Friday, November 16, 2018

CNE Pack #14 - Decent Keepers

Some of these CNE packs seem to have been Toronto card picked over (some, not all), so happy to find a Jay in one, even if it isn't a new one.

My facourite Toronto pitcher of all time, and the player I have the most cards of (just short of 200).

There were even a couple inserts for keeps as well.

You can consider the Instant Win Game an insert...there were a few different types...but really, the Goudey is a really nice card. It is out of 2016 Goodwin Champions set.

The rest of the keepers...

The keepers come from a couple sets we have seen - 1993 Studio baseball and 1991-92 Parkhurst hockey. Both are decent enough sets, and as I have said, the use of the logos in the Studio set is really well done.

As for the cards that are up for trade if wanted...

A bunch of 1991-92 Score baseball, which at least gives me a couple Expos that I already know a good home to send too.

Here we also have another bunch of minor league hockey cards from 1993-94, and again, some decent players too such as Bure.

Let me know if there is any interest in the traders at all - always up for a trade, but if you are a regular reader here, you know that already.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CNE Pack #13 - Oh Clancy!

We have seen a couple Goodwin Champions cards out of later sets, but here is one out of the 2011 year:

Another card done well for a big name in hockey during the 20s and 30s. I don't specifically consider this a Maple Leaf card as he player for multiple teams and isn't pictures as a Leaf in the card...could argue otherwise, but I don't think I will here.

He won a Stanley Cup with Toronto....I wish there were more people around today that could say they did that....

A few more hockey keepers....

Aurora is an interesting set and awkward designs that generally sit well these days, and remind us of how Pacific was a bit out there at the time.

The other keepers today - wrestling!

Old at the time and no longer really needing to be in the ring, Foley and Nash didn't need to be wrestling this late in their careers - but I guess money is money...Whereas Angelina Love was a mainstay of the TNA Knockouts division and had a good run with the company.

Traders today....


Yeah, still not a fan, still not going to collect them, still....waiting for someone to be interested in taking them off my hands!


We end with the usual suspects - none of which again, were needed for me on completing this sucker...

I did get some more wrestling cards via Listia...

Happy getting a couple Bliss cards and Renee Young who I always enjoyed on aftermath on Aftermath on The Score.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CNE Pack #12 - Lip Service

Well, an interesting first card here out of the CNE pack today.

At first look, I thought it might be a Benchwarmer card, and Traci has been on such cards, but this is actually a wrestling card....even if the back really doesn't read like one...

I guess it is good though, because this is an insert.

As for the rest of the keepers...

A wide variety of hockey cards, and the Mick Foley is an interesting one. Mick to me is a lifelong WWE guy, but he did spend a bit of time in TNA as evidenced by this card. Weird him being on a debut card given he started wrestling about two decades earlier. Ric Flair is another one that seems out of place on a TNA card since he was retired before this in WWE (though my understanding is that he asked for Shawn Michaels blessing to go back into the ring, Shawn being who beat him in the career on the line match at Wrestlemania).

As for the traders...

A bit of fighting, be it on a Planet of the Apes, or Kung Fu style. As for the rest, more of the usual suspects...

On a separate note, got some more Listia related wrestling cards to share....

Yeah, much more 2018 Womens Division cards ( and Heath). I haven't got a pack yet, and have been able to get 15 of the 50 women's cards and 20 of the 50 memories and moents cards - not a bad start.

Yikes now for Nikki and John on that last card...maybe...maybe not...if they are together, or not, or are....I really don't want to try and figure that one out...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2 Sets With 1 Trade

First, as everyone is aware, Stan Lee passed away yesterday. I was never big into comics myself for whatever reason, but his influence cannot be overstated. Then add in the more recent box office influence that his creations have had, and it has been an amazing life for the man. Though he may be gone, the creations he built will live on for a long time to come.

As for's always nice to be able to complete a trade, but being able to do two in a single day is even better. Being able to do so as the result of a single PWE trade - doesn't get much better than that.

I don't usually go out of my way to initiate trades, but found one person with the cards I need to complete two sets and asked if he would be willing to trade as I wasn't sure given the distance, but he agreed.

So this is also my first trade with someone in Norway, but well worth it and went off perfectly (yes, slightly longer getting the cards due to the air mail asked). So a big thank you to Steffanos44 for being open to the trade, and coming through in completing these sets...

Wasn't on purpose that the last two cards of 1997-98 Donruss that I needed were Canadiens, but that is how it worked out. This does complete the 230 card base set (yay!).

The other cards...

Here - not ure why it ended up with a bunch of goalies as the last cards I needed for the 200 card 1997-98 Pinnacle saet, but so be it.

Just like that, one 5 card PWE, and poof! Just like that, two sets down with one PWE.

I'd call that a successful day.

Monday, November 12, 2018

CNE Pack #11 - Another Pack at the Park

How can I possibly complain about a pack that gives me another 6 cards from this set? Okay - granted - I am no fan of Claude Lemieux (see his hit on Kris Draper for why), but the design at least makes him appear classy.

These were the other couple new to me hockey cards - similar sets to what we saw before.

Then we have this...

I don't know all wrestler tattoos, so if it wasn't for the James Storm name, I would have been really confused. Still - not sure I like the design and card in general, but it is a wrestling card at least. I could have done with a full shot showing the tattoo and then a write up about it on the back, and we are done and happy, just like that - too much border and not enough picture here though.

This is an upgrade. As much as I am close to done on 1987 Topps, I do have a few cards I wouldn't mind upgrading (they are very warped), and now I need one less.

Cards of intrigue I am only temporarily housing (see...traders)...

Does someone want me to start collecting golf, because it isn't happening...sorry. Plus marks for the scorecard border design though on Roberts.

A bunch more duplicate 1987 Topps followed by a rare (at this point) wrestling card duplicate, and one we basically just saw the other day. Oh well, bound to happen!

Not too shabby a day!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Remembrance Day

Before anything else, nothing will overshadow the importance of today - remembering all those who fought for and paid the ultimate price for the world we live in today. No words can be enough to give those people thanks for all that they did and gave, but thank you all nonetheless - for those who fought, and for all those who lost someone they loved because they fought for what we have today.

I don't have a desert storm pack or something similar which would be more on point, but let's take a quick look at a pack of cards for today - 15 hockey card pack from Dollarama.

The pack is pretty much split down the middle between cards to keep and those to go, so let's look at the keepers first.

A number of early 90s cards, and here are a few I need. More importantly, a couple sets here that I am getting my first cards from - 1998-99 Black Diamond and 2017-18 Parkhurst.

The traders...

The Upper Deck 1991-92 card on the right is from the Czech World Juniors set. Obviously it is basically the same design as the main Upper Deck set that year, though a big difference in the font, though that may be due to what is standard there.

An alright pack, but not as good as I think I usually get.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Trade with not just any Smith

So I received an offer request on TCDB from someone new to me and fairly new to the site, RJ Smith. Without any feedback, my habit is just asking if they can send first, and I can't say I have run into a problem when doing so. It wasn't a big or expensive trade, so I probably could have sent at the same time anyway, but kept with my habit regardless.

So...what did I get...

Though I have the set completed, there are a few error cards I am looking to get another copy of. These are both grammar related errors - a missing comma and a spelling mistake. Small items, but still worthwhile for error collecting.

Have to have some Jays if we are including some baseball. Here are four more 1994 Topps Jays that I didn't have yet, the biggest name of the bunch being Paul Molitor.

Last cards in the PWE...

An excellent throwback design and feel set, kinda Heritage like, and a team photo!

I have said before I miss these team photo type cards, so happy to get this one into the collection, and to have made a new trade friend/partner!

Friday, November 9, 2018

CNE Pack #10 - Park it here

Today's pack from the CNE bring up one of the sets that I have come to like and have about 30-40 cards from.

Have to like getting a decent bunch of players AND a long time ref! More credit to give to the set for including a ref (or two) in the set.

There were a couple other hockey keepers...

Similar sets as yesterdays, but luckily different cards.

Happily, not just hockey card keepers, but as seems to be the case, there's some wrestling in this pack like the last few...

The independent circuit darling Young Bukcs here, back from their time as "Generation Me" in TNA. I haven't seen enough of their stuff to judge them to be as good as they are billed to be or not, but they have done well to make a great name for themselves, earned or not. I am a WWE fan first, and catch bits and pieces f other things, but as I say, not enough to judge myself.

Ad for the traders...

A bunch of baseball, but from a set I don't need much from unfortunately.

I will say, another decent surprise card here - the Victory March golf card. Don't know the golfer myself, but a decent enough design!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

CNE Pack #9 - Soccer, Olympics and Short Prints Oh My!

It just keeps getting more and more varied in these packs....just as simple as that. On that point, let's look at the traders first.

The Pro Set card at the top is a Guinness Records set from the early 90s (1992) when anything and everything received cards. That was followed by a few MLS soccer cards - the first ones I have ever owned, and happy to find those a home if anyone collects them.

Add in a basketball card and a football checklist, both from sets I have never seen before, and typical baseball, and that sums up a variety of sports.

Some cards for keeps though...

Another nice points redemption insert card - the card I saw and reason I picked up this one.

A couple more hockey cards, but nothing too fancy.

A couple nice sets represented from baseball including a Hernandez short print.

We end with a couple good wrestling cards with the Icon Sting and the Voice of TNA for a good long while, Mike Tenay.

Awesome little pack to run through and can only hope the next will also be as varied.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CNE Pack #8 - Thor Champions

First off, I may not be taking part this year - too much going on and I don't want to short change anyone..just life, no biggie, maybe next year, but I did want to make sure everyone is aware of the Secret Santa Extravaganza going on for year three, so check it out!

As I say, these packs can have some interesting and unusual cards, and we get a couple more neat ones today - again - nothing that is for my collection, but I can appreciate the strange and different!

Not a fan of the movie Thor, and the design doesn't do much for me, but man - a surprise to see the card. The 2014 Goodwin Champions card is a bit different. Not my thing to go after multi-sport sets like this, but I can appreciate the appeal, and the way the card is done with vintage charm is nice. Also neat to see a race car driver done well in design, though with raving, I'd love a set that was drivers and cars - maybe odd numbers are the drivers followed by the cars as the next even numbered card.

Also in the bunch...

I gold rush parallel, and the points cards which are kinda sorta inserts - except inserts that a lot of people don't bother keeping, so more rare? Be A Player was good for these points cards. Honestly, the only ones I keep are with players on them - or NHL logos, etc - not the generic point cards.

Wrestling cards for keeps! I understand the desire for subsets - but three of these cards are from the same base set, and the designs are so completely different. At least the Jim Cornette card base set has the same consistent (and ugly) border.

The rest of the traders...

1990-91 Skybox basketball. When I was a kid, if someone had basketball cards, this was one of the sets that was everywhere.

As for the 7th Inning Sketch - wouldn't mind finding someone who actually wants a bunch of these cards.

Yeah - these packs are interesting and have an awesome bit of everything!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A couple trades to share

Today, just simply exactly what it is titled as I have a few small trades to share.

First up was a small trade with TCDB member dcdeacon. The trades covers a couple of different sets I am looking to finish up and clean up. 1990-91 Pro Set is busy because of all the errors, so I want to collect those on top of a complete set. I figure that'll mean having about 1,000 of these cards when all is said and done as I think there are about 300 error cards.

This was also helping the 1990 Topps baseball set, as did the other trade I am sharing today.

The other trade was with 860502, and as you can see, this heavily helped 1990 Topps as well, along with a 1986 add, and some Jays.

Ah, Juan Gonzalez - you were the man in Ken Griffey Jr. baseball on Super Nintendo - loved playing with him in that game.

A couple sets I really like - the Turkey Red which I knew about, and 2001 Stadium Club of which these are my first Jays cards and they look very nice, not surprising for Stadium Club.

Lastly, a trade with dgonzales406 to help a few sets as well...

This might just finish off 1990 Topps, but I need to double check, again, and brings a few others a little closer as well.

A few excellent trades and excellent trade partners - thank you both!