Friday, November 8, 2019

Looking for a gem and trading with a gem

I know you probably didn't miss me, or notice I was necessarily away, but I don't like sharing trips until we are back. The family went for our first trip to Disney for a week, and man was it hot. Coming from Toronto, it was about 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit), in Disney it was about 38 Celsius with the humidity (100 Fahrenheit), and this morning back in Burlington, Ontario it was about 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) - so quite a change in weather.

The kids had a great time, though my son who is an anxious child and has a peanut allergy had a hard time trusting Disney (even though they are fantastic when it comes to allergies - it was the being in a new place, everything new and first time, and his anxiety getting the better of him). Other than that, Disney was fantastic and well enjoyed by all. Sure it is excessively expensive, but we don't expect to be going every year, so it was well enjoyed by all.

So coming back...still plenty of cards to share, and I just have a couple items to catch up mail wise on today and probably the next day or two or so.

Yup - picked up a second one of these recently since the first was fairly decent, and you get exactly what it says on the front, plenty of goodies, even if it may be a little on the expensive side at $30 CDN (would have no problem at $20 CDN and taking away the graded card).

So today, let's look at what is there overall, and get through some of it.

First up, some packs that I will be opening out of this box. A bit disappointed because the 2017 Topps Series 2 is a pack I need for the unopened pack collection, but the pack is ripped open already, and it will very easily open, so not worth trying to "save", so will have to open it begrudgingly.

2008 Upper Deck X is an awfully pretty looking set - heck - even the pack is all kinds of shiny. I also had a 2013 Pinnacle pack, but it's nice to add the hobby version to it here.

Next up, the graded card...

Darn - being an insert, I am going to have to keep this one. I am not a big fan of graded card, especially over the past year and how little the grading seems to be trustworthy, but it is an insert...

I am tempted to break it out, but won't bother right now.

Last up...the surprise item, and I will say, it's actually a pretty good one - even if it isn't my team.

2008 Boston Red Sox team set. Now, not exactly my favourite team, but it is a complete 14 card set, so I am going to keep it for that fact alone...can't give away a complete set!

As I say, that isn't exactly a bad extra at all.

While we are at it today, let's get through the first two packs - the wonderful 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

A good first pack as all the base cards were needs, and one of the inserts was a Jay I didn't have already. Can't do much better than that on a product like this.

I haven't gone back and checked, but the base in this seem to correlate almost exactly with a pack not too long ago. That's depressing. The Edwin I keep as a Jay, and the couple inserts in the top row are new, but otherwise dupes.

2 packs, 14 cards, 36 points

One trade to catch up on, which arrived while we were away was from Floridian Robert over at $30 A Week Habit. He isn't close enough to Disney to have done a meet up, and the trade was on it's way ahead of our trip anyway.

These 1982 Topps cards get me over 20% complete on the set. A slow build, and will be my oldest complete set if I get there. It includes a couple Jays dupes as I will need them for the complete set separate from the Jays team set.

Also included...

Such a pretty card. The blue parallel for a Maple Leaf card, just so much better than the grey.silver base design.

A great little PWE trade - always appreciated, and I look forward to others in the future with you through TCDB.


  1. As someone who has had problems with anxiety for longer than not, I sincerely hope that your son grows out of it. Anxiety isn't as hush-hush as it used to be, and certainly not something to be embarrassed about having, but it's still something that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

    And that color-matching Prizm sure is something! I don't actively collect hockey, but I'd definitely pick something like that up if I were to find it cheap.

    1. Happily times have changed so much over the years that it isn't a "deal with it yourself issue", and as he is 9, I know he will end up learning ways to cope with it, and maybe growing out of a lot of it, but time will tell.

  2. As much as I enjoy collecting graded cards, the BCCG stuff isn't for me. That Mark Davis rookie card is pretty cool though. He won a Cy Young Award while he was playing with the Padres.

    1. The BCCG stuff isn't for me either - very tempted to free the poor card from the plastic jail cell.