Saturday, 3 December 2016

One Card Only - Surprise Mailday!

Yesterday, a rather bland yellow envelope arrived. I wasn't too sure as to where it was from at first, but eventually recognized the return address as being from Upper Deck.

I had a pair of outstanding redemptions from them, but both of those were 16-17 Artifacts rookies, and despite their announcement as to which player would be featured on them, I knew they couldn't have produced the cards already.

So what was in this envelope?
OK? I knew this wasn't a redemption that was outstanding for me. There was nothing else in the envelope other than this card. So, what was this for?

And then I figured it out.

I turned in an expired redemption for the raffle at the Expo last month. I guess this is what I wound up with. These were from 2009's UD flagship release, so I guess I should be happy I didn't have to blow the dust off the holder.

Anyhow, this is my second autograph of her, and this one's on card, unlike the first. This replaces an expired PK Subban auto that came my way in a group break. At least I can say she has more gold medals than PK.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Black November Box Breaking - 2013 Timeless Treasures and 2016 Gala

More box busting goodness via COMC credit. At only 5 cards per box for both of these boxes, I might as well combine both of them in one post.
Starting off with the older product.
One base card per box, and I lucked out with it being a Raptors card. Unfortunately, the my lucky streak wouldn't continue with this box.
There were cards for this set for 5 members of each of their timeless teams. I'd probably rather have got the Dr. J or Moses Malone for the 76ers, but this is still a nice looking card and Jones does have his number retired by the team.
Peyton only played a handful of games in 13-14, and has been overseas the past two seasons.
Not exactly a household name, but at least he was able to carve out a 10 year career in the game.
And this would have been a great pull when this product came out. He just got sent down to the Long Island Nets of D-League, and that back-and-forth pretty much describes his career. But at least I can add this to my Canadians in the NBA collection.
And now, a higher end box. 5 cards as well, but here you have 4 of them hits, with two autos and 2 relics. The autos also appeared to be entirely on-card throughout the set as well.
These are the base cards. Given how the base cards in higher end sets look to usually be a photo of the player on a white background with some foil stamping, I really like how different these look.
First up in the relics is this Myles Turner. He kinda frustrated the Raptors in their opening round series last year.
I guess for the time he was a Clipper, Ron Harper was the main attraction in town if you didn't cheer for the Lakers. And I can't say I have too many cards /34 in my collection. I guess they ran out of swatches before they hit the more standard 35 or 49 for this subset.
I'm guessing this was supposed to be my box hit, with Booker being one of the top rookies last season. But, this will be one of the cards that will end up at COMC, with a goal of recovering some of the credit for next year's Black November.
And why would I keep that card when I have this beautiful card of Rolando Blackman on its way to my penmanship collection? And even better, this bumps an earlier Blackman auto (albeit one with a similarly nice auto) out of my collection, and into a mailer for a Dallas Mavericks collector.

And there you have two boxes of cards. One pretty good - the other notsomuch.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Black November Box Breaking - 2013 Pro Debut

I've been doing challenges, and selling cards at COMC for ages. Time to make some good from it and go crazy with some busting by cashing in some of the credit for Blowout Cards. So, at intervals throughout December, I'll be showing off the goodies from these.

First up, the only baseball box:
I had some base cards around, and figured I'd try to put the set together. All told, with those, this box, and some COMC Black Friday purchases, I'm now 3 cards away from this base set, and those 3 are on my Set Wantlist at the side.
I shouldn't really need to scan the base for these - if you've seen the flagship, you know what these look like. Still, I gotta show off the Modesto Nuts logo.
There is one gold parallel /50 per box - and this was it. I had never heard of Mark Bordonaro before seeing this card. He was a 25th rounder, and doesn't appear to have played past 2014. 2013 Pro Debut was also the only product where he had cards. So there is that.
Another player who hasn't seen much action lately. He played a handful of games for a the Stockton Ports in 2015, and that's it.
If I'm gonna get a manufactured patch, please let it be a fun one like a mascot.
In terms of players, things pick up a bit with the first autograph. He's seen the big leagues! That's always good.
I'm guessing that if I were not a Jays fan, I'd be a lot happier with this /50 pull. But at least this isn't the other Rougned Odor. "I'm Larry. This is my brother Rougned, and my other brother Rougned."
I guess this box probably should have been shipped to Texas, as both my big pulls were Texas Rangers prospects at the time. Here's the yellow printing plate for Luis Sardinas, then on the Hickory Crawdads. As soon as I picked this pack up, I felt something was a little different about it. I guess the metal really is noticeable when you're working your way through a bunch of cards.

Anyhow, there's the only baseball of the group. But lots more still to go!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

2016 Adventures in Repacks - Part 43: Downtime

I just did a major COMC Credit ---> Blowout Cards cash-in in anticipation of Black November/Friday, and by the time this posts they should arrive and be busted. So, in the meantime, let's downscale it a bit with a trio of $1 hanger packs from the Dollarama.

Repack #1:
2011-12 Biography of a Season - Marian Gaborik - What better way to start off than with a new card for my 2/14 collection? This is especially nice, as I don't have too many all-star uniforms in the collection. And yes, this card is cut in some sort of slightly non-rectangular shape. Can't say I care.
1991 Seventh Inning Sketch - Scott Turner
1993 Parkhurst - Gary Shuchuk
1997 Paramount - Brian Skrudland - A set I don't recall seeing before (or at least too frequently) in a repack.
1994 Premier - Jyrki Lumme
2003 ITG Action - Philippe Sauve - Definitely a new player for the mask collection.
1999 UD - JP Dumont
1997 Donruss - Keith Primeau - Despite visible Whalers content, I probably won't be sending this card to Shoebox Legends.
1991 OPC - Stephane Richer
1991 Score - Joe Reekie
1991 UD - Chris Taylor
1991 Topps - Brian Leetch
1992 Parkhurst - Darcy Wakaluk
1990 Bowman Hat Tricks - Brett Hull - I'm sure these will start getting repetitive at some point, but right now it is nice to at least get an insert instead of the standard base from this set.
2010 Donruss - Jeff Schultz

Some keepers here.

Repack #2:
2012 Fleer Retro - Braden Holtby - A great photo starts this one off.
1990 Score - Jyrki Lumme
1991 7IS - Chris LiPuma - WOO-HOO! While I prefer NHL level cards of Kitchener Rangers alumni, this is still pretty nice. And I do have LiPuma cards with him on Tampa in the collection anyhow.
1992 UD - Brian Bellows - And this would be an example of a card of a Rangers alum at the NHL level.
2003 ITG Action - Michal Sivek - Meathead? On a card in 2003? But why?
1992 OPC - Ray Bourque
1991 OPC - Joey Kocur
2007 Hot Prospects - Henrik Zetterberg
1990 Score - Gary Roberts
2009 Victory - Thomas Vanek
1992 Premier - Bryan Marchment - Good to get a card with a 75th Anniversary uniform on it.
1994 Donruss - John Tucker - This Rangers alum was actually a teammate of Chris LiPuma while with Tampa.
1993 UD - Joby Messier - Cousin of Mark.
1990 Bowman - Claude Loiselle
2013 Contenders - Patrick Elias

A really good repack for my Rangers alum collection, which gained 3 new cards.

Repack #3:
2015 Overtime - Two straight packs with the mask binder getting the opening card.
1990 7IS - Travis Laycock - If he stretches any further, he'll lay cock right against the ice.

1991 OPC - Nikolai Maslov - As far as COMC can tell, his only card.
1991 Pro Set - Rod Langway

1993 Score - Geoff Sanderson - Now here's a card for Shoebox Legends.
2002 OPC - Todd Bertuzzi
2005 Heroes & Prospects - I like the shoulder patch on the Kelowna Rockets uniform.
2005 Ultra - Brian Willsie
2009 McDonald's - Joe Thornton - Shiny!
1991 OPC - Drake Berehowsky
1991 Score - Paul Stanton
1994 Stadium Club - Mark Janssens - Look! He's presenting!
1990 UD - Mick Vukota
1990 Bowman Hat Tricks - Pat LaFontaine - Another one of these.
2010 DOnruss - Patric Honqvist

And that's three. It was fun to be juvenile with a couple cards here.

Not a bad $3.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

4 if by Sportlots (*3)

Another familiar topic title here at the blog. Simple explanation is as follows: The costs (esp. for shipping from the US) balloon when the shipment moves from a PWE sized 4 cards to 5. Henceforth, 4 is the best value for me when ordering off that site.
While I'm not ready to automatically proclaim this the greatest photograph in my Kitchener Rangers alumni collection (maybe I should do a list), this should easily qualify as the greatest posed photograph in that collection.
While some of these team checklist cards are pretty well done, this one seems as generic as possible.
Card cost, via sportlots, 18 cents.
Card value, via Roenick's facial expression: Priceless
The lost season of 2004-05 may not have been the best one for hockey card collectors, but there were still some nice photos hiding in the handful of releases from that year.
Staying with hockey to start off the next envelope with my third Kitchener Rangers binder card of the break, with a bonus appearance of Stanley!
Because I didn't have any 1995 Fleer in the collection, here's the first. Muresan does not translate well to this design.
How did I not have this card in my Expos binder already?
And my second envelope wraps up with a set completer.
And this is an envelope with 3 cards to finish off my 16-17 Hoops set, and a bonus card of Sullinger that will either be added to my Raptors collection, or be sent as an attempt at a TTM auto from Masai Ujiri.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Any Port in the 2/14 Storm

While Ryan Johnston made his debut last season with Habs, playing 3 games with the big club, he still hasn't earned a card yet. So, how to I work my way around that problem for my 2/14 collection?
Pick up a cheap autographed photo on ebay! Fine by me. This joins the Milan Hejduk bobblehead as one of two non-cards in the collection. But at least this stores easier.