Sunday, 21 July 2019

Rookie Anthology - Box 11

Off an running with yet another gold parallel.
And the second last of the Rookie Selections in the case. Mark bounced around for a bit, including 4 different teams in 14-15, and has been in Switzerland the past few years.
Your Score cards.
While I didn't get any gold or black parallels in this box, that was offset with a pair of autographs. Donovan has a decent looking autograph, and Marchessault has become a pretty valuable asset in Vegas.
A quartet of rookies. Not one of these 4 played a game in the NHL last year.
But things pick up nicely when I get to the shiny cards with a nice Tanner Pearson appearance.
And much like when I landed a black parallel of Nathan McKinnon in a previous case, the biggest card in the case might not have been a hit, but a parallel. A nice shiny parallel of the reigning MVP. While these are not numbered, they're probably limited to about 200-225ish. I'll probably hang on to this for the time being, at least until Tampa shakes off the memory of their playoff choke.
Your Select base cards. Both of these guys have been overseas the past two seasons.
I don't care how shiny this cards is, it is still a step down from the Kucherov.
The odd collation in this box continues with a pair of relic/autos, which are technically considered base cards it. Of the Prizm/Select card on the whole, Connauton is the only other one to have spent time in the NHL last season, doing so with the 'yotes before being traded on to Colorado about a month ago.
All those Select and Score hits meant there probably wouldn't be too much beyond those sets, and there was only this. Only being another relic of a Kitchener Rangers alum.

One box left in the case, and then the extra box from the LCS!

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Rookie Anthology - Box 10

Box #10 leads off with another gold parallel.
This was definitely a Huberdeau hot case, as this is the third time I've landed an autograph of his combined with relic content. At /249, this is by far the highest numbered version of his hits, beating the previous /15s by quite the margin.
Your Score base cards. Collation of these throughout the case wasn't the best, as I ended up with 3 or 4 of the names you see here, and many not appearing at all.
But the gold parallel was new.
And nice veteran content on the Score Signatures hit.
The Prizm content allows one to see what the base version of that Fedun 1/1 I pulled earlier looks like.
Your shininess.
Select content.
And the shiny parallel.
Select's final appearance in this post will be a hit. Although pretty much all of Reto's cards in Anthology listed him with the Avs, only about half of them pictured him with them.
That's a pretty nice looking patch to go with an on-card auto, but it isn't my favourite card in the box.
This is! A nice vintage piece of stick of a Hall of Famer is an easy win as the best card in the box, even if it lacks an autograph to go with it. It even looks like an old 70s stick, and feels like it, which is perfect for a relic hit.

And there you have it! The next box has what will probably be one of the better non-numbered, non-hits you can pull from this product. Until then!

Friday, 19 July 2019

Rookie Anthology - Box 9

As I approach the double digit point of the break, here's the Rookie Selection found within this box. While the signature itself is fairly minimalist, it does have a nice start and finish with the bold X, and the crossing of the T going through the whole auto. Ouellet spent last year in the Montreal system, and is one of a handful of NHLers born in France.
Your Score base cards.
And your Gold parallel. Along with Huberdeau and Corrado, Elias Lindhom was the third player that this case was a hot case for.
Current Capitals enforcer (or goon) Radko Gudas is the Score Signatures content.
Switching to Prizm, here's their base card content. Not too bad landing a rookie card of Morgan Rielly.
And an autograph wraps up the Prizm portion of the set. Local product Pearson got to raise the Stanley Cup during his rookie season, and was traded to the Penguins this past November. I can call him a Kitchener Rangers alum as well, since he was the team's stick boy at one point, although he never skated for them.
Just a pair of Select cards in this.
Just a plain ol' relic for the Titanium content.
To end it, here's Frank Corrado again in sticker-auto and relic form.

That was pretty bland. But they all can't be winners, and there were a still a trio of pretty good cards with the gold Lindholm, the Rielly and the Pearson.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Rookie Anthology - Box 8

That's a pretty good way to start off this one - a still relevant player as the Rookie Selection in this box. Hamilton was part of the trade that sent the previously shown Elias Lindholm to Calgary.
Your Score Update cards.
And the autograph. He's been playing overseas the past couple years.
Definitely a Habs hot box for the Prizm base inserts.
This box was a Kitchener Rangers alum hotbox. Good news for my PC, and this was the first of three among the inserts.
With the lack of Drew Shore content in this, and this being the third Prizm auto I've pulled of Strome, maybe I'm more of a magnet of him at this point.
There's definitely a contrast between the two players I got Select cards of in terms of experience. One played in 2 NHL games, one played in 1733.
Rangers alum #2. It's a true rookie as well, as it is one of the cards numbered to the jersey number. Even better, he's a player that didn't get a lot of cards over his NHL career.
And here's #3, and this definitely counts as a Mammoth swatch.
Let's hit another PC for the final hit of the box - a beauty of a card for the 2/14 collection. This particular Dominion auto/patch was an update from the 12/13 release. A three colour patch and an on-card autograph might make this the best Hejduk card in the collection of the 200+ in the set.

That's quite a way to reach the 2/3 portion of the case!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Rookie Anthology - Box 7

Starting off this one is the base Selection card of Michael Kostka. There was definite variety to his 2013 releases. He'd start off with the Leafs in early releases, but would make his first 2013-14 season appearances with the Blackhawks. He would be waived, and then move on to Tampa. His Blackhawks card would have obvious Leafs swatches on them, and then his Tampa cards would have Chicago swatches. Also, most of his cards were in Panini releases, but UD still dumped some stickers in obscurer releases like Overtime and Priority Signings. Confused yet?
A rather uninteresting bunch of Score base cards, but there are some trade package fillers in there.
Hey! That's a pretty good player to pull on a gold parallel! He's nicely fit into the system in Vegas, even though last season was a step down statistically from the first year for him.
And an auto. Schilling is still playing over on this side of the Atlantic, spending most of last season with the Manitoba Moose, but still playing a few games for the Jets.
If I'd only bought one box, this would have been the one I'd purchased. Simply because this is the third Michigan Wolverines alum so far, and I always seem to be a magnet for those in my breaks, and henceforth future TMV trade envelopes. This time, the Michigan content was very compact, landing pretty much only in this box.
An auto of a guy on the Panthers named Jonathan, but not with the last name Huberdeau! Variety!
That Dubnyk card is awesome, as it really shows how traveled a player can be in one season. That's definitely an Oilers paint job on the mask, with him sporting a Predators jersey, and being listed as with Montreal. He'd never wear the Habs uniform for game action, only seeing action with their AHL team. But I guess things worked out pretty well in Minnesota for him.
More Wolverines content with the only relic-only card of the box.
And this one ends with some Luxury Suite. Raffl's still with the Flyers, and is one of only a handful of players born in Austria to reach the NHL.

The best card probably wasn't a hit (Marchessault), and neither was the most interesting card (Dubnyk), but that just shows how random any of these breaks can be.