Love when a lot of cards produces some surprises...and some really nice cards too.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023
Sometimes it doesn't take many cards to have something interesting in the COVID lot. Today, we have a few hologram inserts from the 1992 Impel Marvel Universe set. I've come across most of the base set in lots, but I think these are the first hologram inserts I've had in hand.
Sure there are just three cards, and two of them are the same "Thing", but there are only 5 different ones in the insert set. In hand, the cards are very much in one foil tone/colour. On an angle, you can make out the underlying photos, but the scan actually does a much better job picking it up.
I wasn't a die hard Marvel fan. I did watch a number of the cartoons in the 90s on and off, but none religiously. It was hard to avoid them, they were everywhere. I may never have gotten into the comics, but the cartoons at least gave me enough knowledge of Marvel to make the movies which have come since, worth watching. I may not be a die hard, but they are enjoyable.
If you are a Marvel fan - did it start with the comics? The magazines? Just the movies?
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Today's pull from the COVID lot is some great baseball set help - 1994 Studio. Not only do we have 133 base card helpers in the 220 card base set...which gets me to within about 30 cards of being done, but also...
The backs aren't nearly as good. Different, but not really up my alley for a back design. Now, I like the fronts more than enough to make up for it, but I need to have my stats on the back.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
As I continue to knock off cards in my quest to complete the Tim Hortons set from this past year, I did a nice PWE trade with kdinthejaw, a fellow Canadian I have done a number of trades with before.
Can't ask for much more in a helpful PWE!
Now, I just need to start getting some of the Gold Etching inserts as I still have yet to get one, let alone more for the binder!
We have another PWE trade - not Timmies related, from jeffwestlake...
Sasha's the star of the bunch, though the Leafs stickers are a nice addition as well! I think that's 3 trades with Jeff in the past couple months!
Friday, February 24, 2023
We end the Indigo packs with a few newer National Hockey Card Day packs...
A solid enough set. I don't have any of the cards yet, so all good there, plus Morgan, and honestly - really like the design with the Leaf background. Haven't put the rest of the cards on my want list, but might consider that if I happen across a few more.
Overall - I'd spend the $1.49 for two of the packs of cards I went through the last few days, any time.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
The National Hockey Card Days are a nice way to get everyone involved with supporting local card stores. I know there are some that take advantage and just try to collect and invest, even with these "free" packs. Myself, I just like collecting them, and happily try to get the sets where I can.
Darn - too much duplication in the last pack, and I end up short my Auston cards at least.
So on review, I am missing Auston card 1, Tavares card 8, and Auston card 16, so I stand at 14 of 17. Happy to trade with anyone who has those, just let me know. I'd actually love two of each Auston card since I'd like dupes for my Toronto team set as well!
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Well, we get some more MVP hockey cards today, but we bump up a year and have a couple 2019-20 packs today.
A better go with the second pack as I get a Bruins card to put away for Jeff Scott, an a short print rookie card as well. Joel spent a little time over each of three seasons with the Stars and is trying to get back to the big dance, otherwise spending his time in the AHL.
The MVP packs have been a bit underwhelming, whereas the upcoming National Hockey Card Day packs should brings lot of keepers as I will try to finish those little sets any time!
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Here we go, the final two packs of 2018-19 Upper Deck hockey to come from the 11 blister packs I got an Indigo....how will these packs end....before we keep going with more from the blister packs, I mean, there's still a couple more newer MVP packs, then the Hockey Day card packs too. Anyway, enough talk, more cards...
Well then. Not sure if I am supposed to be happy to pic up a nice Nylander, or if I am being mocked by the hockey pack gods in getting not one, not two, but three Canadiens cards in a 5 card pack. Not sure I am happy to be Shea'd twice in a day.
Well, Holtby makes for a nice card - really digging the goalie poses with the design - nice mix.
Monday, February 20, 2023
Another couple packs to open today...and since I am still not collecting 2018-19 Upper Deck MVP...fingers crossed for inserts and Leafs!
Okay, this second pack is better. Sure a similar rookie card. Well, Bear has most recently been with Vancouver as well. This wins though with the nice goalie cards, especially because Rask can go to another home very quickly.
I know the rookie subset usually gets a slightly different colour than the base cards, but I don't like the colours here as much as other sets. Maybe it's just me, but I prefer the more vibrant colours of the last couple years.
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Moving up a year, we get a pack of 2017-18 and one 2018-19 Upper Deck MVP. As I said yesterday, not collecting 2017-18, and for 2018-19, as it turns out, I am just collecting the factory set, so we are back to inserts and Leafs for keepers.
Interestingly, about the same as the last pack - four solid base cards and one short printed rookie card.
Similarly also, after a couple years with one team (Calgary), he moved on to a new team (Florida).
Like yesterday, we get a pair of keepers and 8 cards for trade. For the fun of opening packs, I can go with that trend continuing...or maybe better....maybe?
Saturday, February 18, 2023
I talked about the packs yesterday, so let's open a couple today. First up, a couple packs of 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP. I have the 8 card Toronto base set already, and I am not collecting the base set, so mostly just seeing if there's anything otherwise interesting to keep, or Leaf dupes - so let's see...
The second pack includes a Rask parallel as it's part of the puzzle back parallels - a give away for the numbering on the front, and the obvious puzzle piece back. That may be the star to me, but it's a Florida hot pack with both Barkov and Luongo.
Given the paid cost a buck fifty - not too shabby to get a couple keepers and decent cards otherwise. Let's see what we end up with tomorrow in the next couple.
Speaking of MVP cards...I received a recent package from GCA, who was an MVP in adding to a couple things...
The team colour border choice for the bottom of the front cards does really well to make the team set look extra awesome.
Amazing package, and really appreciate it a lot, thank you!
Friday, February 17, 2023
Not sure if you've looked, but I have had a bit of luck over the last couple years in getting some unopened packs of hockey cards. Indigo has on their small card selection in the kids section, on hangers, blister packs which contain one or two packs of cards for $1.49. Over the last couple years I ended up finding 11 of these packs, and I only pick them up if there are two packs of cards - one I see, and one that's hidden behind.
In picking them up, these are the front packs I saw...
Well, since I never had any of these in hand when they came out, let's me add one of each to the unopened pack collection, so that's a great pick up. All in, 22 packs, and even with some going to the unopened pack collection, that leaves me with some packs to open over the next number of days. Given busy season with work, packs do make for an easier time opening, scanning and posting/sharing, so let's do that for a bit!
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Well, I wasn't specifically trying to hit 10,000 cards from the COVID lot on the nose, but as luck would have it, grabbing a bunch of baseball cards got me right there.
Most of the cards are from the overproduced era, but a couple stragglers from later 90s sets we have seen before from the lot. A nice little bunch with a bit to keep, and some cards that should move. Still not a fan of the Bowman's Best designs, or the 1991 Fleer yellow, but still like seeing the cards of stars, even if not new to me anymore.