Sunday, June 21, 2015

Super Script Update

Things have been slow around here lately, but I do finally have something new to show off. I'm still devoting most of my free hobby time to model railroading, so the cards have been few and far between. That said, I am still always on the lookout for certain things like my Super Script set. That is pretty much the only collection project I'm paying attention to at this point, so any time I come across one it's a nice surprise.

My latest purchase was again from eBay and netted me this Super Script featuring Scott Stevens of the New Jersey Devils. This is card #105 in the set and is serial numbered 14/25.

This one will be my 58th for the set and puts me just over 26% complete. It is also the fourth one I've acquired so far in 2015, which isn't as much as recent years, but still a pretty good pace all things considered. Hopefully I can find a few more before the year is over.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Super Script Update

Now I've been able to get three of these things within a few weeks, so I'm off to a good start getting back into collecting for now. This is another one I found on eBay and placed a bid early on in the auction. As it was winding down to the end, I was worried about being sniped, but luckily that didn't happen and I was able to land this one for $6 delivered.

This one is card #112 in the set and features Roberto Luongo of the New York Islanders.

This one will bring the Super Script total to 57 out of 220. I almost forgot that Luongo started out on the island until I came across this one. That is definitely not one of teams I associate him with. All that matters though is that I can cross this one off the want list and it brings me closer to completing this massive set.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Super Script Update

Looks like I'm definitely back into the whole card thing for right now. After picking up the Lapointe Super Script I posted recently, I've been a bit more into searching for these things on the internet. One place I hadn't been to in a very long time was COMC, so I decided to do a quick search there a little while back and they happened to have another Super Script listed that wasn't too far out of my price range. 

I made an offer that was a little under the asking price and it was accepted fairly quickly. Must be one of those cases where as long as they get close to what they're asking for it doesn't matter since something is better than a card sitting and not making any money.

This one is card #11 in the set and features Dean Sylvester of the Atlanta Thrashers.

This brings me to 56 Super Scripts for my set. It is actually the fourth Thrasher I've got so I'm getting close to being able to complete a team set of these things. I also have four Canucks, so I guess they're tied for the lead now. I would need just three more to complete the Thrashers set at this point. I wonder how long that will take to do.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Silver Script Update

Here's another part of my collection that has not seen the light of day in quite a while now. The last time I acquired any Silver Scripts for my set was back in January of last year. I've always been hesitant to pick these up online because I can never really find a significant number of them to grab at the same time. In this case I made a bit of an exception and threw two of them in to round out my latest COMC purchase. I'll have the other card I got as part of the lot posted here soon as well.

The first one is card #97 in the set and features David Legwand of the Nashville Predators.

The second one is card #90 in the set and features Garry Galley of the Los Angeles Kings.

These two bring my Silver Script total to 136 out of 220. That puts me at 62% for this portion of my master set project. Overall between the base, silver, gold and super scripts I am at 254 out of 660. Still have a ways to go, but like I've said in previous posts this is not a race and I'm just glad to knock two more off the long want list.

Edit: When I went to put these in my binder, I found out that I already had the Legwand, so I kind of messed up on this one, lol. I did update the totals above to reflect this. I guess I have some rust to shake off when it comes to making sound purchases for my set projects...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Super Script Update

It's been a while now since I've done an update on this project with the break from collecting I was on recently. Throughout that break though, I was always checking eBay for deals on cards for this and some other collecting projects. For whatever reason, I decided to start bidding on this one and after some back and forth with other buyers, I ended up winning and was excited to have another awesome piece for my set. 

This is another card from the set that I had never seen for sale anywhere before it popped up in my search, and it was the first time in a very long time I've seen a Red Wing from the set listed, so I knew I had to have it. It features former right winger Martin Lapointe and is card #68 in the set. It is serial numbered 10/25 on the front. 

This card looks good in the scan and even better in person. I forgot how much I really enjoy looking at the cards from this set. There is just something really cool about the rainbow foil and how it changes as you move the card around. The scan itself is much better than my last update as I have finally upgraded from my old HP scanner that I had for about eight years. 

I now have 55 Super Scripts for my set, so I'm at exactly 25% of the way there now. I'd really like to at least complete the Red Wings team set one of these days, but I've only come across three cards in the last six years, two of which I own. The other was a Sergei Fedorov that I happen to lose out on just last week, making this eBay victory that much sweeter.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Back At It Again

It's been about three months since I decided to put myself on a break from collecting. In fact, the last time I even bought a card August of last year. After some time off and a few eBay searches later, I've found myself buying cards again. Nothing too crazy, just one card for now, but it was enough for me to decide that I don't need to be on a official break from collecting. If I happen to go seven months between pickups, then so be it. I'm in no rush to complete any of my collecting projects and sometimes its hard to pass up a good deal on a card you've been in search of for years.

I probably won't be posting all that often, but there may be some new things here and there. I might also refocus my collecting goals to work better with balancing my model railroading since there is only so much hobby money and time to go around.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Taking a Break Again

This will be the second time I've gone on a "break" from collecting. The last time was June of 2013 and it was a refreshing five months away and made collecting that much more fun when I finally got back into things. Well, that feeling has kind of worn off again and I find myself devoting all of my free "hobby" time to model railroading. I still have me entire collection of cards and occasionally look over eBay for deals on cards for my various PC projects, but haven't bought a single thing since August now.

Lately I just enjoy model railroading more than collecting cards. Right now, at least for me, there is just something more enjoyable about building a physical model than simply buying a card and throwing it into a box or binder for storage. Don't get me wrong, I love hockey cards and have for a long time, I just think I need to pick a single direction to go for a while and that direction is model railroading.

Here's a look at the project I've been working on lately: a small shelf layout for my office at work. Its not very big, but there is definitely some detail work that goes into it. If you're into model railroading, check out my Michigan Model Railroader blog for updates on this and other modeling projects I'm working on.

A look at one of my current model railroading projects
I'm not shutting down the blog here or anything, because at some point down the road I'll see something that catches my eye just enough to get me back into the swing of things. I do still like to see what's going on with all the blogs I follow, so I'm still on here from time to time as I use the blogger dashboard to manage my railroading blog. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Super Script Update

This year has definitely not been one of the busiest for me when it comes to collecting, but I have managed to pick up a few nice things here and there. I'm always on the lookout for stuff, but for whatever reason, I'm not buying as much as I would have in past years. Anyway, today I have another card to show for my favorite set. I found it on eBay the other day, made an offer, and got the card in the mail two days later. 

This one is card #31 in the set and features former Flames center Cory Stillman. It is serial numbered 03/25 on the front and will be the third Flame in my set. 

I got this one for $8 including shipping, so not a bad deal at all. It is the fifth one I've been able to land so far in 2014. That's not bad considering how often these things pop up for sale at the right price. I've actually seen quite a few, but they were more than I was willing to pay. This one also gives me 54 out of 220 for my Super Script set. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pack Break: 2014-15 Upper Deck MVP

The last time I bought a pack of cards was well over a year ago. I've kind of forgotten what it was even like to open one at this point, so it was nice to finally get one after all this time. The other day I was at Target and wandered down the card aisle on my way out. I happened to see packs of 2014-15 MVP for just $0.99 so I figured why not? 

Here's a look at what I got:

Nothing spectacular, but not a bad pack overall. I really just bought it to get a feel for the design of the set. The base cards are decent, but are lacking a bit by not having any type of foil on them. That is something I always associate with the MVP sets I collected in the late 90's. The silver scripts are a good example of what I mean. Back then, the base cards would've used bronze foil for the logo and trim. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Jimmy Howard: Panini Prizm Cracked Ice

This is the card that I was referring to in my last thoughts post. I purchased it on eBay for $2 a few weeks ago and the card arrived with a strange orange staining on the back and edges. After some back and forth with the seller, I decided to keep the card and I removed most of the staining with a magic eraser. The only evidence is a faint orange mark on one edge of the card. I can live with that considering the price I paid and the rarity of this card.

This card is from 2013-14 Panini Prizm and is part of the cracked ice parallel set, which I believe was tied into the spring expo in Toronto. They are numbered 30 and of course feature the "cracked ice" effect on the front. These things are acutally pretty nice looking when you hold one up to the light. 

This one is also an "eBay 1/1" if you want to call it that. It is numbered 01/30, although that can't be seen here because it is stamped on the back of the card. It definitely goes nicely alongside the blue parallel that I have of the same card. Now I just need to work on tracking down some of the other parallel versions of this card.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thoughts: What to do About a Damaged Card from eBay

After the last Super Script I posted, I had been waiting for one other card from eBay and it happened to arrive today. I was excited to see the bubble mailer in the mailbox and of course ripped right into it. I slid the card out and the front was exactly what I remember seeing in the auction listing. The back was a different story though. I turned it over looking for the serial number and found a bunch of orange stains in the middle and along on edge. Here's a look. Click on the image to see it full size.

Here is what the seller had listed in the description:

- Up for auction is a pack fresh 2013 - 2014 Panini Prizm Hockey Exclusive Cracked Ice Jimmy Howard #30 SSP
- This card is very rare and only available at the 2013 Toronto Fall Card Expo via the wrapper redemption program.
- This card is extremely limited with only 25 produced.
- C ard went from pack to sleeve and top loader.

Then there was this listed under the "condition" section:

- Like New: An item that looks as if it was just taken out of shrink wrap. No visible wear, and all facets of the item are flawless and intact. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections.

I don't see anything written about the condition of the back of the card, so I'm wondering what the best course of action is in this case. My first thought it to see if I can get a refund, but at the same time I really want to keep this card for my Howard collection as there aren't exactly that many of them to go around.

I guess my first step is going to be letting the seller know that there was some damage to the back of the card and see where it takes me from there. Any thoughts or advice on the situation would be appreciated.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Super Script Update

Time for another update on my favorite set. I was beginning to think I wouldn't land too many more of these this year, but that changed last weekend when I came across one with a decent BIN price on eBay. It is my fourth of 2014, so I'm not quite on pace for 11 like last year, but this is still pretty good in my book. 

This one is card #135 in the set and features former Red Wings and Flyers center Keith Primeau. It is serial numbered 15/25 and will be the second Flyer in my set.  

If anyone is wondering, I was able to land this one for only $10, which is right in line with the average I've paid for these things. It will be the 55th in my set out of a possible 220, which puts me at exactly 25% completion so far. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Red Wings: Card Show Pickups (1970's)

Time for some cards that are older than me. Most of them more than a decade older than me. In the past I've never really been into the vintage cards, but now that I'm working on a team collection more actively, its kind of neat to see some of the older designs and players that came before I was born. These will be the oldest cards I've ever shown off here.

Up first is a good size lot from 1976-77 Topps/OPC. This one was my favorite of the group since it was the only goalie card with a good look at the old school gear. It features Jim Rutherford who played ten seasons with the Wings, with stops in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Toronto in between. Detroit drafted him 10th overall in 1969.

Up next is Bill Lochead. He was drafted 9th overall by the Wings in 1974 and went on to play five seasons in Detroit followed by time in Colorado (Rockies) and New York (Rangers). 

This one features former defenseman Bryan Watson. He began is NHL career with Montreal in 1963-64 before ending up with the Red Wings for the 1965-66 season. He would bounce around a few teams after than and returned to the Wings in 1973-74.

Up next is Buster Harvey, who I had never heard of before seeing this card. Harvey was originally drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1970. He would only end up playing two seasons with the Wings between 1975 and 1977. 

Finally, an in-game action shot, something that seems to be fairly rare in this set. This one features Dan Maloney, who was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in 1970. He would play three seasons for the Red Wings between 1975 and 1978.

Up next we are back to the plain background photos with this one featuring Danny Grant. I didn't know this before now, but Grant won the Calder trophy with Minnesota in 1969. He also scored 50 goals in his first seasons with the Wings in 1974-75.

This one stands out from the group a bit with a different colored background. Hextall began his career with the Rangers, but spent most of it between Detroit and Minnesota. He is the uncle of former Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall.

Here's another one that stood out, but for a different reason. Gotta love the airbrush job that was done on this one. Ed Giacomin was with the Rangers his entire career until being waived and picked up by the Wings in October of 1975.

Up next is Michel Bergeron. He was drafted 63rd overall by the Wings in 1974 and went on to play parts of four seasons in Detroit. 

This one is kind of creepy looking if you ask me. The picture of Nick Libbet on this one was taken at exactly the wrong time.

Time for some great 70's hair. This one features Rick Lapointe who was drafted 5th overall by Detroit in 1975. He would only go on to play two seasons with the Red Wings.

Finally, another on-ice action shot, this time of former Wings captain Terry Harper. Gotta love the old school gear, especially the gloves. Things sure have changed a lot since then.

The last regular card from this set features Walt McKechnie, another name I had never heard before finding these cards. McKechnie played five seasons with the Red Wings between two stints, one from 74-77 and the other from 81-83.

Here is a pretty cool card. It's the team checklist from the same set and is definitely hard to miss with the green coloring of the ice. Not sure if this was done to the photo or if the rink was actually painted that way. 

Here is another one of Buster Harvey, this time from 1977-78 Topps/OPC. 

Here is the team card from the same set, this time without the green ice. 

I don't have very many cards from 1979-80 Topps/OPC, so this one of Dan Bolduc is a welcome addition to my collection.

This next one is from 1974-75 Topps/OPC and features former Wings center Henry Boucha. The head band is definitely an interesting look, isn't it?

Last but not least is one of the greatest hockey hairdos I have on cardboard. This one from 1975-96 Topps/OPC features former Wings defenseman Larry Giroux, who played four seasons with the Wings during the 1970's. 

Talk about a time warp, most of these came out more than decade before I was even born. I'd never even heard of some of these guys before. That said, these are still some pretty sweet cards to add to Wings collection. Kind of makes me want to go out and get some more old stuff like this just to get more of a variety in my collection.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Red Wings: Card Show Pickups (90's and 00's)

In addition to the Howard cards and the goaltending gallimaufry stuff, I was able to grab quite a few new cards for my Red Wings collection at the last Gibraltar show a few weeks back. All of these came from the same quarter box, which ended up being five for a dollar with the bulk discount. I'll start with the cards that came from the 90's and 00's as that was about half of the cards I came home with.

Up first is one featuring Steve Yzerman from 1996-97 Fleer Ultra. I was really into this set as a kid in the late 90's and remember having a ton of these. There was just something about the design that I really liked then and still do to this day. 

The next one also features Yzerman and comes from 1996-97 Donruss Elite. This was a set that I did not have much of back then, so its nice to add one to my collection. These things definitely look better in person with the full foil finish.

Here we have another one with The Captain. This one comes from the 1997-98 Upper Deck McDonald's ICE set. I remember having a bunch of these back when I was a kid and still really like them. There is just something cool about the acetate cards, right?  

Continuing the theme I have going here, this one comes from 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee and is a reprisal of Yzerman's rookie card from 1984-85. The design is the same, but the pictures have been changed. Gotta say I like the original more. Click here to see what I mean. 

As far as Yzerman, last but not least is this one from 1997-98 Pacific Dynagon. This set definitely screams 90's with intricate gold foil design, the burst effect coming from the team logo and all the random circles placed. That said, I really like sets like this and am glad to have this one in my Wings collection now. 

Here's another one from the same set, this time featuring Chris Osgood. I think this one looks a bit better overall than the Yzerman because the white jersey tends to stand out from the background a bit more than the red. 

Speaking of Osgood, here is another one from the same year, only instead of Dynagon it comes from Invincible. The cool thing about this set is that the circular window with the head shot is actually see through. Not sure how or why they came up with the idea, but it does make for a pretty cool card. 

Jumping forward a bit to 2001-02, this one also feature Ogsood. It comes from the retro parallel portion of the Topps set from that year. Definitely a card that's hard to miss when sorting through a stack of random cardboard. 

When I found the Osgood above, there was also another card from the same set right next to it so I made sure to grab both. This one features Sergei Fedorov. 

Up next is another Fedorov, this time from 1994-95 Topps Stadium Club. Its got a cool picture of Fedorov celebrating one of his may goals with the Wings. It is also stamped with a note about his first hat trick and that the team were conference winners. 

Here is an Osgood from the same set. This one is a pretty neat picture of him doing stretches during warm ups. A lot of times non-action shots like this can be boring, but this one is kind of cool because of the angle and the closeup look at the goalie gear.

Up next is a Super Team redemption card from the same set. This one has a different type of foil on the TSC logo and text on the front. I don't know much about these, but apparently you could redeem them for a special set of cards if the team won either the division, conference, or the Stanley Cup.

I'm guessing that's where the two cards above came from since the Wings won the West in 1995. Here is a link to the cards on COMC if you are interested in reading the back. If you look at the first one listed, it does not have the conference winner logo and is not marked as "redeemed" on the back like mine is.

Up next is a card of a guy I had never heard of before, which is strange for me because I tend to remember most every player that suited up for the Wings since around 1997. It comes from 1999-00 Ultimate Victory and features Marc Rodgers. Apparently he played 21 games with Detroit that season. 

Here we have a bit of an older one from 199-96 Upper Deck Collectors Choice. It features Keith Primeau and comes from the platinum players club parallel set. Its the base design with a silver foil treatment and the extra words added along the top. 

Also from 1994-95, there was this one of Sergei Fedorov. It comes from 1994-95 Fleer Ultra and is part of the Premier Pivots insert set. For whatever reason, I really like the background design on this one. The red and white of the Wings jersey provides a nice contrast to it. 

Up next is a newer one from 2006-07 Upper Deck, specifically the Shootout Artists insert set. It features Jason Williams who was actually pretty good at the whole shootout thing with the Wings. He went 5 for 7 (71.4%) the season before, so I'm guessing that's why he was included in this set. He was even better than Datsyuk that season in the shootout.  

Finally, the last card I have to show for these two decades comes from 1994-95 Pinnacle, another set I remember having a ton of as a kid. This one though, is a Rink Collection parallel which I did not have many of. It features Dino Ciccarelli and definitely looks better in person than in the scan. The silver foil pattern is actually pretty cool. 

That's it for now, man this post took a while to put together now, but it was definitely worth it. I love getting to show off cards from my favorite team like this. I also picked up some even older Wings cards from the quarter box, but didn't want to cram them all into one super long post, so those should be up here soon. Stay tuned for that.