Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Commence Set-Build

I've decided that I'm going to build the Score 2017 football set for my football set build this season, since I really wasn't too crazy about the Donruss design this year. So, I ordered a hobby box from blowout, and picked up a blaster from Wally World to do a little more damage to what I've already got. All this should put me within striking distance of the base set. The former should arrive tomorrow, so I'll breeze through the highlights of the 11 packs contained within.

Pack 1:
First out is a highlight of this pack - a CFL alum with Cameron Wake! Definitely a Dolphins hot pack with another card for that team among the rest - but that is offset by a gold parallel of Tyrod!

Pack 2:
There is one promised relic per blaster, and here it is. Böhringer was probably the one you didn't want to pull as a guaranteed hit last season, seeing as he was on the practice squad last year. I just had to wait a year for the disappointment. I really do like the photo on the Sprinkle, with the stands in the background filled with fans in the team colours.

Pack 3:
Again, a great shot in the theme of the Sprinkle in pack #2.

Pack 4:
The Bills card here is the unsurprising highlight for me. It is really nice seeing Lorenzo Alexander get some base card love this season after having a great year on the Bills line.

Pack 5:
WOO-HOO! While the relic may have been blah, the parallels aren't. First up a Tyrod, and second up is a member of the 2/14 club with Jadeveon Clowney. No compaints about this.

Pack 6:
Pretty boring - so here's the highest overall draft pick among this year's rookie class so far in the blaster. #6th overall to the Panthers.

Pack 7:
More Bills/Lorenzo Alexander love in this pack, as he also makes an appearance on an insert card in this year's set.

Pack 8:
There are three rookies per pack in this, (along with 2 inserts and 7 veteran base) so the most interesting thing in this pack was the collation putting a pair of Volunteers beside each other. Sutton was a 3rd rounder to the Steelers, with Malone being a 4th rounder to the Bengals.

Pack 9:
Bills content. Bumblebee unis. A guy named Taco. That's well-rounded content!

Pack 10:
Nothing really much of note here, so I'll give the most interesting card nod to this David Njoku, and his "Omigod! They actually passed me the ball" facial expression.

Pack 11:
As dull as pack 10, so I'll highlight one of the few cards without a college logo on it, since Kizer's Notre Dame isn't part of Panini's licensing.

And there you have it.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Trade Wrap-Up

Time for the second part of the OrlandoBolts post.
This was easily the highlight of the package, despite all the Tough Times autos I posted last time. My first Lanny-graph! This on-card beauty goes all the way back to 1999-2000 UD Retro. And it is a Flames card as opposed to a Leafs card - always a plus for one of the most famous mustaches in hockey.
Champ's are always welcome additions, especially for the mask binder.
And some more Champ's, these ones hitting 3 of my PCs with my Rangers alumni, 2-14 and Sens collection all getting 1 new card each. That's my 153rd Gaborik.
That's a lot of happy Rajai Davises in this group of Blue Jays. The Travis is a photo variation, thus making it the perfect 8th card in this bunch.
Since it always easier to scan rectangles, 8 verticals goes perfectly 3 horizontals, and some shiny R.A.s.

Thanks for all these goodies! I'll continue to scour the shows for Guelph Storm alumni!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

2017 Adventures in Repacks - Part 19 - Smail Packages

Another trip to the Dollarama, with the $1 hanger and $2 Surprise Bag. Starting with the hanger pack.
2010 UD - Alex Kovalev - I'm sure I've got this card already, but I don't mind having a dupe of this great photo.
1990 Bowman - Bernie Nichols
1993 Premier - Viacheslav Butsayev
1990 Score - Doug Smail - Time to start the theme of this repack-fest.
1993 Ultra - Dave Manson
1992 Parkhurst - Jim Hiller - I did not think of him as a Calder Candidate.
2001 Vintage - Him, however...
2004 Top Prospects Game - Cam Barker
1990 Topps - Mark Messier
1990 Score Bonus - Eric Lindros - I think these were exclusive to factory sets. Not expected repack fodder, even for junk wax era stuff.
2007 ITG Going for the Gold - Meghan Acosta - Another somewhat surprising repack card. And one comes in the surprise bag as well.
1990 Pro Set - Mike Peluso
1991 UD French - Glenn Anderson
1990 Topps - Doug Smail - #2
1991 7IS - Dan Ryder - The blue/grey uniforms might be favourite OHL ones.
2011 Heroes & Prospects - Brendan Gaunce - And it ends on another OHL card.

Perfectly fine $1.

The Surprise Bag had a 2010s pack, a 6-card misc pack, a 1000-pt pack, and a 2007-08 OPC pack.
Here's the misc. pack with the second appearance of the Canadian Women's team in this pair of repacks. A nice mix of NHL and non-NHL cards, highlighted my an appearance of the short-lived Montreal Juniors QMJHL franchise. They're now the Blainville-Broisbriand Armada.
Memorial cards are always interesting additions, but still depressing ones. Still, that's my favourite card of the day.
Damphousse is the 1000-pt guy in this pack, and the Smail packages reference completes with the third appearance of his, all from 1990 sets.
And nothing too memorable in the OPC pack, with just regular base cards. Just a little too much border with this design, but the 2011 release would make this look restrained.

And there you go.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

One Card Only: Yes, This is a Bills Card

And I'm calling it a Bills card because it was cheaper than actual Bills autographs of his on COMC. He appeared in all but one game in his rookie season, and that's pretty good for the 6th rounder.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Insomnia/Migraine Pack Break Special

Not really an insomnia special pack break nor a migraine special pack break, as it was already scanned and ready to be posted later today. But, since I'm awake and sorta coherent, I'm posting it holy crap o'clock.
A retail pack of Score football that had been awaiting posting for about a month. Let nobody say I can't procrastinate with the best of 'em.
The first 19 cards a veteran base cards. Notable here were the throwback uniform, Kerry Hyder's first card (coming into his 4th season, the first two being practice squad time), Chris Hogan torching his former team, the dirt infield still visible in Oakland, and a Bills card.
Some parallels. At least I know one of my trade partners will like that Peppers.
Inserts. For a 40 card retail hanger, they may have overdone it a bit with these.
Just a smidge. 12 inserts, along with the 3 parallels, seems to be way too much for a set-building set's retail options. I got more basecards in the 40-card hobby pack.
But the rookie portion was pretty good, at least in terms of positioning. The bottom row has the 6th, 2nd and 3rd overall pick respectively. As for the rest, Qualls was a 6th rounder to Philly, while Godwin went to Tampa in the 3rd. Ross was undrafted, but went to the Panthers.

And that's some retail football.

Thursday, 20 July 2017



That makes 10103, the total minutes spent in NHL penalty boxes by these 5 people. These cards were courtesy of Jason (aka OrlandoBolts from zistle) and a recent trade envelope. There's a second part of the envelope, and that will be up shortly. Thanks for this grouping of on-ice troublemakers!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

COMC Challenge Funnies

I amuse easily.

Anyhow, these are a couple cards that came up while doing COMC Challenges that, while I found amusing, I just couldn't add to my want list.
This card showing up means that either:

A) A card from a 2000 set with the detailed instructions still stuck on it in post-it form somehow slipped into the pack
B) Hardaway may have signed this instructional card in 2000, forgot about it, then submitted it himself

Either way, that was spectacularly odd.
The strange thing is if this card were encased, and there was a note on the label reading that there was writing on the back, I'd probably add this card to my collection just for the amusement factor. That said, they still call this card "Good to Very Good".

A post where I don't have to scan anything myself! Perfect!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Too Many Days to Finish a Trade Post

I'd worked cards from the latest TMM/V mailer into various trade posts. It is finally time to put that to rest, and post the last of the cards in it. And then, maybe I could get to the next large envelope sitting nearby.
There's always a question with cards like this as to whether they'll go into the masks binder or to my Kitchener Rangers alum binder. Probably the latter in this case, but this may change. The non-mask portion of the card has an etched look that doesn't show up well in the scan.
But this one is a mask binder certainty. I'm really not crazy about the jersey, as it doesn't seem to know what design it wants to go for, but at least the colours work nicely with the duck head mask.
My Canadians-in-the-NBA collection seems to consist primarily of Tyler Ennis hits and Steve Nash cards. But I'm alright with that. Here's a couple more for the latter.
And how about some Mets to end it? The Clarkin/Smith dual was already in my 2/14 collection, but the Smith portion will move it into my Mets collection nicely. The Piazza mini is a nice card, especially since I haven't done much Ginter the past few years, but how can I vote against a pinstriped-Wright? That's a nice way to end this trade envelope, and rest assured I've already started to reload for my next mailer.

And there you have it.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

4 if by Sportlots

Another sportlots foursome, since 4 is the point in which shipping from the US goes beyond PWE status and henceforth really expensive.
If this card isn't proof that you don't need a closely-cropped photo to make a memorable card, then nothing will act as proof. The failed tackler makes this perfect.
The pride of Windsor, Ontario!
Yes. It is a hockey card for a sled hockey player. And yes, it is an incredibly great entry into the oddball portion of my collection.
Another thing I love on cards but don't see enough of - a photo where the player featured is not touching the ice in anyway. I should probably look to see if Lindros did score against Osgood in the 2001-02 season, but am not really that curious.

And there you have it!