Wednesday, 25 May 2016

One Card Only: Trying the COMC mailbox

I picked up the Raptors in a case break of Luxe. Looking to save on shipping, I decided to have any pulls shipped to my COMC mailbox.

And I nailed a nice looking auto.
It is a little hard to tell from the scan, but this is a thick framed card, the first framed one in my collection. Carroll hasn't been as effective this round as in the previous ones, but there is no way they're still playing at this point without him.

I suppose I could have waited until I hit ship on the order to post this, but I'm pretty doped up at codeine at this time and am in the mood to post but too lazy to scan anything.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

2016 Adventures in Repacks: Part 20 - Surprising Again

It has been more than two weeks since I busted a Dollarama Surprise Bag, so here goes nothing!
3 card pack items (I don't recall ever finding Donruss in them) and a container to hold them while I took my sweet time posting it.
The 90s pack dropped from 8 cards to 6, but still contained the expected junk wax mainstays. Eh, maybe the Young Superstars of Glen Wesley isn't quite a mainstay, but the others certainly are.
Even though they are common, I still have to show off the back of the 1993 Leaf.
At least one of the non rookie cards in the rookie repack taught me that Patrick Flatley ran(?) a bakery/deli in Chicago.
The base from the Donruss pack. The mask binder cards are dupes, but at least I got some bonus base cards for some of my trading partners.
But I did get one of these acetate inserts. Of which Dennis @ Too Many Manninghams picked up the complete insert set in one of our many trades.

So, not the best repack. Best card for me was probably the Flatley from Pinnacle. At least these are cheap.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Happy Victoria Day!

I'm going to keep this bad joke up once a year until I run out of cards of her to post. (Looks at my COMC 'To Be Shipped" list). I'm set through 2017!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

A Big Sunday Post

4*6 to be precise. The LCS had a bunch of these larger box-topper cards out for a dollar each, and I took the opportunity to add to my PCs.
There really can't be enough cards in my collection of the only hockey HOFer in the 2/14 collection. Since his vintage cards are way out of my price range (except for one reprint that wasn't), I'm pretty much limited to modern issues. This is only my 6th card of Boom Boom.
While I'm not the biggest fan of re-used images, it really looks nice with this design.
From someone I don't have enough to someone I might have too many of, my 117th Gaborik card.
I had a choice between a regular and this golden portraits version of Alfredsson. Despite it showing how filthy my scanner is, I still support my decision.
And finally, a card for someone else.
Hopefully, the bilingual Wolverines history will be appreciated. Now, figuring out how to send it.

Edit: Macgyvered something up.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

One Card Only: Mission Impossible

It is not possible for there to be a bad card that features the Stanley Cup hoisted.
And it is even better when missing teeth are visible.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Bills! Bills! Bills!

I know I overuse that title, but think as long as I limit it to once a month, all will be fine. This Buffalo post will show off some of the goodies from a mojobreak break of 2016 Score.
Probably the biggest surprise was seeing Corey Graham with a base card in the set. It is nothing against him as a player, since I really don't have any complaints about his time as a Bill so far, but that he's got a really small cardboard history. His last card was in 2012 National Treasures, and his last (and only) base card was in 2007 with SP Authentic. I'll guess he'll be the non-rookie in the whole set that has been away from base sets for that long.
And here's the Bills first rounder! Who will be out until who knows when for shoulder surgery. I commend them this year. Usually, it is around the third preseason game that I start getting depressed. This year, they managed to do it before training camp! Yay!
My only unnumbered base card was of someone who has caught the injury bug as well this off-season, but he should be ready for camp. I hope.
More Sammy on this /99 parallel. This is the Jumbo Gold parallel. As opposed to the unnumbered gold parallels from the regular packs. When you're recycling colours for your parallels in the same set, you might have too many.
Ronald Darby isn't in the base set, but his No-Fly Zone card does show up here in the inserts. It also features one of my favourite things to see in football card photos - the defender with the ball.
If the Scoreboard of Watkins was the only base parallel I landed among the unnumbered versions, that was more than made up for with these. Williams was a 5th rounder in the draft, and joined Cardale Jones as one of two Bills at the recent rookie premiere. So, that should mean that there will be plenty of chances to acquire hits of them over the season. Reggie Ragland was their 2nd round pick. In Tyrod we Trust. For now. And there's a Gronk card I don't mind adding. He was an undrafted free agent signing.
More Gronk? Sure!
And here's the second auto in the package. It is depressing, that on the basis of having some of the letters legible, that Ragland is easily in the top half in terms of penmanship among the rookie class. The best I've seen so far is Jalen Ramsey, a first rounder with the Jaguars.

I did land a base Ragland as well, but that's packed up, and will be on its way to Crimson Tide super collector jaybarkerfan.

And there is my May Bills, Bills, Bills post.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Anatomy of a Complete Parallel Set - Part 3

After a short delay, back to the set.

101 George Brett - The overall set had a post-season feel to it, so having a 15 card subset devoted to October action is appropriate.
102 Joe Carter - And since the last October baseball anybody had seen was Joe Carter's walk-off, it is appropriate that he's in it.
103 Will Clark
104 Dennis Eckersley
105 Whitey Ford - Probably the only card in the set I'd consider replacing for one in better shape, since it has a pair of dinged corners, which I'd cropped out.
106 Steve Garvey - Much like with the Ford, it is nice to see some retired player content in this, especially since it is a nice photo of Garvey signing autos.
107 Kirk Gibson - And another player with a famous HR moment.
108 Orel Hershiser
109 Reggie Jackson - The least surprising person to find in an October-themed subset.
110 Paul Molitor - More Blue Jays content!
111 Kirby Puckett
112 Mike Schmidt - Blue uniforms!
113 Dave Stewart
114 Alan Trammell
115 Cal Ripken, Jr. - And now, the American League portion of the set starts.
116 Brady Anderson - A slight difference between the AL and NL portion, the team foil here is in red, while it is blue in the NL portion.
117 Mike Mussina
118 Rafael Palmeiro
119 Chris Hoiles
120 Cal Ripken, Jr.
121 Mo Vaughn
122 Roger Clemens
123 Tim Naehring
124 John Valentin
125 Mo Vaughn - Moment of impact!
126 Tim Wakefield
127 Jose Canseco
128 Rick Aguilera - Rick is trying to compete with Rod Beck for best mullet in the set. A good try, but Beck is still the king in this set.
129 Chili Davis - Chili doesn't appear to be too pleased with the umpire's call, even for a pre-season game.
130 Lee Smith
131 Jim Edmonds
132 Chuck Finley
133 Chili Davis
134 J.T. Snow
135 Tim Salmon
136 Frank Thomas
137 Jason Bere
138 Robin Ventura
139 Tim Raines - Tim seems equally unimpressed.
140 Frank Thomas
141 Alex Fernandez
142 Eddie Murray
143 Carlos Baerga
144 Eddie Murray
145 Albert Belle
146 Jim Thome - A Tatooine card (tm: gcrl)
147 Dennis Martinez
148 Dave Winfield
149 Kenny Lofton
150 Manny Ramirez - And it ends with a card that really doesn't give you a Manny being Manny vibe.

Just 50 more to go to wrap up my favourite part of the 15$ Expo box.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Tin of Fail

I saw this at Walmart yesterday:
A marked down tin of a set I'm building! And on a per pack basis, probably what I spent for a full box at the Expo a month and a half ago. Sounds like a good idea!

Let's see who dropped of my set wantlist.
Matthew Lombardi drops off my list.

And nobody else.

Ouch.
At least all the Game Breakers inserts weren't dupes.
Ditto for the Stars on Ice inserts.
But I will end this on the only real good note from the whole tin - the oversized card was a new Spezza for my collection. So, there was at least that. Now I just need to free it safely from its plastic prison.

And I've got a tin to house the set, for which the cover highlights one of the worst trades the Leafs ever made. But, I can't really look at this as an good purchase on the whole.

Monday, 16 May 2016

One Card Only: 20/20 Hindsight

In retrospect, placing a picture of Rae Carruth against a backdrop of cars might not be the best idea.