Friday, 20 July 2018

Mailbag: Bob Walk the Plank

He might no longer be blogging, but that doesn't mean that great packages aren't heading in my direction. This package was small in volume, but strong in content.
Austin Proehl was one draft pick early to be named Mr. Irrelevant in the 2018 draft. Despite the late pick, I'll still hope the son of ex-Cardinal receiver Ricky Proehl works out well in Buffalo. If not, at least I still have an auto of him. And yes, even if he never plays a game for the Bills, he still counts as a Bill. This means that Tremaine Edmunds and Robert Foster are the only two new Bills with autos that I need to hunt down.
Speaking of Robert Foster, here he is! This is my third parallel of his from Classics following a case break, with this /99 joining a /50 and a /299.
Shiny! Josh Allen is the latest QB saviour of the Bills. With guys like Rob Johnson, Trent Edwards and JP Losman being part of that illustrious group over the post-Jim Kelly era, he should at least avoid reaching the bottom 3. That's what it means to be a Bills fan - hoping they won't be as bad as you fear.
He's no longer a Met, having being moved to Cinci in the Jay Bruce trade. Still, this auto has the bonus of being set against the backdrop of a road game at Wrigley.
Amed may not sport #99 any more, but I still like how he he turns the 'A' into the star for his autograph. Alvin Kamara of the Saints does something similar, but the non-star portion of it isn't as legible is Rosario's.
I'll be ending off with Aarom Baldiris. He never played for the Mets, or any other MLB team, but did have a decent career in Japan. Still a Mets hit though, so let's just flip this over so I can file it appropriately.
Oh. It's a 1/1! Sweet!

Thanks for this package! You're still trading, so I'll definitely still be on the lookout for goodies for your collection.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Mailbag: Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary

With the repacks out of the way, it is now time to catch up on the bubble envelopes that have arrived as of late. First up, payback for an envelope of Twins, Wild and Golden Gophers sent in HSaCA's direction.
There was only one Bills card in the binder, but this swatch from Eric Moulds will be on its way to the hits portion of my Bills collection.
Here's some Raptors stuff as well. That Vince Carter is one I'd sorta been thinking of putting into my COMC inventory for a bit. It nicely combines a great photo, and a nice throwback design for a team that wasn't around at the time Hoops released its first set.
It will be Mets the rest of the way home. This is a fun grouping containing a vintage card, a really shiny card and a couple numbered parallels (Gooden and Ramos).
I did fairly well with my Stadium Club breaks for getting Mets parallels, but there's three I didn't pull. I'm keeping all the SC stuff from this year, regardless of team, in one binder, so they'll be on the way there.
As will this. Nido's shown up in a few sets of late, but this is my first hit of his. He got to see some action earlier this year as the Mets catching staff got hammered with injuries.
A second Mets auto was in the package as well. Casey never played for the Mets. He was sent to Oakland in the trade that brought Tyler Clippard to the Mets.
And it ends with a Piazza pinstripe. Almost perfectly centered as well.

Thanks for all these goodies! I don't have too much yet to hit you back with, but I assume that will change over the next while.

More mail tomorrow!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 26.4 - Drugstore Cardboy

My third source for repacks comes through - the local Shoppers Drug Mart. Here's one of their usual one pack hangers, although there was also a pack of 16-17 stickers in there as well.
Here's the sticker pack's content.  Nothing too memorable here, but a couple of them are foil-y. 
That's a solid Parkhurst pack already, with a Whaler, a Bruin and Gordie Howe. But that's 3 cards. That should mean something interesting as the final card.
And there's another autograph! And it is of someone who doesn't really have a lot of autographs out there, but still had a very solid career. Interestingly, the card lists him as a North Star, the jersey is Minnesota, but if you flip the card over...
there's a Dallas logo on the reverse. Oops. It is still a really nice card despite that, especially with a very legible signature. And it is another great repack score!

Next up, back to the mailbag.

Monday, 16 July 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 26.3 - Hanging Around

When I grab the $1 hanger packs at Dollarama, I rarely make any effort to scan much more than the first visible card. No looking at the card in back, no looking all the way down the hooks to see if something is better. If something is there, fine. If not, the first one or two will suffice. That's what happened this time with this pair.
Neat photo to start, but not a need for my gradual set-build, or anything in particular but it will work as filler when another Pens package goes the way of Matt.
That's a pretty good first half of the pack. Two cards for my Rangers alumni collection, and I'm really happy about the Andrew Peters, since the former tough guy was a rather obscure member of the collection, and I also don't have much In the Game Action stuff in any of my binders.
The second part wasn't as amazing (Jackman was visible), but Luciano Borsato was one of the more Italian names in NHL history.
Starting off the second hanger, this one was a need for the 17-18 set. Still, I didn't really know that as I grabbed this, I'm still far enough out that I can't really post the wantlist.
At least the first grouping of cards contained a rather patriotic entry for the mask binder. Wolanin can also go in the Rangers alum binder.
But the Rangers alum here is actually a pretty great pull for me. This one had been lurking on my zistle wantlist for ages, and I was just waiting for the opportunity to add it into one of my sportlots shipments. Gladney had some good years on some questionable early 90s teams. Considering the amount of defensive talent that has spent time in Kitchener, it is Gladney that holds the record for points in a single season. (92). Although he was drafted by the Capitals and had a lengthy minor league career, this appears to be his only card.

And it came to my collection from a $1 repack.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 26.2 - Time to Catch Up Again

8 more packs!
And these are 6 packs!
Two gold cards in the 2013 Score pack, but sadly for me both were dupes for my "I've got a bunch of cards from it, but I'm not really building this parallel set" set.
No Young Gun in the 13-14 UD pack, but I did get Alex Tanguay looking like a serial killer. So there's that.
It is only 4 cards, so I'll just show all the cards out of the Platinum pack. Interestingly, the base cards are significantly bowed, but the retro card of Duncan Keith wasn't. Card technology rules!
Just base cards in the MVP pack, One of them was my 168th Gaborik for the 2/14 collection.
Another PC hit in the Artifacts pack, with this Kadri on its way into my Kitchener Rangers alum collection.
And the other hit of the repack box is a Stamkos swatch. The pack odds list Piece de Resistance relics as 1:80, so that's some solid odds to get a hit.
The highlights of the two Parkhurst packs: A Senator, an Ovechkin insert and some Cal Clutterbuck. Just about right for a repack.
As before, no Young Guns card in this UD pack, but this is one of the better OPC update cards to land, even though he was a season away from real Marquee Rookie status at this point.

And there you have it! That's a pretty healthy repack box in terms of content. More repack fun next post.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 26.1 - Time to Catch Up Again

After getting caught up with my incoming mail (just for another one to arrive on Friday), I guess it is time to get caught up on some repack acquisitions over the past week(s). I'll go in reverse order of cost.
The means I'm starting with one of these 16 pack repacks from Wally World. I'd rather show than tell, so chronologically, here are the first 8 packs.
And these are they. I'm surprised to find the Be A Player pack in there, as that contains a guaranteed autograph. 4 '12 Score packs sounds about right though.
The non-auto'ed base cards in the pack. That's definitely a bunch of familiar names to mid 90's hockey fans in this bunch. And it is one of these that also got the autograph.
And here's the auto. Not too bad, as Green had a long playing career. At least it is better than an auto of some random rookie who played a single game.
In comparison, the MVP pack had a good percentage of guys that I barely or didn't remember.
But I definitely remember Mats Sundin, seen here on a Stanley Cup Talent insert.
I also remember Milan Hejduk, for whom this card is my 184th card of his in the 2/14 collection.
Only 6 cards in the OPC pack, so it is easy to scan all of them. Not too bad overall, with a Brodeur, a Bruins, a shiny insert and a good player for the Retro parallel.
My fave base card in the UD pack was this Jody Shelley. That's because the positioning makes Curtis McElhinney look about 8 feet tall, or makes Jody look about 5 feet tall. The back of the card lists him at 6'4, so that's the former.
At least the Victory Update was another Bruins card.
I won't scan everything from the Score packs, but here are the 4 gold parallels. That Ovechkin might be one of the least flattering photos ever used for a major star on a base card. I thought that maybe he refused to sign for Panini, but there were definitely a lot of autos available.
And the inserts. I really can't complain if one of them features a very unique photo from one of the outdoor games.

There you have it! 8 more packs next time, including a second hit!

Friday, 13 July 2018

Just One Pack/Box

I had a little bit of credit left over after the Stadium Club boxes. I decided to try this one pack box of 2016 Signatures. 4 autos? Let's see what those are!
3 autos. A relic. And points. Oh well. Forsett has since retired, Hogan is now in Washington after a pair of seasons with Cleveland, and Matthews is still with the Titans. As for the 400 points, what are some 400 point autographs I can get?

I'll leave football behind for my pick:
An ABA autograph? Cool.