Thursday, October 24, 2019

Goaltending Gallimaufry: Card Show Pickups

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

Finally, I can get back to sharing some new cards for my favorite side project. I've been searching for cards featuring mismatched goalie gear for over eight years now and I'm closing in on 200 total. This was supposed to just be a fun little side project when it started, but has actually become one of the bigger chunks of my active collection.

I love the fact that there is really no limit to the number of different sets and designs that can be included. Initially I thought these were not all that common, but the more I looked the more I could find. Goalies being traded and signing with new teams will never go away, so in theory neither will cards featuring these type of photos.

The first one we have today comes from 1995-96 Upper Deck and features former Islanders goaltender Tommy Salo. He is shown here in an Islanders road jersey, however pads and most notably his mask appear to be from a different team. That would be from his time with the Denver Grizzlies of the IHL. He actually led them to a championship in 1995.

Plus, how can you go wrong with a card that has a beach ball on it as the first one to show? That is something that fits in perfectly with this project.

Up next is another card from the same set, this time featuring Jocelyn Thibault. He is shown here with the Canadiens and your typical 'I just got traded' plain white mask. On top of that, the rest of his gear is still in Colorado colors as he was part of the Patrick Roy trade.

Here's a mismatch that's been shown here before on several cards. This base card from 1996-97 Fleer shows Damian Rhodes with the Ottawa Senators. While his mask and blocker had been updated to the Sens colors, the rest of his gear was still Maple Leaf blue. It's not as obvious here as on other cards because of the team logo and the snow spray.

Up next is one of the more interesting action shots I've found for this project. This 1994-95 Upper Deck base card shows Rick Tabaracci several feet off the ice likely leaping over his fallen teammate. The obvious mismatch here is the black pads and gloves against the red, white and blue of the Capitals old jerseys.

I'm not sure why he was wearing black equipment at this point in time. Tabaracci was traded to the Caps from Winnipeg back in March of 1993. A quick web search shows he was wearing all black pads with the Jets too. Their colors were the same as the Caps, so none of this adds up. I guess he just wanted to keep it simple and stick with all black, which worked out once he was subsequently traded to the Calgary Flames later in 1995.

Last but not least we have Chris Terreri shown playing for the San Jose Sharks. There is some red on his gear that makes for a stark contrast to the teal. This was because Terreri was traded from the Devils in November of 1995. The funny part is that the back of the card shows a picture of him with new gear in Sharks colors. 


Technically this did not come from the show. I happened to find it when sorting through my old binders the other day. I must have just missed it when I went searching through them years ago for these things. This is one of my favorite Collector's Choice sets from the 90's.

Unfortunately, that's it for now. Finding these really makes me want to get out and look for more. The cards shows are hit and miss. I spent a good hour sorting through 5000 ct boxes of old singles only to find four. I might have better luck getting some from COMC.

Goaltending Gallimaufry Count: 196

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Jimmy Howard: Certified Masked Marvels

Back to back Jimmy Howard posts, now that's something that I have not been able to do here in a very long time. It feels good though to finally have some new stuff for my main player collection, even if these addition ares few and far between.

Today's card comes from 2011-12 Panini Certified, specifically the Masked Marvels insert set. It has two jersey swatches on the front and is serial numbered 11/99.

I really like how they used the separate overhead shot on the bottom of the card. Also, the red design elements work well with the Red Wings uniforms. It even has two different colored swatches, the only thing better would be a patch version.

I bought this one on eBay around the same time as the UD Midnight I just posted. The winning bid was just $1.99 and then there was an additional $1 for shipping.

I would've considered this to be another great eBay deal, that is until I actually received the card and it was severely creased all over the front of it. Of course this was another PWE, but I knew that when I bought the card, so I can't really complain too much. It was just more of an unfortunate result of less than adequate packaging. 

I let the seller know the card had been damaged and I waited for their response. In my head I was thinking this would be a difficult process from all the eBay horror stories I've heard over the years. However, I was pleasantly surprised when they refunded the purchase price and let me keep the card. All I ended up paying for was the $1 for shipping. 

Even if the front of this thing is pretty badly creased, it is still a really nice looking card overall and I'm happy to have it. Now I just need to find a copy that is not ruined. Hopefully that one will not be shipped in a PWE.

Jimmy Howard Collection Total: 181

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Jimmy Howard: UD Midnight

Jimmy Howard has been my main player collection for a little over nine years now. I can't believe its been that long. It seems like just yesterday that I was posting about my first Howard card in the form of his Artifacts rookie. I guess time does really fly and you have to try and enjoy it the best you can. As far as that goes, I'm pretty happy with how my Howard collection has worked out nearly a decade into it.

Despite the fact that I have not acquired many new Howard cards over the last couple of years, I am always on the lookout for new stuff to add to my collection. I would still consider myself kind of cheap when it comes to card buying so I'm especially on the lookout for great deals. Today's post is another good example of one of those. 

This UD Midnight parallel from 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2 came up on eBay a couple of weeks ago and I was luck enough to get it for just $3. Not bad for a card that is serial numbered 8/25. Even the shipping was cheap at only $1, although it was only a PWE.

This one has a really cool shot of Howard at the Air Canada Center. I'm assuming this is shot from one of those net cams. I really like the low angle as it give the photo a unique perspective. You don't usually get a nice closeup of the goalie gear like this.

This is also the first UD Midnight parallel I've ever had. I'm not really sure what the deal is with them. I've known about the UD Exclusive and the High Gloss parallels, but not these. Anyone know the story behind these? I would love to know more.

Jimmy Howard Collection Total: 180

Monday, October 21, 2019

Golden Knights: September Card Show Pickups

Even though we're in the middle of October now, I've been backed up on scans that need to be posted so I still have some stuff to show from my trip to the Troy show in September.

We'll start things off with my favorite of the lot, this Violet Pixels parallel of Max Pacioretty from 2018-19 OPC Platinum. This will go great with the James Neal that I picked up from the show back in August. Now I just need to work on completing the team sets of these.

Up next is a rainbow parallel from the same set. This one shows Jonathan Marchessault during Vegas' inaugural season as evident by the patch. If you ask me these jerseys tend to look better on cards as they don't blend in as much with the white ice and boards.

This one featuring Marc-Andre Fleury is from the 2018-19 SP Authentic Moments set. It is dated Oct 20, 2018 and describes how Flower moved into 10th place on the all time NHL career wins list. Unsurprisingly, the photo shown is from that very game. Click here for a nice recap of the game by SI. This goes nicely with the other two I posted in September.

Sticking with Flower, here is a profiles card from SP, although it is nearly impossible to tell from the scan. The blue foil appears almost completely black and becomes invisible on the black background. Funny thing is I didn't even realize SP was a separate set in 2018-19.

Last but not least is a red parallel of William Karlsson from 2018-19 SP Authentic. These are identical to the base cards except for the red foil on the SPA logo and the player name on the bottom. This one gives me a full team set of Golden Knights for the red parallels.

These five add a couple new sets and bring my Golden Knights total to 39.I've got a little ways to go before catching my Predators collection, but that's ok as these are more of side projects for me. They give me something cheap and easy to look for at local card shows. 

Now that the 2019-20 card season is in full swing, I'm looking forward to hitting up a few more shows to see how many I can find like this. Since neither of these teams are the Red Wings, they are usually in the $0.10 or $0.25 boxes so it is definitely easy on the wallet.

Golden Knights Collection Total: 39

Friday, October 4, 2019

Predators: September Card Show Pickups

A couple of weeks ago I made it out to the Troy sports card and collectible show. This was the fourth time I've been to that show this year, which is actually quite a lot for me. Each time I've been able to find some cool stuff for various collection projects. This time was no different and I brought home some cool new Preds cards. 

Up first is my favorite of the bunch, this Filip Forsberg Violet Pixels parallel from 2018-19 O-Pee-Chee Platinum. I love these things, even if they are just simple base card parallels.

Both that and this next one featuring Pekka Rinne came from one seller for $1 each. This one is from 2018-19 Black Diamond and is the first card I've owned from the set. Honestly, I didn't even know there was a Black Diamond set last year, this was the first I'd seen of it. Its kind of a neat design, although it is hard to tell from the scan.

After that it was onto the quarter bin where I was able to get my first Eeli Tolvanen card. This Marquee Rookie is from 2018-19 O-Pee-Chee Platinum.

Sticking with Platinum, I was able to get this rainbow parallel of Kyle Turris. I didn't notice until I went to scan the card that there was some kind of black smudges all over the front of the card. Oh well, it still looks cool so I won't complain about it.

The last one is a UD Canvas card from 2017-18 Upper Deck featuring Calle Jarnkrok. Interestingly, Jarnkrok was originally drafted by the Red Wings back in 2010. He played a couple seasons for Grand Rapids, but never suited up for the Wings. He was part of the trade that sent David Legwand to Detroit. Looks like a pretty bad deal now, doesn't it.

That's it for now. Nothing too fancy, but at least it adds some variety to my Predators collection. Now I just really want to get myself some more of the O-Pee-Chee Platinum parallels, especially the Violet Pixels. There are at least a few more Preds in that set.

Predators Collection Total: 84

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

SCE Super Script Update

In my last post I showed off the latest additions to my MVP Stanley Cup Edition Gold Script set. This post is all about the slightly more rare counterparts to those six, plus three others. All nine of these came from the same seller over in Sweden. I was actually surprised at how quickly they arrived. I've had single cards from within the US take longer to get to me.

Up first is my favorite of the bunch from one of my PC guys: Patrik Stefan. I was a big fan of him back in 1999-00 when he was a rookie with the Thrashers. Actually, now that I think about it, I even have a TTM signed copy of this card, so I have an "enhanced" rainbow with the base, Silver, Gold, Super and "Ink" script. I'll have to put them all side by side now.

Moving on to the likely the biggest name of this group, this Jarome Iginla is card #33 in the set and serial numbered 18/25. Anyone else like those old Flames jerseys?

Onto the other team from Alberta. This Tommy Salo is card #71 in the set and serial numbered 14/25. This one is another example of the great photography used in this set.

Up next is card #94 featuring Karl Dykhuis of the Canadiens. This one is serial numbered 16/25. This is yet another good example of the photography. Maybe its just me, but I like when the featured player is the only one visible in the shot.

Super Script number five is card #62 in the set and features former Star Mike Keane. This one is serial numbered 07/25. This is a good example of one of the shots where others in the background slightly distract from the featured player.

Back to Edmonton again. This time we have Ethan Moreau featured on card #76 in the set. This one is serial numbered 22/25. I now have three Oilers with Selivanov and Smyth.

So those were the same six as my previous Gold Script update. The next three are the new ones for which I already owned a copy of the Gold. Up first is card #48 in the set featuring Michael Nylander. This one is serial numbered 03/25.

Up next for the Avalanche is Aaron Miller. This one is card #49 in the set and is serial numbered 14/25. For as much as I was into the Red Wings rivalry with the Avs back in the late 90s, I don't really remember much about Miller.

The last one for today is card #42 in the set featuring Tommy Westlund of the Hurricanes. This one is serial numbered 23/25. This will be the fourth Hurricane in my set joining Ron Francis, Sean Hill and Byron Ritchie. Just need a few more for the whole team set.

Well, this is officially the biggest single update I've made to this set. At the rate I've been getting these over the last ten years I would've never thought I'd be getting nine all at once. I guess you just have to be patient and hope to get lucky sometimes.

Overall I am very pleased with my latest eBay pickups. I spent a little bit more than I usually do at one time, but I felt like I couldn't pass on some of these. I would regret it later on if I didn't. After all, these things are still pretty rare and they're getting older every day.

I'll have to go through everything again to see how many complete rainbows I have now. By that I mean the base, Silver, Gold and Super versions of any given card. I had at least 10 of them completed the last time I checked, which was quite a while ago now. I for sure have at least nine more now with my latest eBay purchases.

Super Script Total: 71/220