Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Declaring Victory

Given the highlight cards from today, I wanted to take a closer look at the set the cards are coming from - 2008-09 Upper Deck Victory.

Highlights:

So this is a 250 card base set, the last 50 cards of which are rookie cards, so depending on how you look at it, you could consider the last 50 cards part of the pure base set or not. I wonder with these sets, because the rookie cards are usually noted as being one per pack, or one every couple packs, or something of that sort (for this set it is one for every two packs, or every 12 cards), if they actually have much of a different print run).

So, I have 120 of the 200 non-rookie cards, and 18 of 50 for the rookie cards. Would love to finish either just the 200, or full 250 base set, but will wait until being done with the Santa Lot to see how much is really still missing.

Of the cards above, the last is actually one of the two checklists. Not surprising the checklist photos were Crosby and Ovechkin.

The rest
Traders:

Obviously hit a bunch of 2008 Donruss Threads today, as well as some unneeded 2008-09 Upper Deck Victory cards. Still, I enjoy the McDonalds cards, so getting dupes like Alfredsson, I would take all day long.

Through 9460 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 148 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1876 277        
Doubles/Sell 1489 208 1487 2823 288 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 105 2 122 207    

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One mean Steen

I know Trevor from Supporting the Minnow can appreciate this.
Highlight:

Trevor is working diligently on a master set for 2008-09 O Pee Chee hockey. I was able to help him with some of these retro parallels, but this will be one that I am going to keep (sorry Trevor!). Hopefully there will be some more I can send his way in the last few thousand cards here with the Santa Lot.

The rest
Keepers:

Decent Victory cards slowly adding to this set (boo to a Nashville Kariya - should always be a Mighty Duck).

Traders:



Not sure I noticed before that the team nickname was shadowed on the hardwood in the background on the 2004-05 Hardcourt cards - a nice little touch.

If anyone has a player collection of Forsberg and doesn't have the 2001-02 Parkhurst redemption points card, let me know, I can see how this would be one that could be missed by a collector. Not sure how many people actually held onto these things.

Through 9440 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 148 19        
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43        
Error 16 2        
Keep 1870 277        
Doubles/Sell 1486 208 1487 2813 288 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 104 2 122 207    

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hello Mr. Sanderson

Highlight:

With this card, I have finally eeked up to 80% on this awesome little set - 80 cards down, 20 to go.

The rest
Keepers:

Not much else, though the occasionally seen 1999-2000 Pacific cards are always a nice add, and the Tavares card is a decent one too actually.

Traders:


Though the football are the usuals, the Select cards are all "new to me". Also, the 2007 Topps Clayton is new for that set, which is actually at about 394 of 440 cards or just shy of 90% complete. I know I have traded away a few cards from the set, so that may be why I fall short on this one, but I will have to go back and check if I would have had a complete set and add it to the list of accomplishments if that is the case.

Through 9420 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 147 19
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43
Error 16 2
Keep 1868 277
Doubles/Sell 1485 208 1484 2804 288 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 100 2 122 207

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dollarama 80 Baseball Cards - Home Team Advantage

Yes, I picked up another one of these, too much fun. I picked up this pack because there was a nice early 2000 (2001 to be exact) Topps Blue Jays team card showing....

I didn't know at the time, but it is actually a parallel. I thought it was a base card, but didn't look too closely at the time. The foil stamp in the bottom left corner is for the 2001 Topps Home Team Advantage parallel which makes this that much better!

Making that discovery, it made the card right beside it, that much more interesting to me, as it was a similar Home Team Advantage parallel:



Though the 1986 design isn't great on base cards, I have less complaints about the All Star subset and picked up a second Damaso which works in case I do end up going to complete this set some time in the future.

As I go through, this is definitely a good pack for Jays as I pick up a third...


Followed directly by a card from a set I never have seen before...

Which then gets a lot more awesome when I flip it over and see this is a gold parallel numbered 47 of 50.

Serial numbered out of 50! Quite surprising for me out of a dollar store repack. I have never received a serial numbered card that I can remember from a Dollarama repack, let alone one out of 50.

Then another insert card (as much as prospects are inserts in Bowman products:


We also end up with this:

This is the first 2000 Pacific baseball card I have ever had in my collection - and it ends up being a variation card for a base card too!

The excellent collection adds keep going with another Jay (though I had one copy already):

1989 Traded Junior Felix.
and same can be said for this one as well:


Then after those we have ANOTHER serial numbered card (209 of 379):

Would be nice if the small pic on the back were a different photo, but just a small complaint.

I did well in that there were only about a dozen dupes, but for the keepers - here are a few of the highlights.

These are the early cards - overall the cards were very red heavy - Cincinnati and Boston.


I wanted to highlight these chunk of cards because of the new to me sets highlighted. Of all these sets, I only had a handful of cards combined before this pack. The Etchings cards scan metallic, and are a metallic bronze border. All these are quite nice (though the mid 00s Topps base designs, I find rather bland.

Overall - would take this kind of break on one of these any day of the week!




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dollarama 15 - Guaranteed Leaf and a trade

So today, I have a 15 card assorted hockey pack from Dollarama which I picked up solely because one of the visible cards was a Leaf, so I figured if nothing else, I was getting that for my $1. Hopefully I lucked out and got something else worthwhile also...

First, those cards that are dupes and thus available if anyone wants them...

A good showing with just three dupes, and from the typical fare of junior hockey, 1990-91 Topps and 1990-91 Bowman.

The keepers...

A good variety of sets in these keepers. I like the odd shot of stretching before the game for Poulin. I also like the Parkhurst in hand, doesn't scan as nice given the shininess though.

The inserts...

Did really well in getting two inserts in a repack, even if they are the usual suspects from what we have seen in the past. As much as I don't like pre-rookie cards or junior hockey cards, have to say that Fleury is a great card to get.

Lastly...

With 15 cards, excellent to get two Leafs in the pack. I knew I would be getting the Gardiner card - it was the guaranteed Leaf I saw on top in the pack, but the Berezin was a pleasant surprise, and my first card from the SP Authentic 1997-98 set

A great pack overall, a definite winner.

I also recently completed a trade with TCDB member Hundomatic which brought me some older Jays, and some newer Jays.


These are oversized 1985 Donruss cards. I like the fact that these have extended stats on the back which include fielding. Very nice cards and great adds.



These are the opposite - new Jays with a lot of burlap. Obviouisly very nice Heritage cards, and Jose's Bowman card isn't too bad either. Love the blue sky background with the Jays cards.

Really appreciate the trade, and made for some excellent adds, thanks again!

Friday, September 15, 2017

A touch of gold

So thinking about the Toronto box I got, and given the number of cards, I think I have an idea for it. Given it was such a gift at the price, I think I am going to save it and spend the month of December going through it. I know, that means putting it off a couple months, but with December being the time of giving and the holidays, why not make it a month of Toronto sports cards...as appropriate a time as any I'd say. Anyway, that is where I am leaning on that one, but I reserve the right to change my mind (repeatedly).

Unfortunately one of those days that comes up every now and then in the Santa Lot - not much for my collection. Then again, I guess that does mean, there might be something here for you.

Highlight:

Slim pickings overall for my personal wants, so I'll go with the only decent insert in the 20 cards.

The rest
Keepers:

Yeah - just the one, and a Canadien at that.

Traders:

The Pro Set card is the French version - given the lack of O Pee Chee baseball (and even to some extent hockey) I am a bit surprised that there have been a number of French Pro Set cards. Otherwise a couple regular sets we see with dupes from 2007-08 SP Authentic and 2007-08 Upper Deck.

Through 9400 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 147 19
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43
Error 16 2
Keep 1864 277
Doubles/Sell 1479 208 1484 2795 288 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 99 2 122 207

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Remembering a couple early Raps

First, want to share with you a reason I look for decent card deals, like the Santa Lot. Was checking it out a couple days ago, and ended up with a quick purchase which cost me a whole 5 bucks (call it 10 including transit to meet). I walked away with a box of cards that were strictly Jays and Leafs.

I expect there are a number of doubles, triples, etc, and that the majority will be "junk era", but given it was a 1600 count box (let's just call it 1,000 cards) for 5 bucks, I call that a win regardless. Did I mention it was 5 bucks? Not sure if I will save it til later, sprinkle in some cards over time, or what, but man, am I looking forward to it!

Otherwise, a bit of continuation today of what we got yesterday.

Highlight:

This may not be a new one, but being a Leaf, more than happy to get another Leaf from this awesome set.

The rest
Keepers:

I really am not a fan of the Fleer Hot Prospects design shown here on Morrow. The design just takes up too much of the card. Separately, I don't really like the In The Game sets, but nice to see a card like Jeff Carter in a pre-rookie type card. It is kind of the opposite end compared to the Forsberg which was well after his prime in the NHL, though even here he was still a great player.

Traders:

Some ex Raptors highlight here between Vince and Damon. Being a casual fan of basketball in Toronto, those were the names to know for the early years of the Raptors. Vince should have stayed the big fish in a small pond, always felt he was a bit lost after leaving Toronto.

Through 9380 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 147 19
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43
Error 16 2
Keep 1863 277
Doubles/Sell 1464 208 1484 2792 288 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 99 2 121 207

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Adding A Dickie

Before I get to my Dickie addition....I wanted to share an awesome little return package from Trevor at Supporting The Minnow. I was able to send over eight O Pee Chee cards Trevor didn't have - that's it 8 cards. I told Trevor, as I tell most, just send back whatever you feel fair with, I am easy that way. Lo and behold, he sent 9 things back my way...


Yeah - nine different packs of cards.

For me, the big highlight here are the two unopened packs of 2003-04 Pacific McDonalds cards. These are nice adds for the unopened pack collection, and since they have different stars on the front, both get to be added to the collection. This bumps the collection up to 212 hockey packs and 489 total including Magic and baseball.

Next up, two packs of 1990-91 Pro Set Series 1. All the cards I need in completing the set are from the first series, so I will save these and open them later. Besides, still plenty of error cards I need duplicates for too.

As for the 2013-14 stickers - I don't collect sticker packs, so I will open these down the road in a post when I feel like opening a pack, and see if I luck out with a Leaf or two.

As much as I appreciate military history, I don't have any real care for the 1991 Topps Desert Storm set, but in the interest of opening a neat pack, I will save it too. I'll even do the same with the couple Gross Out packs. Funny enough I do have a set of this completed and on one of my shelves, but if nothing else, they are interesting cards to send off as freebies for a laugh in trades.

Thanks again for the trade Trevor, and as always - you sent too much!

Highlight:

It has been a while since I have been able to move up from the 78 of 100 cards in this set. Today though, able to add this new one. Dickie set the mark (in 1958-59) with 96 points, the highest point total in a year to that point, beating out 95 from Gordie How a few years earlier. Too bad he played for Montreal, but no one is perfect.

The rest
Keepers:

Talk about a variety of sets. I have probably said it before but, if I were to collect a PC, Belfour would be a good one, and this late career card is a nice photo.

Traders:

Funny how the 2007 Topps fottball cards I get, the RCs are usually in a string as seen here. A couple were new for the set collection (not that I'd keep it). Also, unfortunate I didn't need the other 2004 Upper Deck Legends Classics that are here.

Through 9360 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 146 19
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43
Error 16 2
Keep 1856 277
Doubles/Sell 1461 207 1481 2788 287 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 99 2 121 207

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In a Daze

So I was at a Wal-Mart the other day, and as always, checked out the card aisle. There was the usual fare, but then I found something that always annoys me. Someone had opened one of the assorted pack boxes and left the box, wrapper, and a few of the packs on the shelf. It always bother me when people do this. I don't like pack searchers, but to just our and rip through a box is even worse.

With the stuff on the shelf, and a worker right there I figured, since the packs were nothing too great, I would ask about the insert card which was included in the box and had been left there as well. I figured it was what the person would have taken, but apparently not.

The person saw it was just a single card and didn't seem to card, and just said take it if you want, there aren't enough packs, they wouldn't put the box back out on the shelf. Here I would have paid a buck or two, probably (since the box was $25CDN for 5 packs and the promo card), so I got this:


Just to show how even these boxes were priced with the Judge craze - of the 5 packs, from what was left, there was 2016 Topps series one and 2017 Topps series 2 - that's it. Nice to get this card without having to over pay for those packs.

Highlight:

2001-02 Topps Heritage - can't dislike the retro design, other than maybe a bit too much mustard to that yellow, but I'd give it a pass. Haven't seen many Heritage hockey cards generally, but I should try and change that.

The rest
Keepers:

These move the set to over 50% done now. I know Victory is a low end set, but they make them decent in design that I still like them. I think the tinting to the background to match the team colours suits the cards well, though the shots may run a bit together with everyone mid-skate.

Traders:


Through 9340 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 146 19
Inserts / Var Kept 314 43
Error 16 2
Keep 1850 276
Doubles/Sell 1457 207 1480 2780 287 34
Doubles Inserts / Var 99 2 121 207