Tuesday, November 19, 2019

At least there be green

The pre-card comment for today....there have been some comments about PWE trades that go across border being inspected under new rules/guidelines or the like, with customs. I am not going to change who I trade with at this time, though I may move to just using clear team bags to make it easier if anyone wants to inspect the PWE cards. This would be a change, as I typically reuse packaging from individual packs (since they are made to hold and transport cards).

I figure, if they are going to be opening PWEs, I don't want that process to cuse damage to trade cards, so have to make it as easy as possible for them not to mess up the cards.

If you have had any experiences yet with such opened mail, feel free to share in the comments. I am hoping the new practice doesn't cause a big decrease in people wanting to do PWE trades.

Today another hockey surprise $2 bag from Dollarama - and yes, I do pick up a lot of little packs at Dollarama which pile up, but give me something to open on the odd days or periods, like this, where I don't have anything specific I am working through.

So what is in the bag you ask?



Well, I can always use some extra card sleeves, so successful for the pack on that, now let's see if I can land a Leaf or two in the packs.



Unfortunately I didn't luck out and get a Leaf pack as that would be too perfect. One of these is a keeper for one of the set builds, Erixon, but the rest are decent nonetheless.



Regardless of who you consider the superstar - none are the superstar personally since none of these are needs, or otherwise make it into my collection.



No Leafs in the bunch....but the sleeper here is the nice green McCarthy - which is actually an insert, so along with the Ladd keeper, two for the collection at least.

Well, I got 100 sleeves if nothing else! :)

Monday, November 18, 2019

This pack is a Mitch

A fifteen card hockey pack for a dollar from the Dollarama. With the reduction in sets I am chasing now, I will only pick these up if there is a Leaf or insert I can see on the top or bottom, so I know there is something for me.

This one was all about a newer Mitch Marner card from Upper Deck flagship.



I may not be a huge fan of the design of the set, but that pic with the blue lighting against the white bottom design of the card - love it. Again, a non-action shot that, done right, just looks great.

Only two other cards that fit the collection otherwise...



This one towards the 1991-92 Upper Deck flagship set, and...



A nice Parkhurst parallel (Emerald Green) circa 1992-93. I like the Emerald Green when the difference is just the Parkhurst logo - subtle, but doesn't mess with the card as a whole.

Oh, and the trade bait...



Upper Deck Classic Portraits. I had never heard of the set at all before seeing this card. This is the 2003-04 design which, doesn't scan the best, but is still a bit snazzy. I will need to keep an eye out for the Leafs from the set as I'd like to get a few cards for keeps with the design.

A couple quick one offs from Listia to tack on for today's post...



Both are dupes I keep (again, 4 of each is my limit since that is what you can put in a deck generally). The hood isn't too bad for the mana cost,and the ominous artwork fits nicely.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Roberto and a wrap up

Last box for the year, and we start with a pretty nice insert out of 2017 Topps Series 1.



A card out of the Salute insert set. A solid front, but I do wonder on some of the facts on the back. Why making note that the right field wall in PNC Park is 21 feet high - which matches Roberto's jersey number of 21, is important, is lost on me.

Good news is, in addition to the insert, there was...



My first gold parallel in the set. Probably the only insert set that I can see someone working to complete these days, since they are SN to the year, so there are over 2,000 copies out there of each card. I can't even imaging trying to do it for a SN set of under say 1,000.



All base needs for me, so a solid set in that regard as well - just one dupe...



and for this entire box...not a single Jay card. Just for that....boo!

4 packs, 34 cards, 80 points

Final 2019 box standings....

2019 Box Scores
1) Top Shelf Repack 1 9.8696
2) 2016 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Blaster 2 8.0000
3) 2015-16 Upper Deck Champs Box 7.7130
4) 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Blaster 5.1220
5) Chapters / Indigo 2009-10 "Box" 5.0784
6) 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Box 3.6067
7) 2018-19 Tim Hortons Chrismas Packs 3.3913
8) 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Blaster 3.3333
9) 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania Blaster 1 3.2222
10) 2017 Topps WWE Blaster 1 3.1905
11) 2017 Topps WWE Blaster 2 3.1389
12) 2015 Topps WWE Heritage Blaster 1 3.1296
13) 2017 Topps Update Baseball Blaster 3.1000
14) 2016 Topps WWE Blaster 1 3.0952
15) 2018 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Blaster 1 3.0476
16) 2016 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Blaster 1 3.0317
17) 2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball Blaster 2.9700
18) 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania Blaster 2 2.8194
19) Top Shelf Repack 2 2.8000
20) 2015 Topps WWE Heritage Blaster 2 2.6923
21) Championship Collection Box 1 2.5366
22) Top Shelf Repack 3 2.4545
23) Championship Collection Box 3 2.3529
24) 2016 Topps WWE Blaster 2 2.2917
25) Gems of the Game Repack 2 2.2321
26) Championship Collection Box 2 2.1429
27) Gems of the Game Repack 1 2.0851
28) 1996 SkyBox 30 Years of Star Trek Phase Three 1.8963

Another repack box coming in on the lower end of the scale.

Overall - I can't argue with this final standings much. If I were to go through my best pulls and boxes for the year, the Top 5 definitely cover them. The listing does as I would expect - the bigger pulls from the year are definitely covered there, which should be the case with how I scored these.

I have a couple ideas for adjusting scoring next year, but will sum that up before next year's first box.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Every card is not alright

2014 Topps Opening Day isn't a set on my collecting list, so this isn't the end of the world to me, but I mentioned that the pack was sliced open down the side. I had thought there was no damage to the actual cards - oops.



A bit hard to see on the scan (I should have put a coloured page behind to pick it up), but a sliver of the card is about to come off on the left there. Well, this goes into the packing material pile...

I do question the quality of the packs going into these repacks though, when I have had an issue with a couple packs the last coupe times.

So, since I don't collect the set itself, the only keeper is the following (which fall every five packs):



Mascot cards always get a thumbs up from me as I really enjoy these insert sets. Mascots need card love too (as do stadiums, but I would probably draw the line at cards for umpires).



Can't complain about the photography given these examples, especially the Heyward which is a magnificent shot before (one would presume).

3 packs, 22 cards, 44 points

Friday, November 15, 2019

The last box of 2019

I have an idea of what I am going to be going through for the rest of this month, and I have December all planned out, which means today, I start the final box for opening for 2019.


A last repack box from Walmart. I scanned the back instead of the front because...


I wanted to show that sometimes there is truth in advertising. You don't usually end up with what is on the packaging with these things, but here you are - the Beckett card shown on the package. Actually, the front of the card is the Ohtani - so the box shows the back and front of this card.

As for the packs...


At least this works out as the 2017 series 2 pack here isn't damaged like the last one, so I get to put that pack aside for the pack collection.

Speaking of damage, the Opening Day pack actually had a rip down the side - cards look fine, but I might have to reconsider buying these boxes if the packs themselves can't even be on sealed condition.

Well today, let's look at the Triple Play packs.

Base card - 1 point (yes, all cards get a point)
Base card need - 2 points
Base variation card - 20 points
Base card Toronto card - 5 points
Base variation Toronto card - 50 points
Insert Card bonus - points based on odds - if 1 in 4 - worth 4 points, double if a Toronto card



Keepers are keepers I guess, even if they look like Saturday morning cartoon show sketches. Looking at you there Josh Hamilton....were you on that Recess cartoon a while back?



That Focus cards must have been put in to hypnotize as that must have been the only way to get people to buy more of these packs.

Has anyone ever wanted a sticker that simply says "yer out"?

Yeah...let's see 2013 now...



I was going to call these more base card wants - but I still can't say I really want them as much as them being base cards I didn't have yet.

At least the inserts are new to me as well, along with the Strasburg short print - I can't believe they actually have short prints in this thing.



At least the All Star inserts have a decent enough design. If I was so inclined, I could see making a custom set with replacement pictures on these.

2 packs, 15 cards, 33 points

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Not much Magic at all

A quick go through the second half of the Dollarama Magic card pack. Unfortunately, it is as good as yesterday...or as bad...



The best of this is that the Edifice is a new add for my collection...that's about it, otherwise, a bunch of cards for trade.



Very similar to the first half, a few cards from pre-2012, but most of the cards are from the last year or two.

Hard to tell here, but at least the Demolish is a foil card too, but that's about it - a handful of uncommon cards, and that's about it.

Let's get to some baseball cards tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Finding the magic

Today we have a repack from Dollarama of Magic cards - half today half tomorrow, 100 cards and hopefully a bunch of artifact cards for my collection. Simple as that today.

Well, not so nice though.



A little sparse on the artifacts with just a couple common cards.



Nice to strech all the way back to Urga's Saga which was out back when I was still playing in the 90s.



The Wispweaver Angel reminds me very much of the old Serra Angel from the mid-90s.



Overall a bit heavier on the newer sets than other packs like this I have picked up before, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but doesn't really help with the fact there isn't much by way of artifacts.

Hopefully tomorrow would be a bit better.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gettin' Jiggy With It



Yeah, not the Will Smith that comes to mind when you think "Gettin' Jiggy With It" for two reasons....this Will Smith plays baseball, and this Will Smith isn't actually in the picture because it is a picture of Tony Watson (oops!).

A great way to start the pack though with an error card for the collection.

Like the other packs though, a bunch of base cards which are all new for me too...


A solid bunch, but no Jays.

6 packs, 56 cards, 125 points

2019 Box Scores
1) Top Shelf Repack 1 9.8696
2) 2016 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Blaster 2 8.0000
3) 2015-16 Upper Deck Champs Box 7.7130
4) 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Blaster 5.1220
5) Chapters / Indigo 2009-10 "Box" 5.0784
6) 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Box 3.6067
7) 2018-19 Tim Hortons Chrismas Packs 3.3913
8) 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Blaster 3.3333
9) 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania Blaster 1 3.2222
10) 2017 Topps WWE Blaster 1 3.1905
11) 2017 Topps WWE Blaster 2 3.1389
12) 2015 Topps WWE Heritage Blaster 1 3.1296
13) 2017 Topps Update Baseball Blaster 3.1000
14) 2016 Topps WWE Blaster 1 3.0952
15) 2018 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Blaster 1 3.0476
16) 2016 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Blaster 1 3.0317
17) 2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball Blaster 2.9700
18) 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania Blaster 2 2.8194
19) Top Shelf Repack 2 2.8000
20) 2015 Topps WWE Heritage Blaster 2 2.6923
21) Championship Collection Box 1 2.5366
22) Top Shelf Repack 3 2.4545
23) 2016 Topps WWE Blaster 2 2.2917
24) Gems of the Game Repack 2 2.2321
25) Championship Collection Box 2 2.1429
26) Gems of the Game Repack 1 2.0851
27) 1996 SkyBox 30 Years of Star Trek Phase Three 1.8963

A whole lot of base cards in the 2019 Topps sets in this box, and we end up with a fairly low mark overall, but still better than the first one I opened.

Something different for tomorrow.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Remembrance Day

Or Veterans Day for those in the US. A day to remember what many who fought for us went through, and how thankful we should be for those contributions and the world we live in today as it could be very very different.

As sports cards shouldn't be the focus of today, but that is why people check in here I presume, I will keep this short and share the next 2019 Topps pack.



A bunch of base cards that are all new adds and...



A couple error cards which are more in abundance in the 2019 Topps base set than in most recent Topps flagship sets I believe. Next year, I am going to have to give bonus points for error cards.

5 packs, 46 cards, 105 points

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Retirement planning

I am an accountant. I enjoy numbers, tax planning, be it for myself or others, and helping people meet their financial goals.

It wasn't until this pack of baseball cards for Topps 2019 series 1, that I noticed the following where the odds are typically stated.



All the odds of the cards in the pack are gone, replaced by Topps retirement planning advice. Just so it is clear - Topps does not make any representation as to whether its cards will attain any future value.

I find the fact that Topps has decided to put this on the packaging, absolutely hilarious.

Does make me wonder what has happened behind the scenes to make this necessary. Has someone tried to sue Topps over collecting cards as an investment?

Well, let's take a look inside and see what cards I will be selling for my retirement down the road.



Good news is picking up a Jay card - and a nice catcher action shot for Russell. May have been even a little bit better if pulled out a little more wide.



Another one of the pitching cards where the WHIP and ERA are calculated without the 2018 innings being included. This card is very clear as none of the WHIPs are anywhere near 2, but the supposed career mark is over 2.

The rest of the cards...



All base needs on a set I have only about 5% of, so no complaints there. May not be thrilled with EE trying his bat flip pose, but still a good looking card whether I like it or not.

4 packs, 36 cards, 85 points

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Going on a bender

So yesterday, I opened this gems of the game box, and I mentioned the 2017 series 2 pack had a rip in the back. That's the pack I am opening today, and I am a bit disappointed.

Before even looking at the cards, I noticed they all generally have a bit of a bend to them. Not sure if the pack got a bit crushed or otherwise damaged, but the cards are a little banged up. It's disappointing because for new cards, they shouldn't be, but luckily I don't have too much worry about condition...still....



All of the base are new adds to me and being kept as I have 2017 Topps flagship on my collecting list.

My favourite pic from the bunch, is of course the card that is the most damaged and bent from the bunch, though you can't really see it in the scan - Hernan Perez. The background makes the card...yeah, and makes it clear where the photo was taken.

I did get one insert in the pack as well...



The All Time All Stars are one every four packs, so not too uncommon, and A-Rod is an OK [ick up...a Yank, go figure...

3 packs, 26 cards, 62 points

Also today, wanted to share a trade with TCDB member AirPete. We have traded before, and always a good trade partner. Today, he knocked off almost half my 1989 Donruss needs. I know - should be a set I just buy locally for $10, but set building and trading is fun in itself.



Expos Randy Johnson is always a great card.



Always have a soft spot for Andre Dawson, and some pre-Jays in Winfield and Maldonado.



Sad to have Kirby gone so young and after the issues he had. He would definitely have been one of those guys that could have done well on the pre-game MLB show circuit.







So with this trade, I am under 100 missing cards now for the set. Probably not finishing this year, but should be on the docket for 2020.

Lastly, a PIF (pay it forward) received unexpectedly from althib on TCDB...



Three cards for three reasons - a card addition to the 1993 Donruss build (almost done with Series 1, barely started on Series 2), the 1982 Topps build, and a Jay need in a nice Canadian red jersey.

Always appreciated and I do plan to get some PIFs together myself and sent out before the end of this year.