Thursday, August 17, 2017

Birthday Gift, Not Another Box, and Take the Crown

First, a quick birthday related post (as my birthday was yesterday)...I got these...

These two boxes were picked up in 2015 when we went to the US and my wife put aside to give to me later....well, it's later. So let's see what packs we get....

From the 10 pack...

Out of the 10 packs, five to keep for the unopened pack collection. All relatively new, because frankly, I don't buy much as it is new.

As for the dupes which will be opened at a later date...

Looking forward to opening at least one of these packs - just to be clear, I am talking about Heritage, not Triple Play. The main Topps are nice too.

Getting to the World's Greatest Chase, the keepers are...

I am glad the 1989 39 card cello pack is new to me so I can keep it unopened, but the best one to me is the Golden Age - not a pack I see much of, so a nice pickup. Most of the rest, I had other variations of the packs (like the 1991 Donruss Series 1 - different ad on the back from the other pack I have).

For the packs I am saving to open later...

Bugs me when they do a section of rack pack like this 1992 Fleer.

Fun opening these boxes (which is why I picked them up to begin with), and some future interest in opening the packs I am not keeping unopened.

So Mike over at Not Another Baseball Card Blog had recently talked about an excess of 1987 Topps cards and I mentioned that I would probably collect the set at some point and wouldn't mind the cards, especially if the alternative was him getting rid of the cards. Lo and behold those, and a few other cards came my way this week. Let's start with the non-1987 Topps cards...

The 1990-91 Pro Set adds are cards needed for that set which continues on it's merry way (not quite down to a full list to share here, but getting close, and they are on TCDB as well). The 1991-92 O Pee Chee insert set is now down to just three cards to complete the 66 card set too. Really appreciate the help on these - thanks - especially as I know you aren't a hockey card collector (save for the couple player collections I believe).

In addition to these and the 1987 Topps...there is this one 1987 Topps Traded card....

A nice Jays add as I have the Traded set sealed and complete, but like having another copy for the Jays collection.

So with 1987 Topps, my set was 39.4% complete...afterwards...81.2%. I'm not going to bother putting them all up here, but wow - awesome help on the set, and knocks it down to about 150 cards left, much more manageable.

Thanks again Mike, as always.

When I have these kinds of pulls from the Santa Lot, I am torn on whether it is a good day or a bad day. Reason is, I get something I wouldn't otherwise likely end up with, but really like having, but the trade off is - many dupes or cards I don't need.


Very close to picking both keepers, but since this is not only a Leaf, but a parallel as well - it takes the cake today. Stajan is one of the Leafs I enjoyed most in the 00s, so glad to get the parallel from 2009-10 O Pee Chee.

The rest

A nice die cut insert from 2000 Pacific. I'm not sure I love the design - I like the shine on the front, but a matte or flat finish would have been much better than the "scratch" look.


Plenty today. From a couple French 1991-92 Pro Set cards to additional 2005 Upper Deck Classic baseball, as well as the typical suspects in 2004-05 Ultra Basketball, 2007 Topps and 2008 Donruss Threads football.

Through 9080 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 1957-58 Variations Basketball  #112 Kevin Durant (Rookie)
- 2009-10 Topps #321 Stephen Curry (Rookie)
Hockey Baseball Basketball Football Austin Powers Other
Toronto 142 18
Inserts / Var Kept 306 42
Error 15 2
Keep 1785 267
Doubles/Sell 1381 192 1463 2728 285 30
Doubles Inserts / Var 98 1 120 205


  1. Happy birthday! I have a lot of '87 Topps doubles. If you have a want list I can comb through what I have...

    1. I added the missing 1987s to my want list on TCDB - any problems with it, just let me know and I can send a list.

  2. Happy Belated Birthday! Glad you got the one box.. There should be a second one there soon.. I sent both at the same time.. lol

    1. Thanks - nice that Canada Post is willing to show how erratic their service is....

    2. Somehow I'm not surprised.. lol