Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I Thought We Had Settled This

Remember my posts a while back asking readers to help me sort my card collection by deciding which players belong in my "star box" and which players belong in my commons binders?

I forgot to do hockey.

Well, it's not that I forgot so much as I got distracted and didn't think there were enough hockey fans on the card blogging blogosphere to have an opinion on how I classified such players as Chris Osgood, Patrice Bergeron, or Filip Forsberg. So I used my own judgment.

This past weekend I finally cleaned and organized my entire card collection. Everything is sorted and stored neat and tidy. My OCD is happy.. at least it would be, if I had put all my Pierre Turgeon cards in one place. 

Somehow I managed to split my Turgeon cards into both the "star player box" and the binders. This was strange for two reasons: all of the cards in the box were from his years with the Montreal Canadiens but his Sabres, Islanders, and Blues cards were in my commons binders (as if I subconsciously decided he was only a star in Montreal?) 

The second thing that irked me was that I really did not know which side Turgeon belonged on. He's not a Hall Of Famer (which would earn an automatic place in my box) but his numbers compare very favorably to many of his contemporaries - some of whom are in the HHOF (I've indicated those players in blue)

first yearlast yearCupsGoalsAssistsPointsPPG
Doug Gilmour19832003145096414140.959
Mike Modano19892011156181313740.917
Mats Sundin19902009056478513491.002
Pierre Turgeon19872007051581213271.026
Jeremy Roenick19882009051370312160.892
Vin Damphousse19862004143277312050.875
Rod Brind'Amour19892010145273211840.798
Sergei Fedorov19902009348369611790.945
Joe Nieuwendyk19862007356456211260.896
Doug Weight19912011127875510330.834

Okay, so he didn't win a Stanley Cup or any major awards (unless you consider the Lady Byng trophy a "major" award) but he has a higher points per game average than anyone on this list, and I'm having a hard time separating him from first-ballot HOFer Mats Sundin. 

Jeremy Roenick is an interesting case as well. I'm not quite sold on his Hall of Fame candidacy, but there's no denying he was a star. Damphousse, Brind'Amour, and Weight are better suited for the "Hall of Very Good", though Brind'Amour's two-way play might get him in the HHOF one day. 

I never really thought of Pierre Turgeon as a bona fide star the way Sundin and Modano and Roenick and Fedorov and Gilmour were stars. (I never thought of Joe Nieuwendyk as a star, either.) And yet his career numbers tell me I should. No wonder I had his cards sorted in two different places!

Can you think of any deserving players who are not in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Custom cards from Corky

Last week I posted a 'wish list' of custom card requests for female athletes and a couple of my favorite celebs (and one web celeb). Corky, author of the blog Pack War, was generous enough to accept the challenge. He put together some killer customs for me, and here they are:

From the Fox TV series Pitch, by way of 2017 Topps Heritage (or '68 Topps, if you prefer)

 UConn basketball legend Breanna Stewart, 1970 style:

USA hockey star Hilary Knight:

Another USA star, and another design from 1994:

 A trio of Jennie Finch cards. The first two borrow from 1992 All-World Football:

And a horizontal photo in a 2013 Topps frame: 

There's one more custom card in this batch - which I'll display proudly on my other blog

Corky, thanks so much for crafting these beauties!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

100 Word Post - new cards from COMC

Robert ($30 A Week Habit) recently had a contest where he would purchase five cards on COMC for any collector who entered, provided they write a 100-word post about the cards they received from him. The writer in me thought this was a fun idea for a contest. Unfortunately I did not read about Robert's contest until after he had purchased the cards. 

No matter. It just so happens that I cleared out my COMC inventory at the end of February. Using store credit earned through COMC challenges, I purchased just enough cards to earn a $5 shipping credit (and cover the cost of having this batch shipped to me.) There are 62 cards in the batch. I shall now attempt to write a 100-word post about all of them. Starting.... now.

I've wanted this forever:

Low numbered trade bait:

 Color match. Nice catch:

Vintage Giants:


Nearly perfect. Bottom is a bit rough:

Canadian sunset card:

Under 50 cents each:

Former Devils coaches:

Team set starter kit:

40 cents or less. I love this set:

These cost slightly more:

Zach attack:

Zacha attacka:

Big base under two bucks each:

Cheap refractors:

Teams I collect. The Pedro is my fave:

Set filler upgrade:

Logoless legend. Cool teal border:

Put Hoff in the HOF:

Future Golden Knight?

Three Stars:

 This did not scan well.

Beautiful set.

My first Topps Now card.

 Thanks, Papi!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Heritage Break Part III: All the inserts and a 19/68 Hit

This is the third (and probably final) post of cards from my 2017 Topps Heritage 5-box break. I might discuss the base set in a future post, but I want to get to some trade goodies I received over the past week (and my incoming COMC order) so I'll end Heritage Week with the inserts and relics.

I was sort of amazed that I didn't pull any duplicate inserts over the 120 packs. That said, I didn't complete any inserts sets, either. For my 2007 Topps Heritage set I completed the full set (including SP's) plus all variations, and I thought I had completed the basic insert sets - but if I did, I no longer have them. Not sure what I'll do with this year's Heritage inserts, but here they are:

Topps Game inserts (11 out of 30)

Baseball Flashbacks (6 out of 15)

News Flashbacks (7 out of 15)

Some of these cards (and others that I didn't pull) are sad reminders of what a depressing year 1968 was in America.

New Age Performers (10 out of 25)

Then and Now (6 out of 15)

Notice that Topps is re-using the same photos for the insert cards. Lazy.

Now for the hits...each box promises an autograph or relic, and after opening the first two boxes I was worried that the Real One autographs were one per case.

Since I bought less than half a case I was afraid the odds were against me, and I'd get stuck with five fairly pedestrian relics.

I got four relics...

Near the bottom of the third box I pulled this beauty, a red ink Real One auto of Astros superstar Carlos Correa:

Apparently these red ink autos are parallels of the regular autographs... and numbered to 68 in recognition of the 1968 set. What's even more awesome is that this particular card is numbered 19/68:

I assure you those are creases in Correa's jersey, not the card.

I bought these boxes purely for the enjoyment of the base set, not to pull a big hit. That said, if I hadn't pulled even a standard auto I would have been disappointed. This Correa card was the cherry on top of a '68 sundae. 

Hope you all enjoyed reading about this Heritage break. I'll be sending some base and buyback packages in the mail soon.  

Enjoy your weekend!