Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Unfortunate crunch

So quick story, and a pack pickup. My son wanted to get a Venusaur Tin of Pokemon cards with some of his Christmas money. So, rather than pay $30 at Walmart, I went to 401games on Yonge Street and picked up a tin for $20 including tax. While I was there, I picked up this:

Honestly, unopened Magic booster packs are generally the "high end" of my collection. I dropped $30 on this pack from 2010. The price is high for a pack only 5-6 years old, but is because there were a few really really good cards in the set, so that is what you are paying for (Jace, The Mind Sculptor for one). I don't spend that kind of money on sports card packs - ever. I'd spend that money on a lot of a couple thousand cards, but that's different.

Anyway, so I picked up the Tin for my son and brought it home. He wanted the tin because of the "EX" cards. I am not big into Pokemon at all, but I know these are rare or ultra rare cards. The tin came with one and 4 packs.

It was nice to see the excitement in opening the packs, and in getting the one card he wanted. Then in not one, but two of the packs, he ended up pulling EX cards and had a priceless expression the whole time. I was glad he got his money worth having 3 EX cards out of the tin, but more importantly, I enjoyed as a dad, seeing the excitement of opening cards, collecting cards, and getting things he wanted. Great reminder of why we like this collecting thing we do. Since he is 6, I know he will "get it" more in a few more years, but until then, I try and ensure he enjoys his cards - and he is already getting into the habit of using card sleeves to protect them which is good.

ANyway, back to the usual....


Best for last I guess...with all the 2008-09 O Pee Chee retro parallels. This is the best of the bunch to me for obvious reasons and will go right to the Leaf collection.


As much as you expect to lose a card here and there when getting a large lot of cards, it is still sad. I would have liked to keep the Andreychuk card for the parallel collection, but it is bent right down the middle in a heavy form, so I don't want to bother keeping it and forgetting to upgrade. As for Giguere - he was a casualty in the 1991 Upper Deck football stickiness we have seen some of...

The rest

1992 Pro Set - the "worst" of the bunch to me. I have a soft spot for the train wreck that was 1990-91, and collected 1991-92 just from a timing and cost aspect, so appreciate it, then moved away from Pro Set before the next year's edition.


A Red Wings hot pack here..too bad I already had them! Also, thought I might have another Leaf with the Heatley card, but not so lucky...maybe tomorrow!

Through 6200 cards:
Specific Accomplishments:
- Complete 2003-04 SP Authentic Basketball (90 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 Hockey #64 Marcel Dionne 06/10
- 2007-08 Topps 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 100 9
Inserts / Var Kept 205 27
Error 13 2
Keep 1359 189
Doubles/Sell 782 61 1113 1834 250 26
Doubles Inserts / Var 74 1 68 87


  1. I have never been into Magic the Gathering, just has never been my thing... Pokemon on the other hand, I have to admit, I bought a few packs when I was 13, we never played the game, just collected the cards. I'm amazed by how many different cards there are out for it now, between all the sets that have been released and the promo cards - must be a ton!

    1. I may not have been into Pokémon the card game, but knew enough from a bit of the cartoon show to know originally there were 150 Pokémon. Did someone misconstrued originally because there must be 1,000 now at least!

    2. 151 CrazieJoe, 151 ... Can't forget Mew. ;)

    3. Tells you how closely I followed, but yes...that was the thing behind the first movie, Right?