Thursday, 28 April 2016

Tales of a JBF Mega-Box - Mucho Mets!

Circular Mets!
Sticky Mets!
Mini Mets!
70s Mets!
80s Mets!
More 80s Mets!
Delgado!
Piazza!
Wright!
Vertical Numbered Mets!
Horizontal Numbered Mets!
Mets Ink!
Mets Fabric!
And much,
much,
more!

Seriously, there were 30 more Mets cards at least in this. And I still have at least three more posts to go to wrap this box up.

Best final card ever?

Maybe there are better ones out there, but I think for a player, this could be the best type of photo one could ask for.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Tales of a JBF Mega-Box - Bills! Bills! Bills!

I guess now is as good a time as any to start to dig into this box (and bubble envelope) of goodies. This will be the first of what will be at least 5 posts of goodies from this, and I'll be spreading them out over the next few weeks.

As the title indicates, this first post is rife with Buffalo Bills additions.
And let's start with some literature!
It might be kinda thin...
but I have no complaints about the contents! While this does feature 2-14 baby Jim Kelly prominently, I'm probably considering this a Bills card for the purposes of storage, since it is more of a Bills card than a Jim Kelly card.
I'm highlighting these 4 cards all in one group because these were the only unnumbered, non-hit Bills cards in the package. In fact, that Mario Williams from Chrome was the only base card among the Buffalo content.
In the same vein, these were all the numbered parallels. I really like the ones where the colours of the parallel mesh with the team colours, so the blue Robert Woods is my favourite of this bunch, with honourable mention to the McCoy for being a parallel from Donruss, which was my favourite of the lower end releases last season.
While this is a nice manu patch, I'm probably going to add this to my 2/14 collection as my 31st Drew Bledsoe card. Drew now moves one ahead of David Garrard for 4th place among the football portion of that binder.
I've got to be close to completing a Lee Evans jersey courtesy of relic cards. Either that or a Robert Woods.
EJ Manuel did make a valiant effort in terms of total additions to the hits portion of the binder. The base one is a dupe for me though, meaning that it will find its way To The Clubhouse in my next mailing.
And these three more relics end this portion of the envelope, with much more to come. I really like the backfield tandems dual relic, and wouldn't mind seeing another with the latest two-headed monster of McCoy and Williams. It is kinda interesting that despite the label of Future Franchise on the card, Kiko ALonso had already played his last game for the Bills when the card was issued.

And there you have a bunch of Bills!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

2016 Adventures in Repacks: Part 16 - Dollarama Repack Changes

And these changes are not really for the better, as some of the Surprise Bag inner repacks have dropped a card from their content. That doesn't mean I won't be adding them to my basket their as frequently, though. Just that some of the team dumps I do on collectors on my trade list might be a tad thinner than usual.
For those familiar with these from previous posts, the superstar pack is now 4 cards, and the 2010s pack is now 3 cards. The snap card holder is new to me, and since I've severely lagged on picking up a magnetic for the Larry Bird auto, it now has a home in this.
Starting with the rookie pack. I still like finding cards of defunct teams lurking in these, so it is a decent one for me with the Jeff O'Neill. A quick look at Shoebox Legends' zistle wantlist shows it isn't a need, so this one's a keeper for me!
The Superstar pack hopefully considers that Vincent Lecavalier is the superstar contained within. I'm just happy to add a new card to my drawn cards mini collection with the Wilkinson, and a new Sens card with the Tugnutt.
I guess getting one of the three cards in the 2010s pack as a keeper is a good average, with yet another Mike Richards on its way to the Rangers alum binder.
At least the goalie pack remains the same with 4 cards. The Canadian Team Franchise pack is a new thing, though.
3 of 4 cards heading for the mask binder is a good average. Osgood is likely Michigan-bound in a future Too Many Verlanders/Manninghams trade.
The Rookie card might not be of some mainstream names, but it is at least an interesting card.
And the promised Superstar is a mask binder certainty.
Since the previous franchise packs promised either a Canadian team or Original 6 team, this was really indistinguishable from its previous version. I think every one of the 2011 Montreal history cards I have were from these type of repacks. And there's my second card from this season's releases.

I could complain about one fewer card in some of the repacked stuff, but I don't think that will change my purchase plans that much.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Retail Therapy

Sometimes, you just are in the mood to bust something,  So, here's a rack pack of 15-16 UD Series 2!

Evander Kane - First card out.
Nail Yakupov
Mark Stone - A dupe, but a Sens dupe.
Brad Richards - A really interesting choice for the entrance card, especially with others taking cell phone photos on the other side.
Michael Raffl - A great cramped angle along the boards.
Dale Weise - And more great stuff with an ice level shot. This has really made me miss UD having a license in other sports.
Jimmy Hayes
Jaromir Jagr
Jacob Trouba
Antti Raanta - I pulled one of these in one of my first S2 packs, but this one deserves to be shown off a second time.
Jay Bouwmeester
Rasmus Ristolainen
Brent Seabrook
Anthony DuClair - A good decision to use a horizontal layout for this card.
Sidney Crosby - Intense!
Tomas Fleischmann
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Devante Smith-Pelly
Ryan Kesler
Gustav Nyquist
Blake Comeau
Ben Bishop
Justin Schultz
Drew Doughty - A great celebration photo! Complete with the perfect hockey smile!
Jake Virtanen - Not a bad YG card to get.
Tobias Rieder - A good three card run, wrapping it up with a Rangers alum.
Teuvo Teravainen
Cam Talbot - And here's a card I'll likely look for a dupe of for the mask binder. I think I know someone who is a fan of the Ghostbusters.
Marco Scandella
Craig Anderson - Another sens dupe, but such a nice photo I have to show it off again.
Mikko Koivu
Marko Dano - Must resist urge to end with some sort of, "Book 'em Dano" reference...oh poopie.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

P-Town Tom Goes Mets Crazy

As he drops a box stuffed fill with (almost all) Mets. The best thing about getting Mets cards via #Supertraders is that I can add a bunch of new Mets cards to my binders, but I can take the dupes and send them on the Way To The Clubhouse, which is what happened with some of the cards in the package.
Starting with the only card I knew would be coming my way, seeing it came on a pack he busted from the Walmart Marketside promo. I don't think I've even seen Marketside at any Walmart on this side of the border, so this was a really welcome addition to my Mets collection.
Some more oddballs here with cards from Cardtoons. Until I got the Pete Harnisch^H^H^H^H Harness card in here, I'd completely forgotten that Harnisch spent some time with the Mets in the mid 90s. Although I really try to block out that era from my memory as best I can. Except for Rico Brogna related things.
I guess the first of these David Wright items is kind of a Cardtoon like item as well.
Only one new Delgado in the package, but it was a new one, and a Walmart card as well.
Back to 1976 for the oldest cards in the package, with these SSPCs of Robert Gallagher and Jack Heidemann.
But old time-y Mets were still present as well, albeit in the form of newer releases.
Future Mets!
And some patriotic cards of a current Met!
While these aren't official certified autographs, I'm still adding them to my hits collection. Sewald is at the AAA level with the Mets in Las Vegas, while Koch is now in the Arizona system.
And the final card is the only non-Mets card in the collection. Fortunately, it will still find a home in my Blue Jays collection, since the Fisher Cats were their AA affiliate.

And there you have it! I'm caught up on mailings!

Or so I thought when I wrote this.

Then I got a jaybarkerfan bomb dropped on me. And that will take at least 4-5 posts to go through.