Friday, August 18, 2017

Dominik Hasek: Card Show Pickups

Dominik Hasek was my favorite player when I was a young kid back in the 90's. I've always been on the lookout for his cards, but he was never my main PC guy like Jimmy Howard. That is still the case, but I do like to grab cards of his when the price is right, or if something just catches my eye like the first one I have to show today.

This Hasek card comes from 1995-96 Leaf Limited. I remember having just a couple of these cards as a kid and I thought they were the coolest thing. Even today, they still look great. They are even better looking in person when the light hits the background.

This next one is from a set I've never seen before. I am familiar with the base 2001-02 Topps design, I mean who could forget that obnoxious blue design, but not this particular version of it. This is slightly different with a rainbow finish and the 2002 All Star Game logo added to the front. Apparently it is part of a special six card set from Topps.

Sometimes I forget that Hasek spent some time in Ottawa. This Fleer Ultra card is a good reminder of that and has a nice overall look to it. The gold tinted background, for the Gold Medallion parallel, helps the player image really stand out.

Here's one from 2007-08 Upper Deck. It is part of the Clutch Performers set and has a nice action shot of Hasek from that season. While I like the mask design he went with that year, the one he had from 2001-02 when they won the Cup will always be one of my favorites.

This next one from the 1998-99 SPx Lasting Impressions set is pretty neat, although it did not scan the greatest. It has a giant gold foil impression toward the bottom and the entire card has a silver foil finish. Its pretty thick too so it feels like a premium card.

Here's another card that did not scan all that well. It comes from the 1999-00 Upper Deck Headed for the Hall set. They we're definitely right with their prediction of Hasek going into the Hall of Fame. He was inducted back in 2014 along with Forsberg, Blake and Modano.

This next one caught my eye when I was sorting through one of the $1 boxes. It comes from the 2000-01 UD Reserve Big Ticket set. I always like cards showing Hasek in this particular Sabres jersey so this was a nice add to the collection.

Finally we have an interesting die-cut card from the 90's. This one comes from the 1996-97 Upper Deck 3 Star Selects set. It is cut so it can be paired up with two other cards. It's a neat idea, but I would be worried about keeping all the cut corners in good shape.

So that's eight new additions to my Dominator collection. I'm hoping none of these are actually duplicates, but its been so long since I went through everything of his to know what I do and don't already have. One of these days I'll have to see what I do have and come up with an accurate total.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Goaltending Gallimaufry: Card Show Pickups

Gallimaufry [gal-uh-maw-free] A hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.

As with every card show I attend, I was on the lookout for cards that would fit into my Gallimaufry project. Usually I can at least find a few and this time was no different. I was able to find a nice trio in one of the $1 boxes.

My favorite of the three was this Sebastien Centomo from 2002-03 SPx. At first glance this seems like another holy grail for this project, similar to the Jeff Hackett monstrosity that I posted a few years ago. There sure are a lot of colors on this one. 

The pads and gloves wouldn't look out of place if he was picture in the Leafs regular uniform. Since this is a throwback jersey, it violates one of the original rules I set for this project. The red mask saves it though, so it is now part of the collection.

Young Guns from Upper Deck are always a good place to look for Gallimaufry candidates. Since they include all kinds of rookies, there are bound to be some goalies who were called up before getting equipment to math their NHL team. 

This Tyson Sexsmith from 2012-13 is a perfect example. he is shown in a Sharks jersey, but with dark red and black gear from his time with the Vancouver Giants.


The last one I picked up at the show was this Michael Wall from 2005-06 Upper Deck Rookie Update. Talk about a great last name for a goalie. Anyway, he is shown in the Mighty Ducks white uniform with primary black gear. I can't quite figure out what team his mask was from, but it definitely clashes with the Mighty Ducks look.

That's it for now. This still has to be my favorite side project as I never know what I'm going to find and there will always be cards like these. I'm closing in on 200 different cards now so that's kind of neat. I'll need to hit up a few more shows to get to that number though.

Goaltending Gallimaufry Count: 190

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Masks: Card Show Pickups

Mask cards are some of my favorites and I am always on the lookout for them at card shows. This time around, I was able to come up with six, all from one seller. They were in the $2 box, but I got them all together for $10, so not too bad of a deal if you ask me.

The first three come from the 1993-94 Pinnacle Masks set. These are one of the better looking Pinnacle Mask designs in my opinion. I like how they kept the background relatively simple so the mask design can be the center of attention. 

The first on features Grant Fuhr's mask from his time with Buffalo. I'm not very familiar with this mask, but it does look pretty sweet. Its got the Sabres logo front and center and Furh's name on the chin. The actual buffalo on the side is pretty cool too.

Then there was this one featuring Wendell Young's Tampa Bay Lightning mask. This one is a bit simpler, but you can definitely tell which team its for. The lightning bolts on the top are cool and there is just a little blue to bring it all together.

Another Lightning mask, this time from Pat Jablonski. This one is similar to Young's design and even has the actual team logo front and center. I like the look of this one although you can't see any of the side detail in this picture of it.

Up next are the first three cards I've gotten for "The Mask" set from 2001-02 BAP Between the Pipes. These cards look much better in person than they do in these scans. The background is a little more distracting that the older Pinnacle set, but still looks pretty cool.

The first one features Ron Tugnutt's mask from Columbus. Tugnutt had a lot of masks with this splash theme. Click here to see my previous post about his masks. I love the look of Stinger the mascot on the top of the mask. It really pops with the electric green color.

The next one features Miikka Kiprusoff's mask from San Jose. Sometimes I forget that Kiprusoff started out in San Jose. This mask is pretty neat with his nickname on the chin and the sharks fin logo on the top. The splash effect around the cage is pretty cool too.

Finally we have Steve Shields' mask from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. This mask design is great and the purple really helps it stand out from the background of the card. The terminator looking duck is awesome if you ask me, especially with all those teeth.

These six are a nice addition to my growing Mask card collection. I now have 30 different cards all together. As much as I like the newer designs from BAP and ITG, the original Pinnacle sets are still my favorites. It would be nice if someone brought these back today instead of the Masked Men sets that are out there. For whatever reason, these just seem cooler when the mask is by itself.

Monday, August 14, 2017

MVP Stanley Cup Edition Update

In addition to the four Silver Scripts I was able to add to my set project from the 20 packs I bought recently, I pulled three insert cards that I didn't already have. Even though these insert cards are not really the primary focus of my MVP Stanley Cup Edition project, it is still nice to add some once in a while. Who doesn't love late 90's / early 00's inserts?

The first one and my favorite of the three is this Pavel Bure, which is #PH6 in the Playoff Heroes insert set. These cards are covered in rainbow foil and look great in person. 

The other two cards came from the Second Season Snipers insert set. The first one was #SS3 and features Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche.

The other one is #SS11 and features Mats Sundin of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

This is another set covered in rainbow foil and it looks much better in person than in the scans. This update gives me three out of ten for the Playoff Heroes set and eight out of twelve for the Second Season Snipers set. Not much further to go for either one now.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Silver Script Update

These Silver Scripts are a lot more common than their serial numbered counterparts in MVP Stanley Cup Edition, so whenever I have an update on my progress it is usually more than one card at a time. In this case, these are the results of the 20 packs I bought on eBay recently. I actually pulled twelve of them, but only ended up needing these four.

The first one is card #87 featuring Rob Blake of the Los Angeles Kings.

Next was card #103 featuring Patric Kjellberg of the Nashville Predators.

Next was #167 featuring Vinny Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The last one was #209 featuring Barret Jackman of the Regina Pats. 

These four bring my Silver Script total to 140/220, which is just under 64% complete now.

Its too bad that only four of the twelve we needed for my set. Either way, it was still fun cracking open some packs of almost 20 year old product. It kind of makes me want to track down another box or two of this stuff just for the fun of it.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Card Show This Weekend

Card shows are something that I've always loved going to as far back as I can remember. When I was a kid my dad would take us to several shows a year. I would always enjoy seeing all the cool stuff available and usually get myself some nice Red Wings stuff. 

This weekend I am planning on going to one of the places my dad took me to the most for the very last sports card and memorabilia show there ever as the place is closing down after 37 years of business. It's a bit of a bummer for me because my house now is only about 15 minutes away and it's the only place I've been going to for card shows lately. Double bummer because the model train show I go to every year was held there.

Anyway, I'm hoping that there will at least be a decent showing this last time so I can maybe grab some stuff for my various collection projects. It's nowhere near as big as it used to be, but the last couple have been pretty decent so we'll see what happens.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

MVP Stanley Cup Edition Update

Now that I am back into blogging about cards, at least for now, I thought it would be good idea to do an overall update on the progress of my MVP Stanley Cup Edition project. I've been working on this project one way or another for 17 years now, so it will be nice to have an update like this at a fixed point in time so I can look back at it in the future. 

At one point, I decided to start working on a master set including all the inserts, autos and memorabilia cards, but since then I've backed off a bit from that goal to just pursue the Silver, Gold and Super script parallels. After all, those are what really got me into this set.

For anyone that hasn't read my posts back in 2009, I've been into this set since it came out all because of the Dominik Hasek card shown below. He was my favorite player in the late 90's and early 00's and that made pulling this card from a pack that much more exciting. This card immediately became the centerpiece of my collection.

Just pulling this would have been enough for me with Hasek being my favorite player and all. However, I was lucky enough to pull a second one from another pack, this time featuring Alexei Kovalev of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Those two cards were my favorites for a very long time and I still enjoy looking at them 17 years later.

As of writing this post, I have managed to put together 258 of a possible 660 script parallels, which is just under 40% of way there. Of those 258, I've been able to create several complete Rainbows including the base cards. Here's a look at some of them:

If you have any of these script parallels you're looking to get rid of, feel free to leave a comment below as I would definitely be open to making some new trades. I don't really have a want list, I just know which ones I already have.

On a side note, now that I'm more actively searching eBay again, I was lucky enough to find and win a lot of 20 unopened packs of this stuff. I know buying loose packs like this could be a gamble, but that's ok with me as I only ended up paying $15 including shipping.

I know I'm going to end up with a ton of base cards that I already probably have two or three copies of, but that's alright with me if I have a chance an pulling some of the script parallels. As soon as I have a chance to get these opened and sorted I'll post an update with anything new for my set project.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cardboard Creations: Country Stars

Between my recent Frontmen II custom set and stumbling across some Panini country music cards on eBay, I decided to go ahead and make myself a set of card featuring some of my favorite country artists. I've been into country music since I was a kid back in the 90's so this seemed like another fun way to work in some of my other interests here.

I used the same basic template as the Frontmen sets, but made some tweaks here and there. Considering these went from just an idea to a completed concept in less than a day, I'm pretty happy with the results. My favorite new feature for this set has to be the marquee lights that follow the borders on the top and bottom. 

I even worked in a little hockey with a new version of the Predators shoulder patch logo. I figured with it being a guitar pick and all, it would work perfectly here. I just changed the colors and the initials at the bottom are for the name of this set. The first one of this new set features my favorite new country artist Luke Combs.

The other really neat feature that I randomly added at the last minute is the faded silhouette of the Nashville skyline at the bottom. Since I was not using that area for a band logo this time, I needed to do something and this seem like a cool idea. 

Here are the rest of them together: 

I really like how these turned out. I have one other music themed set idea I'm working on so hopefully I'll be able to get that posted here sometime soon. I do in fact plan on posting about hockey cards again, I just really got into designing these things for the moment.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cardboard Creations: Frontmen II

One of the things I really enjoyed back when I was blogging about cards more frequently was creating my own custom card designs. Even through the last few breaks I've taken from collecting, I was working on several custom sets. At this point its actually been more than four years since I last posted a custom design here on the blog. 

You might think I would jump back into this with a hockey set, but that is not the case as you can probably tell from the title of this post. It is in fact an update on the "Frontmen" set I posted all the way back in August of 2011. Click here to see that post for reference. Basically its a set featuring the lead singers from some of my favorite rock bands.

Since the focus of the set is the same as last time, I decided to keep the design relatively the same. I experimented with some radically different designs, but in the end settled on something that was similar to the first set, but not exactly the same.

As with most of my Cardboard Creations posts, I will show a larger version of a single card then all nine together. I chose to show this one of Rick DeJesus because his group Adelitas Way is by far my current favorite band. They've been putting out albums since 2011 and have a great overall sound as a modern hard rock band. Here's a look at the card:

I wanted to keep the same basic details as the first version, so I have the name of the set at the top along with the little singer silhouettes, the name below that, then the picture and the city name below that. At the bottom is the name and/or logo for the band. The biggest differences are the font and the background texture.

Here are the rest of them together:

While this isn't a hockey design, going through the process of finishing it combined with a look back at some of my other sets has me wanting to do more on the hockey side of things. Hopefully I will be able to put a few things together in the near future. I've already got some ideas, so we'll see what happens.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Super Script Update

Wow, its hard to believe that its been over two years since I last posted a Super Script update. I guess that goes to show you how rare these things are these days. Even though I haven't posted much here in the last couple of years, I've always been on the lookout for these things on eBay. Usually they are listed for more than I want to pay.

This time I found a good deal and put in an early bid when I found the listing. I was the only bidder and won this one for $10 including shipping. It features Andrei Nikolishin of the Washington Capitals. It is card #192 in the set and is serial numbered 04/25. 

This one brings my Super Script total to 59 out of 220, which is just about 27% of the entire set. That doesn't seem like a big number, but that's ok as I realize a set like this will take some time to put together. Hopefully I can find some more this year.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fixing Up The Place

While I've been busy with life and my model railroading over the last year or so, I still have not forgotten about collecting cards or this blog. I will occasionally visit this site just to check out other sites from my blogroll. Sometimes when I'm doing that I will even take a look back at my older posts just for fun. 

Well, I happen to be doing that other day and realized that something was up with all of the older posts that link back to my Photobucket account for the scans. Turns out they eliminated free 3rd party hosting for the type of account I have there. Now they want $399 a year for 3rd party hosting, so I am in the process of going back and replacing all of my Photobucket links with pictures from my Google account.

This is going to be a real pain, but I guess that's what I get for using a free service for this long. On the plus side, it has me going back and reading a lot of my posts from years ago, which is actually kind of fun. I've even found a few spelling and formatting errors which are also in the process of being fixed.

I believe all of the broken links are for scans from my old scanner so the pictures aren't even the best quality. Maybe I'll pull out as many of the cards as I can from those old posts and just re-scan them for better quality pictures.

Anyone else dealing with this Photobucket issue right now? If you are using 3rd party hosting for your blog pictures, what are some good sites for that?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Box Break: Inkworks Jericho Season One

It seems like forever since I've done a box break. After taking a look back, I realized the last time was over three years ago. Anyway, for whatever reason I've been interested in my small collection of entertainment cards again recently. That made me do some searching online for more sets I could get into. Then I happened to stumble across the listing on eBay for this box and decided to go for it since Jericho is one of my favorite shows. I got a great deal and this only set me back $20 including shipping.

If you are not familiar with Jericho, click here for more information. Basically its a post-apocalyptic action-drama that focuses on a small Kansas town in the aftermath of a nuclear attack on the US. It ran for two seasons on CBS from 2006-2008. 

This set was produced by the now defunct Inkworks company back in 2007. There are 72 cards in the main set along with some insets, autographs and memorabilia cards. This box has 6 cards per pack and 36 packs. On average there should be one autograph and one Pieceworks card per box. Here is a look at the box top:

I'll start things off with the title card. This is card #1 in the set and the front has a generic promo shot of the main cast of the show. I really like the font on the word Jericho as well as the textures and color fade from top to bottom.

The back has some generic info about the show and a promo shot of the four members of the Green family. It also lists the producers and creators of the show, which I thought was a nice touch. The texture and color fade is similar to the front.

Here is a look at the checklist. The front is an image of the flag for the new Allied States of America from season two. It's obviously based on the real United States flag. The stripes were made vertical to represent the new fictional nation going in a new direction.

The back lists all of the cards in the main set, which is comprised of three subsets: characters, episodes, and behind the scenes. There are only 72 cards in all, so not the biggest set, but enough to nicely capture the first season of Jericho.

The first of the character cards is Jake Green, who is played by Skeet Ulrich. The front has a nice almost half body image that fills out the center of the card nicely. The overall design is a bit of a departure from the title card, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I like how there are some nice straight lines and then some eroded lines, it gives the overall card a balanced look while not being too gaudy.

The back of the card is similar to the front with the same color scheme and parts of the same perimeter design. There is a new picture on the back along with a brief write up on the character. Not a bad looking design at all if you ask me.

After the character cards, there are 44 cards focusing on the episodes of season one. Each of the 22 episodes has two cards. This one is the first card for the pilot episode. These cards look much more like the header card, which is a good thing. I like the horizontal setup since the images are taken right from the show.

One interesting thing to note about the back of this card is the opening Morse code listed below the paragraph. Each episode starts with the word "Jericho" displayed on the screen and the only audio playing is Morse code, which means something specific to each episode. In this case for the pilot, "JERICHO PILOT" was the message.

After the episode cards, there were seven of these Behind the Scenes cards. These cards have some additional information about the show that wasn't necessarily in one of the episodes. This one focuses on the cities that were bombed during the initial attack.

The design of these cards is somewhere between the character cards and the episode cards. definitely not a bad overall look to them. The back of the card lists all the cities from the first attack. Looks like there's a few hockey cities on there.

Now onto the inserts. There are several types of inserts available. The first one is the box loader card. There are three of these available. I got the second card in the set that features the Green family of Jericho. This one was really foily so it didn't scan the best.

The back of the card was not foil, so it looks much better in the scan. This one has a nice write up on the Green family who are the primary characters in season one.

Then there was the "Survivors" set and I was able to get two of these: this one featuring Robert Hawkins and another featuring Dale Turner and Gracie Leigh. These are also really foily so the scan looks pretty bad. I do like the design of the front though.

These cards focus more on the actors than the characters, as evident by the write up on the back of this one. That's ok though, I think mixing in this kind of information is a great idea for a set about a TV show, which wouldn't be what it is without the actors.

The last insert set called "Fallout" is a cool one that is made up of a nine-card portrait. I got three of the nine, so I have a ways to go. These are also foily so the scan isn't the greatest.

The back of the card shows the entire portrait, which would look awesome all together in a nine pocket page. It also has a short write up about the scene depicted.

As far as true "hits" this product has autographs and Pieceworks memorabilia cards. The stated odds were one of each per box on average, so I had my hopes up for at least one of each. Well, I did get of each and couldn't be happier. I'm just really glad I didn't hit one of the autograph cards that were only available via redemption since Inkworks has been out of business for years now.

Up first is a hard-signed auto of Sprague Grayden, who plays Heather Lisinski on the show. It's a good looking card with a nice promo shot of Grayden and a nice blank space for a signature. Even her signature is nice looking, which is always a good thing.

Last but not least is my one Pieceworks card from the box: a dual costume card of Ashley Scott who plays Emily Sullivan on the show. There are pieces of her top and jeans specifically from the second episode of the show's first season.

I love that card because its awesome to have a piece of memorabilia from a specific episode. Any time I watch that episode now, I can enjoy the fact that I have a small part of it in my collection. This is much more appealing to me than your everyday hockey jersey card, unless it mentioned exactly which games the jersey was worn in. I know sometimes on rare occasions they do, but not all the time.

So that's it for my second entertainment card box break. I have to say I really enjoyed this one as Jericho is one of my favorite shows. I did end up with a complete base set as promised, so I can mark this one complete. Now I would like to maybe work on the insert sets and possibly the autos and memorabilia sets.