Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A Mets Plank Walking

Envelope time! As the title indicates, this time it is an envelope from Matt @ Bob Walk the Plank.
A pair of swatches start this quality, not quantity envelope. I'm really surprised by the amount of Glavine relics there are that feature him on the Mets as opposed to the Braves. While there are more Atlanta ones, there really isn't the large gap that one might expect. I won't complain about any chance to fatten my Mets collection.
3 swatches. 2 pinstripes. Perfect!
A perfect way to end this is with three more swatches, but this time accompanied with an on-card autograph. It isn't the most legible auto, but it is a pretty unique looking one at least. I could say this about pretty much their entire starting rotation, but I'll be happy if Matz simply stays healthy for the 2018 season.

And there you have an envelope!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 7.2 - Something New!

I'll wrap up the repack I started yesterday with the packs from the break. I watched a couple of breaks of this on youtube and these seem to be fairly standard as the contents:

4 packs of 12-13 Score
1 pack each of 16-17 Series 1, 15-16 Series 2 and 07-08 Ultra

Chronological order seems the best way to attack these. So, I'll start with Ultra.
A Sens card of Jason Spezza is a perfectly acceptable way to start the post.
These Generations fall 1:4 packs, as per the wrapper, but this is the first one I've ever come across. Future? Kostitsyn did last several seasons in Montreal, so he did end up better than some others in this subset tabbed as the future, such as Rob Schremp.
More Sens content with the 12-13 Score.
And a Kitchener Rangers alum among the base.
4 packs equal 4 gold parallels. Decent names in this group as well, especially with the Superman Kane.
The big thing in these packs were the inserts, both of which were pretty tough pulls at the time. I believe the Check-its were box hits, and this is the third one of these I've pulled from either set-building or repack experiences. My third CI, as well as my third Shanahan. So much for variety.
I think these were one per box as well. A nice looking card, but also a great addition to my Kitchener Rangers alumni collection.
Rangers alum continues with the 15-16 UD, and a Steve Mason for this binder.
And a Young Gun! Despite e-packs, the Saros still goes for a few bucks over at COMC. I don't have a lot of Young Guns stuff in the mask collection, so this is a nice add.
More mask content among the base cards in the 16-17 pack.
No Young Gun content in this pack, but at least it wasn't a base only pack as I did get one insert.

There you have it. I guess the cube wasn't the most valuable thing in the repack.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 7.1 - Something New!

I haven't seen one of these before at Wallyworld!
This was contained in one of those Ultra Pro cubes. The only thing visible was a pack of 16-17 S1 and 15-16 S2, so I picked them up, solidly under the belief that unless I hit a good Young Guns card, the cube will probably be the best pull.

I'll start with the 65 random cards. I'll admit I was expecting 65 1990 Bowman cards, so this card being the first visible one was a surprise:
A recent card and a Sens card?! Nice! In fact the oldest cards in this bunch of 65s were from 09-10. 30 of them were from last year's OPC set, but there were still some surprises.
Such as one of the short-printed rookie, and a retro rookie parallel. While Kylington has still only played the required-for-a-card 1 NHL game, Dell's been active as the back-up in San Jose.
No inserts or short-prints the rest of the way home, but among the 18 cards from 15-16 UD was this nice low-angle photo.
8 cards from 12-13 Score were next. There wasn't anything too memorable in this group, so I'll pick this snowy card of Danny Cleary as the best here. This release will redeem itself greatly when it comes to the packs.
5 cards from MVP's 2014 return. Since I should post one, here's a Zac Rinaldo.
Brandon Yip is the default best card from 13-14 Score, as it was the only one.
Finally, 3 cards from 09-10 UD, since there was just enough room on the scanner for all of them.

There you go! Better than expected so far, and the packs still to come next post!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Series 2 Senators

For my birthday, instead of a box, I treated myself to a case break of Series 2, and add a whole bunch of new cards to my Sens team collection. Let's check it out!
This was the big one for me. Even better, I got two of these Jack Rodewalds for the collection. One for the Sens collection, and the other for the 2/14 collection. I hinted yesterday that I'd have new candidates for the binder within hours, and he's the first one. 4 games in the NHL earned him his Young Guns card.
The Sens are pretty loaded in the set, with 4 cards among the 49 Young Guns. Only Jaros is making his first appearance in my collection, though.
The only veteran content I got was the 1.5 cards among the canvas cards. I'll assume the constant Karlsson to Tampa trade rumours are just a coincidence given the checklist.
Logan Brown and Alex Formenton, who were Young Guns in Series 1 make their first series 2 appearances on the Portraits insert. Brown joined the Kitchener Rangers at the OHL trade deadline, so he joins Rodewald in having two binder homes.
Familiar faces on the O-Pee-Chee update portion of the inserts. Seeing how prices on these fell once the e-packs went live the past two seasons, I'll probably pick up this insert set to truly finish off my OPC set build. Plus, there are no massive rookies in the update set that weren't in the original release with McAvoy and Boeser already out.
And the retros. Two out of three ain't bad!
And a hit! Normally, I wouldn't be too crazy about a plain white event-worn swatch, but for Colin White, it works!

And there you have it!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Annual 2/14 Post - 2018 Edition

As with the past few years, it is time again to recap some of my favourite new cards in my 2/14 birthday collection that have entered the binders in the past year. The two rules remain:

1) The card must have been released over the past year
2) Only one card per player

I had the top 10 all planned, then my COMC shipment showed up earlier than expected. So, I'm doing a Top 14 this year, since it is still an appropriate number, and I can show off 4 new cards for the first time from that shipment.
#14 - Nikolaj Ehlers - MVP Silver Signatures

The silvers this year in MVP look really nice, with the black strip being used to highlight the signature, instead of just having it disappear into the photo as in previous years.
#13 - John Hayden - O-Pee-Chee Retro

One of several people to make their cardboard debut in releases over the past year, this would have been higher if not for the derpy photo.
#12 - Nick Pivetta - Topps Update (w/ Ricardo Pinto)

Not a collection debut, as I'd picked up one his autograph from 2015 Bowman Chrome, but it getting one's first Topps card is pretty nice. I originally had Derek Norris' Heritage release in this spot, but when I went looking to see if he'd signed in the off-season with someone, I found this on his wiki entry. " On September 1, 2017, Norris was suspended for the remainder of the 2017 season for violating MLB's domestic violence policy". Yuck.
#11 - Jim Kelly - Playoff

The obligatory Jim Kelly entry.
#10 - Mac Guscette - USA Baseball

After seeing there were members of the 14U and 15U USA team in this Panini release, I cross-referenced with the USA baseball website to find if there were and Mac was one of them. He's immediately the youngest member of the binder, having been born in 2002. He'll probably still gave that distinction for several years. Mac is also the first of three people on this list making a binder debut.
#9 - Marian Gaborik - O-Pee-Chee Retro

More of the great-looking retro design from this year's OPC. I'll point out I had this written before he was traded to the Senators yesterday evening. Hopefully, he'll get at least one Sens card before being bought out/traded again.
#8 - Richard Hamilton (w/ Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace)

The only basketball addition from this past year's releases. Pack-pulled just a couple weeks back. That's always a bonus to move a card up the list.
#7 - Garrett Fugate - Sage HIT

The second new face is Fugate, who didn't make the NFL this season, and is now in the CFL with the Alouettes. He's got a decent autograph as well, at least until he ran out of room on the sticker.
#6 - Alshon Jeffery - XR

The recent Super Bowl champion makes his appearance on the list via this plate I'd received in a trade w/ Too Many Manninghams. I had a pair of his Eagles card to chose from (Prestige base), but opted for this since it was a 1/1. I'm not going back to look, but this might be the first 1/1 to make one of these lists.
#5 - Ryan Johnston - Showcase (w/ Zach Hyman, Troy Stetcher and Buddy Robinson)

This should probably be lower, but it was my first Ryan Johnston card, and it appears to be his only cardboard appearance. And I was also crazy enough to spend $15 on this. Plus shipping.
#4 - JJ Wilcox - Score

A relic in position #4 without even a patch? JJ's only previous cardboard appearance prior to this was a base card in National Treasures 2013. I was not expecting him to have relics in any 2017 release but found this one on ebay. I sent up the bat-signal to a stateside collector that would grab it so I could avoid insane shipping charges, and a certain Willingham super-fan came through.
#3 - Valerian Ume-Ezeoke - Father's Day

I'm not sure why a player who was not drafted in 2015, and has never played a game in the NFL managed to get into a 2017 special release. But there he is, with a nice shiny card. He's the second person in the collection to have some sort of 'Val' reference in their name to join the binder, alongside Ayako Hamada, whose middle name is Valentina. That's enough to combine with the obscurity to move him up the list.
#2 - Jadeveon Clowney - Origins

A nice looking card, but even nicer that this is a red parallel, matching beautifully with the team colours.
#1 - Petr Mrazek - Upper Deck

For the second straight year, a Petr Mrazek base card is my pick as the favourite 2/14 card from the past year. The net cam can make for memorable photos, and it certainly does here on this card.

And there you have it! That oughta hold me 'til next year. With Upper Deck S2 dropping today, I can start thinking about new candidates within hours.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

2018 PWE Chronices - Part 1

I'm not sure how many PWEs are going to show up at buckstorecards HQ, given it took until mid-February for the first one to arrive. Still, I'm going to try to remember to group them all together. #1 this year is a PWE from fellow Bills & Mets fanMark, formerly of This Way to the Clubhouse.
The first of the cards was neither Met nor Bill, but a card out of '17 Bowman Platinum. I don't think it ever made its way to Walmart shelves north of the border, so this is my first chance to see any of it. This rather loud card is the ice parallel.
The other cards in the envelope were Bills, starting with this Zay Jones out of 2017 Prizm. It is a slightly-rarer pink parallel.
But this one is quite a bit rarer than the pink, limited to just 15 copies. CJ Spiller was part of the running back revolving door during the pre-Lesean McCoy years, and has bounced off-and-on the Chiefs roster last season. The sticker autograph is embedded in the card, and based on some legible letters, is one of the better bills autographs in recent year.

Thanks for these! I have some Mets/Bills from group breaks that will be heading your way hopefully by the end of the month.

Monday, 12 February 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 6 - The Classic

It has been too long since I've pulled a couple 15 for $1 hanger packs off the pegs at the Dollarama - now is as good a time as any to do so, and post the goodies contained within.
2016 UD - Carl Hagelin - Since I can never have too many non-hits for a TMM mailer.
1990 Bowman - Stephan LeBeau
1992 Parkhurst Emerald - Jocelyn Lemieux - A parallel
1991 Platinum - Brendan Shanahan
1990 Score - Mark Greig
1991 UD - Cam Russell
2002 BAP All-Star - Steve Yzerman - A set I don't see much of in repack land, and it is a HOFer card as well.
2005 UD McDonald's - Joe Thornton
1990 Score - Brad Marsh
1991 Parkhurst - Dimitri Mironov
1990 Score - Mark Osborne - 3 straight Leafs?
1992 Parkhurst Emerald - Sergei Kondrashkin - Two emerald parallels in the same repack? Fine with me.
1991 7IS - Markus Brunner
1999 MVP - Mike Modano - An intense shooting photo from a set that really hasn't had memorable photography.
2013 OPC - Stephen Gionta - And there's the first repack.
2016 Showcase - Roman Josi - Starting the second off with the typically gold Showcase base - bought only because it was right behind the Hagelin pack.
1990 Bowman - Carey Wilson
1992 Parkhurst - Peter Sidorkiewicz - My only card with Polish colours on it.
1990 Score - Chris Chelios
1997 Inside - Curtis Joseph - Another set I've not seen much of in these repacks.
2015 Platinum - Brandon Saad
2005 Ice - Ty Conklin
1990 Topps - Brian MacLellan
1990 Score - Daren Puppa
1990 UD - Brett Hull
1993 Pinnacle - Gerard Gallant
1991 Pro Set - Chris Tancill
1994 Parkhurst - Pat Jablonski
1996 Slapshot - Adam Fleming - This has to be the first Slapshot OHL card I've ever pulled - repack or not.
2011 Black Diamond - Daniel Briere

A few keepers, a few trade envelope fatteners, some repack rarities and a really interesting Sens card. That makes two worthwhile dollars spent.