Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Goaltending Gallimaufry: A Mini PC Project

Gallimaufry - A hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley. 

Now that's a word you don't associate with much of anything nowadays, let alone hockey cards. How many times have you seen pictures of goalies with mismatched equipment (i.e. orange pads with a red jersey, teal blocker/glove with a blue jersey, etc.)? I know I've seen quite a few and it always intrigues me, as there is just something neat about it.

That said, I've decided I want to start a mini-PC project focusing on cards that feature goalies in their mismatched equipment, as such cards tend to stand out to me right away. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about:

One of the neat things about this project is going to be determining the reason why a given set of equipment is such a mismatch. For example, Osgood signed with the Islanders and just took a little while to change his color scheme, he was even rocking the red pants for a while. Then there's a case like Cujo, where I've heard he just wore the black pads out of spite for the organization with the goaltending carousel that year.

As far as examples of actual cards, I have a few I came across the other day, but no scans yet. I would say I've got at least ten or so waiting to be scanned and cataloged.

Since I've already got two set projects going, this is nice because it gives me something to do as far as other base cards. Now I find myself sorting through binder after binder and box after box looking for more of these things. 

Finally, I'm going to lay some ground rules for myself on this one: 
  1. At least one piece of equipment must be a significant mismatch in the photo.
  2. Things like throwback and all star jerseys clashing with equipment do not count.
  3. Old school pads/gloves/blockers (the brown ones) obviously don't count. 
  4. I want to keep this exclusive to base and very low-end inserts only.
That's all I can think of for now, should be an intersting project. What do you guys think?

Goaltending Gallimaufry Count: TBD

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cardboard Creations: Last Line of Defense Part II

This set is quickly becoming one of my favorites of what I've done so far, as it provides a good look into the history of the team I grew up loving and still do to this day. Last time around I asked you guys for some suggestions and now it's time for my end of the deal.

First, I'd like to thank the following people for their suggestions:
  • Dirty Dangle (Vernon)
  • Captain Canuck (Sauve, Low, and Rutherford)
  • Sal (Chevrier and St. Laurent)
  • Brad (Hodson)
I should mention there were a few others I wasn't able to get to as by the time I read them I already had a few designs completed (in this case the Essensa and Hanlon). So without further ado, here are the next nine cards in my 'Last Line of Defense' set:

Out of this group, the only two I was ever able to watch were Vernon and Hodson. Other than that, I just have a few cards of guys like Hanlon and Essensa in my collection. The rest are, well, just part of history to me.

So what do you guys think, how did this round turn out?

Project Status
Number of Former Wings Goalies Completed: 18
Number of Former Wings Goalies Remaining: 61

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Picks # 69: Steve Shields

This pick involves two of my favorite things about the game of hockey: jerseys and goalie masks. The card I'm referring to is a Steve Shields from 2003-04 Pacific, one of the best Pacific base set designs in my opinion. It's really too bad that they got out of the hockey card business, as they had some great stuff over the years.

As you can see in the scan above, this card depicts Shields during his time with the Boston Bruins. More importantly though, it shows him in one of my favorite mask designs of all time as well as one of my favorite third jerseys of all time. 

First, lets start with the goalie mask part of the equation. This card features probably the greatest tribute mask I've seen, so much so that I even did another 'My Picks' showcasing it on another card altogether. Check out that post by clicking here.

Here you can see a closeup of Shields "tribute" mask on the left and on the right you can see the actual mask worn by Gerry Cheevers during his time with the Bruins. 

I don't think Shield's mask could've been done any better. It's got a great level of detail to it, all the way down to the hair and ears painted on the sides of the mask. It's also a plus that he went with the white wire cage as any other color would have clashed too much with the white painted mask design.

Now, for the second part of the equation, the third jersey. This one is a bit on the older side, at least in terms of third jerseys, as it debuted back in 1995-96. For a better look, click here to head on over to Third String Goalie, where this picture is from. 

This one is definitely at the top of my replica jersey want list, right up there with the Islanders "Fisherman" jersey and the Kings "Burger King" jersey. I just love the color of it, especially the brown bear face on the front. Then there's the unique choppy-edge pattern on the bottom and on the arms. Somehow it all just works together.

So there's my take. What do you guys think of both the mask and the jersey? 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cardboard Creations: 66-67 Parkhurst

When it comes to custom card designs, the easiest thing to do is take an existing design and either completely recreate it or use it as a starting point and change it up a bit. This edition of Cardboard Creations would be the latter. If you don't know, this set is based on the Parkhurst design from 1966-67. 

I wanted to do something a bit older than 1997 this time around so I figured I'd fire up the Delorean and go all the way back to the 60's. Not as far as my 54-55 Topps creations, but close enough. As usual, here's a closer look at the Howard I came up with. 

Here are some of the originals: 


At first glance these look pretty much like the originals, but if you take close look and compare the two, mine have a couple of differences. The biggest thing was layering the pictures behind the left-side team color borders, where the originals are on top. Other than that, I decided not to tint the background, leaving them a neutral grey color. 

Here's a look at the rest of them together: 

One thing you may notice is that I actually stuck with nothing but Original Six teams this time around. That just made sense for some reason, as you can never go wrong with any of these teams.

So what do you guys think, how do they look? 

By the way, I've taken some of you suggestions on my 'Last Line of Defense' set and worked up another set of nine cards, looks for those in the next few days.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Picks # 68: Ray Ferraro

At first glance you may wonder why the heck I would choose this card as one of 'My Picks', but there's a good reason for it, I'll get to that in a minute. I looks like just another one of those cards with an awful off-ice shot that seemed to be a pretty common thing in the 90's.

It's a Ray Ferraro base card from 1994-95 Topps Stadium Club. This is one of the sets that were a key part of my collection as a kid. Back then all I could get were random grab bag boxes containing stuff from the mid 90's and I remember having a ton of these ones. 

While it's not the greatest design in the world, mainly because of the randomly placed rectangles of red, blue, and green, it could have been worse. I do like that there is plenty of room left for the picture, even though some of them weren't the best. That said, this one is kind of unique.

Similar to the Patrick Kane pre-rookie card, seen here over at MHCO, this card features a potential future NHL'er as a young kid. According to Wikipedia, Ferraro has two sons from his first marriage, Matt born in 1988 and Landon in 1991. That leads me to believe those are the two featured on this card with their father. If someone knows otherwise, please let me know. There's a chance this could just be Ferraro posing with two random kids, in which case I'll look like an idiot for doing this pick.

If you're thinking so what, it's a guy and his two kids, why is that significant? Well, if you follow the Red Wings at all (or the draft really closely for that matter) then you probably know what I'm getting at. Landon was drafted by the Red Deer Rebels in 2006 and then the Detroit Red Wings in 2009 (2nd round, 32nd overall).

Ferraro is still in the farm system at this point, looking to make the team in Grand Rapids for the upcoming season. Hopefully he can do that and soon be wearing the winged wheel on the ice, making for another father/son combo to have made it in the NHL. Red Wings Central projects Ferraro as a second line center, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Besides the Patrick Kane, do you know of any other cards that feature NHL'ers as kids?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pack Break: 2011-12 Victory

It's been quite a while now since I've done any pack breaks, and for good reason, as I have no interest in adding unnecessary base cards to my collection, but sometimes I just can't help myself. I needed to break a ten and Target had packs of the new Victory for $0.99, so I figured why not check it out. Worst case I get nothing but crap and I'm out a dollar, best case I get a Howard black parallel. Hey, one can always hope, right?

Is there anyone out there not sick of seeing Crosby on wrappers? I really wish UD would use someone else for a change (maybe Stamkos, anyone really).

Anyway, here are the six cards I ended up with:

Hey, a goalie, not a bad place to start for someone who is a goalie collector. This card really make me want the Ducks to drop their pathetic word mark logo and just go with the webbed D on the front of their jerseys, sometimes I forget just how awful these jerseys are. 

Now this guy I really don't know much about other than he plays for the Islanders. I will say that I do like the direction they went with their jerseys lately, that is until the new black third they recently came up with.

What do you know, another guy I really don't know much about other than the team he plays for. What can I say, I've lost touch with everything other than the Red Wings in the last few years being busy graduating college and all. One of these days I'm going to get the Center Ice package so I can get back to watching as much hockey as I used to.

This may look like a Steven Stamkos base card, but it's not, it's actually a checklist. I would've never know had I not looked at the back of the card. I think if you're going to have a CL, you might as well make it somewhat different than the base cards, am I right?

Well, here's the one rookie or insert I was promised. I've never heard of Alex Stalock, but hey a rookie is a rookie. I actually like the Victory RC design this year, much more than last year for sure. It's different, yet kind of the same as the base cards, a perfect middle ground.

Here's the MVP card I got. This set is actually pretty sharp looking. I just wish they would go back to the old school 'MVP' logo from the early 2000's. Other than that this design is pretty simple, and I like that. I just wish there was  Howard card in the set for me to go after.

All in all not bad for just a dollar. Now, I try not to complain about things in the hobby all that much, but am I the only one who finds it completely ridiculous that the first 2011-12 product is out even before the last two from 2010-11 are released, let alone the fact that this set was out more than a month before the start of the season?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cardboard Creations: Last Line of Defense

Lately my custom card sets have featured current goaltenders, mainly because I like to keep things consistent and it's a lot easier to find current photos these days. That said, this set is a bit different. It's called 'Last Line of Defense' which I know isn't all that original, but it works, and it will feature both past and present goaltenders.

Now, as you probably know I'm a Red Wings fan and I love goalies. Well, this set is all about those two things. After reading Michael's last goalie project post over at Collecting for Kicks, I thought it would be neat to do something similar with the Wings. Then I thought about it for a second, and that would pretty much be impossible, so I decided I wanted to just create my own cards, especially for some of the old timers.

This first one is an example of a guy whose RC would be pretty hard to come by, at least for me. As far as the design, I started with the vertical card template, added the circular cutout, and kind of just ran with it from there. The shield logo in the middle is something I happen to stumble upon and I thought it would look good and kind of go along with the whole last line of defense idea.

The background is just a generic fractal I found on Google. Beyond that I added the corner elements just to break up the background a little bit. You may also notice the font looks familiar, that's because it's the same one I used on my recent 'Frontmen' custom set.

The one thing I did want to do was add the years in which each goaltender played with the Wings. For some this will be just a year and others it will be two or three stints kind of like Terry Sawchuk or Dominik Hasek.

Obviously Detroit being an Original Six team means they have had a ton of goaltenders over the years. According to The Goalies Archive, the Red Wings have had 84 different goaltenders between 1932 and 2011. That's including the current group of Howard, McCollum, Conklin, and MacDonald though, so my set will probably consist of the 79 former goaltenders, everyone from Sawchuk to Osgood.

Here are the first nine of them together:

As you can see, I've got a variety of goaltending eras from Detroit's history represented here. I've got every decade since the 40's covered in this group. Since I'm only 22 though, I've only had the pleasure of seeing five of these guys actually play (Legace, Joseph, Hasek, Ranford, and Osgood). I know of the rest, I just never had the chance to see them play.

Now that I've got the design down, I'm working on the next group of nine. The hardest part is finding quality images for some of the older goaltenders, especially the ones that only played a handful of games for the Wings.

So what do you guys think? Any suggestions for goalies I should include in the next nine?

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Picks # 67: Eric Fichaud

Sometimes these picks are more about the photo on the card than the actual card itself, and that can be for a number of reasons, anything from a unique action shot or in this case the jersey being worn in the photo. This pick is an Eric Fichaud of the Islanders from 1997-98 Score, of course featuring the famous 'Fisherman' jersey from back in the day.

As much as people in general don't like this thing, I can honestly say I love it and would have to put it near the top of my replica jersey want list. I don't know what it is, but I just like the overall color scheme and it was something different, which is usually a good thing. 

Speaking of (supposedly) horribly designed Islanders jerseys, head on over to Icethetics for a look at the latest monstrosity to come out of Long Island. Most would say it makes the 'Fisherman' jersey look like a work of pure genius. 

The other neat part about this card is that it gives a pretty good look at Fichaud's mask also featuring the fisherman logo. I believe Tommy Salo and Wade Dubielewicz were the only other Islanders' goalies to do this, but I'd be interested to see if I've missed anyone that's done so. Dubielewicz even did so long after these jerseys were retired.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jimmy Howard: Prized Prospects Auto Patch

It's only taken 15 months at this point, but I've finally been able to add some kind of memorabilia card to my Jimmy Howard collection, a Prized Prospects auto patch from the 2005-06 Fleer Hot Prospects set. This one's been on my radar for a while now, I just never wanted to pay $60+ for a BIN on ebay. 

It's a beauty, except for the sub-par auto, at least compared to what I normally see with Howard's signature. I love the fact that it's a nice, almost 50-50 split two-color patch. Most of these that I see are plain white. Anyway, check it out:

Luckily, I was able to snatch this one up for a nice $35. Isn't it weird that my last two Howard purchased have each totaled $35? As far as where it came from, I was contacted by a fellow member of SCF who was looking to sell off some stuff to fund his education. The best part was the guy ended up being local, so I just met up with him during my lunch break at the office on Friday for a quick and easy exchange. 

This is probably my second favorite card in the collection now, behind the Black Diamond 1/1 from a few months ago. I'm still kind of amazed that it's taken my this long to finally get any kind of jersey/patch card, as there are plenty out there.

What do you think, was $35 a good deal for this one? Another thing I want to know is have you had any good/bad experiences meeting in person with a complete stranger for a trade or purchase like this? I had no problem at all, but I'm sure we've all heard the Craig's List horror stories. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cardboard Creations: Frontmen

Just from the title of this post, something might seem a little off. That's because this one has nothing to do with hockey, well almost nothing. If I had to choose my second passion beyond hockey, it would be music. I love all kind of music, but I'm particularly fond of modern rock, and what doesn't go better with hockey than some good hard rock music?

That said, I thought it would be cool to create a custom card set featuring the lead singers of some of my favorite rock bands, hence the set name 'Frontmen.' Plus, it's Friday, so I though why not change things up a bit for once?

Here's a look at one of the 'Frontmen' cards I came up with:

The overall design is pretty simple. Aside from the obvious task of identifying who the card features, there were a few other things I was looking to do. First, I wanted to have a nice large color picture right in the middle, check. Next I wanted to somehow work in the little singer silhouette, check. Lastly, I wanted to use actual logos/artwork from each band, rather than simply using plain old text for the band names, check.

You may also notice I included the name of a city on the front of the card as well. That city would be the one in which the band was formed, and I thought it would be neat to include that as part of the design.

Here are the rest of them together:

A few of the band have some ties to the game of hockey. First off, my favorite band, Dry Cell, was the feature artist on the commemorative DVD put together by Warner Brothers for the Red Wings 2002 Stanley Cup Championship.  Also, Chad Kroeger of Nickeback is a known Wings fan and has been spotted at Joe Louis Arena during recent playoff runs.

Not really sure if the other bands have ties to the game, but they all play great rock music and like I said earlier, what's better to go with hockey than some good hard rock?

As far as getting this set done, from concept to finished product, this set took me less than a day, which is probably the fastest I've ever come up with a nine-card custom set to date. I was just playing around with a design in Inkscape and somehow it just came together the way it did. The hardest part was probably finding just the right picture for each card followed by finding useable logos/word art for the bottom of each card. 

So there you have it, a little insight into something else I'm into other than hockey cards. What do you guys think? Do any of you share the same musical interests as me?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cardboard Creations: Fractal Masks Part II

Michael's mask design contest over at Collecting for Kicks got me thinking that I haven't done any mask related customs lately. It's been quite a while now since I rolled out the first nine cards in my latest goalie mask themed custom set, so I thought I was overdue for another installment of Fractal Masks.

I've been sitting on six completed designs for the last two months, so I just decided to power my way through the last three in about two hours to get another complete nine-card page. I've got the process pretty well honed in at this point, it's just a matter of finding the time.

This time around, all of the masks are painted by David Gunnarsson and can be found in his mask gallery. It's hard to find a better source for usable mask pics like these on the web. I do miss some of the cooler masks this way though, but that's alright as Gunnarsson's page showcases masks from around the world, and not just the NHL.

Here's a look at my favorite from this group:

How can you not love this mask? I'm pretty sure it's my new favorite mask in general, I mean come on it's got Homer Simpson on it. How cool is that? In case you're wondering, this mask was created for Thomas Halasz of HC Kosice in Slovakia. Check it out here.

Here's a look at all nine of them together:

As you can see, I tried to get a nice mix of masks from both the NHL and other leagues. This time around I've got two from the AHL, five from the NHL, and two from Europe. Other than the Halasz, my favorite would be a toss up between Valiquette's Spidey mask and Smith's Milwaukee Admirals mask. 

With this set, I've also continued using a different 'fractal' with each design. I think doing this makes each one kind of unique, plus it makes for a really cool looking nine-card page when it's all said and done.

So what do you guys think? Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Picks # 66: Pat LaFontaine

This pick actually comes from the huge garage sale lot I picked up last summer, it's just taken me this long to get to it. It's a 1993-94 Leaf Studio Signature Series featuring Pat LaFontaine of the Buffalo Sabres. First, here's a look at the card:

Now, let's take a closer look. The first thing I noticed was the embroidered Sabres logo taking up most of the background, a neat concept that I haven't seen on all that many cards. It looks to be from some kind of miniature patch version of the Sabres logo set on some kind of mesh material. The stitching just looks to big to be an actual crest, doesn't it?

I like that it has a decent upper body closeup picture, as a full body image seems like it would be overshadowed by the giant logo in the background. It's also nice that they used a pic of him in the white jersey, as opposed to the blue which may have blended in with the background a little too much.

Other than that, you've got the old Leaf logo in gold foil in the upper left hand corner. The text at the bottom along with the facsimile auto are in a kind of rainbow foil, although it's kind of hard to tell from the scan.

I did find one more of these, Wayne Gretzky, but I thought the blue and gold looked better than black and silver, plus LaFontaine is a local guy growing up only miles from where I live, so that's cool. It's a real shame the Wings missed out on him by one pick and got stuck with some guy whose name is always mispronounced, oh well, what are you gonna do? ;)

Speaking of the 1983 draft, did you know that was the only one in which I team did not participate? Apparently the Blues tried relocate to Saskatchewan, but were blocked by the NHL so they were not a part of the draft. Never knew that before today, I really love learning random facts like this.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thoughts: It's All In The Name

Here's an issue I'm sure not a lot of collectors have to deal with on a regular basis, at least when it comes to hockey. As you know I'm currently collecting Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, so what's problem you ask? Well, it's the fact that for all intents and purposes, he has gone by two different names, at least on cardboard, since his career began. 

I say on cardboard because in his rookie year, 2005-06, Upper Deck decided to go with 'Jim Howard' on all of his RC's, not a big deal, right? Well it wasn't, not until around 2009-10 when UD changed all of his cards to say 'Jimmy Howard' instead.

I'm not saying this is something to complain about, but it's slightly annoying when I'm on eBay, Zistle, or COMC and I have to sometimes search twice just to make sure I don't miss anything. When it really get's confusing is when people don't properly label their auctions, unless they straight up write something like 'Jim (Jimmy) Howard' in the description.

Here's a look at what I'm referring to, you've got Jim Howard on the left and Jimmy Howard on the right.

Relatively speaking this is only a minor issue, what I would really like to know is are there any players out there who legally changed their name during their career, meaning cards would've been produced before and after the switch.

The only case of this I know of is Mike Danton. He was born and drafted by the Devils as Mike Jefferson, but according to Wikipedia changed his name to Mike Danton when he became estranged from his family while with New Jersey.

As you can see below, you've got Mike Danton on the left and Mike Jefferson on the right. Now that seems like it would get interesting for a player collector, although I doubt there are any Danton/Jefferson collectors out there, as he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, but who knows.

There was one other similar switch I could think of off the top of my head, and that was Varlamov's first name switching from Simeon to Semyon. This is more like what I see with the Howard cards, as it wasn't really an actual name change.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Can you think of anyone else this would apply to? It would be interesting to see how many players have actually had cards produced for more than one name.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jimmy Howard: Card Show Pickups

Going into the show this time around, I was really only hoping to add some singles to my Howard collection and maybe a few cards for some other projects. Well, I managed to do pretty well on the Howard front, but not so well on the others. I ended up with 15 new cards, 13 of which were Howard's, for about $35. Now that's just a coincidence. 

Let's start with the base cards. First, I got this 2011-12 Victory (that's right, the first 2011-12 product is out even before the last of 2010-11, pretty stupid if you ask me) as a toss in when I bought ten or so of these cards from the first table. It's not the best Victory design, but I've definitely seen worse, they really need to stop using the huge Victory text behind the player images. Regardless, this one kicks off another year of player collecting. 

What do you know, another Victory (see what I mean about the huge Victory text, it's just awful). This one is from 2009-10 and helped me complete my first Howard rainbow. What I like about this one is that it shows one of his older masks, and any Wings mask that uses an octopus is cool in my book. Either way, it's still another one off the want list. 

Card number three, mask number three, I'm kind of liking this trend. Anyway, this one from 2008-09 Between The Pipes is probably my favorite Howard base card from ITG. There's just something about the design I can't get enough of. It's not overly complicated and the colors work well with the picture, and all the red really pops on the lighter blue background. 

The next one is from 2010-11 Panini All Goalies (I almost bought a box of this stuff for $13, but decided against it). I actually like the look of this set, especially the way the background fades to white all around the picture. Now I just need to track down the up-close parallel. 

This one's a bit different. It's a base card from 2010-11 Adrenalyn XL, the card game from Panini. Now, I have no clue how this game works, I'm not even sure why I bought this, I mean it's not really a card, right? Or is it? I'm leaning toward yes, because unlike a sticker, it's the same size of a normal card and on regular card stock. I don't know, what do you guys think of Adrenalyn XL, does it belong in player collections?  

Now onto the inserts. This one's a Netminders from 2010-11 Upper Deck. I'm not a huge fan of the design on the front, as it looks like it was thrown together in like five minutes. Regardless, its another card I'm glad to add to the collection for a decent price, especially not having to deal with shipping charges. 

This one's kind of neat. It's a 2010-11 Certified Mirror Red that doesn't seem all that special on the front. The neat thing, which I didn't even notice at first, is the fact that it's numbered 035/250. Sweet, my first jersey numbered parallel for the Howard collection, or as some would call it, an eBay 1/1. 

Earlier I mentioned the 2009-10 Victory base helped me complete my first rainbow, well here's the third and final part of the rainbow (I've had the black for a while now). 

To add to the Adrenalyn XL debate, I picked up this 'Special' parallel as part of the same lot. It's not serial numbered or anything, but I guess they're twice as rare as the base with odds of 1:2 packs. One thing I do like about this one is the fact that a completely separate photo is used for the parallel version as compared to the base. 

Here's one I've been looking to add for quite a while now. When these came out, I really like the look of the set, but wasn't lucky enough to pull one in the box I broke (I ended up with Vokoun instead). I know the idea is the newest in the world, but Panini managed to pull it off quite well this time around. 

This is another one I really like, although I've seen plenty of people call these 'pointless' or 'useless' inserts. Maybe to the ones all about the money, but not to me as they give me more cards to chase. I'm sure most of you player collectors would agree, am I right? 

That's it for the inserts, now it's time for a couple of autos. The first is this one from 2008-09 Between The Pipes. One thing I will say first is that ITG is pretty good about hiding the fact most of their stuff like this has sticker autos, you can barely tell it there with the border job they've done. Despite that, it's still another nice looking auto from Jimmy, unlike the next one, you'll see.

Here's the one that doesn't look so good, I guess this was one of the last stickers in a batch because it looks rushed, but hey another auto is another auto for the PC, right? One thing I don't like about this one is I wish they used a picture that better shows Jimmy's mask. 

That's it for now, 13 new cards for the collection, bringing me to 63 overall (61 unique). Looks like I might be able to get to 100 quicker than I thought, we'll see though...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Jimmy Howard: Collection Stats

In my last post I mentioned the Masked Marvels Gold made for a milestone in my Howard collection. Well, that card happens to be the 50th in the collection. That may not seem like much, but it's higher than I thought the number would've been at this point.

Now that I've hit a bit of a milestone at the 50 card mark for my Howard collection (including duplicates), I thought I would take a look at some stats of the collection.

Here's a look at what exactly the collection is comprised of at this point:

10 of 50 (20%) are Rookie Cards
17 of 50 (34%) are Base Cards
18 of 50 (36%) are Inserts of Parallels
5 of 50 (10%) are Autos / Memorabilia

Now, here's a look at where everything's come from:

2 of 50 (4%) have come from packs/boxes
9 of 50 (18%) have come from trades/purchases
14 of 50 (28%) have come from card shows/shops
25 of 50 (50%) have come from ebay/online

Another way of looking at things in a more macro kind of way is determining exactly how often I add to the collection. I've got 50 cards now, and it took me 455 days to get there, so that's a new card every 9.1 days. Not a bad pace considering I'm not collecting to my full potential yet, as I've got student loans to worry about for the foreseeable future.

On a completely different note, I think the worst part about this collection (and my other projects for that matter) is the percentage of overall money spent that goes toward shipping. I know it's bad when some of the time I'm paying nearly 3x the price of the card itself for shipping.

I'll try to do another recap like this when I hit the next big milestone of 100 cards. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Jimmy Howard: Recent Pickups

July was a pretty slow month as far as collecting goes, with a lot of other stuff going on (i.e. roller hockey, travel, etc.), but thanks to ebay I did manage to make several new additions to my Jimmy Howard collection. 

The first is this 2010-11 Luxury Suite Private Signings auto I picked up for just $11.56 delivered, not bad considering a lot of them have been going for at least $15 lately. These cards are actually pretty sharp if you ask me, and the best part is that they are hard-signed. 

The second is a base card from 2010-11 Playoff Contenders. Got it for $1.19 delivered, which definitely beats driving to a show around here and getting ripped off just because it's a Red Wings card in metro Detroit. Pretty neat idea for a base card, I just wish the borders were set equally distant from the top and bottom edges. 

The third is yet another base card, this time from 2010-11 Zenith. I got this one for just $1.00 delivered. The overall design of these cards is pretty boring if you ask me. The only thing they have going for them is the semi-painted look some of the player images have. 

Now for the best of the bunch, and the biggest surprise. It's a Masked Marvels Gold from 2010-11 Certified. A pretty nice looking insert from Panini if you ask me. The surprise though, I ended up winning the auction for only $0.95, less than I paid for the base cards. The only downside was the $3.50 shipping charge as this one came straight out of Germany. 

That's it for now. I will say one thing though, this last card marks a bit of a milestone in my Jimmy Howard collection. I'll share that in my next post, stay tuned...