Well, I guess I shouldn't have said anything about the red die cut cards as we get a couple more of them today, but at least they are new to me.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023
Four days of Timmies cards left, including today - I'd like to see all new for me cards, but can't even stop dupes from happening within the three packs today.
Between 2 Kopitars and the third Stamkos so far today, not great. At least all the inserts are new for me.
Given the odds, I am a bit surprised I haven't had a couple more red die cast cards pop up as they are supposed to be every four packs, and I haven't been hitting that ratio (yet). I won't complain about being below average on it since it means I am above average on others. Getting a second Spectrum Standout card, I can confirm - I like the pretty wintery background design - excellent!
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Three more packs of 2022-23 Timmies hockey cards today, and we get our first Flow of Time insert, which fall every 24 packs, so it may be the only one I pull.
The card marks Benn's 9th season as team captain, which is the most in franchise history. It's a nice look at then and now for a player, so another insert concept I can get behind.
A couple more base dupes again, so looks like I may end up just short of half way on the base set if this keeps up, but just means I will have some work to do getting the rest by way of trade once I am doing going through these.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Well, unfortunately have our first base card dupe (see Tyson Barrie below), but can you spot the big name we did get?
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Three more packs of 2022-23 Timmies to share today from the Christmas gift pile, and we finally get our first Leaf - and our first Crosby.
Not sure which one I am happier to get - Crosby with the black and yellows Pens jersey with the gold shiny foilage looks great, but any Leaf is a great one for me!
No dupes again, and still more solid base card pick ups again with Stamkos, Karlsson and Doughty. The binder is finally starting to look like I am putting some cards into it with 9 packs now opened.
Haven't hit any really more rare inserts yet...maybe tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
I haven't looked at all the Hockey Triumph insert cards, but if they are all like the couple below - I like the team celebration aspect of them.
A lot of the time, you might get a teammate stuck in the card if after a goal celebration for example, but both Triumph cards here, and the one yesterday, show a bunch of the team. I like it!
Funny enough that two of the packs had teammates show up in the base cards in the same pack. Happy yo get Leon, now just need to keep an eye for his teammate, Sid and Ovi to take care of the big non-Leaf names in the set.
So far, so good, no dupes. Even if that holds up, I'll be just over half the base set, so there will be plenty of cards still needed for the binder, one way or another!
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
So as I start opening the Timmies packs for the 2022-23 set (30 packs to open, 3 a day, so just a single scan of 3 packs of 3 cards), this is the first year I have the set binder I can work to fill.
I only have 2 cards of the base set and no inserts ahead of starting to open these packs, but the binder is perfect for holding all of the base and insert sets - except the most rare of rare items like autos and relics, but doubt that will be an issue. With 120 card base set and about as many insert cards, it's a nice little binder to fill!
No dupes on the first go, which is excellent, and as for the inserts - they are as pretty as ever. I am guessing that I will still enjoy the gold etchings the best, but that Spectrum Kadri is pretty sweet.
Now, as long as my counting is alright - I can put these in their final resting homes in the Timmies binder right from the start!
Monday, January 23, 2023
I mentioned before that my mom, like in prior years, bought a bunch of Tim Hortons hockey packs which she gave me for Christmas. As it turned out, there happened to be one other pack....
Wow - a great pack indeed. McDavid would be one of the best base cards to get (maybe Gretzky is slightly better, but that's about it, and the Trios cards are in every 24 packs, and getting this trio, is a solid $20 based on ebay sales.
Excellent and great for trading...almost enough to change my mind on the set as a whole, but we will see what I can get in exchange for these in cards I do need/collect.
Sunday, January 22, 2023
We saw the Streets of New Capenna in the deck a couple days ago, now to see if we have any luck with a draft booster pack - another of the gifts from my brother.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Well, Christmas gifts are (for the most part), meant to be opened. Another gift from my brother that is in the "cards" realm is this one...
Seeing the details of the cards in the pack - I get why these don't impress me. It's not enough to really put a deck together, and not enough to really build around in a single colour, it's just a decent smattering of cards from a set with a loose theme.
I will say, this morning, my daughter asked me if I had any magic cards with cats on them, so she got a good kick out of seeing this pack since there were a few cards in it that fit her criteria. Too bad more didn't hit mine.
I think, as a way of clearing some more Christmas stuff, I'll keep with the Christmas gift theme for a few more days before getting back into the COVID lot of cards that I still have a way to work through.
Friday, January 20, 2023
As I have mentioned, I don't play Magic much at all, so I am not one to pick up decks or starter decks, etc. However, having received this as a gift, and having my son want to play more, I figured it was a good opportunity to open, take out any cards that fit my collection - though not expecting much there - and have a deck for play at home with him.
Funny enough, it's the tokens which end up being the other items I keep for my collection out of these cards, so all works out there.
Would I buy this for myself? Nope - but fun to open and have as a gift!
Thursday, January 19, 2023
I had mentioned that my son was thoughtful enough to know I collect artifact Magic cards, that he wanted to go get me a few, so went with my wife to Dungeon Comics in Burlington, with little knowledge than that.
Well, to be honest, he was initially looking for a cheap Black Lotus because he knows how special a card it is, though I had told him that it's crazy expensive - but nice of him to initially think of it as a gift.
This isn't just about sharing the few cards he picked up, but also, from my wife's review of their service, to share that the store really impressed. Apparently the staff were great, asked a lot of questions, provided great guidance, and were extremely helpful in taking the time, and caring. Customer service is so important, and even more so with a local comic/card store, so just from their reviews, I'll have to stop by and check it out. It's not far from home, but I only went once years ago and at that time they were so comic focused, cards weren't really a part of their offerings, but that's since changed.
So big thumbs up on the service. Now, were the cards are stars? Well, not from being part of what I really collect, but from what they had to work with, and from the thought my son but in, they were a homerun.
Last up, is another great card - and I can see the "Mishra" theme they were going for, so all good there too, but won't be a keeper. I am not a fan of the tri-colour decks. I know they can work, but for playing for fun, dual colour is as far as I like to spread. So, won't find a home for this one, but four out of five isn't bad, and from what they had to go on, I am impressed.
Especially given recent times and the way of the hobby, it's good to hear about the positives of LCS - have you had good experience with your LCS...assuming yours has survived the last few years?
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
An easy post today as I am just trying to keep onto of trades which have come in recently, so wanted to share a TCDB trade from Maximus.
I have to say, winner of the trade is the J.A. Happ card as it was the last base care needed to complete my team set. I still want the couple SPs or SSPs, but I don't "need" them to consider the actual base set done.
Big thank you for the trade - always a smile to get trade mail and awesome cards!
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Oh yes, there is baseball from Oren as promised...
Was neat to also get some more recent cards which included a short print variation photo Chapman at the end. I hate the ideal of these variations because it's an easy ploy to create scarcity for a "base" card, but if you are going to do it, I'd love to see some wacky photos used. Bring in sum bubble gum blowing short print variations, or trying other sports, or something showing them way out of their element.
An amazing surprise and grateful gift of cards from Oren - thank you. I will be getting something back to Oren, though may need to scrounge around on what best to send. :)
Monday, January 16, 2023
Only fair that since I went over one bunch of Christmas cards from someone out there reading, I follow it with another such package. This one comes from across the border as Oren living down in the states...to be vague enough...sent across an amazing bubble mailer of hockey and baseball cards he had been nice enough to put aside for me. So, let's take a look at the hockey today, and the baseball tomorrow since there's a decent amount of each.
We end with proof that Auston was obviously a cop in the 70s with that mustache. Kidding aside....not a fan of his facial hair, but whatever floats your boat I guess. I am a fan of the newest MVP set design. I think I prefer 2021-22 slightly more - which is why I bought a retail box on boxing day sales over the break....but I digress. Still, even a light blue with Leaf blue is pretty cool for design.
A great bunch of cards, and very much appreciated Oren, thank you! Tomorrow, let's peek at the baseball!
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Today, we reach the last of the package of cards Jeff provided to me before the Christmas break. I know, I just can't get through things as quick as I may want to, but the anticipation is just as good, I swear! The cards today were all sleeved, and generally, that means serial numbering!
I am not overly allured by the Allure set....
Another big thanks to Jeff for the trade of sorts. I always feel like I get way more than I am able to give to Jeff, so very much appreciate what he gives with not so much in return. Another pile does start for him though...I'll see what I can get together for next time!
Saturday, January 14, 2023
We have more cards from Jeff - today and tomorrow to go (tomorrow is the "sleeved" portion).