Saturday, 19 May 2018

PWE Chronicles: Cardboard Clubhouse

It is time to finally recap an envelope that arrived a day before the Expo, which means I've been too lazy to recap this for more than two weeks.
70s Mets! A whole team worth on one card!
Only one other Mets card in the envelope - can't complain when it is a great design and features the late, great Rusty Staub.
The rest of the envelope? All Expo! A nice variety in here as well. I've got so many 1990 Bowman hockey cards because of repacks, but so few of the baseball ones in comparison. My other favourite here - Sportflix! That's Pedro Martinez pitching and signing on the poorly-scanned card.

There you have it!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 18.2 - While I was Expo-ing

I'll follow up the Wally World baseball goodies with some Dollarama hockey goodies, namely a pair of Surprise Bags.

Contents of #1:
Storage, and 3 mini repacks to start off.
There's already an interesting card to start this off. That Black Diamond card of Rob Shearer appears to be his only solo NHL card.  I also get a card of my one of my favourite jerseys in Sudbury's.
The Canadian team package. A pair of 2013 OPCs was unexpected.
I'm not sure whether the Kissing Bandit or Andersen is the promised Superstar, but I did finally add my first 2017 Tim Horton's base card to my collection. Or perhaps even my first '17 Timmies card period. In addition, there's a mask binder bonus card with Grahame, and the Granato is the French version, so if the promised star is Marchand, it is easily #4 overall in this pack.
Repack #2!
And more Oilers! I guess the Joe Murphy 1990 Bowmans were extra cheap! A great photo on the Smyth makes up for that.
Time to find something interesting to write about 1991 Pro Set. OK. Mike Eagles is a Kitchener Rangers alum, spending time with the '82 Memorial Cup winners. Mario shows the worst possible placement for the card company logo.
When the HOF pack provides the 4th 1990 Bowman of the break, it is a boring break.

But there you have it!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 18.1 - While I was Expo-ing

Today and next post, I'll highlight some repacks I've picked up last week while I was recapping Expo related stuff. Up first, another one of those baseball repacks from Wally World with 10 packs, and 5 bonus Triple Play packs. Here's the non-Triple content:

3 2014 Golden Age
1 2015 Stars & Stripes
1 2015 Elite
1 2016 Series 1
2 2017 Honus Bonus
2 2017 Series 1

Looks like Golden Age replaced Prizm, and one Honus Bonus replaced one '17 S1. I'd rather bust GA than Prizm, but would rather bust S1 than HB. So I guess one the surface, this one wins in terms of pre-busting content. As before, I'll do this chronologically.
No Mets content in the Triple Play, but I did get a Jays sticker.
And a Jays card.
As well as a hit! It is game-used, but that game was probably just some beer league softball.
A nice variety of baseball and non-baseball in the Golden Age. Curt Flood and Haystacks Calhoun are my favourites among the former and latter.
Minis! I guess they can use logos with Negro Leagues photos.
8 cards is just right to scan everything in the Stars & Stripes pack. Base cards and parallel cards were all it had to offer, but the /99 is of an interesting player. Armstrong might be the next ambidextrous pitcher to come along.
A nice looking insert from the Elite.
And hit #2. I couldn't have told you where or even if Rymer Liriano was playing at this point without breaking out google. Yes he is, and he's with the Angels minor league system.
A nice Wrigley Field insert was about all the 2016 pack had to offer.
I did get this 1/1 from the Honus Bonus though. I wasn't too excited, as I'd remembered that there were many 1/1s from this set over at COMC. Turns out this really is a 1/1 as there is one for every occurrence of the stat that lead to the milestone.
I did a little better with the 2017 Series 1 packs in terms of inserts.

And there you have it! While I didn't land any 1:1773 autographs like last time, this was still a fun little break. Hockey from the Dollarama up next!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Expo Recap - Post #8 - Odds and Ends for the End

And it draws to a close with a small selection of randomness.
I assume I could have just picked this card up for forty-some cents over at COMC with all the available cards from the e-packs, but getting it in hand right away was worth the extra dime. A retro card is a nice way to wrap up Jagr's career on cardboard.
More OPC retro and a Young Guns card are the next ones up, and on their way to the Senators collection. Yes, that Rich Parent is a Senators card, despited the Tampa jersey and Blues mask.
See? He never played a game for the team. Also, he has a rather painful sentence in his wikipedia entry.

"During the season, he received injury after taking a slapshot by teammate Al MacInnis and was diagnosed with a ruptured testicle."

And now, more cards:
Just a couple more 2/14 cards. I was surprised I didn't already have that Young Gun of Tom Pyatt. That's my 16th card of his. Matt O'Connor moves up to 8 with that /100 black foil parallel.
A trio of additions to my Kitchener Rangers alumni collection are the next ones. I've picked up the base version of that Faksa card earlier, and here's the prime version. It is a thick seam that's practically bursting through the card. That's Ryan Murphy on the 1/1 yellow plate out of Contenders. Much like with the Malcolm Subban auto I pulled earlier, it is nice to add an auto of his from before he started abbreviating it.
Just a random nice double relic of HOFer.
To end the recap of the Expo, my first Colorado Rockies hockey hit! I think I just need a hit from the Kansas City Scouts to wrap up a Frankenset of defunct NHL teams from the 70s/80s.

And it is done for another Spring. I might not be able to make the November one this year, so it might be a year before I devote a week of posts to a card show again.

Back to recaps tomorrow!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Expo Recap - Post #7 - Mask Binder Stuff

I had enough of these to do a theme post for my second-last post recapping acquisitions from the show.
Only one relic picked up, but the bright orange swatch really stands out nicely, and it is matched up with one of the many musical themed masks that Esche sported throughout his career.
A little bit of variety out of 2001 Between the Pipes add some less well-known names to the collection. Markkanen might be the only one of these four that were previously in the collection.
Next up, a bunch of autographs from ITG releases, mainly 2012 Between the Pipes. I'd picked up the Whalers autograph to send along to Shane @ Shoebox Legends, but realized after getting home it was a dupe. I'll still give it a good home, along with all of these other 70s and 80s masks. That's probably my first Cleveland Barons hit, making Meloche the featured player on both my first Barons hit and my first Seals hit.
Ryan Miller is one of the guys that doesn't seem like he's been in the league for as long as he has. He was already several years into his career when this 2006 card was release. And you get a hint of the slug logo that was yet to come mixed with a third jersey as the image. The mask does co-ordinate nicely with it, and Miller does have a nice looking signature.

In fact, all of them in this post have nice, busy signatures.

A little bit of this, and some of that to wrap up the posts tomorrow.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Expo Recap - Post #6 - Non-Hockey Randomness

Of course, the most of my acquisitions at the Expo would be hockey related, but I did add a few non-hockey goodies to my collections.
A seller had some of the Panini Instant Super Bowl cards for the Eagles from this past season. Naturally, I had to hunt out a new Alshon for my 2/14 binder. This is his 62nd card in the collection. Limited to only 5714 copies too!
A vintage photo on a National Treasures card for only $1? Sounds fine by me!
A baseball card of a football player?
The back of the card does hint that he might find his fame in another sport. Anybody who wanted to collect card of Russell Wilson early would have to wait until 2012 before his football cards would hit the market.
And the rest was appropriate for a show on Canadian soil - 70's O-Pee-Chee! I did pick a bunch more up that will be sent out in trade packages over the next while, but these 9 were my keepers. 6 of the 9 have Mets content, in part or in full. As for the other ones, there's a couple guys with good careers on the Rookie Infielders cards in DeCinces and Trillo. I've already got the Topps version of the Pinch Runner Washington card, so why not add the OPC? In the middle of it all is the 8th Will McEnaney card for the 2-14 collection.

Nothing but hockey the rest of the way home!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Expo Recap - Post #5 - Set Building

Time to put some sets to bed!
I put the rest of the 2018 Score Football set, but I don't think anybody wants to see a whole pile of the base cards I picked up from that set. So, I lead with this, the two cards I needed to finish off the Team Canada Juniors set. Meghan Acosta and Steve Yzerman is an odd pairing to finish off a set.
I've already put the base set of this to bed, and have the update set waiting in my COMC inventory for shipment. I had slowly picked up all the retro parallels for the Senators. Colin White finishes that team set.
This was the only insert set I made an attempt for, but didn't get. I now have 9 of the 10 cards in the Celebrations set, and the needed card is the newest card in my Top 10 Most Wanted.
A patriotic entry finishes up the last of the insert sets from 2018 Opening Day that I was trying for.

And there you have it. 3 more posts left to wrap this up.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Expo Recap - Post #4 - Enforcers!

I wasn't originally going to buy this, but after the 1/1 PLD pull, I figured I'd treat myself to a box of another favourite product. The collation in this was pretty odd. I'll start with the base cards.
Up first, a Tale of the Tape with 90s tough guys Rob Ray and Tie Domi.
A couple Tough Franchises cards, highlighting recent and long-standing franchises.
And some painted 'Bloody Battles' cards.

I thought these seemed familiar.

These were the exact same 5 base cards from my first busting of the product.

Collation!

Fortunately, the hits weren't the same.
Here's the relic content. That red Joey Kocur swatch was worn while he was putting up 2519 PIM over his career. Donald Brashear passed that with 2634 while Colton Orr spent a mere 1186 minutes in the NHL sin bin.
There are a couple dupes of autographs I've already acquired here in the Semenko and the Goldthorpe, but those were picked up on the secondary market. Goldthorpe never saw the NHL, but was the inspiration for Slap Shot's Ogie Oglethorpe. He did play a bit in the WHA, with 87 PIM. The late Dave Semenko spent 1175 minutes in NHL penalty boxes and 298 in WHA ones, and is best known for protecting Wayne Gretzky during the Oilers days.

For NHL penalties, Andre Dupont is the winner among the autograph class with 1986, followed by McKenzie's 1736. But, if you count WHA minutes, Ruskowski 761 minutes combines with his 1356 NHL minutes for the overall league.

That's a respectable 7399 minutes of chaos caused by this autograph group.

And there you have it!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Expo Recap - Post #3 - Back Between the Pipes

Box #3 of the day was another one familiar to me - 2010 Between the Pipes. I'd busted a pair of them recently, and was working on the base set. While I did some major damage to it with only 4 cards needed for that, I'm just going to show off the inserts.
The first card I posted out of box #2 was a Gilles Meloche Golden Seals relic.  I'm a magnet for those, as here's my second one. The first one was the base version, but here's the silver version in all its two-colour prime glory.  Although not numbered, the silvers are limited to 30 copies.

And if you like hits with Gilles Meloche and defunct teams, stay tuned until I post some of the random hits from the day.
The 100 years of Collecting subset makes another appearance in this box, and it is a nice sorta retro-ish Terry Sawchuk.
The Bruins goalie depth in the 2010 season is highlighted here. The first two need no introduction. Dalton never made the NHL but Hutchinson has seen action in Winnipeg, although his only time in a Bruins uniform was on the bench. That was still enough for him to make an appearance in the 2012-13 releases as a Bruin.
Shininess!
Back to the relics with my first Vancouver Giants WHL swatch. Tucker never made it higher than the WHL, but a mask binder hit is still a mask binder hit.
A great segue into the autograph portion of the set is a card with both. The colours seem peculiar for a Sharks hit, but the reverse of the cards states that it is from a Rockford Icehogs jersey. You'd think they'd at least get a Chicago jersey.
Niemi's leveled off from his early years, but is still playing in the NHL, and saw action with Montreal, Pittsburgh and Florida.
The boxes I've busted split the hits between a veteran and a prospect. This one was no exception, as here was the veteran.
And here was the prospect. Malcolm changed up his auto to an initials-only autograph, and the only ones with the full last name are some of his OHL-era ITG releases. That makes this an especially nice pull. That's a great look at the old Belleville Bulls logo on the mask as well.

And there you have it! The final box from the show goes next, and it is some more ITG with a box of Enforcers.