Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jimmy Howard: Card Show Pickups

It's taken almost two weeks now, but I can finally be done with the posts featuring pickups from my recent Gibraltar card show trip. The first of the lot was this base card from 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 1, featuring a nice low-angle shot that you don't see all the time. I just wish it didn't have the same picture as this year's Score design, oh well what can you do?

Next was another card from 2011-12 UD Series 1, the canvas version of the base card, which features and even better action shot of Jimmy, as you can see he just barely made a reaching glove save on the shot. I will say I like the idea of this parallel set, as it gives me something to chase that's not serial numbered in addition to the numbered Exclusives parallels.

This one just perplexes me. It's a base card from 2011-12 OPC, but has a picture of Jimmy from the 2005-06 season on the front. I don't understand why UD couldn't have gone with a newer picture, but it is what it is I guess. Other than that the design isn't the greatest, but it could have been worse. They just really need to reduce the size of the OPC logo on these things, don't they?

This is just the rainbow parallel of the same card. It's printed on shiny card stock and has a rainbow tint to it. The only major difference is the color of the text on the front beneath the OPC logo. Now I just need to track down the black border and blank back parallels.

Here we have another Net Cam insert, this time from 2011-12 Score. At least this one has a different pic than last year, unlike the Rinne I pointed out a few weeks back. As overdone as this idea is, I still like these cards for some reason.

Now were getting to the better stuff. This was the only memorabilia card I picked up at the show. It's a single color jersey card from 2006-07 Between The Pipes. The swatch is actually from one of Howard's Grand Rapids Griffins jerseys, which explains the blue color.

Here's the card I got as part of the trade I mentioned earlier. I took some of my Wings traders with me hoping I could use them for something this is what I came home with. It's the premier date parallel, as evident by the Dec 14, 2010 at the bottom, and is numbered 095/100. It's hard to see in the scan, but this is in fact another sticker auto.

That's it for now. These latest pickups bring my Howard collection to 96, including duplicates, so it's more like 90 unique pieces overall. Now I definitely have 100 in my sights and hope to get there sometime before Christmas rolls around.