Monday, 22 October 2018

One Card Only: Slithery Penmanship

I've got scans done for pair of a trade posts, for my 2/14 collection and another RA box. But, I'm lazy today regarding actually typing stuff up.

So, I'll hit the hobby box of 2018 Topps WWE Heritage I busted, and show off the autograph from the box. This is a silver parallel /25 from the Big Legends Autographs portion of the set. The sig itself is gorgeous as well - I just love the snaky nature of the last 'S'.

There you have it! Maybe I'll have more get-up-and-go next time.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

A Spectra of Bills

I've done two Bills posts on Sunday mornings since the start of the season, and those were the only two games they've won so far this season. Will I go 3-for-3, or will Derek Anderson make me pine for Peterman? Either way, let's see a couple Bills cards from a half-case break of the new Spectra release.
That's a very colourful start to the results. Team colours in the parallel and a giant blue swatch. Josh has been a typical rookie with some moments of glory and some moments of not-so-glory, but I'm at least willing to give him a chance. How about an autograph to go with this?
Yes. This will definitely be a nice addition to the ol' Bills team collection. While there are plenty of autographs out there of players from that era, there aren't too many of Marv. I was happier to see this one come out of the packs than I'd be about any auto from one of the current rookie class. These are part of the 50th Anniversary HOF subset that was actually port of the 2013 release of Spectra. For whatever reason, some weren't included then, and sat on the shelves at Panini's warehouse until now. I don't quite card about the reasoning, but I'm elated that this finally made it out and into one of those group break boxes. And a nice signature for someone who was (depending on when he autographed it) in his late 80s/early 90s at the time.

And there you have it!

Saturday, 20 October 2018

2013-14 Rookie Anthology Case Break - Box 9 of 12

Back-to-back boxes.
A respectable start with this Rookie Selection base card, even though Maatta's early season has seen him as a healthy scratch.
The Score base. There's two of the three Ducks goalies that got cards in this 100 card Update set.
After a long run of Score Signatures, I land another Hot Rookies autograph. This is the first since going back-to-back with Brock Nelson autos in boxes 3 and 4. Mark is now with the Panthers.
Prizm base.
Select base. Nothing shiny yet.
But this gold /10 certainly is. My lowest numbered cards in this box were both Red Wings. Collation!
Here's another card type I hadn't pulled in a bit, a Titanium rookie Update. This is the draft position parallel, maxed out to /100. It would be /159 if it weren't.
A Minnesota hot box! And another relevant player in auto/relic form.
The Penguins also make their return appearance with a dual relic of Fleury. Jersey on the top, stick on the bottom.
Finally, the big card in a very solid box, moved up to the top of the ladder because I am a huge fan of the Silhouette design. Throw in an on-card auto of yet another guy who is still in the league and a relevant name, and it is even better. Maybe the signature could be a little nicer in the penmanship department.

And there you have the last of the single digit boxes. 3 more to go!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

2013-14 Rookie Anthology Case Break - Box 8 of 12

Back to the case!
Here's the base card. Grubauer was the back-up on the Capitals run to the Stanley Cup last year, and was moved to Colorado in the off-season. Still in the league? That's all I ask for.
Your Score base cards. Collation is such that I think every time I've found a Seth Jones card, the Hertl has also been in the box.
Speaking of cards I've found a lot of, this is the third time I've gotten this from boxes of 2013 Anthology. If I'm going to triple up for autos, getting a Jagr autograph is a pretty good one to do so with. This card is on a list I saw of SPs, limited to 75-100 copies, so I've really beat the odds getting 3 copies of this, but no other cards from the SP list.
Your Prizm cards.
After Jagr, it is really going to be hard for anything to compete in terms of hits. The extent of his NHL experience has been 5 games during the 13-14 season, but he's still active, and is listed as being with the Bruins system now.
Your Select cards.
He was a previous Rookie of the Year, and a future teammate of Jaromir's, but that's still not going to surpass the Jagr.
Even throwing in a patch swatch won't do it. At least this one was live, albeit a sticker. The Dominion redemption one should be on the way shortly, though.

Patch and swatch are words that seem like they should rhyme, but they don't. Makes you think, don't it? And no, I didn't partake in any perfectly legal cannabis yesterday. Just something interesting about pronunciation. Right?

Anyhow, 4 boxes left!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


With the Raptors season tipping off tonight, it is as good a time as any to see what Raptors content lurks in my COMC to-be-posted box.
One card. That's it. One card. McKinnie bounced between the main team and their G-League affiliate last year, and is now on Golden State. His onlycards were autographed ones, such as this out of Contenders.
And here's the back of the card, mainly because I wanted more than just one scan in this post.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 35 - Dollarama Two-Step

After going high-end on the weekend with the tin of Premier, its nice to go back to my roots. A Surprise bag and a $1 hanger from the Dollarama.
Starting with the $1 pack, this one's front visible card was the first card in last year's UD flagship set.
Here's the next 7 cards. The Blackhawks win this group in terms of interesting cards. Metal Universe cards are always a little odd, but getting a card of a player I don't remember is always fun. Matt Ellison played a handful of games over 4 seasons in the NHL, but has been busy in the KHL since, and is still playing there.
And the other 7. Faux vintage and a Rangers alum are the draws here, making this a worthwhile use of a loonie.
Repack #2's contents!
The 2010s pack. At least there was a completely random Portfolio appearance.
The airborne Ruutu is the highlight of the 12-13 pack.
At least it easy to pick out the Superstar in this group. Both the Granlund, and the Lindholm were needed for my mainly repack build of last year's flagship set.
I wonder how many times a day people Briane meets mispronounce his first name. There's the standard stuff here, but there's also a pair of sure keepers in the random appearance of an acetate card, as well as the Team Canada medal winning photo. That's the type of picture that belongs on a team checklist!

And there's your repacks!

Monday, 15 October 2018


A Blue Jays card for the 2/14 collection! I didn't have to wait to find out if Clippard would get a card in Update!
And here's 5 more to go with that one. I now have 27 cards of his in the baseball portion of the collection, placing him in 3rd place behind John Marzano and Derek Norris.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

2013-14 Rookie Anthology Case Break - Box 7 of 12

I started posting from this case over a month ago and I'm just passing the halfway point now! Sheesh. Way to procrastinate. If I'm going to get this done by the Expo, I better start plowing through these. I'm aiming for the end of October at this point. So, here's box #7.
It wasn't until box #7 that one of the base gold parallels /100 appeared.

The parallels continued with the Rookie Selection card, as this was the prime parallel. Unfortunately, this one's a dupe. In fact, I think my first solo box of this product also had a Prime Rookie Selection of Drew Shore.
Your Score Update cards.
And the gold parallel.
And the Score Signatures card. Colten was already out of the league when this was released, so this was a pure sticker dump. This is third of his signatures I've pulled.
This one wasn't the Prizm fest that the previous box was, as I got the more standard 3 cards.
And your shiny card. He's still playing on this side of the Atlantic, with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford.
And the Select Updates.
Luxury Suite makes an appearance with this dual relic. That's obviously a Dallas Stars swatch on top to go alongside the stick piece.
Finally, Dominion rears its head with a pair of redemptions. Fortunately, these were entered so long ago I've already been notified they've been completed. So, I just have to wait for the Panini mailday.

And there you have it!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

A Patchtastic Rebound

Sometimes, you gotta take advantage of a sale and try an older product. As long as I don't pull any...
expired redemptions.

Please be a scrub.
Please be a scrub.

Let's see if the rest of the tin can make up for this.
At least the non-hit base cards are nice enough looking.
Here's the rookie base. He's still playing on this side of the Atlantic, but hasn't seen the NHL in several seasons. For a 4th overall pick, I think it is fairly safe to call him a bust at this point.
At least the solo auto has seen league time over the past few years, but hasn't caught on full-time in the league as he's been back and forth between the NHL and AHL. He's in the Hurricanes' system now.
The relics take things up several notches, though. A nice HOF swatch to go alongside a Hall-of-Really Good swatch.
And a Sidney Crosby relic is still a Sidney Crosby relic, even if it is just a one colour swatch.
OK. This is a really nice consolation prize for the redemption. A relevant player to go along with a beautiful patch from the shoulder logo, which is actually visible in the photo as well. A look on ebay shows that I can unite this patch with the top portion of it, but that would set me back about $1000.

I think I'll be content to keep this on its own.

And there you have it!