Sunday, May 27, 2018

Try A Pack #13: 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2

So I head out to my local Target yesterday to see what all the hub bub is about these Bowman Mega Boxes.  First spot I head over to is the card aisle.  

Bowman?  What's that?   I should have taken a picture while I was there (didn't think of it then) but there was not a single sign that Bowman even existed in the store.  No matter, I wanted something else anyhow.

I decided to buy a half dozen packs of Series 2 hockey, 3 for myself to open yesterday, and 3 to put away for later on.

Same as always, some great photography.  I don't remember the last time I pulled a triple exposure card from UD, but the Josh Gibson card looks great. 

I can't say whether or not I like that the OPC high number cards are inserted into UD packs, but I was happy that I pulled a Patrick Marleau Leafs card in the first pack so I guess that my objections are a bit muted...

Pack #2 features some great goalie shots, including the Jonathan Bernier head shot which I decided to put right in the middle of the scan.  Not that the Cory Schneider and Ben Bishop cards are slouches, but there's something about head shots featuring great goalie mask art that always draws me in.

BTW, the Ben Bishop Tron inspired glow in the dark masks have been a favorite of mine since he introduced them a couple of years ago, and I'd love it if he made more designs based on this concept. 

How about Dylan Ferguson, who I think was 4th on the Vegas goalie depth chart getting a Young Guns card!!  Not bad for only playing 9 minutes in one NHL game back in November against the Oilers. 

Speaking of great shots, I love the Nick Bonino card; shows the intense concentration that these guys possess when taking face-offs. 
I saw the Scott Hartnell card and wondered if this might have been his last run at the Cup.  He's 35 and has 17 NHL seasons under his belt (I was surprised that it had been that many!). 
Pulled another OPC high number card, this time of Giovanni Fiore, who I hadn't heard of at all.   I looked him up, and he's similar to Dylan Ferguson; he played one game this year for the Ducks with no points and a minus 1. 

I would love to some day collect a run of modern Upper Deck sets, but the Young Guns concept, while very popular, leads to some very expensive Rookie Cards (McDavid, Matthews to name two). 

But for now I'll be happy with buying a couple packs here and there and hopefully pull something great....

I probably have a better shot a hitting the lottery.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Inbound and Down #41: Waiting 'til Next Year

With the Cubs finally winning their long awaited World Series ring a couple of years ago, it might be time for Tom at the Waiting 'til Next Year blog to rename his blog. 

Maybe "no more waiting 'til next year"?

Anyhow, let's get onto the bulk of the box that Tom sent me this week.  33 cards from the 1990 Leaf set were inside, here's 9 of them...

What I'm really loving about putting these older sets together (OK '90 Leaf isn't "older") is that I'm seeing players in uniforms that I'd totally forgotten about.  Case in point, Gary Carter in a Giants uniform.  I remember the Expos, sure.  Mets, his world series ring.  The Giants in 1990, not so much.  Looked up his stats and saw that he played for the Dodgers the next year.   I don't remember that either.   I must be getting old.

Tom had mentioned in his email to me that he had some '80 Topps set help.  That turned out to be 48 great cards to knock off the want list.  Lots to love on these old uniforms, the small handwritten a on the Braves caps, the red TC on the Twins hats, and the old style Pirates cap are three things that I really like on these 2 scans.  We were still a year or 2 away from losing the black caps/uniforms that the White Sox sported in the late 70's.

As I mentioned yesterday, the bulk of the box was a big chunk of '78 needs.  This is the one set that I really didn't have a lot of until the other day.  A few things I noticed on some of these cards.

  1. I have a lot of Cliff Johnson cards.  He looks pretty tame on this one compared to most of the others.
  2. I would love to see the Indians sport the old red tops on a throwback night in Cleveland.   Love the old "Indians" lettering.
  3. Powder blue was certainly the in thing at that time, 5 cards featuring players on 5 different teams with the baby blues...
  4.  Had to check, but yes that is an airbrush job on the Bill Bonham card (he was with the Cubs in '77).
  5. Rico Carty would start the '78 season in Toronto as he was traded by the Tribe in spring training.
  6. Clean checklists are always good. 
All totaled Tom sent me about 1/6th of the '78 set, which is absolutely fantastic.  He also saved me from hunting down starter sets on ebay which I had been doing earlier in the week.

Tom, the cards are much appreciated, thank you!!

Thanks for reading, Robert

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Starting the migration

Received a fabulous box (yes, box) in the mail today from Tom at the Waiting till Next Year blog.  Tom was pruning his collection quite a bit, and was extremely kind enough to send me some much needed set help.

Tonight's post is a quick one, and focuses on one of the smaller piles of set help he sent, from '79 Topps.

Tom sent me 33 cards I could use towards my '79 set.  It also helped me get off my ass and start migrating this set over to the "well under way" want list, as this set is now over 30% complete.  I need to do the same thing with my '81 set build which is also well under way.

I didn't bother scanning them all, but I had to show off at least a page worth of cards so everyone could see the greatness that has landed at my doorstep. 

Tom also saved me from myself, as I've been hunting the past few days for a good starter set of '78 Topps on ebay.  That has been handled, as I now have approximately 100 less cards to pick up for the '78 set, which I will show off either tomorrow or Friday.

By the way, if you're looking to get in on some of Tom's bounty, there are still some teams unclaimed if you want to go here and leave a comment.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, May 21, 2018

Worth the price of a stamp

I'm going to try and not drone on incessantly about a 1 for 1 card trade, but there were just a couple of quick things I wanted to mention about this card below.

What I'm enjoying so far about the Trading Card Database is the network of people on there that want to trade.   I had a gentleman propose a 1 for 1 card trade in the middle of last week.  He had this Joe Sakic card that I needed, and I sent him a serial numbered Aaron Rowand card.

Yes, it's the French version of the base card, something I've needed for over a quarter of a century.

For the price of a stamp, it's mine now.  I probably could have bought it online a long time ago, but sometimes you don't want to buy a particular card for $2 when you know you can get it for much less.

I've finally got my entire Joe Sakic collection on the TCDB, all 711 cards in total.  After I finish this post tonight I'll be working on finishing the want list and hopefully finding a few more trade partners to get some more cards in.  I also have almost 1000 cards listed on my trade portion of the collection, so take a look and see if you can find something in there you're looking for.

Secondly, and more important, the speed of this trade really surprised me.  The trade was proposed and agreed to on Wednesday of last week.  We both shipped Friday, and we both received our cards today in the mail.  

My trade partner is in California.   Not too shabby for the USPS.

Thanks to 49ants for my 3rd of what hopefully is a lot of trades on the site.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Feeling a little bit empty

Now, before I get into my observational post today, I just want to make the following points clear...

This is not a rant.

I am not bitching (I actually chuckled while writing that sentence).

This is merely an observation about an envelope of cards that I received on Thursday.

The envelope was my Larry Fitzgerald PC starter kit.  Yes, I know another player collection.  But I've followed Fitz since his college days at Pitt, and enjoy watching him any chance I get on Sundays.

I've been watching the Amazon Prime show All or Nothing the past few weeks; the 1st season was based on the Arizona Cardinals 2015 season.  Watching this has been really enjoyable, and it kind of spurred me towards collecting a football player, and Fitz was an easy choice...

But I digress.

What I'm getting to is this.  I've read over the past several weeks on Twitter about poor packaging and a lot of disrespect that sellers have to their customers.  I totally get that, and I've seen many reasons why people have had a right to be upset.

But here's another thing that bothered me a little bit when I opened the envelope.

There was no note inside.  Now this may seem totally insignificant to a lot of you out there, but I know when I sold cards (or other items) on ebay, I always included some kind of note thanking the buyer for their bid.  Standard practice.

Again, don't get me wrong here.  Cards were packed perfectly.  The auction was very reasonably priced ($7 shipped for 35 cards) and got to my house lightning fast (won on Sunday, received on Thursday).

Now I wouldn't go so far as to leave negative/neutral feedback here, that's not the point.  This guy has 100% feedback and a score of over 6500 which I wouldn't tarnish.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned, I don't know.  But not seeing some type of acknowledgement in the envelope with the cards left me just a bit empty.

For me, a little common courtesy goes a long way.

That's just my 2 cents.

Thanks for reading, Robert