Saturday, 23 June 2018

My First Series 2 Break

And likely my last of Series 2, as I'll be picking up several boxes of Stadium Club next week.
My first card out is Adam Eaton, and he's looking quite casual.
Photographically, most of the vertical base cards were fairly standard batting and throwing shots. But here's a nice card where the stadium is the real star.
But the horizontal versions in the pack were all incredibly well framed. I especially like the Caleb Joseph one, with the dejected player in the background realizing he was just an easy out.
Base Mets content!
Base Jays content!
Starting off the insert portion with a parallel, and another nicely framed horizontal card.
One more Jays card among the inserts. I just with this had more of a cardboard feel to it for a retro card than typical Topps glossiness.
And the rest. Nothing too memorable. Now to just wait for my SC boxes to show up.

Friday, 22 June 2018


In which this:
Becomes this:
The scan doesn't really show the size of this redemption. It is 4*6, and about as thick as hanger box. This is definitely one of my more unique pulls from any product.
And here's the back. Used in Canada? OK.

But at least it came through!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Just One Card: Pre-Season

Who says a photo from a pre-season game can't be memorable?
This was part of my Top 10 list for a but, and I grabbed this during the Spring Cleaning sales at COMC, and it turned out the numbered parallel was cheaper than the base. Bonus!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 23 - More Cubism

The last one of these yielded a Young Guns of Auston Matthews in the packs.
While I didn't expect any of that this time around, these are always worthy of a shot. At least the cube will be re-used in good health.

The 65 random cards in the Auston cube didn't have a lot of variety to them. Only 3 sets were represented - 1990 Bowman, 2012 Score and 2008 Victory. While those did show up in this group, there was far more variety this time. I'll list the sets that appear, and just highlight the best card or cards in that group.
7 2012 Score - A Chris Kreider Hot Rookies was a legitimate contender for the best card in that group of 65. Here, it is just an average entry.
5 2015 UD S2 - A Young Guns card and a Canvas Young Gun? This is already better than the last one for the misc. cards. While the photos on Canvas YGs tend to be a little blah, this one is interesting because of that welcome home sign at rinkside. This was from a Sens home game, and  Ben is from nearby Brockville.
2 2013 Select - 2 cards, but one was a pretty-famous Kitchener Rangers alum.
5 2011 Elite - Nothing much of note here. I guess I'll highlight Saku.
12 2008 Victory - An insert for the mask binder highlights this grouping.
10 2015 MVP - Even duller than the Elite.  I guess the alternate Bruins uniform gets the highlight here.
9 1990 Bowman - The legendary Brett Hull. In all his blurry glory.
3 2012 OPC - A short printed card of a Marquee Legend! Or Marquee L├ęgende!
3 2013 Prizm Red Pulsar Parallels - These were unexpected, especially with one of them being a rookie.
5 2015 UD S1 - One more example of canvasness.
4 2010 Donruss - This ends the random 65. Pretty random too with a player I'd never heard of, and a jersey I thought that I'd completely forgotten.

Off to the packs. Pretty much the same as last time, buy the Series 1 UD pack is 15-16 instead of 16-17. There will be no Auston this time.
The Ultra pack reminded me that Bill Guerin did spend enough time with the Sharks to at least be pictured on a couple cards with them.
The Scores landed me the expected four gold parallels.
And a Net Cam insert. Unfortunately, a dupe for me, but that's fortunate for a future outgoing mail recipient.
No Connor YG in the pack of Series 1, but I did get a relic. And this relic of Chrissy Teigen's favourite netminder will end up in the hits portion of the mask collection.
An OPC insert in the second pack. That means no Eichel YG either.

But this was still just fine for the repack experience, and easily more consistent than the previous cube.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Just One Card: Topps Now^H^H^H 2.5 months later

I didn't even make it out of the first weekend of the season without being unable to resist the urge to grab a Topps Now card. At least having it shipped to my COMC mailbox made me have to resist the urge to post it for a while longer.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Not as (n)Ice, but still (n)Ice

I decided to try out another box of 17-18 Ice. I didn't expect it to be as incredible as the box I busted at the Expo, which would have been a major challenge, it was still pretty good.
No Sens cards in the box, so the base card I'll show off this time is someone who will be getting himself a Stanley Cup ring in the near future.
Like the last box, I landed a trio of Ice Premieres cards in it. While there wasn't anything major like last time, at least there will be a couple of new faces in the masked binder.
One pack contained both a Subzero card and an Ice Premieres card, which kinda threw off the insert count.
While both of the hits in my previous box were of the Exquisite variety, here they were both Ice. While it isn't the Bruins rookie you want, I'll still welcome a new relic from my pre-Sens favourite team.
More Bruins love with the auto. The rink portion of the card is acetate, which looks beautiful when scanned, although I'll have to put some sort of white paper behind the card when I store it so the auto shows up nicely when I revisit it.

And there you have it.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

PWE Chronicles: The Collector

I hooked The Collector up with some CFL and CHL cards for the Sports Card Tour, and this was the return PWE, which hit a whole bunch of my PCs.
My Vancouver Grizzlies collection is small, but I'll welcome any additions to my small container of Grizz cards, although I wonder why a Rewind set goes back one whole season.
The same problem appears with the Raptors entry in that subset. He's joined by Muggsy for the Raptors collection.
Canadians in the NBA is another small collection, although slightly larger than the Vancouver one.
The final basketball card in this is my 62nd card of Rip Hamilton, who remains in the lead for that portion of the collection. Drew Bledsoe is in 3rd place in football with 77 cards, and Hejduk leads the hockey (and overall) portion with 183 different cards.
I have to throwback to the Drew Bledsoe card in my previous scan to use my usual Bills! Bills! Bills! reference with this.
A couple Senators end this post. I'm guessing Mike Hoffman has played his last game for the Senators. Just a hunch.

And there you have a PWE. I'll probably hit you back with a Devilish PWE within a month.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

2/14 Baseball

The latest COMC box contained a lot of newness for the 2/14 folder. I've already covered all the new faces on their way in, now it is time for some familiar names on their way to the baseball collection.
Expos content is always a nice way to start off any post. Will was traded to the Expos in the 76-77 off-season, and while he remained on the Reds in his 1977 Topps release, OPC was able to get him as an Expo. Will moves into double digits with his 10th card.
Earlier this year, I learned that the member of the collection with the most baseball cards, Derek Norris, had picked up the domestic violence special last year. So, I had to replace him in the lead. These 4 Marzanos put him in the lead, 35 to 34. The top 2 are Tiffany parallels, and the 1988 card is a blank front card, hence the scan of the back.
This is my second card of the youngest member of the 2/14 card collection (2002 birth).
Tyler Clippard has moved on to the Blue Jays this year, so if he makes an appearance in later sets, I might finally get a chance to add a Jays card if he makes an appearance in Update, although with him in Series 2 as an Astro, I'm not going to hold out hope.
More Tyler Clippard, with this being from his original run with the Yankees. Even better, this is my first baseball 1/1 in my collection, coming from 2007 Bowman Heritage. Tyler now has 21 cards in the collection, and if I get serious about chasing parallels, I probably could vault him past Norris as well.

But there you have it!