Sunday, 18 March 2018

Another Multi-Post Trade Box Begins

This one should stretch into at least 3 posts worth of content, likely 4, but that does show the variety that this box from Jeff @ 2*3 Heroes contained. Starting off, some cards from one of my favourite recent sets - 15-16 Champ's.
There are many great ways to start off a Champs post. A fish card is always one.
While this Matt Puempel is a dupe for my Senators collection, it isn't for my Kitchener Rangers alumni collection. That's a good thing about the most frequent members of the 2015-16 release year. There's always room for dupes.
The most common members of the Champs portion of the box were the gold parallels, with a pile of both gold front and gold back cards on their way to my Champs collection.
The first bunch was the front, these are the gold backs. Trust me.
This ends with a pair of silver parallels /25. I was really happy to see the Subban card in this pairing, since that completes his Champ's rainbow since I have the base, the gold front, the gold back and the autographed version of it. There are no relics of his, so that's the rainbow. I guess I could count the printing plates, but since those were released in the Cup, I won't.

There you go. I'm leaning towards picking up a 10-box case of Champ's on the cheap and trying to put together the 315 card base set with SPs and some of the insert sets. Maybe next month.

Next up - a pack sampler!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Opening Day!

I picked up two boxes of 2018 Opening Day, hoping to get a base set for myself, along with a healthy portion from the insert sets. I did pretty good with that, as I was chasing the Mascot, Before Opening Day and Team Traditions sets, and I'm only about a dozen short of those. But, I'll start with the base set. The set is a mix of cards from Series 1, with a slight look ahead to season 2. There are also some updates.

I did get a complete set out of each of the two boxes. I'm guessing the second set will end up broken up and in the hands of my trade partners. Dupes were at a minimum, but both boxes contained dupes of the Jonathan Villar base card.
Giancarlo Stanton is grouped with the Series 1 portion, but gets himself Photoshopped into Yankees gear.

The first 114 cards in the set seemed to be Series 1 repeats, except for the Stanton. 115 to 138 seem to be players that were in Series 1, but with new photos. Many are horizontal versions.
Harrison Bader and Anthony Ranga get the big upgrades.
Brian Anderson's is interesting, as it looks like a continuation of the photo on his regular base card.
Depressingly, the Series 2 base cards look pretty generic, but there are still some nice horizontal cards to look forward to.

Photoshop specials will also be in Series 2.
Blue parallels were 5 per box, and they do really stand out in
Inserts ahoy! I can't highlight all the inserts, but I'll hit one from each set I landed a card from.
Sure, it is incredibly cheesy, but it is the most Mets thing available for this insert set, especially since you can't really picture disappointment on a card.
Mookie Betts playing ping-pong? I'll highlight this one since it flashes me back to one of my favourite Daniel Alfredsson cards.
Opening Day Stars makes another appearance in the set. These continue to change their appearance as well, as they're incredibly thin this year. They almost feel like stickers, but that's a different insert set (one I didn't land a card from in either box).
Most of the Opening Day Stadium insert set features players standing for the anthem(s) with a full view of the field. So, I'll take the photographic oddball from the bunch and show them off.
Mascots! Sadly, personal fave Hank the Ballpark Pup doesn't appear on the checklist this year. I've already highlighted a Mets card, so here's Gapper! Cincy mascots make 4 appearances in the set, with Gapper joined by Mr. Red, Mr. Redlegs and Rosie Red.
And my first ever hit from Opening Day ends this. These are tough pulls in the set, falling at 1:1772 packs, or one every 2 and a half cases. Even better that the hit comes from one of the teams I collect. And these cards are incredibly thick. There was only one other card in the pack, and it was still very obvious that the pack had a hit in it.

So now you know, pack searchers of the world!

Back to the mailbag tomorrow!

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Best Mets

I'll stay with the mailbag for this post, and show off some Mets from a group break that goes back about 2 1/2 months, and of cards that have been waiting to be posted here since then.
These were the base cards. These were pretty much the three you'd expect from a base set mixed with vets and prospects.
A shiny parallel. Even in hand, they can be a slight challenge to tell the difference. The colours on the bottom are lighter here, so I'll just be content that keeps me from having to flip the card over and look for "Refractor" text.
At least the Atomic Refractors are easy enough to tell apart from the base.
A+ Prospect? That sounds just perfect for making a Met fan overconfident. Just like with the Bills.
One more shiny card with a flashback to 1997.
And my only hit from the case. Still, it is my first auto of PJ Conlon, so I can't complain about adding that to the hit binder.

There you have it. Next up is a short break from the mailbag for some Opening Day celebrations!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Cracked up Mets

It is time to show off part 2 of the box I received from Julie @ A Cracked Bat. Nothing but the Mets this time!
Hostess cards are always a fun way to start any post. They'd be enough to have me devouring Twinkies at the time.
I still haven't removed this Topps Laser card from the sleeve it came in, for fear that I'd never be able to get it into the album pages.
Mid 00's Fan Favorites are always fun to acquire and show off. Even if Gregg Jefferies doesn't look old enough to shave on his.
Lots of Degrom!
Lots of Syndergaard!
Lots of Wright!
Numbered cards! The blue parallel on Wheeler looks so nice with the blue Mets uniform.
And a whole bunch more! There were still about 20-25 more cards that I didn't scan. The Rally Caps Reyes card was actually lurking on my zistle wantlist for quite the while. So was that Gallery of Alfonzo. I love that '69 card from 1987, especially since Agee gets so little love in recent releases compared to Jones and Swoboda.
And a trio of hits to wrap up the box. Both signatures are pretty nice looking as well.

There you have it. I've started slowly reloading for a return package, but that's probably not going out until after the Expo in early May. More Mets tomorrow!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

No Minor 2/14 Additions

The final new faces are on their way out of the 'COMC To Be Posted' box, and on their way into the binder.
This is the only MLB card in this group, although Tom Engle only made it as far as AAA. But, this is still a Mets card for the collection, and those are always welcome additions. Also, he did pitch an incredible 6 consecutive no-hitters in high school, so that's 5 more than the Mets as a whole.
This is likely the only other mainstream release in this grouping, coming from 2017 Panini Stars and Stripes. Justin Campbell was born in 2001, and is the second youngest member of the 2/14 collection, trailing 2002 baby Mac Guscette. Both had cards in the same S&S set.
And here's a whole bunch more of minor league cards for the collection.

With all these, I now have 231 different subjects in the collection, and 1817 cards in total. That still isn't enough, though! 2000 by year end seems doable.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Cracked Up CanCon

Time to open the mailbag, not for a bubble envelope this time, but a box of goodness. Julie @ Cracked Bat sent a box my way jammed full of Expos, Jays and Mets. Enough so that it will take two posts to cover it all. And another box showed up about an hour ago from Jeff @ 2*3 Heroes. That's another post or 3 worth of mailbaag posts.
A perfect item to start this recap of the Canadian teams in the box. I've already bindered the card, but I think County Stadium was on the reverse of this. For some reason.
The Jays content was pretty sparse volume-wise, but this is a pretty nice Players' Weekend commemorative patch, especially since the nickname is visible.
I think I busted exactly zero Chrome packs last year, so these are very welcome. The red alternates look nice in this form.

And that's it for the Jays. There were also a lot of Expos in here as well.
Studio from 1993 and 1994 easily brought the numbers to the Expos binder, with 14 of the 15 cards from those two sets. And not a dupe among them.
This was easily the oldest card in the bunch. I can still smell the Twinkies!
The only dupe in the whole Expos collection was this Vlad from Gallery. However, this was only a dupe in he Vlad binder, and, much like with David Wright and Daniel Alfredsson, can move into the team collections.
Since Gallery didn't provide framed parallels, I guess I have to rely on XL to provide one.
And some miscellany to wrap this up. There were still at least two more scans worth of Expos to go, but this is a nice enough semi-random mix of them. I always loved how when I'd head up to Montreal when the Mets were in town, they'd introduce Peter Bergeron with the most francophone pronunciation ever. Which made perfect sense for a player from Massachusetts.

And there you have it. I'm not sure what's up next. Maybe the Mets from this. Maybe some COMC. Maybe the 2*3 box. Something from a box at least.

Monday, 12 March 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 11 - Surprising

This Dollarama excursion ends with a pair of Surprise Bags.
Thanks to these repacks, I may never run out of snap holders.
I guess the snowy Zac Rinaldo is the photographic highlight in here.
My 1000 pt card was the Hossa, but I love those Going for the Gold cards that have been making appearances lately in these repacks. Sarah went for the gold, and got the gold in her two Olympic appearances in '06 and '10.
And the Superstar pack. As with the 1000pt pack, the highlight for me wasn't the promised card (I'll assume the Getzlaf) but one of the additional cards which sees Shayne McCosh make his debut in the Rangers alum binder.
No toploaders? No snap cases? What will I do?
The Score pack did hit a PC this time with the John Moore becoming the second card fro the Rangers alum folder. And a Sens card. Sorta...
The 90s pack despite being junk wax era stuff, wasn't bad at all. Although my Rangers binder didn't get a third new card since Rice was a dupe, I did land a drawn card for the Ottawa 67s, and an appearance of blood on the Basil McRae. Just a trickle, but still something pretty rare to see.
The 2000s bring a retro-ish C55 card. No complaints here.
How premium was the Premium Pack? I'm not going to do the book value thing, but that was very likely my first Topps Pristine hockey card. Sejna played a handful of games with the Blues over 4 seasons, so at least he wasn't one-and-done. The card is /1199 too. Two of the other three cars were McDonald's issues as well, so they get the obscurity factor.

A good number of keepers here make this a worthwhile pair of repacks. Back ot the mailbag tomorrow!