reasons. First, even though these were in a box, obviously at least the 2014 Topps and the face down pack must have been glue to a piece of cardboard before in another repack box presentation, because they both were very sticky and I didn't want them messing up the glass on my scanner, so I did this. Second - it's Triple Play so no need to see the pack anyway.

So, now the question of what do I have and what do I need for my unopened pack collection...
2012 Triple Play - got it

2014 Topps Series One (8 cards) - got it

2012 Topps Series One (12 cards) - NEED IT

2006 Topps Updates and Highlights (6 cards) - NEED IT (wow - huge glue gob on the back I was able remove with no damage to the pack...sweet....even if it is a 99 cent pack apparently)

2007 Upper Deck Series 2 (Retail - 8 Cards) - NEED IT so I get to keep one and open one

2007 Topps Series 2 (6 cards) - got it

2013 Topps Series 2 (12 cards) - got....wait....no...NEED IT because the other pack I have with same cards is the Target (I believe) pack with the wording about red parallels banner across the top - yes I am sadly that differentiating in these....so one keeper and one to open later.

2009 Upper Deck X....never heard of this and have none of the cards so NEED IT

As for the promotional card...

A Cubs win photo on the other side, interesting card and numbered so I will end up keeping it, but a promotional card nonetheless.

Overall, alright since I was able to get 5 unopened packs for the collection which isn't bad. Nice to have a few different packs for opening as well.  Since Triple Play doesn't count for much, let's just open that pack now as well to get it out of the way...

Works out alright getting the Bautista card, but nothing else too interesting otherwise which is to be expected I guess...



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Starting to Unbox Not Another Box and Pack Attack - Dollarama 100 Magic Cards

So first, let's go through the second box of goodies Mike from Not Another Baseball Card Blog sent me last week.

First up....1987 Donruss. Not a set I have much of, about 40 cards, and Mike more than doubled it adding about 50 more cards to the set. I am not a big fan of the border design, but it 80s...it's late 80s....I can see this set coming along for completing at some point...



I like the retro look of those old Pittsburgh unis. Some other stars of the day and Hal McRae....definitely one of those playuers I always felt I saw too many cards for. Not sure why, just always seemed to be in packs back in the day.

1987 Leaf...

Yup, have to have some Canadian content, so a Leaf card will cut it. Funny enough, this doubles the number of cards I have - from one to two! Not sure why I don't have more of these, but that is the way it is.

Next up - 1986 Donruss...


No huge stars in the Rated Rookies subset, but definitely some 80s power in the other cards he sent. Dawson always made for good cards - and had such a great run with Montreal in the day. I am not a big an of the design of these cards, nd wish the colours were team matched, but can't win them all.

1986 Donruss The Rookies...


Just a sample of what was sent - about half the cards in this set now. The colour makes me like the 1986 Donruss base set border colour better, but these are glossy which is nicer in hand.

1988 Leaf...


Although I am Canadian, for whatever reason I didn't see much Lead product in the later 80s, just worked out that way, so glad Mike was able to pull some together here for me. Again, sent more than I am scanning - just wasn't going to scan everything, but a nice bunch here. That Jack McDowell card just seems so wrong as I picture him as a much older vet...oh, and John Ferrell...not my fave  guy either...

There were a bunch more cards, including some Jays which I never expect much of because Mike collects them too, but I will share more tomorrow. To finish off the Mike cards for today, some collection specific keepers...

Error/Variation cards...

I know Mike sent them just for being 1986 Donruss cards, but they got to the error/variation binder for now. I'll move them out and to a set if I try to finish it off later.

As for these...


I don't care that Diamond Kings are a subset - I always consider them like inserts as they are just to awesome not to try and collect by themselves. As for the Esso cards, being a bit oddball in being Esso produced, definite keepers there also. I had a few already, but nice to add some more (and some Leafs which I will show tomorrow!).

Was able to find a couple more of these at Dollarama's lately, so I figured I would crack into another one today. Definitely was looking very downhill early. Through the first 70 cards or so, there was not a lot and no artifact cards that I would keep. Luckily, the last bit went well and I ended up with the following:

Not as many as last, but atleast I ended up with the 5 keepers., all needed.



A sample of the early cards that came out - they always interest me more than the newer. Overall, not as old as the cards in the first repack, but otherwise similar make up of rare and uncommon cards, as well as a couple foil parallels.


This, I did want to highlight. I can understand with these collectible card packs, that there can be duplicates - but 5 of the same card is a bit excessive, especially in a 100 card bag.

Overall, not nearly as good as the last one...but maybe the third will break the time on whether these are really worthwhile. Have to check into that with a future post.















Friday, August 18, 2017

Not Just Another Box and Returning to the past

First, had the second box of cards show up from Mike at Not Another Baseball Card Blog. At a quick glance some nice 80s ads, but I will go through them and post some detail on the weekend of the excellent cards. Much appreciated Mike, and thanks for the trade in advance.

As for the Santa Lot today, been a while since we got a few of these, but here they are as the...

Highlights:

Since I traded a number a way already, not sure if any of these would be dupes really, but at this point they are adds to the collection.

Have to include a Leaf always, especially Sundin.

The rest
Keepers:

Generally sets I have seen bits of here, and happy to get more of. A good example of "standard shot" here as with all the hockey player skating poses. Almost identical in the case of Zetterberg and STerling.

Traders:


Through 9100 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 143 18
Inserts / Var Kept 310 42
Error 15 2
Keep 1792 268
Doubles/Sell 1388 192 1463 2728 285 30
Doubles Inserts / Var 98 1 120 205

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Birthday Gift, Not Another Box, and Take the Crown

First, a quick birthday related post (as my birthday was yesterday)...I got these...



These two boxes were picked up in 2015 when we went to the US and my wife put aside to give to me later....well, it's later. So let's see what packs we get....

From the 10 pack...

Out of the 10 packs, five to keep for the unopened pack collection. All relatively new, because frankly, I don't buy much as it is new.

As for the dupes which will be opened at a later date...

Looking forward to opening at least one of these packs - just to be clear, I am talking about Heritage, not Triple Play. The main Topps are nice too.

Getting to the World's Greatest Chase, the keepers are...

I am glad the 1989 39 card cello pack is new to me so I can keep it unopened, but the best one to me is the Golden Age - not a pack I see much of, so a nice pickup. Most of the rest, I had other variations of the packs (like the 1991 Donruss Series 1 - different ad on the back from the other pack I have).

For the packs I am saving to open later...

Bugs me when they do a section of rack pack like this 1992 Fleer.

Fun opening these boxes (which is why I picked them up to begin with), and some future interest in opening the packs I am not keeping unopened.

So Mike over at Not Another Baseball Card Blog had recently talked about an excess of 1987 Topps cards and I mentioned that I would probably collect the set at some point and wouldn't mind the cards, especially if the alternative was him getting rid of the cards. Lo and behold those, and a few other cards came my way this week. Let's start with the non-1987 Topps cards...


The 1990-91 Pro Set adds are cards needed for that set which continues on it's merry way (not quite down to a full list to share here, but getting close, and they are on TCDB as well). The 1991-92 O Pee Chee insert set is now down to just three cards to complete the 66 card set too. Really appreciate the help on these - thanks - especially as I know you aren't a hockey card collector (save for the couple player collections I believe).

In addition to these and the 1987 Topps...there is this one 1987 Topps Traded card....

A nice Jays add as I have the Traded set sealed and complete, but like having another copy for the Jays collection.

So with 1987 Topps, my set was 39.4% complete...afterwards...81.2%. I'm not going to bother putting them all up here, but wow - awesome help on the set, and knocks it down to about 150 cards left, much more manageable.

Thanks again Mike, as always.

When I have these kinds of pulls from the Santa Lot, I am torn on whether it is a good day or a bad day. Reason is, I get something I wouldn't otherwise likely end up with, but really like having, but the trade off is - many dupes or cards I don't need.

Highlight:

Very close to picking both keepers, but since this is not only a Leaf, but a parallel as well - it takes the cake today. Stajan is one of the Leafs I enjoyed most in the 00s, so glad to get the parallel from 2009-10 O Pee Chee.

The rest
Keepers:

A nice die cut insert from 2000 Pacific. I'm not sure I love the design - I like the shine on the front, but a matte or flat finish would have been much better than the "scratch" look.

Traders:

Plenty today. From a couple French 1991-92 Pro Set cards to additional 2005 Upper Deck Classic baseball, as well as the typical suspects in 2004-05 Ultra Basketball, 2007 Topps and 2008 Donruss Threads football.

Through 9080 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 142 18
Inserts / Var Kept 306 42
Error 15 2
Keep 1785 267
Doubles/Sell 1381 192 1463 2728 285 30
Doubles Inserts / Var 98 1 120 205