Saturday, April 20, 2024

More Hull

 I guess after seeing a bit of him yesterday, the card gods decided to show me more Hull today 

At least the retro 1992-93 O Pee Chee insert for the 25th anniversary, which uses the retro design, one card for each year, is really nice. At least they make it obvious the card is different from the original with the strip at the front bottom.

McDonalds cards I unfortunately already have, but a Leaf Limited Kenny I did need for my Leaf collection.

Wow, a couple more Leaf cards makes this my best Toronto day in a while from this lot.

My real question is...why do I like Black Diamond cards so much, and Metal cards so little. I mean, they aren't THAT different really, but they are complete opposite sides of the spectrum as far as my liking them goes? Any agree or disagree with that? Any other similar sets that rub you in completely different directions?

Friday, April 19, 2024

Continued Hockey Heroes

 More assorted hockey cards from the COVID lot today.

I was never a big Brett Hull fan. I don't know exactly why. Could be rooted in his being American versus the Canadian stars of the time. Definitely a great hall of famer, but just not one I got behind and cheered. 

Not going to complain about Leaf pick ups, even dupes, but otherwise not a bunch for me here.

A nice pick up with the new to me Gilmour sticker. As we wind down the lot, still getting a few nice cards, but not big numbers like we did earlier in the lot.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Taking A Chance

 A quick pack to share today. I had one extra pack I hadn't opened from a box of cards which gave me a signature and a full 50 card base set from this 2012 release...

However, I wasn't able to sell it at a garage sale for a buck, so let's just open it and get some trade fodder out of it. Whether you like him or hate him, Pete Rose can be a polarizing figure.

The set isn't something that really makes me go wow, and is much like the Babe Ruth set Leaf did. 

The simple write ups on the back don't do much for me, but some of the photos are pretty darn good.

Whether you agree or disagree with his legacy, it is hard to argue he was a great player during the game.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Clean Designs

 So some baseball from the COVID lot today, and just two sets, but decent enough designs. Topps used something very similar in the late 90s.

The designs were quite similar from 1999 and 2000. Even 2000 Opening Day which I am collecting is a simple silver border and oversized set logo, but at least the designs were simple and straight forward. Not overly exciting and was like the exit of the flashy multicolour designs that made much of the mid to late 90s.

Fine enough photyography for a flagship set, but the second set is the one I actually like much more...

Sure, two new for me Jays cards are a great outcome, but the Victory set here...I really like it. Good use of team colour on a simple design which doesn't take away from the photography. Not much more to ask for on the fronts.

By 2001 Carlos Delgado had finished his fourth season in a row of 30 or more home runs with the Jays.

Nick Johnson wasn't a bad rookie. He had a solid career exceeding 10 years, with stints in New York, Washington, Baltimore and with the Marlins.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Hockey Happenings

 As we continue to wind down with cards from the COVID lot, we get a nice variety of cards, but not a whole lot to keep.

Solid star power in the cards today. Roenick, Gaborik, Koivu - not too shabby at all.

Always appreciate a good newer card of an older star, but still nothing for keepers until...

A short print Peca and Bobby Hull being a need for 2006-07 Parkhurst.

Nice and good, but my favourite part of the cards today - seeing Teemu and Kariya together in cards. They were a great duo and their time really made the Ducks something to watch early on in the franchise.

Not sure we are going to get any more big accomplishments before finishing through the lot, but still a couple weeks of cards to go - should be through at the end of April....getting close though, just like getting close to the end of busy season, thankfully!

Monday, April 15, 2024

Some Mo ProMo

 A bunch of 401games Magic card pick ups today. I went on a quick Promo related search on the site and just picked up a bunch of them, as I know I didn't have many, and figured I would need most if not all I saw. THose along with a few core 2019 and 2020 sets, and let's take a look.

Noticed I was still missing some cheap core set artifact cards, so those were easy additions. I don't really pick up anything this way for more than fifty cents a card - just gets too expensive.

We then get into the promo cards. Some are prerelease cards (ones with the foil stamp date). These would be given out at pre-release events, and eventually get back to stores to sell for those who trade them in or their collection as a whole, so not unusual to see them come up, just not something I had focused on since the card itself is in many cases no different, save the foil stamp.

The cards with the planeswalker symbol silver foil stamp in the bottom right corner of the picture are other promos usually released in promo packs and again, in most cases, are no different from the actual card except the stamp.

All in, there are a few one and done cards that were the only artifact or land card in the promo set, so those are nice pick ups, and in general, like them for being the bit more unusual than a simple base card. Does make it harder to double check and make sure I catalog things right and ensure my want list is correctly updated, but I'm good for that challenge any time!

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Later Gader!

 A TCDB trade today to share, this one with member Gader09.

There are a few cards in my 1990-91 O Pee CHee set that I am doing quality upgrades on - just very heavy gum stains, so that's why Scott is in the trade. The rest are Leaf needs, including my first two Preview UD Leaf cards from 1998-99.

The stars of this trade are the 2012 Panini Molson Stanley Cup Collection cards, which are 10 Toronto Maple Leaf cards from the set (I have one other Leaf one), and the Arena one. I just need the St/ Pats, but will count this as complete for the Leaf team cards....for now...

I just wish there were more recent years represented on these cards....but I can dream.